It’s Labor Day and I have spent a chunk of the early afternoon perusing the internet, specifically Vimeo. While looking for inspiring animation, and illustration styles I came across “Hound” by Olivia Blanc and Marion Delpech. This is their 2013 graduation short from EMCA. I’m gonna say it onne more time, French schools like EMCA and Supinfocom continue to turn out some of the best student work I have seen. If I were a student interested in animation, film, motion graphics, 3D, or any related field, I think I would be applying to go to school in France.
One of the reasons I like Gestalten, besides the fact that they make really cool books, is the fact that they produce short films to promote them. Really well made little films that sometimes extend the content of the book, and sometimes promote it. In the case of “The Life of Cycle” they are promoting their new book “Velo – 2nd Gear”.
The video not only promotes the contents of the book, it introduces you to individuals that are featured in it, places mentioned int he book, and shows of the wonderful page layouts that make up the book itself.
Velo – 2nd Gear illuminates and celebrates contemporary bike culture from classic to high tech. From the fixed gear scene to fashionable city cruisers. In addition this book showcases today’s most outstanding and unusual bicycles and their riders.
The book introduces coveted manufacturers, specialized boutiques, and historical tours. Velo – 2nd Gear also explains how each bike scene cultivates its own distinct codes through everything from the choice of bike frames, clothing, and by visiting specific events or establishments. The book shows why, for more and more people, bikes have replaced their cars as the mode of transporatation that best express their identity.
I hope I live to be 91, well at least 90 and a half like the star of this film by Dustin Cohen has. I hope that at the age of 91 I am still working at a job I love with as much energy as Frank. The video below is part of the “Made in Brooklyn” series and stars 91 year old shoemaker Frank Catalfumo. Really nice work from Cohen and his small crew. The film is a great story, and has a great look to it.
Frank is an inspiration to us all.
This is a nice little documentary short that speaks to the approaching absurdity of people/photographers documenting New York Fashion Week. It’s a nice little short film. Great production values, and insights from people involved in the fashion industry.
One thing that really sticks with me is what appears to be desperate attempts to get the shot at any cost. People taking photos with no rhyme or reason. Many of the shots on the shots on the street have this almost blind follow the leader mentality. “Phil Oh is shooting photos of that person so I better take some photos too. Oh wait Tommy Ton is shooting pictures of… desperately run to the next blind opportunity not really knowing why you should take a photo…”
When we set out to make this short, our intention simply was to observe the phenomenon of fashion bloggers and street style stars. As we started to review the footage, two salient trends became apparent: fashion editors frustrated by the ensuing commotion outside of shows, and the rise of “peacocking” street style stars as a result of the proliferation of blogs. This film examines these themes from both perspectives.