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April 17, 2018

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Brett Yoncak

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Why “Isle of Dogs” Is So Beautiful

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Isle of Dogs is the latest masterpiece from director/writer Wes Anderson. It is indeed a visual accomplishment like none I have seen before. I highly suggest seeing it if you haven’t already, and if you have, I suggest seeing it again. Within the first 5 minutes of the film, the absurd …

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Isle of Dogs is the latest masterpiece from director/writer Wes Anderson. It is indeed a visual accomplishment like none I have seen before. I highly suggest seeing it if you haven’t already, and if you have, I suggest seeing it again. Within the first 5 minutes of the film, the absurd amount of effort that was poured into it becomes undeniable.

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The story is heartwarming and hilarious. Even if you don’t love dogs as much as I do, you’ll be swept away by the magic of every scene. The stop-motion feels fluid and unique. The score is dynamic and captivating. And the puppets and settings are beautiful, rich with detail, and truly on a level of their own. The execution of Isle of Dogs is a true creative triumph.

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Take a few minutes and watch these videos to really appreciate the efforts of this talented team.

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March 5, 2018

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Brett Yoncak

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A Cinematic Visual Feast

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Ah, Blade Runner.  Originally released in 1982, it remains the epitome of neo-noir cinema, as well as the inspiration for today’s science fiction films, video games, television series, and even some of my own design work. So it was no surprise that Blade Runner 2049, the sequel released last year …

Ah, Blade Runner

Originally released in 1982, it remains the epitome of neo-noir cinema, as well as the inspiration for today’s science fiction films, video games, television series, and even some of my own design work. So it was no surprise that Blade Runner 2049, the sequel released last year was, quite possibly, the most visually breathtaking piece of cinematic work I have ever witnessed. Spending the extra money, that I don’t have, to see it in IMAX was the greatest decision of my life. No doubt. 

If for some reason, you didn’t go see this visual masterpiece on the biggest screen available to you, shame on you, but have no fear! I’ve taken it upon myself to screenshot the majestic trailer and put together this beautiful collection. If these get your juices flowing like mine, then you owe it to yourself to buy the blu-ray. You will not regret it. And if you’re especially aroused by these visuals, check out this gorgeous book: The Art and Soul of Blade Runner 2049. There’s even a deluxe edition that I would certainly purchase if I didn’t spend all of my money on IMAX tickets. Worth it. <3

Feast your eyes, my friends!

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Look at that tree. A rare sight in the futuristic setting.
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Life’s greatest gift.
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Dat atmosphere.
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Gettin’ wet.
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Pong gets a second wind in 2049.
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I want to live on this rooftop.
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What a collection.
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I mean come on… this is beauty at it’s finest.
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Even sketchy streets look enticing.
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There’s something about futuristic city lights reflecting off of your hovercar, am I right?
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Wonderful wasteland.

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March 4, 2018

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Rafael Esquer

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Six Minimal Posters for 2018 Academy Award Nominated Films

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Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger nominated for ‘The Post’ To celebrate the 2018 Oscars ceremony to premiere this evening, I bring you a collection of six poster reinterpretations of the six of the nominated films for Best Picture. They are, The Shape of Water, Dunkirk, Darkest Hour, Three Billboards …

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Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger nominated for ‘The Post’

To celebrate the 2018 Oscars ceremony to premiere this evening, I bring you a collection of six poster reinterpretations of the six of the nominated films for Best Picture. They are, The Shape of Water, Dunkirk, Darkest Hour, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Phantom Thread, and The Post. There are three missing from the set: Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, and Lady Bird, which round off the list of nominees from this year’s selection.

Created by Chungkong, a designer based in The Netherlands, these posters are in a minimal style. The Dutch designer has set out to master the style of minimalism because, as of today, he has made more than 900 posters! His goal is to strip the subjects down to their bare bones, then apply basic design elements such as texture, contrast, scale, and geometry to convey his message. His inspiration comes from film, music, and sports.

I hope these posters get you in the mood to go watch the movies nominated. My top recommendations are The Post and The Shape of Water. Judging by Chungkong’s posters, do you have a favorite? Which film would you want to see based on these six interpretations?

Remember this evening, if you can afford the long three-plus hour ceremony, watch the Oscars. The show starts at 5:00 PM PST (8:00 PM EST) on ABC.

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Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale nominated for “The Shape of Water”
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Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten and Douglas Urbanski nominated for ‘Darkest Hour’
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Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh nominated for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’
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Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan nominated for ‘Dunkirk’
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JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and Daniel Lupi nominated for ‘Phantom Thread’

February 25, 2018

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Chico & Rita – Love and Musical Animation

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As I was looking for movies to watch throughout the weekend, I came across a film that caught my attention, titled Chico and Rita. This film is not your typical animated film. It tells the love story of a young piano player and a beautiful singer from Cuba. It has been …

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As I was looking for movies to watch throughout the weekend, I came across a film that caught my attention, titled Chico and Rita. This film is not your typical animated film. It tells the love story of a young piano player and a beautiful singer from Cuba.

It has been a few years since the release of this animated film, beating the odds and competed for the Oscars despite a low budget production. This Academy Award-nominated film was produced by film director Fernando Trueba and animated in a 90’s cartoon style by Spanish Artist Javier Mariscal. The love story revolves around music; its the love of music that was able to split and bring Chico and Rita together.

The transition scenes were the best part of the animation. Their use of color and the mix of having sketch drawings made each scene was captivating. It gravitated me to this love story that transitioned from Cuba, New York, Paris to Las Vegas. Passion for music was celebrated in this love story, including real icons that during that age that helped shape the genre known as jazz.

This movie is full of great jazz music not only in Spanish, but English as well. It includes the work of jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, and Freddy Cole. Some other musicians featured in the film include Chucho Valdés, Charlie Parker, Chano Pozo, Tito Puente, and Ben Webster.

Although the Oscars were snatched away, that doesn’t stop people from considering this a fantastic film. Chico and Rita earned a European Film Award, Goya Award, and a Festival of European Animated Feature Films and TV SpecialsI don’t want to say too much about this film, but do recommend you to see it if you haven’t done so!

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January 16, 2018

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Rafael Esquer

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10 Pages from Guillermo del Toro’s Sketchbook

By now, most of us have heard the name Guillermo del Toro. He’s a Mexican filmmaker, novelist, screenwriter, and producer who is best known for critically acclaimed films such as Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, The Devil’s Backbone, and most recently The Shape of Water. I’m not going to lie I’m a huge fan …

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By now, most of us have heard the name Guillermo del Toro. He’s a Mexican filmmaker, novelist, screenwriter, and producer who is best known for critically acclaimed films such as Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, The Devil’s Backbone, and most recently The Shape of Water.

I’m not going to lie I’m a huge fan of Mr. del Toro. As a Mexican, he’s a role model, and as a creative, he’s someone who greatly inspires me. Today, I’m presenting 10 pages from his sketchbook.

Why do I love sketchbooks? To me, they reveal one of the most important parts of the creative process; the place where ideas are born and shown in its most raw form. There is something immediate and authentic about the fresh, unrefined concepts illustrated via text, drawing and sometimes scraps of photos. When looking at artist’s sketchbooks, one gets a glimpse into the person’s mind. I’ve been sketching for over 20 years and even though, I don’t look back at my sketchbooks very often when I do, each page brings me back to an exact place and time, and a particular state-of-mind.

Looking at Gullermo del Toro’s sketchbooks somehow makes me feel like a friend is sharing an intimate moment. I also see glimpses of the mind of a creative genius.

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I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. And, if you are not familiar with his work, for God’s sake, watch Pan’s Labyrinth or run to the theatre to see The Shape of Water. You’ll thank you later.

There are several books that have published the sketches of Guillermo del Toro. My favorite is Guillermo del Toro Cabiner of Curiosities. Available in a limited edition and hardcover version, it’s a book worth checking out.

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December 13, 2017

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Nao Suzuki

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PARCO’s Christmas Campaign

Parco, a chain of Japanese department stores, is one of the leaders in advertising during Christmas time. In the past, they have employed top-notch creators such as Viviane Sassen and German artist Juergen Teller to create engaging advertisements for Christmas shoppers in Japan. This winter, Japanese Fashion Designer Yoshikazu Yamagata and Photographer …

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Parco, a chain of Japanese department stores, is one of the leaders in advertising during Christmas time. In the past, they have employed top-notch creators such as Viviane Sassen and German artist Juergen Teller to create engaging advertisements for Christmas shoppers in Japan. This winter, Japanese Fashion Designer Yoshikazu Yamagata and Photographer Yuji Hamada collaborated on this year’s advertising campaign, which included posters and a film.

The concept is “the red is waiting for the white Christmas,” which pays homage to “the black is waiting for the white” by Mario Giacomelli. They applied several experimental approaches in terms of film and photography, which makes this campaign different from any other advertisement right now.

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October 3, 2017

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Celeste Hylton-James

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Ryan Gosling and SNL Makes Fun of James Cameron’s Logo for Avatar

This past weekend NBC’s Saturday Night Live playfully jabbed at one of the most criticized fonts in the industry, Papyrus. As Actor Ryan Gosling hosted SNL’s return for its 43rd season, he also starred in a pre-taped sketch of a man who can’t get over the fact that the logo …

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This past weekend NBC’s Saturday Night Live playfully jabbed at one of the most criticized fonts in the industry, Papyrus. As Actor Ryan Gosling hosted SNL’s return for its 43rd season, he also starred in a pre-taped sketch of a man who can’t get over the fact that the logo of James Cameron’s blockbuster hit, Avatar, was written in Papyrus.

Ryan Gosling’s character, frantic and disturbed, yelled at random strangers, including his therapist:

“He just highlighted Avatar, clicked the dropdown menu and he randomly selected papyrus, like a thoughtless child, just wandering by a garden, yanking leaves along the way!”

The creator of the font, Graphic Designer Chris Costello, respectfully disagreed with SNL’s criticism but enjoyed the sketch. He explained to CBS that he created Papyrus when he was only 23 years old, and later sold it to Microsoft, making it an easily accessible computer font.

“I woke up this morning, Sunday, and my email was full. I had a lot of people telling me, ‘Did you see this Saturday Night Live thing?’ I took a look at it, and me and my wife were cracking up, I mean we couldn’t stop laughing. It was one of the best things I’ve seen.”

Fortunately for fans of Avatar, they announced that there will be four more installments to Cameron’s hit movie. For Papyrus haters, however, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. But you can at least enjoy laughing at it.

September 30, 2017

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Bianca Ng

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Portraits in Creativity by Gael Towey & Co.

At the beginning of the year, the popular documentary about artist and designers called Abstract: The Art of Design was on everyone’s radar. My friend and I binged watched the season together as the design nerds we pride ourselves to be. Perhaps my expectations were too high or I already …

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At the beginning of the year, the popular documentary about artist and designers called Abstract: The Art of Design was on everyone’s radar. My friend and I binged watched the season together as the design nerds we pride ourselves to be. Perhaps my expectations were too high or I already had a preconceived notion of what I wanted to see, but I was disappointed. Some of the narratives were confusing and sporadic, and I wasn’t always aware of the narrative the director was trying to get across.

Portraits in Creativity stood out to me because each portrait tells a cohesive, poignant story. This makes sense since Gael Towey, the brains behind this project, is passionate about storytelling. Previously, Towey was the Creative Director for Martha Stewart Living magazine. She designed the iconic magazine and won numerous awards, including the prestigious American Society of Magazine Editors awards for Design, Photography and General Excellence, the AIGA Corporate Leadership Award, and the Chrysler Design Award. Now she is embarking on a new adventure by directing Portraits in Creativity, a series of short documentaries that:

“capture the bravery of artists and artisans, and delights in the visual seduction of the creative process.”

The focus is authentically capturing the artist’s voice and their story. I appreciate the care and attention to detail this series values and the fact that the artists are empowering woman. (source: about Gael Towey & Co.)

Season 1: Sheila Berger
New York-based painter and sculptor Sheila Berger follows an odyssey that begins with a bird’s nest found at her childhood home in St. Louis. Using encaustic, plaster and steel, she examines nurturing and explores the fragility of nature.

“The stories that we tell, they define us.” – Sheila Berger

Director of Photography Philip Lehman

Season 1: Maira Kalman
“Everyone is eccentric,” Maira Kalman says. “You just have to find it.” With her characteristic humor, tender observations of our human foibles, and gorgeous sense of color, she asks:

“Who are we? How are we documenting ourselves? Is this a dream? Are we in costume?”

In partnership with The Met, MoMA and The Guggenheim, Maira explores these essential questions through painting, publication and performance.

Director of Photography Philip Lehman
Editing by Antoine Mills

Click here to watch the rest of the series.

For more information about Gael Towey, check out Gael Towey & Co.’s website.

September 22, 2017

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Celeste Hylton-James

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Imaginary Forces Wins 2017 Emmy for Outstanding Main Title Design

Imaginary Forces, a studio that specializes in visual storytelling and brand strategy, won this year’s Emmy for Outstanding Main Title Design for Netflix’s original series Stranger Things. Back in April, I expressed my love for this moody, typographic title sequence, and now overjoyed that it received the attention it deserved. This …

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Imaginary Forces, a studio that specializes in visual storytelling and brand strategy, won this year’s Emmy for Outstanding Main Title Design for Netflix’s original series Stranger Things. Back in April, I expressed my love for this moody, typographic title sequence, and now overjoyed that it received the attention it deserved. This is not the first time this creative agency has won an award in this category, however. Previously, their opening titles for television series such as Mad Men and Manhattan caught the attention of Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS), yet this win is special. This is Creative Director Michelle Dougherty’s first win.

They had a worthy competition with title sequences from popular shows like American Gods, Feud, Netflix’s The Crown, and HBO’s Westworld. Many of these nominations were made by title sequence powerhouse Studio Elastic, who won last year for Amazon’s Man in the High Castle. Below are the sequences from the other nominees. Which is your favorite?

American Gods Main Title Sequence from Patrick Clair on Vimeo.

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September 11, 2017

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Bianca Ng

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What if Michael Bay Made Waffles? By David Ma

There isn’t a single person who hasn’t at least heard of Buzzfeed’s Tasty. The only thing Millennials love more than taking photos of their food is watching videos about food. I don’t want to share how many hours I’ve spent watching tutorials on how to make extravagant grilled cheeses, but …

There isn’t a single person who hasn’t at least heard of Buzzfeed’s Tasty. The only thing Millennials love more than taking photos of their food is watching videos about food. I don’t want to share how many hours I’ve spent watching tutorials on how to make extravagant grilled cheeses, but there were a few videos that helped me get through college. They’re easy to follow and a delicious way to procrastinate.

Recently, David Ma, a food artist, commercial director & host, created a personal project called “Food Films” that stepped up the foodie game. “Food Films” is a series that plays off of food tutorials, but are stylized in iconic film treatments. While watching these videos, he asked himself, “What would Michael Bay do with a recipe video and how would be amp that up to Bayhem?”

As a foodie, he appreciated the food tutorials but felt that they were lacking artistry and intention. After creating “What if Michael Bay made Waffles? ” he wondered what would Quentin Tarantino or Wes Anderson make?

“The ultimate goal of Food Films was to get people to look at stuff from a different way,” Ma says. “I think that when you show the intricacies of a marshmallow, you kind of appreciate that marshmallow–when you treat it like one of Wes Anderson’s characters it makes people look at it differently.” -David Ma, Interview with Fast Company.

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“Food Films” reminded me of “Chef’s Table.” I appreciated the delicate care both directors have towards food. The physicality of food is completely ephemeral and yet there are so many people who will pour hours into creating it. The sharp contrast between Ma’s larger than life films of ordinary recipes makes me take a closer look at food. Also, this series is just so well done and hilarious. It’s safe to say, I’m obsessed and I hope he continues this series. Although I’m not sure what could top the Wes Anderson one!

My personal favorite:

For more info check out David Ma’s website here.