I spent solid twenty-five years of my life in school. It began in kindergarten and I then headed straight from high school into undergrad, a master's degree, and then a Ph.D (I know, I know...) One of the things I truly miss now that I'm no longer an enrolled student is the optimism and excitement that comes with shopping for school supplies. Nerd or not, there is something that is just exciting about having fresh notebooks, new pens and pencils, bags, folders––all the "stuff" of school. Adult life may entail the occasional new notebook, but there isn't a season for it in the Fall where everything is potential, and all the success and mistakes are in the future.
That we don't do this as adults is a shame. Because there is every reason for all of us to be ready for school. The longest project in a any maker's life is the constant, endless craft of oneself. And there is no way to make progress on this project without the proper tools. I think most people dedicated to craft have slid into a life of learning whether consciously or not. And there's no reason not to prepare ourselves with supplies to complete this project well. But, of course, a life of learning is not the same as preparing for a school year. It has a different set of requirements and it calls for some different kinds of supplies.
These are thoughts, the artwork, the news stories, the tools, the food, the conversations, and whatever else we just can't get out of our heads this month.
I've long been a fan of 8-bit/pixel art. It's retro, geeky and just plain fun. So, I see no reason why the 8-bit world shouldn't cross over into my wardrobe, don't you think? These awesome pixelated t-shirts designed by Luke Morgan look like they'd be the perfect!
I'm not a big zombie movie person. I like Night of the Living Dead, and that's about it. So I was surprised when I found myself really liking walking dead, a lot. One thing that hooked me was how well they pulled off shots of a post zombie-pocalypse Atlanta.
This is the demo reel from Stargate Studios, the company behind The Walking Dead effects, highlighting how they composite in graphics and animation to make The Walking Dead look so good. It's awesome, and it gives a good sense of how much time goes into making those shots.
The video is a little long, but try and stick with it at least to 1:28, when they show how they did the now
French pop culture blogger Christophe Courtois has seen a lot of movie posters. So many, in fact, that he began to notice a few trends.
No, not just the over use of Trajan, but the fact that a lot of them are, well, exactly the same...
Most interesting, Courtois notes the similiarities in types of movies, like the abundance of yellow in art house cinema:
All politics aside, Arnold Schwarzenegger's movies are the epitome of "guy flicks". And what Arnold movie doesn't come with a handful of classic one-liners? Kyle Kargov took some of the best quotes and spiced them up with some whimsical typography.
In honor of last week's Halloween festivities, the team at G4 have "released a series of short films that transform classic videogames Mario Kart, Angry Birds and Duck Hunt into delightfully gory horror flicks."
Like a lot of creative-minded folks, I like films. A lot. And, like most of my kin, I try to watch carefully about the filmmaking as much as a care about the story or whether or not I'm simply "entertained." And, who's in a movie isn't nearly as exciting as how that info is presented.
One of my favorite new blogs, The Art of the Title Sequence, has assembled an awesome reel of the best of title design throughout the centuries, from early "talkies" through master Saul Bass and the best of recent films.
I've watched this guy three times already. I love how some just need mentioned because they're so iconic (Anatomy of a Murder, Saturday Night Fever), and some are explored a little deeper, such as the final Enter the Void, which is a must-see that's on Netflix streaming right now
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From the looks of it, zombies are at the height of their fame - mainstream films, television shows, books, and most importantly, the fact that "Brains..." is now a oft-cited mainstay in our popular parlance.
"With these posters from Hollywood is Dead, the trend has spread to some of our all-time favorite films. The re-imagined movie posters pull a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on classic movies like Back to the Future, E.T. and Star Wars. Each poster comes with a frightening design of the original image and new more appropriate tag lines. And for your holiday gift giving what kid wouldn’t love a poster of the age old classic – The Lethal Mermaid."
Recently, Terry Gross interviewed James Franco about playing Allen Ginsberg, and asked the actor how he went about changing his look to assume the character of the poet. "The glasses," was Franco's simple answer.
It's often shocking how much a single item or characteristic can identify a character. And illustrators to James Alexander Mathers and Andrew Lau have totally captured the notion in Dress the Part, a collection of movie posters reduced to the identifying pieces of the characters style.
Great Scott! An electrified DeLorean DMC-12 is getting ready to cruise through the hills of Italy to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of Back to the Future. Well, almost...
"Technically, a complete electric DeLorean is about a week in the future. Right now they’ve got a garage full of a DeLorean shipped over from Dallas and a turnkey electric car conversion kit that includes
The next time you have a subterranean, cathartic bro-battle, and you need to clean your wounds, don't reach for just any pink bar of soap. Go for the real (replicated) thing.
"Replica Fight Club Soap bar cast in useable soap and colour matched with safe soap dye.Absolutely not made in the same way they were in the film."