Showing posts with label film. Show all posts
Showing posts with label film. Show all posts

Thursday, April 25, 2013

soho in slomo

Some days, don't you wish you could just shift the world's gears, ratchet down the speed of everything going on around you, so that you could take a long, leisurely, languorous LOOK. That's what artist James Nares lets us do, for however long you choose to sit in a darkened room at the Met, watching "Street", his breathtaking "motion art." (Video is an inadequate word.) Nares recorded 16 hours of footage of people on the streets of Manhattan, while wielding an HD camera usually used to record speeding objects like bullets or hummingbirds. Then, he slowed down source material and created an hour of New York street life as you've never seen it--slowwwwwwww. Like still photography, this art isolates objects, giving us opportunity--and encouragement--for a closer look at what we'd ordinarily miss--the mole on a face, the hand in a pocket, a plastic shopping bag breaking free from doorway. Watch a preview here, or, better yet, catch it at the Met which will screen it continuously through May 27.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

some stories are best told without any words

This silent black and white film tells more of a story in six minutes than many two hour movies manage. Paperman was created by Disney's John Kahrs (The Incredibles) who was inspired by the time he spent in NY, commuting to Grand Central. To create soft black and white animation (the only color is lipstick) Kahrs and his team used new software called Meander which merged hand drawings with computer-generation to create the look of Disney animations of yore. It's up for an Oscar and made its debut on youtube Tuesday where it's already gotten 3 million votes.

Friday, July 24, 2009

friday flashback: 1958 Kodak industrial

No one knows the exact origin of this marvelous 1958 documentary "How Film is Made." According to Dutch photographer Marco Boeringa who helped bring it into this century, it may have been an instructional for new Kodak employees and was probably used as a promotional to the general public as well. (Perhaps Don Draper viewed it in preparation for that Kodak pitch.) Unfortunately, the English soundtrack on the original 16mm was lost when it was dubbed in Dutch, probably in the early 60s. But if this hadn't happened, we'd have missed amusing subtitles such as "An invisible but extremely important characteristic of your film is it's purity and cleanliness." 

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

for all your 19th century mustache needs

Thanks to a twitter post from Kodak's Chief Blogger, I discovered Mustaches of the 19th Century which promises hours of delight trawling through portraits taken when men were men with facial hair and photos were taken with something called film. What child wouldn't be thrilled to be have been sired by a gentleman with such a fine handlebar?