I can’t think of a more fitting post to go under the heading ‘Inspiration’
“Ray Harryhausen may not be familiar to everyone but to those who do know it, his name stands as a landmark in the history of a genre and cinematic art, the art of dimensional stop-motion animation. Ray made his name by developing fantastic stories and creatures based on legends and mythology and creating a unique genre of fantasy films during the 1950s, 60s and 70s that took the movie making world, and the public, by storm.”
7th May 2013 – Rest in Peace
An introduction to Video Advertising discussing its role in marketing, adspend, the work of the IAB Council and showcasing examples of creativity in video.
“If you’re still trying to convince someone in your company to sign off on a video campaign, try some of these four compelling reasons.”
• You Can Use It Anywhere
• It Helps You Stand Out
• Re-purposing Content
• It’s Easy To Track
I know I know – It’s all about Leveson this morning! I have listened to the depressing antics of the despicable media and also the sad tales of desperate celebrities and I thought ‘what’s going to cheer me up today?’
Well here it is!
Ok, so I’ve been feeling grumpy – then I saw this and my heart melted…
Another hero of mine – looking back at some of my animation work, I can see very clear references to his. I wish I had met him!
“I want everything we do to be beautiful. I don’t give a damn whether the client understands that that’s worth anything, or that the client thinks it’s worth anything, or whether it is worth anything. It’s worth it to me. It’s the way I want to live my life. I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.” ~Saul Bass
Now, if any clients are reading this – I’m not necessarily agreeing with the not giving a damn bit, but I understand the meaning in this statement. I want to make beautiful things too!
One of my favourite title sequences he did below for It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World:
and I found this gem, Sale Of Manhattan, on YouTube:
This film is why we do what we do as filmmakers and why we do what we do as people! Wonderful beautiful splendid film!
I knew it was coming and I think it’s for the best but that didn’t stop me from shedding a tear….
During my usual procrastinations (ahem) research! I nipped on over to my usual hiding place http://www.airside.co.uk as, quite simply, I love them. Lots of people obsess over ‘popstars’ ‘filmstars’ and the like, mine was Airside!
May 2001 – I was introduced, via my superb boss at the time, to Airside and the potty, Fred Deakin, Alex and Nat and honestly, since then they have been my inspiration.
I have followed everything they have done and have (countless times) scoured their site for an idea. In fact they have always been the first place I would look. Whether commercial work or personal I have ripped them off more than a couple of times. Christ, I even covered my first childs nursery walls with copies of the singing animal vinyls, taken straight from their Orange Playlist bumper project
Nice Weather For Ducks still makes it onto all of my playlists…
I have bought every calendar, book, CD and keyring. I was/am a fan and it’s a sad day.
The thing is though, I suppose – I am not alone, and a gazillion other people have done the same and copied them.
They obviously have to move on and create new stuff now – and how exciting is that!!!
What is it about cooling towers that is so blooming fascinating? The enormity of the things? The slightly scary purpose? Or the moustache??
I love love love this film…..
If you fancy 8 minutes of beautiful heartbreak – then look no further. Utterly stunning piece of animation.