21 March 2015

First and Final Frames edited by Jacob T. Swinney

So this video has been making the rounds since it was posted a few days ago. Please take a few minutes to watch it and see some of these images (a few of which I've posted on this blog) in motion. The motion can add a lot of depth and understanding to the way the opening and closing frames connect in so many films. I'm going to also post this video below, but please keep in mind that this is simply a reposting of a fan of this work, despite a similar nature of our projects I have no connection to this video and am in no way taking any credit for its creation. I simply want more people to see it!

First and Final Frames from Jacob T. Swinney on Vimeo.

24 December 2014

Favorite Music from 2014

2014 Top Ten Albums

  1. Hundred Waters - The Moon Rang Like a Bell
  2. Sinoia Caves - Beyond the Black Rainbow (Soundtrack)
  3. Aphex Twin - Syro
  4. Owen Pallett - In Conflict
  5. Todd Terje - It’s Album Time
  6. Röyksopp - The Inevitable End
  7. The Antlers - Familiars
  8. Kiasmos - Kiasmos
  9. Clark - Clark
  10. The Budos Band - Burnt Offering

Honorable Mentions:
...And Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - IX
Fatima Al Qadiri - Asiatisch
M. Geddes Gengras - Ishi
Moonface - City Wrecker
Sun Kil Moon - Benji
Tacocat - Tacocat
TV On the Radio - Seeds
Tycho - Awake
Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestite

2014 Top 25 Music Tracks
Röyksopp - Skulls
Tacocat - Bridge to Hawaii
Hundred Waters - Cavity
The Antlers - Palace
Aphex Twin - minipops 67 [120.2] [source field mix]
Sinoia Caves - Sentionauts II
Operators - True
Owen Pallett - The Riverbed
Todd Terje - Inspector Norse
Tycho - Awake
Noosa - Begin Again
Kiasmos - Looped
Arca - Thievery
Clark - Winter Linn
The Budos Band - The Sticks
TV on the Radio - Happy Idiot
M. Geddes Gengras - Passage
Plaid - Matin Lunaire
Cashmere Cat - With Me
...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - A Million Random Digits
Moonface - Daughter of a Dove
Rustie - Raptor
Wolves in the Throne Room - Turning Ever Towards the Sun
Interpol - All the Rage Back Home
Porter Robinson - Sad Machine

09 December 2014

30 November 2014

Little Dieter Needs to Fly

Dir. Werner Herzog

Opening Image:

Closing Image:

As depicted by Herzog, Deiter Dengler is a man with a traumatic past who nonetheless remains curious, optimistic and enlivened by the world. The final shot is ecstatic but also a gentle reminder of the mortality of man; even surrounded by his dreams, he stands in a graveyard.

01 November 2014

Monster's University

Dir. Dan Scanlon

Opening Image:

Closing Image:

We start and end on scene of near painterly tranquil. In between we're treated to cutesified grotesqueries (the birds in the first shot are soon to be revealed as three-headed, fang-bearing monsters) and the painful knowledge that just because you try hard at something, doesn't mean you'll get good at it. This message, a rare one in children's cinema, is delivered with a light touch: the autumnal imagery of the opening image sets the stage for a lot of softly lit near photoreal animation; but it's nevertheless conveyed deftly.

21 March 2014