Killing Joke – “Love Like Blood” [throwback]

•August 30, 2019 • Leave a Comment

No More Blog…Space!! [F]

•August 11, 2019 • Leave a Comment

I have run out of storage space to upload images! 3GB worth of uploads from 2008~2019 (RIP) I think is a pretty good damn fine run.

So, is now a good time for me to move on from this blog?

For an extra annual fee of $8.00, I can bump the maximum upload space to 13GB, and continue the longevity of this digital footprint of randomness, my sanctuary of procrastination, this politics and pornography free collection zone of whatever.

However, could my time be better served not in front of a screen? I am hesitant to make a decision. Not sure why that is. Something inside just needs to be communicated. Generosity, I feel, and a desire to be in touch with words and ideas as often as possible.

Was/is Dark in the Boy my bubble of creative gestation, or a crutch, stifling my creative thoughts and inner truth? …Does it sound/read crazy if I think I’m called upon to create something great? Will a random blog get in the way of that belief in myself? And is all of this simply TMI??? 🤔

*sigh* little hiccups in life. I’m a big picture kinda guy but these little bumps and scratches along the way shut my brain down, for real. Like, what if I have the makings for a bombass sandwich but have run out of butter?! That’s a transitional moment of panic for me OK!

…I’m thinking I should just pay the measly $8 and shut the front door huh.

Jewels in the Night Sea by Photographer Ryo Minemizu

•August 7, 2019 • Leave a Comment

I do not think I am allowed to post these images online, but I mean, I am a rebel 😎 and besides, the world must know of life’s unfathomable beauties!!

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Japanese marine life photographer Ryo Minemizu focuses his lens on some of the tiniest and most abundant life forms in our oceans. His series Phenomenons explores the diverse beauty and extravagant colors of plankton, and is shot amongst the dark waters of the Osezaki sea near Mount Fuji and other coasts around Japan, the Philippines and Maldives.

To capture the small creatures Minemizu sets his shutter speed to just a fraction of a second, while ensuring that his own movements don’t disturb the surrounding organisms.

“Plankton symbolize how precious life is by their tiny existence,” he explains. “I wanted other people to see them as they are in the sea, so it was my motivation from the beginning to shoot plankton underwater, which is quite a challenge. Most plankton are small, and their movements are hard to predict.”

Tornaria larva of acorn worms (Krohn stage) April 2016 Palau

Eudoxid of Enneagonum hyalinum. Eudoxid is sexual reproduction stage.

It’s a marine benthos, inhabiting sand or under stone. Adults are long and slender, grotesque. However, some larvae are beautiful like this picture, and they are floating.

March, 2012 Yakushima Kagoshima, Japan.

Amazing! I’m all about science fiction, but whenever there is a popular article about anything space related I scoff, because here on Earth is where the real mysteries of unknown life lie swim.

You can see more of Minemizu’s underwater photography on Instagram and Twitter, with prints from his Phenomenons series available in his online shop 🐟🐟🐟

Mike Tyson as Every Character in FAMILY MATTERS

•August 2, 2019 • Leave a Comment

What if celebrity X were absurdly cast in role Y? Deepfakes have it covered (is that a pun?) — Mike Tyson deepfaked in Family Matters:

The animated wonkiness and unease of uncanny valley, alleviates deepfakery into humourous territory, but make no mistake, deception is a powerful tool, both for entertainment purposes and lesser known agendas.

This footage of presidential contender Tulsi Gabbard appears to show a small blemish on her chin (a pimple or bug bite, perhaps) that suddenly disappears as she’s talking:

And, sharp vampire fangs!

Conspiracy theorists suggest MSNBC (producers of the footage) added the pimple to make her look bad, as the Congresswoman from Hawaii was talking foreign policy during the debate — specifically the possibility of America going to war with Iran. Important stuff, no doubt. The times are not amenable to even the most innocuous digital manipulation.

Bonobo — “No Reason” [music video]

•July 30, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Reminiscent of the best in-camera visual trickery of Michel Gondry, director Oscar Hudson’s music video for Bonobo and Nick Murphy’s chillwave track was created using forced perspectives with a small camera in a big set:

Director Oscar Hudson / Production Company Pulse Films / Executive Producer Sarah Boardman / Art Director Luke Moran-Morris / D.P. Ruben Woodin-Dechamps / Producers Matt Posner, Rik Green / Set Decorators Sakara Dawson-Marsh, Lottie McDowell / Video Commissioner John Moule / Model Maker Robin Crowley / Special Thanks Angus Hudson […]

Oscar Hudson also directed Radiohead music video “Lift” in 2017, and it’s a pleasant trip:

🌩 Lightning at 1,000 Frames per Second

•July 29, 2019 • 2 Comments

The editing and overdramatic production music makes this look like a made for television commercial, but the captured lightning strikes are worth seeing scrawl to the earth:

Photographer Dustin Farrell spent over a month traveling some 20,000 miles for the sole purpose of filming thunderstorms around the United States. Using a pricey Phantom Flex4K high-speed camera he filmed lightning strikes at 1,000 frames per second, resulting in impressive footage that shows the remarkable complexity of electricity in the atmosphere.

Now this next compilation video, in my opinion, is a thousand-point-twenty-one jigawatts times more exciting: ⚡

Light Zoetrope by Designer/Artist Akinori Goto

•July 27, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Artist Akinori Goto came up with a truly wonderful take on the zoetrope — He uses 3D printing to turn 2D frames into a donut-shaped object. It looks like an abstract sculpture, but it reveals its animation when hit with a narrow beam of light:

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Deepfaking Keanu Reeves (by Corridor Crew) + GIF Player Device Does One Thing — It Plays Keanu Gifs

•July 25, 2019 • Leave a Comment

But first; Keanu did something nice — ‘YOU’RE BREATHTAKING!’ Keanu Reeves surprised fan by signing yard sign:

Travelling to the set of his new Bill & Ted sequel, Face The Music, in Louisiana earlier this week, Keanu Reeves spotted a yard sign a local family had put on their lawn which honoured the actor with the words “You’re breathtaking.” The message is a reference to a viral moment from June, in which Reeves said the words to the crowd at the E3 video game conference — echoing a fan’s reaction to him.

Bill & Ted writer Ed Solomon wrote on Twitter that the 54-year-old had jumped out of their car after seeing the sign, and penned a sweet message to those responsible.

And something else Keanu related from one of my fave YouTube channels; deepfake Keanu stops a robbery with the power of kindness:

Bonus episode from the Corridor crew reacting to bad & great CGI (a great series):

“[…] if you’ve distracted the audience, you pull them out of this emotional suspension of disbelief, and you’ve reminded them that you are watching something that is fake.” ~ Niko Pueringer, VFX artist

And finally, because why not…

“I made this Keanu GIF player using an Adafruit PyGamer and SD card. It autoplays each GIF for 10 seconds before moving on to the next one. You can also use the L/R thumbstick controls to advance or go back. Add more Keanu GIFs by copying them to the SD card.” ~ John Park

STAR TREK: PICARD [first look]

•July 22, 2019 • Leave a Comment

It has been a long time since I have been excited for anything STAR TREK related. The new series is set for a 2020 release, and looks to be an amazing continuation of the franchise, with Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Brent Spiner’s Data is back, presumably, as well as Jeri Ryan’s Seven of Nine.

Quite pleased.

Last thing ST I truly enjoyed was not the new films, or the new TV series Discovery, but a four-issue comic miniseries published in 2012 — Star Trek the Next Generation: Hive. I am definitely picking up some similarities in story elements:

In the distant future the entire galaxy has been completely assimilated by Borg and it’s king _ Locutus! The only hope for the future lies in the past, in the hands of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise as Picard faces off against the Borg collective in one final, terrifying, and definitive encounter!

Before that, IDK, maybe it was playing multiplayer Star Trek: Voyager — Elite Force

And how can I forget this sweet entry starring the lovely Alice Krige:

R.I.P. Rutger Oelsen Hauer 1944 ~ 2019

•July 20, 2019 • Leave a Comment

The real Blade Runner.

New Zealand International Film Festival (2019)

•July 19, 2019 • Leave a Comment

It is that time of year again when the NZ International Film Festival rolls into town, and I have decisions to make!!

Poster artwork: illustration by Ken Samonte, design by Ocean Design.

My sister Matisse and I caught the NZIFF opening night screening of La Belle Époque and it was hilarious and heartfelt. Prior to its screening, New Zealand Film Festival Trust (NZFFT) member Dr Andrew Langridge took to the podium and welcomed everyone to the event, in a long speech about the film festival’s success, the 40 year tenure of festival curator/director Bill Gosden, as well thanking ALL the sponsors (it was a very long speech).

Here are a few entries in the 51st programme (18 July to 4 August 2019) that I am interested to see:

Long Day’s Journey into Night (2018) Di qiu zui hou de ye wan / Directed by Bi Gan

Part film noir, part dreamscape, this oneiric love mystery – acclaimed for its hour-long 3D sequence shot in a mesmerising unbroken take – intoxicatingly captures romantic obsession in southern China.

La Belle Époque (2019) Directed by Nicolas Bedos

A 21st century riff on second chances at first love, La Belle Époque takes a giant conceit – an agency can grant you the chance to play the lead role in any point in history, with full cast and costume on an authentic set – and focuses on a sad, aging cartoonist (Daniel Auteuil, in a late career peak) who’s feuding with his VR-obsessed wife (Fanny Ardant, equally terrific). Instead of drinking with Hemingway or fighting Nazis, he chooses to return to the happiest day of his life: 40 years prior, when a beautiful woman walked into a cafe…

High Life (2018) Directed by Claire Denis

A forbidding spaceship carrying death row inmates hurtles towards oblivion in Claire Denis’s long-awaited, intensely hypnotic sci-fi opus.

Children of the Sea (2019) Kaijou no kodomo / Directed by Watanabe Ayumu

With an enchanting attention to oceanic detail and the mysteries of the deep blue sea, this blissfully moody anime follows the journey of a teenage girl spirited away on a fantastic aquatic adventure.

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock Live Cinema

Celebrate Alfred Hitchcock’s 120th birthday with “the first true Hitchcock movie,” an atmospheric thriller set in the London fog. Accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra performing Neil Brand’s brilliant new score, conducted by Peter Scholes.

Stuffed (2019) Directed by Erin Derham

A fully rounded, elegantly observed documentary on the world of taxidermy, its dedicated practitioners and their empathy for the animals whose lives and beauty they lovingly preserve.

Escher: Journey into Infinity (2018) Escher: Het oneindige zoeken / Directed by Robin Lutz

This vivid portrait explores M.C. Escher’s life and imaginative world through his own words and visions. Narrated by Stephen Fry.

The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Directed by Riley Stearns

After a brutal mugging, a man takes up karate to better defend himself but soon falls under the spell of the dojo’s enigmatic leader.

We Are Little Zombies (2019) Directed by Nagahisa Makoto

Four teenage orphans form a kick-ass band to express their emotions and end up taking the world by storm in this visually dazzling triumph from first time director Nagahisa Makoto.

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019) Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Welcome back to the jungle with Brando, Duvall, Fishburne and Hopper for Francis Ford Coppola’s final – and finest – version of the ultimate Vietnam War epic.

Ruben Brandt, Collector (2018) Ruben Brandt, a gyűjtő / Directed by Milorad Krstić

Boasting batshit surreal imagery, fist-pumping action sequences and a wall-to-wall shrine of art and cinema references, Ruben Brandt, Collector is a new milestone for animated invention.

The Wild Goose Lake (2019) Nan fang che zhan de ju hui / Directed by Diao Yinan

Gangland subterfuge tumbles into a dazzling nocturnal manhunt in Chinese director Diao Yinan’s film noir par excellence – a modern genre classic in the making.

Regarding the 2019 poster artwork; the posters (in the poster?) featured on the wall are from past NZIFFs. The one with the elephant is from 1994, a programme which I happened to have held onto like a proud hoarder/stolen from my dad’s belongings when I was little. Incredibly different time for cinema compared to today’s offerings.

Photographs of Films: Movies Condensed Into a Single Frame — “its visual DNA” by Jason Shulman

•July 17, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Jason Shulman photographs the entire duration of a movie with ultra-long exposures, creating a single image, these impressionistic blurs with faint distinguishing features:

“You could take all these frames and shuffle them like a deck of cards,
and no matter the shuffle, you would end up with the same image I have arrived at.”

Dumbo (1941)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

In an interview with Another Magazine, Shulman elaborated; “I set up my camera […] pointed it at a movie, expecting that, if you expose the negative for an hour and a half with a film in front of it, you’d get a bit like what you get when you mix balls of Play-Doh together— just a brown monotone hue. So I was very surprised when in fact these kinds of rather interesting translations of films started occurring.”

“You can learn something about the director’s style from this kind of kooky translation: you can learn that Hitchcock deals with people, for example, Kubrick deals with composition, Bergman deals with … I mean lots of Bergman films are kind of moody and psychological, much more so than other films.”

“So it’s odd that in one exposure all of these things, although very subjective, kind of come through.”

“There are roughly 130,000 frames in a 90-minute film and every frame of each film is recorded in these photographs,” Shulman says.

Some films didn’t work so well, however. “I shot Avatar, for example – I shot all James Cameron’s films – and what I got most is literally just a kind of Pantone swatch at the end, a kind of plain, flat blue, because he cuts very quickly, the camera’s always moving. So it all depends on the director’s style.”

Shulman’s other work extends beyond photography, encompassing installation, sculpture and video.

Under The Skin (2013)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Alien (1979)

Stalker (1979)

“Each of these photographs is the genetic code of a film — its visual DNA”

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