Moon

One of the most prolific films to recently hit my retina has been ‘Moon’, both written and directed by Duncan Jones (aka Zowie Bowie).

If you are the kind of person who likes to know the outline before watching, the blurb offers a distinct lack of excitement, and I know of people who have been put off by reading it. This is a crying shame (a crime in fact)! The opening scenes are somewhat reminiscent of the popular “OH NO THE OIL IS RUNNING OUT!!” documentaries of 2009 and 2010 but set the scene for the scientific aspect to the storyline. Setting the scene for the first half an hour is important in any storyline and Jones does this fantastically. After this point however, you can be prepared to scowl, frown and gurn your way into oblivion as the plot begins to take an unexpected turn and, if like me, you are somebody who likes to guess the ending (in your head of course [in-case i’m wrong]) you’re in for a good one. It’s more twisty than a helter skelter and they’re pretty twisty!

Without giving much away, the film leaves you re-thinking your life and whether it would be such a good idea to sign up for mining on the moon. It also leaves you refreshed and satisfied with the outcome, which in my book, means it has been a success.

 

The storyline and acting are all very well, but what really interested me about this film was the way in which it was made. The whole film was made on a budget of $5.000.000 which is a small budget for a modern scifi. The filming took place in one location, Shepperton Studios, Surrey UK, and the whole set was assembled and disassembled within the studios. Filming was completed in 33 days and all exterior moon shots were made using practical effects (small models).

A masterfully produced film.

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Back in 5

To tell the truth, I’m not entirely sure when I’ll be back, but I will be. Though it might not be in 5.

With a very busy schedule ahead ( and as I prepare for the end of year architecture exhibition) I would hate to trick any of you into thinking that this blog will be full of outstanding (as per usual) posts when in-fact it is going to be pretty sparse for the next few weeks. However, the summer will be filled with juicy sections of the design world when I get back to it.

Wish me luck.

The Author – out


The Flavour of Flavin

I first came upon Dan Flavin while researching for my dissertation, at which point, I knew very little about the American Art scene during the central chunk of the 20th Century. Although Flavin started his career with paintings and drawings which were abstract expressionist in nature, he later and possibly unknowingly became characterised for minimalism in art and sculpture using light and electronics.

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There are various published works which involve the early minimalist art in America and they are well worth a look for anybody wanting to look into minimalism. This can be seen as the background to a fascinating and largely subjective topic.

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Man’s best friend

I’m going to post a few small photographs here of my dog, put down earlier this week. I think it is worth celebrating the life of a creature which can give endless amounts of love and joy to a family. We are going to take a break from pets (aside from the chickens and ducks which have recently invaded a large portion of our garden).

Jessie /West Highland Terrier /2001-2011

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Jessie – Out

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Iconic and not holding it in…

The lack of posting recently has been party due to a (very poorly managed) professional context project at university, the unusual and rare occurrence of near to 20 degree heat and a general lack of passion. This, however, ends now, with a vow to never get too disheartened about a lack of inspiration.

The truth is, everyone goes through blocks of time where ideas simply don’t flow, and the best designers find it difficult to think clearly sometimes. For me, some of my favourite books, films and people can bring me straight back into the swing of things. Today I have encountered one other way of inspiring myself: Faith. It turns out that through this period all I have needed was to see the right man about the right puppies!

My tutor has instilled a feeling of ‘get up and go’ that I haven’t felt in quite a while, and in a few moments, talking through project work became flashes of ideas whizzing into my mind left right and centre!

For these reasons, I do believe that, even if only one other person believes that you can get up and do something good, then you can believe it too.

Slightly soppy and not like me… so here’s some gorgeous pictures of some Brody to make you feel all better again:

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Ooooooh much better.

The Author – out.


Product Of The Week [POTW]

As I was standing in the shower today, I came up with the idea of sharing, what I think, are brilliant products with you all on a weekly basis. Product of the week was born. The thought was driven by the use of this week’s POTW at that exact moment.

Original Source: Mint & Tea Tree Shower Gel

This shower gel has been with me through some really hard times and it always manages to make me feel pretty amazing. The tingling sensation is pure guilt free pleasure. It also acts as a mosquito repellent (as I found out whilst staying on a Tuscan mountainside for two weeks). Apply liberally to affected areas [body].

Does what says on the tin (plastic bottle)

Pros: Insect repellent

Cons: Has the tendency to freeze your gonads off.

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Curriculum Vitae [A-Thank-You]

So here’s the thing, some people say not to make a creative CV and others swear by it. I sat down and thought about it, and one of the biggest things that came to mind was not how informative or thorough the content was (because ultimately a CV is a CV…), but how noticeable it had to be. I didn’t want my CV to be put straight on top of a pile of 20 or 30 others to later be thrown away.

This is what I came up with:

Curriculum Vitae ala graphical edge

There is going to be an appendix of work involved too.

The idea being that not only does the CV communicate the information in a clear way, but it also puts a face to a name (or half a face) and I think this intrigue might just be the next step towards interview.

‘What does the other half of this guy’s face look like? Lets get him in and see!’

[Hey, I can dream]

The Author – out