The Art of Pixar

October 8, 2009

NY_PROOF

I found Lou Romano’s blog site the other day. He is responsible for a lot of the concept art in some of Pixar’s films, such as Up and The Incredibles. I love his style and playful nature of creating stories. He is no longer with Pixar however, instead using his amazing talent with the animation studio Laika, responsible for the stop-motion Coraline.

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Impressions

April 29, 2009

Last nite, four other graphics buddies and I drove to Denver to see Gary Hustwit’s new documentary film Objectified. More info can be found in my previous blog post here.

The film’s main focus was on industrial design and its effect on everyone’s daily lives. Without many of us realizing it, everything we interact with throughout the day was designed by someone for some purpose. The true success of a well-designed object is when you forget why it looks the way it does. You use it, throw it away, buy a new one, reuse it, etc. without a second thought.

I enjoyed the film, although I wasn’t completely blown away by it. Industrial design is an important facet of everyone’s lives, but I feel like most of its secrets have been revealed already through various media programs. I still haven’t seen Helvetica, and I think that film will appeal to me more not only for the fact that it’s about graphic design(ers), but it’s about something not many people know much. Gary was kind enough to answer questions after the screening, which was pretty cool.

The (Mayan) theatre was packed and we got to drink beer while watching the film, awesome. I couldn’t help but notice another film playing there currently.

Tokyo! is a collection of three films that all take place in the vibrant Japanese city. They are supposed to be pretty surreal and wacky stories, all connected through some on-going theme. Michel Gondry directed one of them. I’ll have to make another trip back sometime, if its still playing there. All in all, it was a pretty fun trip to Denver, it being my first and not last.

Objectified

April 21, 2009

I have plans to see this documentary on Monday in Denver with some buddies from graphic design. Should be interesting. Gary Hustwit made the film, same guy who did the Helvetica documentary which I have yet to see.

From the site:

Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability.”