Archive for August, 2009

Fun game at the Apple store in…

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Fun game at the Apple store in Atlantic City: walk away from the store, no AT&T service; walk back to the store, 5 full bars. Niiice.


Friday, August 21st, 2009

MakingOf is a behind-the-scenes Web destination, founded by Natalie Portman and Christine Aylward, that provides an intimate, fresh look into the process of creating entertainment by the insiders themselves.

Natalie Portman on co-founding the website:

When friends come to the set, they always want to know: Who are the many individuals who take part in the making of a film? What do they do? How do they do what they do? How did they get the chance to do what they do? And often: how can I do that too?

[...] It is our goal to create a centralized source for the type of filmmaking insights often found on DVD extra features, with additional features catered toward the film enthusiast and filmmaking enthusiast alike.


Friday, August 21st, 2009

Online sketchbook filled with beautiful original art, timelapses of each sketch, and the ability to create your own.

“Everything Has Changed” by William Fitzsimmons

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Such a beautiful melody, with incredibly heartfelt lyrics. From his 2006 release, Goodnight (iTunes):

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Trailer for “The Lovely Bones”

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Peter Jackson’s newest project after King Kong and The Lord of the Rings looks to be fantastic.  Based on the book by Alice Sebold.

The Movie Title Stills Collection

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

A collection of main titles from classic and recent feature films.  For commentary on specific title sequences and how they came about, check out Art of the Title Sequence.

Orson Scott Card on the Modern Aesthetic

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

…By and large modern literature, like modern art and modern music, has forsaken the larger audience. The artists are talking only to each other and to those readers who have trained themselves to look for the things the artists look for.

The trouble is that what artists see is like what tailors see — their eye goes to the stitching, not to the suit. The work is viewed, not in the context of real life as a whole, but in the context of the conversation among artists. And this has only limited interest for most people.

The points Card makes deftly explain my own feelings regarding many artists considered the creative elite in their mediums, such as Wes Anderson, Jackson Pollock, and multiple rap and independent musicians alike.  I can sometimes appreciate their work as a study of the artist themselves, their technical skill, and/or their dialogue with their counterparts — but not as relatable expressions of a greater story or purpose.  At best, such art art has little long-term or widespread value; at worst, it’s received as an exercise in arrogance.

Greater skilled is an artist whose work appeals to a wider audience even when their immediate peers are few: The Lord of the Rings originated as a bedtime story for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children; Schindler’s List as an homage to Spielberg’s lineage; Für Elise for a woman of Beethoven’s interest.  In such cases the artist didn’t limit themselves to those individuals alone, but created a masterpiece that could be appreciated by anyone able to engage it.  That’s art.