Brief: Create 3D typography which communicates the word behind it
My word is “Horror”
Rather than being conceptual, and avoiding any cliches, I embraced them full-heartedly and created a set of six “scary letters” which in reality… appear to be more cute and nice than scary… But so is the effect of plasticine!
While writing down, trying to compile a list of the best films I have seen made in the last ten years, it becomes very easy to forget films which, at the time, stood out. One person who never slips my mind though, is Charlie Kaufman.
So effected have I been by his films, that his writing has changed my view not simply on films, but on creativity and even life itself. Here is someone widely acknowledged as constantly pushing the boundaries. Whether its Spike Jonze or Michel Gondry behind the camera, each of these films is essentially a Charlie Kaufman film.
The first time I became aware of his work, was about 4 or 5 years ago. I remember hearing from friends on its release, that “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” was not a “Jim Carrey” film, and advised that this was not something worth watching. A year later a friend had it on dvd, and convinced me I should watch it. I remember sitting there, mesmerised by its complexity, the fascinating concepts, the sheer beauty of it all. It was unlike anything I had ever come across, but at the same time felt so connected. The film swept me away, taking me on a journey unlike anything I had experienced. As it finished I could feel the emotional impact it had had on me, something you rarely have the opportunity to experience this deeply.
Now this was long before Kaufman had exploded to where he is now, within my own group of friends anyhow. From here I bought Being John Malkovich, and Adaptation. Malkovich again simply blew me away, the strange lives of the characters, the surreal story, the quiet genius of it all. Adaptation struck me in a different way. I didn’t feel like I had with Malkovich or Eternal Sunshine, but instead this film left me pondering exactly what it was Kaufman had created. His work untill this point had at least been comprehendible, but when you start dissecting Adaptation you realise just how much further Kaufman can go.
Last year I finally had the pleasure to see Synecdoche New York, Charlie Kaufman’s directoral debut and a film I had waited forever to see. I would safely say, that this is in fact his best film yet. A masterful film which is both surreal and relatable. It was an experience I never wanted to end. Not because it was enjoyable or entertaining, (though it is both these things to different degrees) but because this film deals with so many things on so many levels, there is so much here to get your mind into, that at times it can seem overwhelming. Not only is this Kaufman’s best film, but a likely candidate for film of the decade.
Filed under: Inspiring Artists | Tags: Illustrator, Inspiration, Nina Chakrabarti
I spent most of Tuesday working with London based Nina Chakrabarti.
She is a wonderful illustrator who has worked with the likes of Mazda and Marks and Spencers. With a very original and lovely style to her work you should should have a look at her website by clicking on the image
Croatia based photographer Danijel Šivinjski has just posted an article about my Short Film “Finding Myself”.
Filed under: 3D, Photography, Typography, University Work | Tags: Competition, Quote, Snow, Typography
Along with the heavy snow falling this week came a brief from my teacher. It asked us to create a typographic design from snow. Of course a million ideas fill your head as you imagine the incredible sculptures you will now create, but when you get out into the cold wet snow, you realise its not as easy as you expected. In fact it turns out that sculpting anything from snow requires far more skill than I have. Feeling the disappointment along with my housemate Jon, we decide the best thing to do is work together. Going into the snow with a mate means you don’t give up so easily. In fact today, we spent the entire day creating our work. Last night was spent brainstorming, deciding on what we wanted to write with the snow, and the different ways we could do this. We came across a quote by Paul Gauguin which read “I shut my eyes in order to see”. We both loved it, and found that creating a series of images would allow us creation of more ideas.
The sentence was split into I shut / my eyes / in order / to see
Once the sun had gone down we set about creating “I Shut”. The first words of the sentence. We used the tops off our coffee and tea holders which are shaped like domes, using them to create perfectly rounded Hemispheres. We made dozens of these which were placed to created italic typography. This was perhaps the most beautiful thing we created all day, but the photo we got here simply doesn’t do it justice.
This piece was created by scraping snow off the ground. I didn’t want us to just get a stick and draw in the snow though, I wanted it on a different scale altogether. To begin with we used a trolley to draw the guidelines with. We then used the lid of a box to scrap the snow away. This technique took a huge amount of time, and was extremely hard work. With such little time to get the whole thing finished, I thought about what we could do to speed the process up. Turning the trolley upside down, I found the weight meant I could simply pull it along, and the snow would come with it.
This sped the process up massively. It was still hard work, but after an hour or two we were finished.
The idea here was, to create the lettering using blocks. Almost like bricks of snow. We gathered up a bucket full of snow, and took it to the path where the snow had faded. The best thing about creating this piece was how so many people walking past asked about what we were creating. Many of them went off to see the other typography we had created around the common, a few even asking where they would be able to find the finished images. I loved creating work which was then left for anyone walking by to have a look at.
This was very simple, and the easiest of the 4 to make. We decided to create the letters on a pile of logs. Scraping the snow off two parts, then putting snow back to create each letter. I really love this setting, these were probably the most successful photographs of the day.
Last month our class was asked to each make 50 editions of an illustration to be given out to the class, so each of us could create a book from them. I made 5 different illustrations, and printed 15 copies of each one. Below are a selection of the 50 or so illustrations produced by the class, and my own 5 illustrations.