Coraline artist panel at Nucleus.

Gallery Nucleus has recently hosted a Coraline Production Artist PanelSteve Lambe has posted most of the event which Sean Szeles recored during the talk. The talks are also viewable on YouTube.

MEET some of the PRODUCTION ARTISTS that worked on the movie as they drop by to discuss their contributions to the film, along with the production and artistic process for this highly anticipated visual masterpiece.

Nucleus, located in California, hosts many emerging artists, illustrators, animators and interactive work.

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Coraline was done in stop frame animation, all of the finish work and pre-production that went into it though are enormous contributions and art in their own right. The original story was created by a favorite of mine, Neil Gaiman, directed by Henry Selik renound for many films such as the “Nightmare Before Christmas.”

A canvas of ice.

Dr. Peter Wasilewski, a NASA scientist, paints with frizion crystals. His images show that joy present in the natural world. The shapes arise from water crystals that form on earth and are unlike the many other forms of ice known of in the Milky Way and beyond.

Thin layers of water are frozen, manipulated, and viewed through polarized light.  Light has wave-like properties, one of which is vibration.  A polarizing filter is placed on a light table to polarize the light passing through. A petri dish with a thin layer of water in the process of freezing is placed over the filter. As the polarized light passes through the forming ice crystals, it is bent in two slightly different directions and forms two different rays of light. The color palette in the images is created by rotating a second polarizing filter placed over the ice to intercept and resolve these emerging light rays.

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Thanks to Bioephemera for bringing these beautiful images to my attention.

Social media for disease control.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has taken the social media model and in doing so has made it so much easier to find current information on product recalls to infection outbrakes.  The recent peanut butter recall is highlighted here. The blogs that keep outbreak news updated, the webinars to allow bloggers to stay up to date on outbreaks and recalls and to ask questions of FDA and CDC subject matter experts, the searchable databases where information on products can be found and much more are available to anyone with access to a computer.

This kind of information is pertinent in our fast paced, multifarious world.

Super Bowl Ad.

Ahhh, the beautiful and plentiful broadcast time put aside for advertising during the Super Bowl.  This year my absolute fave was the ‘Heist‘ done by Psyop and Weiden + Kennedy Portland. The little tricksters are brilliant in the use of illusion and subtlety! Full list of Credits. The sweet crane shot at the beginning is just perfect for setting up the scene to be somewhere between dream and reality.

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Inspiration from Antony.

AntonyAntony’s voice can knock your socks off. His voice embodies beauty, love, and compassion, perfect tune and depth of passion. If you haven’t heard his rendition of Leonard Cohen’s song, “If it be your Will” you must, it is truly amazing. He has offered words of inspiration to people singing their hearts out in Paste‘s latest issue. Vocal Tips. I believe his words apply for any artist working to realize a vision or expression. Words of wisdom.

You’re taking a risk, but you’re challenging yourself to be more vulnerable or to put yourself out there. In that vulnerability is great strength.

Competition.

From the Crane website.

The Competition:

TheCrane.tv, Discovery Campus and reelisor.com are hosting a film competition for creative talents from all over the world in the categories: Culture, Art&Design, Lifestyle, Fashion, Ideas, Travel and “Green”. We reward creativity and encourage you to offer fresh, insider perspectives into your topic of choice. We would like to feel inspired and enriched by your contribution.

Launch: 18th November 2008 at the International Film School Festival, Munich.
Deadline: 28th February 2009 Films: There are no boundaries to your creativity. The short films can be fiction, non-fiction or animated.
Specifications: Between 1 and 5 minutes long, preferably in English (or subtitled) and all standard file formats
Submissions: Electronically via the upload portal on www.thecrane.tv Here you can also register your email address to receive the latest news on the competition.

The winning films will be selected by our accomplished jury and announced at the international launch of TheCrane.tv in February 2009. The rewards for Laureates include cash, equipment and TV broadcast. All entries will be available for viewing on www.thecrane.tv when the competition is over.

Martian sunset.

Sunset over Gusev Crater, Mars.  This photo was taken by the Spirit Rover on May 19th, 2005 and posted on the NASA astronomy picture of the day website.

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As long as we are on the subject of Mars, scientists using spectroscopy readings from telescopes in Hawaii have tracked changes in the composition of Mars’ atmospere over time and found releases of methane into the atmosphere. A very interesting read on Arstechnica, Mars Makes Methane: Sign of life or geology at work?

Aesthetics of the man-made.

I have always been interested in the line drawn between man-made and natural/organic. Of course on one hand it is perfectly clear, anything that man creates and introduces into the environment is man-made. I like to take it a step further though and bring up the argument of humans being part of nature, here on earth just like the grasses, trees, fish, other mammals, we are part of the ecology as is what we build or make.

Listed within the ‘Greatest Hits’ of the Design Observer blog I found a wonderful article breaking down, and tearing apart, the language of aesthetics, design and what man’s effect on the earth is. I think that the article entitled, ‘Justin Good: What is Beauty? Or, On the Aesthetics of Wind Farm‘ has wonderful insight into this issue of man within the environment. I love how Justin Good brings up the idea of good design being an integral part of living within the ecology not only as a destructive force. We have the intelligence and the capacity to not live beyond what the earth can support.

MassMarket Interview.

Justin Cone the editor for Motionographer and a Motion Designer in his own right has done a podcast interview with MassMarket‘s Justin Lane and Chris Staves.  They go on to talk about how the ball got rolling, a bit about the past, about the agency and then go into the nitty gritty of motion design and into working on projects.

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It’s great hearing about what goes into some of these projects, especially when they make it look so effortless.

Ajax Starglider & Future Shock.

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Bozeman right now is harboring a super talented man named Ajax Starglider, he hails from the sunny west coast and brings with him experience and talent appreciated by the youthful, the artistic, the musical and all the ones who dien to give more to the world than the average stories.  I mean he packs a hip hop punch. Ajax’s beats and sounds, his harmonies can be found here. His band Future Shock recently created the space in their lives to travel to Cameroon and perform and get to know some of the people. I have heard whispered tales of a documentary recorded during the adventure, something that I look forward to seeing next year. Ajax was kind and answered a couple questions to quench my curiosity about what they were up to in Africa. He is open to more questions if they are voiced.

First off can you talk a little about the inspiration that ignited this prolific exploration of music and story that is Future Shock?

Future Shock was born out of our hearts to express intelligent concepts that would relate to people and help them examine ones existence, and at the same time we hoped to encourage people to be themselves.

So you hail from the sunny lands of San Diego, and you and your family moved here, to Bozeman, a little under a year ago, do you think you can get Future Shock up here to play for us someday?

Yeah, maybe, we’ll see. I would just be happy if i could get some of those fools to visit.

Is there something in your musical inspiration that made you chose to go perform in Israel, in Cameroon?

I think there is something about music that transcends language, even in a music genre like hip hop that is so centered around its use of language. When we were in Cameroon, Africa at a radio station, they loved our music. The DJ at a radio station said “Even if we don’t understand your words, the flow of your lyrics penetrates our heart.” Also, I think in America we take for granted a lot of things and often lose our understanding of how good music is medicine to the soul. We are so inundated with choices that we often overlook the right ones and get lost in mediocrity.

What places did you perform while you were in Cameroon during this latest trip?

We performed in and out of their main city of Douala which is like their L.A. to California. We performed live on TV several times, several different radio interviews, clubs and several different concert venues throughout our 3 week trip. It was a crazy schedule. We were lucky to get a few hours sleep every night.

What were the connections with the audiences like?

The audience received us very well. I often felt more understood by these so-called foreigners then I have performing in the states.

You mentioned to me that people were interested in recording their music, what caught your ears and your eyes?

It seems that music is more of a real expression of ones identity there. For example we traveled to the pygmy tribes and delivered medicine to those in need and when they were done, it started pouring rain in the wilderness. The sounds of raindrops hit hard on the tin roof of the little building that we set up shop in. We were stuck until the rain stopped and it became pitch dark. A lot of us were worried if we would get stuck out there because it started flooding. Someone picked up a conga and people started singing and dancing with pure joy reflecting on the day. Amidst the dark all you could hear was this conga drum beating and people singing and dancing with strength. Every once in a while lightning would flash and I would get a brief glimpse of how circumstance was just oblivious to them. They were lost and found in the music. It made me almost jealous.

That is all for now, hopefully we’ll hear more from Ajax and Future Shock soon. Check out Fisheye Paradigm from Future Shock you wouldn’t feel disappointed.

N.A.S.A. Spirit of Apollo.

I just found Joyengine, based in Boulder, CO! They seem to have their collective finger on the pulse. They pointed to this work of music and animation by the talented group at N.A.S.A. featuring designs by Shepard Fairey.

N.A.S.A. (Squeak E. Clean & DJ Zegon) assembled an all-star team including Money ft. David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge & Z-Trip for this track from their debut album “The Spirit Of Apollo”. The agit-prop video is directed by Syd Garon & Paul Griswold, & features the work of artist Shepard Fairey.

Journalist, photographer.

Sebastiao Salgado shows us what our world is made up of and many of the relationships and realities that we are a part of.  His work shows me the compassion it takes to realize that this amazing world where we live is a place where we often don’t know what it takes, what it means or what we must yet overcome to live here… simply because the world is such a big place and we are so small.

He must also feel the wonder and awe at a world that just is.

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Media change inevitable.

Many are now questioning whether the networks, such as ABC, NBC, CBS etc., are going to need a bailout as well. Variety reported on the common denominator being quite puffed up by advertising dollars which are shrinking with the economic chaos, in an article titled, “Network Bailout?

Cutting prime time is one suggestion. Fewer originals. Selling the time to production companies. Infomercials. Longform informational programming. Turn the broadcast network into a cable one.

Increase viewer interest with a more individual market type, not so mass, I mean people are so different, why keep trying to increase the market by size and not by quality of interest and importance. Good stories will never die, information and learning is of vital importance.

When the rich get so rich that the poor could never support that bloated bottom line what are we to do? How many times in history has this happened? Countless times and it is always painful.

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All streets | Ben Fry

One thing I like to do as a designer and photographer is express something about the world, communicate something that is often unnoticed or not inherently a visual but perhaps a more subjective perception.

Ben Fry takes visual communication to a different ‘big picture’ level with All Streets and Zipdecode.  By using real life actual data to give us a different perspective of ourselves as a collective.

In All Streets the roads we build to connect us draw an interesting portrait.

All Streets | Ben Fry

Inspiration.

Ernesto Caivano captures an epic story of love and longing, magic and desecration. He captures what to me is not just the formality of beautiful lines but a sense of romantic theater beyond words and his simplicity of line and volume only hint at what the story entails. Perhaps the birds are messengers between fairytale lovers who are trying to find one another from different lines of existence – an ancient idea but here retold to a modern world.

Here is some of the work I first found from 2004, he has done a lot of new work as well.

a breeze in the shadows ~ernesto caivanoA Breeze in the Shadows, 2004 ~

An offering for courtship ~ernesto caivanoAn Offering for Courtship, 2004.

He is a regular at Richard Heller Gallery and was showcased in the Whitney Biennial – 2004.

A sidenote, the Whitney Biennial 2008 website is here.

The power of waves.

These photos posted on The Moment Blog of the New York Times of Asako Narahashi are so interesting to me.  The motion of the world is so apparent in water and being out on the waves has always been such a powerful experience for me.  Especially the open ocean, even if it is within a bay, it is just so vast.  These photos visualize this moving, watery experience, especially Kawaguchiko, 2003, with what I think is Mt. Fugi in the background.

Asako Narahashi has been highlighted in the exclusive and sought after Paris Photo contest.

One thing…

that I try to remember is to know what is important, not just to me but others as well.  In Stefan Sagmeisters latest book, Things That I Have Learned So Far In My Life, he reminds us that

“over time we get used to everything and start taking it for granted.”  ~Stefan Sagmeister

He is a master of getting out of the box.  He has recently done a workshop in Europe and one of my favorite designers/ artists, Julien Vallee was in attendence and inspired by him in making “do it without thinking of critics.”  Monsier Vallee also recently had his own showing, Raking Leaves In The Wind at Create Berlin a super inspiring place to be right now I think.

Dreamland.

Dreamland by Andri Snaer Magnason.

Forward by Bjork:

Dreamland

A new book is out finally translated to English called Dreamland by Andri Snaer Magnason. This book had quite an impact in Iceland when it came out. The forward is written by Björk and she says:

“After Icelandic politicians had sold Icelandic nature as cheap energy to some of the industrial giants of this world without the peoples consent, the Icelandic people were upset.  We didn’t get a chance to defend ourselves.  Or our nature.  We couldn’t put into words our fury over the injustice of this.  Andri did.  You see, Iceland is today the largest untouched area in Europe. We were a Danish colony for 600 years. They treated us bad (as colonizers do). We were taxed heavily and isolated from the rest of the world. Which partially turned out to be a good thing, because we missed out on the industrial revolution and once we got our independence in 1944, me and my generation and anyone younger were excited to head straight for the green revolution and keep our nature…

Anyway, most Icelanders are not against dams or harnessing nature, but believe it can be done in a ‘green’ way, without sacrificing nature, and so the Icelandic people profit from it, not the international industrial giants.

Andri in his book not only explains the situation – what these politicians did behind the scenes – but also suggests other ways to interact with Icelandic nature and keep one’s dignity.  I have a feeling this is an universal problem that our generation will find solutions to.  This book is one of these solutions.”