Linotype: The Film - Official Trailer

Drooling right now. Type, Print & Film.
Linotype: The Film is a feature-length documentary centered around the Linotype type casting machine. Called the "Eighth Wonder of the World" by Thomas Edison, it revolutionized printing and society. The film tells the surprisingly emotional story of the people connected to the Linotype and how it impacted the world.

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I Am Cuba

I Am Cuba Film Trailer - (1964) Soy Cuba is the original title. Arguably one the best films ever made. Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov, the film looks at the political oppression and the deviation of power and wealth. Every shot is amazing and superb, it's a directors guide to everything film, from how to shoot, camera tracking the true skill and art form of handheld camera work and much more. The film continues to influence established directors such as Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola and anybody else that's into film.

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design

My Xmas wish list is to get my hands on the long awaited new book - Saul Bass: A life in Film & Design, published by Laurence King Publishing. Anyone out there wants to buy me a present for what ever reason here are the details. Sorry I can't stop salivating.

Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design
Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham

Hardback
1484 illustrations
440 pages
290 x 258
ISBN 978 1 85669 752 1
£48.00
Published November 2011

Saul Bass A Life in Film & Design

Anthony McCall at Serpentine Gallery

The cross disciplinary artist Anthony McCall was an inspiration when I visited his exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in early 2008. His work is dynamic, calculated and magically futuroso. A few of my video works have been created using projections to print upon the surface of an object or a person where as he does this and much more. Anthony's work is installation, projection, print, film and performance. The artist creates the illusion of three dimensional shapes, ellipses, waves and cones which are very subtle but yet technically precise in shape and form. If you get a chance to see and experience his work I certainly do recommend. Note* He also worked within the book publishing industry for a while.



La Jetée by Chris Marker

Chris Marker's film La Jetée (1962) is every students entry into moving image and art school top ten filmography must watch list. I first viewed this film on my Foundation Art & Design course when LCC (London College of Communication) used to be called London School of Printing & Distributive Trades in London, at the glamorous Elephant & Castle. A pivotal film short inspiring the likes of Director Terry Gilliam to make his film Twelve Monkeys (1995). I won't critique the film, it would take me ages. However, below is the storyline taken from IMDB. Enjoy!

*The last Vimeo user did not want to share his video unfortunately so i've had to upload the video in two parts. Big thanks to the people who like to share :)

Time travel, still images, a past, present and future and the aftermath of World War III. The tale of a man, a slave, sent back and forth, in and out of time, to find a solution to the world's fate. To replenish its decreasing stocks of food, medicine and energies, and in doing so, resulting in a perpetual memory of a lone female, life, death and past events that are recreated on an airports jetée.



Christian Marclay: The Clock

The Clock
Single Channel Video
Duration: 24hrs
Gallery: White Cube, Mason's Yard, London, UK, 2010

'The Clock' by artist Christian Marclay was probably my number one single channel video / cinema piece of work for 2010. 'The Clock' is truly brilliant, simple and thought provoking. However like most brilliant, simple and thought provoking work it consists of great depths of complexity.

The film if you can call it this, is constructed out of moments in cinema when time is expressed or when a character interacts with a clock, watch or just a particular part of the day. Marclay has excepted thousands of these fragments and edited them so that they flow in real time, While 'The Clock' examines how time, plot and duration are depicted in cinema, the video is also a working timepiece that is synchronised to the local time zone. At any moment, the viewer can look at the work and use it to tell the time. Yet the audience watching 'The Clock' experiences a vast range of narratives, settings and moods within the space of a few minutes, making time unravel in countless directions at once. Even while 'The Clock' tell the time, it ruptures any sense of chronological coherence.

'The Clock' plays with how audiences experience narrative in cinema, examining the conventions and devices through which filmmakers create a persuasive illusion of duration. When watching a film, an audience is removed from normal time and swept up in a new register that corresponds to the narrative at hand. 'The Clock' transforms this condition of cinema: time, in this case, corresponds precisely to the actual time beyond the work. The audience will have the peculiar awareness of experiencing a fictional event, or countless events, at what appears to be the same time as when they watch it in the gallery.