Saturday, August 28, 2010

Gimmie Stills, Style

Hello, visual style. You're looking well today. I feel like we don't talk anymore, tell me what you've been up to. Oh, you brought pictures? That's awfully nice of you.

Everything about Don Hertzfeldt's I Am So Proud Of You is so weird and wonderfully unique. The crudely drawn visuals accompanied by still photographs, all seen through small, blurry holes, is such a great way to tell a story. I consider it, and its predecessor Everything Will Be Ok, to be my favorite short animated film of all time. Support this guy. Do it now.


I think there's kind of a color palette going on with Fantastic Mr.Fox, don't you? There's pretty much not a single color that's not some shade of orange. Am I okay with that? Totally. Orange is a good color, despite what everyone around Tuscaloosa says. Ugh, I can't believe I just made that joke.

The views of the awful future look appropriately awful in A Clockwork Orange. However, as you can probably see with the 3rd and 4th screenshots, some of the interiors actually look kind of livable. But not in a good way. It's kind of like when you drive through an area that is very much "past its prime", and looks to be stuck forever in a better period, slowly deteriorating. But those colors sure are neat.

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang seems to be pretty understated in terms of its cinematography. But that doesn't stop it from looking really good. There's a few parts where I'd venture to say it looks really really good (see above clip). How's that for some descriptive writing. Just see this movie, okay?

I'm big into colorful movies that remain at least somewhat minimalist (Speed Racer gave me a headache). But I also like muted, high contrasts. The human eye doesn't usually see in the ways a lot of movies are shown, which I see as one of the draws for an audience. It is for me, at least.

To those that are into commenting, show me some of your visual style. I'm all for being influenced.

Monday, August 23, 2010

10 things

Seriously, an assignment to list ten favorite things in a video production class. I wonder what ten things everyone is going to choose to list? I am going to list my ten favorite movies. I doubt anyone else is going to do this. This fact will surely net me the most awesome of grades.

Top 10 favorite movies:
(in an order that will likely be changed within the hour)

10. Waking Life (imdb)
9. Falling Down (imdb)
8. Akira (imdb)
7. Naked Lunch (imdb)
6. The Fantastic Mr. Fox (imdb)
5. The Iron Giant (imdb)
4. High Fidelity (imdb)
3. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (imdb)
2. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (imdb)
1. A Clockwork Orange (imdb)

Oh yeah, you know that poster sale they always have in the ferg? They never have the majority of these movies. That sucks doesn't it. My room doesn't look nearly stereotypical enough.