This is absolutely epic and a must watch. I know that we’ve kind of missed the boat in terms of the Winter Olympics timeline, but I had forgotten to share this and when I remembered I thought, well, it’s just too amazing to not… even if the event is all done and dusted.
This incredible sequence is a promo for the BBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics. What to say apart from the fact that this is an incredible piece of work. Part live footage and part CG, Platige Image, the post house behind the job, have absolutely and completely nailed it. Full of drama, full of vast domineering mountains, full of rich dark hues and perfectly shot action, it’s a sports promo like no other. When I look at a job like this I can’t quite understand the scope of it all. There is so much work here that it’s amazing that it’s for a television channel (albeit one of the worlds largest) as it really feels like this should be made for the big screen. Even the storyboarding is astounding, and if you have any interest in that I highly suggest you click here to see it all laid out in pencil, along with some pretty impressive style frames. The creative agency behind the job Y&R, and it’s post house of choice Platige Image have really scored 100% on this one. It’s nearly impossible to fault.
Beautifully scripted, beautifully shot and beautifully realized. Whether you like sport or don’t like sport, either way, you’ve got to admit that this thing gets the pulse racing.
Im serious with this one. Turn it up, make it big and watch some incredible computer generated action.
(Right… done that? Now take a look at the making of. Just as impressive!)
‘Your screen is the window into an evolving world.
Move around to look around.
You can follow the red dot.
You can wear headphones.
You can get some pretty strange looks on the train.’
This sums it up nicely. Radiohead’s new app PolyFauna takes you on an abstract journey into your subconscious. I’m resisting all the easy drug references that could be attached to making an interactive trip like this one, instead I recommend just getting in there to see it for yourself (Download here for iOS or Android) as it’s a truly immersive experience.
In the spirit of Björk’s Biophilia project, this app for Radiohead takes you to explore alternate realities on multiple levels of a virtual universe. It’s like digging down a wormhole into your subconscious, and it is not always a pretty experience.
PolyFauna is inspired by Radiohead’s last album The King of Limbs, and the imagery and sounds are taken from the brilliant Bloom from that record. For the project Radiohead collaborated with experimental interactive design agency Universal Everything to create the app. And what an amazing job they did. While testing the app I tripped and banged into furniture a number of times. That’s because the interactivity and gyroscope sensitivity of this app makes it a completely flawless and engrossing experience. It really feels like you are looking around a subconscious world, wandering through and experiencing it as you turn with the device.
This flawlessness comes from the simplicity of the app design. Vast, minimalistic landscapes, abstract plant-like elements that float around which you draw and bring to life to with your touch. Restricted colour schemes and moody gradients set the scene for every beautiful level of this ‘Radiohead consciousness’. It is a nice balance between “less is more”, but still with lot’s to explore. A red dot guides you to the next dimension, which can be quite a relief as some worlds make you want to leave quickly, whereas some layers make you want to explore in all thier depth.
The soundscape for the app has been created from Bloom and is obviously a perfect match as it pulls you in even further. If you take my advice you’ll install this app on your tablet (iOS or Android), plug in your noise canceling headphones and play around in a completely dark room. Remember, if it get’s too depressing, just follow the red dot to boost you to another landscape! Have fun!
When a hardworking student tries to come up with a concept for a new story, his new creation comes to life to show him not to give up.
Writer and Director – Seth Trevino
AD and DP – Jack Brinkley
Music – Jordan Daniel Solis
Are you into creating moving images? Do you want to travel and get exhibited?
15-60 seconds of awesomeness packaged into a short video is all you need to enter the Frontier VisionFest competition. Keen? Well you should be, the grand prize will blow your mind – an all inclusive scholarship with flights to ArtFest, Santa Fe in the U.S of A! ArtFest is three weeks of creative wizardry with workshops held by international experts, covering multiple disciplines in art and design. This is your ultimate opportunity to travel and grow as and artist / designer.
On top of this the best work will be exhibited at the Outdoor Vision Fest, a series of events with environmental and interactive projections around the campus of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Add this to your resume!
Sounds like a dream? Well it’s not, so get to work!
San Diego’s Balboa Park is a remarkable place. It is the largest urban cultural park in the United States where the number and variety of activities available to the public is overwhelming. The extensive grounds are home to several gardens, performing arts venues, the San Diego Zoo and 15 major museums, where you can choose to immerse yourself in everything from natural history, to photography, sports history, and even puppets.
In 2015, Balboa Park will hold its Centennial Celebration—a huge milestone for such an iconic place. With the big birthday in mind, the future of the park, as it might unfold in the next 100 years, has come to the fore. This presented NewSchool of Architecture and Design students with an invaluable opportunity to get involved in imagining the possibilities they would like to see brought to life. Professor Michael Stepner’s advanced studio class came up with 67 different concepts—an impressive number! “Looking Towards 2015”, an exhibition held at the San Diego Museum of Art, will showcase the students’ work until 7 January.
Just across from this installation is a display of participants of the “Balboa Park Centennial Gateway Competition”, which attracted entries from both established architecture studios and students. The competitor’s task was focused around re-envisioning the main entranceway to Balboa Park. The pool of winners, selected from 44 submissions was dominated by some innovative ideas from NSAD students and alumni—a well-deserved, proud moment for the school. You can see all the winners’ concepts on the competition website. Amazing work guys!