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Sunday, 12 December 2010

Further research, Music Inspiration, Ultre

Ultre, real name Finn Mcnichols is a collaborative member of the film making and visual arts group Flat-E. Ultres's Electro-acoustic styled music is filled with complex layers and rhythm. Ultre is not only fantastic at its complex IDM styled rhythm, but also sound design techniques. Its use of imaging and design of space is well placed and add to the quality of these layers. Also it seems as though hes very skilled in capturing the space of where the instrument was played, capturing its acoustic qualities. 

'The songs are filled with an abundance of complex layers and rhythms that make your brain hurt.' (1)

One track in particular 'Lingers', on the 'The Nest and The Skull' Album has a strong resonance of acoustic qualities, atmospheric ghostliness with a strong use of reverb and recording of some sort of underground room tone from the bass qualities. The track uses a blend of lingering sine tone hence the name noticing at the end a change of placement within surround sound.

 'I always lean towards creating recordings within their own world, like when you hear piano and you can hear the history not just the notes or the arrangement. (2)

With the qualities I mentioned above 'Lingers' is an inspiration to both sound design and music for my Short film. I feel that the inspiration of Ultre's music would add oe of the aspects of a 'live' element im looking for. 


Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Sound Design Inspiration, Rob Bridgett

'You need to understand what you want to get out of the tools a lot more than how to go about achieving the sounds technically' (1)

Rob's 'Roomtones' project, 'involves collecting room-tones from various intereszting spaces,.and augmenting those recordings with some subtle rhythmic interface and tonal elements.' (2) Inspired by Chris Watson.

Rob's Inspirations: Ren Klyne, Tom Colvin (Ninja Theory), Kenny Young (Media Molecule). EA's Don Vecca, Randy Thom.

Source: Designer Sounds

Reference: (1) Miguel Isaza, http://designingsound.org/2009/11/rob-bridgett-special-exclusive-interview/
(2) Ibid.

Directing and Production Design Research, Black Swan

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Production Design: Thérèse DePrez

Discovered In: Screen Rant

Shadow Puppet Inspiration, The Deathly Hallows Pt.1

Interview with Animator: FX guide

More Depth into Shadow Puppetry: Suspended Blog

Here is a link to the video, embedding has been disabled.

Sources: Sandra Cuffes Minor Blog, FX guide, Suspended Blog

Shadow Puppet Inspiration, Seattle Film Festival Entry

Seattle International Film Festival - :60 Trailer from DIGITALKITCHEN on Vimeo.

Production design inspiration, Tatsuyuki Tanaka

'Tanaka is feverishly imaginative, like a blend of some of the best characteristics of Katsuhiro Otomo, Masamune Shirow and Jean “Moebius” Giraud.' (1)

'creating darkly cinematic moods and otherworldly atmospheres.' (2)

Discovered in: Lines and colors

Reference: (1) http://www.linesandcolors.com/2009/02/10/tatsuyuki-tanaka/
(2) Iibid

Other Sources: Simon Birch

Monday, 29 November 2010

Sound/Music Design Inspiration, Diego Stocco

Diego Stocco Webpage

Cinematography, Enter the Void

"I have a phobia of movie lights," says Noé. "I dont't like having equipment on the set that would prevent me from turning the camera around. Benoit and I had an agreement on irreversible and on this film that there would be no movie lights on set." He concedes, however that exeptions were made on Void in order to create the strobe lighting for the night club, and to allow some impressionistic wahses of colors." (1)

"The danger when doing a very colorful film," he continues, "is that it can become a little gaudy. I wanted us to stay in a restrained color palette - the range is more or less between purple and orange or yellow> We tried to keep a unity to the colors." (2)

Cinematographer: Benoit Debie

Production Designer: Marc Caro

Image Source: Photo Films

Reference: (1) Benjamin B, Oct 2010, Contemplating a Coloful Afterlife, American Cinematographer, Vol. 91 No.10, p18
(2) Benjamin B, Oct 2010, Contemplating a Coloful Afterlife, American Cinematographer, Vol. 91 No.10, p22

Useful Applications, Drop Box

Original Source: Drop Box Blog, Drop Box, Trigon Technology

Recycling, rusted Soviet Naval mines

Mati Karmin

This sculpurist from Estonia recycles objects from old soviet deep sea mines from an ex fortress on Nassair Island, and transforms these objects into decayed Steam punk furniture, which he titles "Mine Furniture".

Original Source: Bored To Death, Marine Mine

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Exhibtion, Hell's Half Acre

'The Heretic's Gate' by Doug Foster

"The Divine Comedy still exerts a morbid grip on the imagination, and the Lazarides Gallery co-opted 16 artists to produce suitably sense-assaulting meditations on evil. Here is The Heretic’s Gate, a video installation by Doug Foster, featuring a raging inferno reflected in oil." (1)

Discovered in: (1) The Architectural review, Nov 2010, 1365, p89

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Friday, 29 October 2010

Amon Tobin Inspired Short, 'Esther's'

Original Source: Creative Review Blog, Vimeo

Sound Design, Amon Tobin

Behind the Scenes - Designer Sounds from Amon Tobin HQ on Vimeo.

Original Source: Amon Tobin HQ Vimeo


Original Source: Twitch Film, Exposure Room

Music Inspiration, The Sight Below

Original Source: YouTube,

Dark Short Animation, 'Alma'

Original Source: Screenrant, YouTube

Cinematography: Tetsuo Nagata