01.31.13

CYBORG FOUNDATION | Rafel Duran Torrent from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

I wanna be a cyborg to. Do you?

“CYBORG FOUNDATION is the Grand Jury Prize Winner in the $200,000 GE/FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition. Watch the winners at focusforwardfilms.com/winners.

Neil Harbisson was born with achromatopsia, a rare condition that causes complete colour blindness. In 2004, Harbisson and Adam Montandon developed the eyeborg, a device that translates colours into sounds.
Harbisson has been claimed to be the first recognized cyborg in the world, as his passport photo now includes his device. In 2010, Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas created the Cyborg Foundation, an international organization to help humans become cyborgs. The foundation has also experimented with other sensory devices, including an “earborg,” which translates sound into color, and a “speedborg,” which allows people to detect movement through electronic earrings that vibrate.”

Credits:
Directed & Produced & Edited by: Rafel Duran Torrent
Image & Sound: Filma-T Produccions (Anna Moradell & Joan Figueras)
Video Effects: Rafel Duran Torrent, Harald Donner
Music: Neil Harbisson
Lighting: X So (Xavi Fusté & Miquel Gasol)
Cyborg Foundation: Neil Harbisson & Moon Ribas
Sound Postproduction: Jens Erdmann
Footage provided by: El Xip Multicolor
Pictures used with permission of Campus Party Mexico and Christopher Jones
Special thanks to: Roger Soldevila, Palau de la Música Catalana, Mercat de la Boqueria, Arts Santa Mònica, Come&See Catalan Performing Arts Market, Supermercats Caprabo, Gabrielle Wessling

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Tommy Carroll has been blind since the age of two and skating since the age of ten. Take that in for a second. This is one of those rare and truly inspiring stories that will make you imagine what’s possible instead of worrying about what isn’t.

Credits:
Video production: EyEFORcE
Director: Arthur Neumeier
Director of Photography/Editor: Rakhal Heijtel

Agency: The Odd shop
Creative Directors: Niels de Wit, Robert van der Lans
Production: Josefien Homan

Music: ”WHERE THE HEART IS”
Written by Marijn van der Meer and Jorrit Kleijnen
Performed by Marijn van der Meer
Produced by Alexander Reumers and Jorrit Kleijnen
Featured Guitarist: Lourens van Haaften

Client: VeiligheidNL, Perry Sport

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perrysport.nl/bebravebesafe
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This is a completely absorbing and fascinating little documentary. My wife and I watched it together and loved it. Totally enthralling. I don’t want to give anything about it away. Just watch. Any artist will appreciate it.

And check out the incredible “deleted scene” here: vimeo.com/57541525

Directed by Terri Timely / Produced by Brady Welch & Sophie Harris / Edited by Amanda Larson / Photography Direction by Donavan Sell / Sound Design by Rich Bologna / Music by Keith Kenniff / Production Coordination by Ayesha Janmohamed / Transcription by Simone Tolmie / Audio clip provided by Local 12 WKRC-TV / With special thanks to John Gapper

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CATERPILLAR from David Field on Vimeo.

Wow. I have been consistently blown away by some of the content being thrown out there on Vimeo lately. This was no exception. As a matter of fact this is so exceptional that I guess it is an exception. Well worth your time.

“Finding your way can mean losing your mind in the process…

An isolated elderly woman, in desperate need of stimulation, conjures an infestation of silk-spinning caterpillars, thus leading her to a mind-bending epiphany.

‘Caterpillar’ is a cerebral drama, filmed in the historical Wynkoop House, famous for housing George Washington. The crew consists of highly esteemed artists working across a wide spectrum of disciplines. This includes special effects artist, Ben Bornstein (300, The Fighter), visual effects artist Greg Silverman (Black Swan), and editor, Corey Bayes (Haywire, Contagion, The Informant, Che). From storyline through production, Caterpillar is an ode to the creative process. This film is a must-see for anyone who has ever submitted to their imagination and felt transformed by an idea.”

INTERVIEWS:

With Director, David Field
thewhirlingblog.com/2012/01/30/interview-13012-artistfilmmaker-david-field/

With Cinematographer, Eric Giovon
davidfieldproductions.com/interview-with-eric-giovon-cinematographer-for-the-film-caterpillar/

With SFX artist, Ben Bornstein
davidfieldproductions.com/interview-with-ben-bornstein-special-fx-artist-for-the-film-caterpillar/

visit here for behind the scenes pics, videos and more:
caterpillarfilm.com

To view the rest of David Field’s works:
davidfieldproductions.com

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05.18.12

The Daily Mail has some great photos posted showing some rare behind the scenes horseplay with the now legendarily iconic personalities behind the original Star Wars trilogy. If you are a fan (like me) then it’s a fun little treasure trove to dig through.

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04.19.12

Wow this viral promotion for Ridley Scott’s upcoming summer blockbuster Prometheus (a precursor to the Alien series of films) looks amazing. It’s weird, artsy and modern. All the things that I love. I cannot wait to see the film. I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

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04.11.12

Okay I’ll be honest when I first heard about this movie and the premise of it all I thought, ‘I don’t know, sounds like hype and potentially crap’ but I do love Seth MacFarlane so I figured I better give it a chance. Well all of those thoughts were totally obliterated after I saw this uncensored trailer. Opinion upgrade: this looks awesome.

A little background on the movie:
“Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane brings his boundary-pushing brand of humor to the big screen for the first time as writer, director and voice star of Ted. In the live action/CG-animated comedy, he tells the story of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg), a grown man who must deal with the cherished teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish…and has refused to leave his side ever since.”

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02.11.12

French duo, Air, scored Georges Méliès recently restored classic film Le Voyage Dans La Lune and screenings begin this weekend around the U.S. The film will be paired with The Extraordinary Voyage, a documentary about the film’s production and restoration. Here is the list of upcoming theatrical screenings.

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01.25.12

Peter Stults was inspired by this equally fantastic series of re-imagined movie posters by Sean Hartter to push the concept even further and generate a series of ‘alternate universe’ film posters from different eras, featuring alternate actors helmed by alternate directors. It’s an incredibly fun treasure trove of images to sort through between the two and a brilliant idea.

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01.16.12

Christopher Plummer took home the award for best supporting actor at the Golden Globes last night for his role in Beginners, the latest film from filmmaker Mike Mills.

This Mill’s second full length feature and the latest feat in a career that spans graphic design, broadcast commercials, short film and music video.

Based on Mill’s own experiences, the film follows Oliver (Ewan McGregor) as he cares for his father who, at 75 comes out of the closet and begins to live out his life as his real self. A frank and handsomely crafted film about the oddities and beauty of what it means to be live as you are. Also featuring Melanie Laurent as Anna.

written by Mike Slane

01.13.12

Directed by creative duo Sean and Lisa Ohlenkamp, “The Joy of Books” is a nice little stop motion piece that ponders the question, “Just what do books do when we go home at night?”

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Wes Anderson is back with another film loaded with wry humor and futura bold. Co-written with Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve year old kids who fall in love, make a secret pact and run away together into the New England wilderness.

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01.11.12

“Follow DJ Premier, Mark Ronson, Skrillex, Pretty Lights and The Crystal Method as they remix, recreate and re-imagine five traditional styles of music. From the classical perfection of the Berklee Symphony Orchestra to the bayou jams of New Orleans jazz, our five distinctive DJs collaborate with some of today’s biggest musicians to discover how our musical past is influencing the future”

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Blur Studios does a great job nailing that sexy/evil thing with the opening titles for Girl with the Dragon Tatoo.

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01.07.12

Cliff Martinez’s score for the film Drive got a lot of airplay here at the studio, a lushly electronic soundtrack that accompanies Nicolas Winding Refn’s gritty film beautifully. But apparently, Italians Do It Better producer Jonny Jewel was originally tapped to handle the music, but much of this went unused in favor of the Martinez score.

The 37 tracks for this score are well worth a listen, and for fans of Drive, give a great alternative view into how a film’s music paring can help lead an emotional tone. The entire album can be heard here on Soundcloud.

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01.06.12

Lars Von Trier’s latest film, Melancholia, was released in November and I had the opportunity to see it recently. It’s a hauntingly beautiful film that questions what it means to face one’s imminent destruction. Melancholia, a newly discovered planet, is on a collision course with Earth, and this time Bruce Willis can’t save the day.

Von Trier has long been associated with the Dogme 95 movement, a purist film making manifesto that requires films to be shot on location, without soundtrack and no special effects. Manifesto brilliantly breaks out of this mold, showcasing the work of cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro, with incredibly lush slow motion shots and beautifully composited shots of planets colliding.

This movement away from Dogme 95 also allowed Trier to use Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde as the soundtrack to the film, which imbues everything with a slow burn that matches the emotion of the story perfectly.

If you can see this in the theater, do it.

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09.30.11

Wow. Eye Sea Posters is pretty awesome. It’s a website that archives genuine original film posters from obscure movies released all over Europe throughout the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. There are some fantastic posters up for sale at very reasonable prices if you are a collector and there is more than enough to take in for inspirations sake if you are a curious designer.

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09.22.11

Our good friend Jim Kenney has been getting a lot of attention lately with ‘Polack’, an independent film about Polish jokes and the insidious nature of racism, homophobia all the like. The film really draws you in, makes you question your assumptions and doesn’t let go.

“What a roller coaster! Entrancing from the start. I was completely caught up and off guard by this beautifully crafted, deeply personal journey into history. Just when you’re delighting in clever anima- tion interwoven with old TV episodes and extraordinary archival footage, you’re hit slam-dunk with Nazis and gay bashing. Unexpected, jarring, complex – like a cubist painting or climbing into an imaginative mind. Made me think twice about every joke I’ve ever been party to.”
– Nikki Silva, of NPR’s Peabody Award-Winning Kitchen Sisters

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