The First 70 is a documentary about the people fighting to keep the 70 parks in California that are slated to be closed by the state government due to budget cuts. This film follows the people through 70 parks in 120 days, allowing us to see the beauty and history that would be lost.
I can’t wait until Linotype: The Film is released to the public sometime this summer. The film, by producer/director Doug Wilson & director of photography Brandon Goodwin, with sound by Jess Heugel, charts the rise and fall and rise again of the Linotype type setting machine. Thomas Edison once describe the Linotype as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”
The film seeks to answer three main questions about the Linotype: What place does the Linotype have in the age of new technology, should the machine be shoved into a museum and left to rust, and why should anyone care about typography or the technology of communication? The film is full of beautiful shots of the machine working and talks to tons of quirky Linotype masters as well as a few brave souls trying to keep the technology alive.
This beautifully shot short film, “Upside Down, Left To Right” was shot and directed by film maker Danny Cooke and delves into the world of a letterpress workshop, run by Paul Collier, at Plymouth University in the UK.
This stop motion music video, created by Dropbear, aka Jonanthan Chong, for the Melbourne indie-folk band Hudson, is made almost entirely from colored pencils! Not only is the song, ‘Against The Grain’, great but the video is really amazing.
“Light,” a short film directed by David Parker of Sunday/Paper, is a beautiful short film that intends to bring awareness to the ridiculous amount of electricity we waste through lighting unused spaces.
David Parker, “Bleeding, crying lights were meant to metaphorically parallel the way in which we invisibly squander our natural resources without much thought. While the original sentiment remains, the film also grew into a poetic statement about a world run amok and the human tendency to exploit that which we hold dear.”
Dimitris Ladopoulos is a talented film maker, illustrator and designer working in Athens, Greece creating beautiful things. His latest project, a short film called The Carpenter, is the first of a series of shorts Dimitris plans on doing in which he looks at the art & science of professionals working with their hands. His talent behind the camera is matched equally by his ability to add elegant motion graphics over the footage to explain the details within each shot.
The four original videos that were part of the EF Language School’s “Live The Language” series were really something and the three new ones they have recently completed are nothing short of spectacular. The three new videos, Sydney, Vancouver and Los Angeles add some subtle color to the motion graphics but mostly hold true to the original videos.
As if any of needed anymore reason to wish we were attending Hyper Island’s program! During fall 2010 Hyper Island asked market researcher NEPA to conduct a student and employer survey to find out about student & employee satisfaction, map skills developed by the students, and see where students were going after the program.
The culmination is this great little animation done by Claudio Salas with voice overs by Madeleine Fia Matsson.