TV show ‘Manhattan’ shot on SFUAD campus

Category: Film / Multimedia, Hot New Talent, Interior Design

‘Manhattan’ is a new TV show from WGN America premiers tomorrow (Sunday 27 July). The series is set in Los Alamos New Mexico, the home of the Manhattan Project. The dense ensemble drama shows the lives of scientists and their families as they work isolated and in compete secrecy on building the first atomic bomb. Exciting premise set in tense times, about a project that was a secret even to the very people who were working on it in the years leading up to the devastation of Hiroshima ending WWII.

We are excited to share, that Frontier’s partner school the Santa Fe University of Art and Design is heavily involved in this production. The series is actually shot at SFUAD, using the original WWII barracks located on campus. This gives unparalleled opportunity to students and faculty of The Film School who are part of the filming crew as interns, extras and actors.

In 1943, two years into WWII, Santa Fe built semi-permanent barracks for a military hospital on what is today the Santa Fe University of Art and Design campus. The production revitalised these original buildings and transformed 12 acres of the SFUAD campus to bring Los Alamos to life with great accuracy and authenticity. Read more about this unique set on the Jackalope Blog here.

The series is created by ‘Masters of Sex’ writer Sam Shaw and directed by ‘The West Wing’s’ Thomas Schlamme, ‘Manhattan’ premiers this Sunday July 27 at 9pm ET. We are excited to see how the series turns out and will certainly tune in to support the work of Frontier students at SFUAD.

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Images: WGN America

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Tom Darracott for Loft

Category: Advertising, Film / Multimedia


I love it when I see something that makes me view a familiar object from a new angle. Tom Darracott, master of motion, animation and art direction, in collaboration with equally skilled Carl Burgess of More Soon have come together to produce a wickedly fun Summer 2014 campaign video for clothing brand Loft. Thirty seconds is all it takes for them to captivate and amaze, reinventing the mundane act of folding clothes into a spectacular kaleidoscope of colour, immaculate creasing and gravity-defying singlets.

I am sure that the design world will soon tire of the ubiquitous trend that sees anything and everything photographed against flat, brightly coloured backgrounds, but I don’t think I will. I love the ongoing tribute to colour. Tom Darracott takes it further by animating shorts, tank tops and t-shirts first stiffly folding, as if starched, then flowing in undulating patterns, as if lifted by invisible strings. It’s short and sweet and will need a punch of energy to your day!

Tom Darracott is represented by our favourites, creative agency Hugo & Marie. I’ve written about Mario Hugo, one half of the pair, here before. Be sure to check in on their website for updates on projects they, and their talented suite of designers and illustrators have been working on lately. They never disappoint!

Anna Tokareva

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

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Ed Atkins at Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Category: Animation / 3D / VFX, Film / Multimedia, Fine Art

High definition CGI is not a common presence in the fine art world, and I was surprised to see images of a digitally rendered human figure so prominently displayed at one of the the most important contemporary art galleries in Britain. The troublesome looking young man is an avatar modeled on Ed Atkins, the artist himself. Ed Atkins had somehow slipped my radar, but the more I’ve learned about him the more intrigued I’ve become with his work. His multi-channel installation Ribbons (2014) occupies several spaces and screens in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery until 25 August. The video follows the protagonist as he drinks, smokes, swears, mutters, gets naked, tries his luck with a glory hole. It is accompanied by large boards bearing blocks of texts with scribbled-in margins, and disturbingly realistic human skins, or UV maps of the avatar, on display like scientific specimens or conquests.

Atkins is skilled in coding, and creating 3D animation, though he did solicit the help of an expert to produce elements like the astoundingly hyper-real render of a whiskey glass that appears in the video. He pushes CGI far enough to remind the viewer that its’ most prized achievement, hyper-realism, undoes itself as, no matter how close the image gets to looking real, it will forever fall short of life. The avatar is so meticulously rendered, and yet so vapid, vacant—he is but a shell of code, stretched over an artificial structure.We see ourselves reflected in him, and but that which becomes apparent is our comparative physicality, flesh and mortality.

Ed Atkins is heavily influenced by literature and poetry and the written word play an important part in his creative process. Here is a beautiful performance of a piece called Depression from last year. If you happen to be in London definitely check out the exhibition, and I’d recommend reading some interviews with him, he is a fascinating artist. Here is a good audio interview recorded at Chisenhale Gallery in 2012.

Anna Tokareva

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JohnnyExpress

Category: Animation / 3D / VFX, Film / Multimedia

Here’s a wee bit of fun for your day. JohnnyExpress is the latest out of Korean animation and production studio Alfred ImageWorks (great name!). The short film tells the story of Johnny, an intergalactic deliveryman who’s rated top of his field, although that credit is questionable after watching. Upon waking at his latest delivery destination, Johnny quickly finds himself up against a major hurdle, and the lives of those inhabiting the planet up against an even bigger one!

This is one great little piece of work. Aesthetically, the clean use of colour and matte texturing of the 3D models works perfectly for me. That paired with great character design, and a seriously good dose of well timed humour makes for a winning short film. Alfred Imageworks obviously know their 3D, their game trailers are epic and incredibly well put together. Click here to have a look.

In the meantime, give JohnnyExpress five minutes of your day. I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!

Logan Bradley

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‘Mine’ By Tell No One

Category: Animation / 3D / VFX, Fashion, Film / Multimedia

I’m very excited to share this film with you! Directed and produced by Tell No One, a talented duo consisting of Luke White and Remi Weekes, Mine is yet another short that cements the pair even higher in my ‘I want to be like you’ list.

Tell No One produce abstract films that go beyond what we’re used to seeing. Using visual effects and a good dose of trickery, they create work that surprises, is often dark, and is sometimes very, very fun to watch. Mine fits into the latter. Created for Nowness, the motion touch enabled video allows you directly click and shop the items shown in the film. In an interesting twist on the concept of online shopping and the grab mentality of fashion, Tell No One enlisted Italian choreographer Paolo Manigiola to translate the ‘frenzied desire of online gratification’ into a compelling and vibrant routine. The combination of this beautiful choreographed dance piece, with wonderful direction, perfect styling and surprising visual illusions, makes for an incredible work. I’m so intrigued by the method of this film, of how it’s all done. For me it’s just like a great magic trick, but a beautifully art directed one

An aspect that I really appreciate about Tell No One is the approach to experimentation in their work. Their short films, majority of which are labelled as experiments from one through to ten, allow them to investigate a technique thoroughly, which in turn, creates stunning visuals. I’ve been following these guys for a while now and you can really see the production values step up as their experiments go on. I can’t wait to see what they do next.

Since you’ve probably gathered I’m a fan by now, you may expect that I’ve written on Tell No One before. Well, you’d be right. Check out my previous articles on this talented duo here, here and here.

Logan Bradley

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