St Vincent wants all of your mind

Category: Film / Multimedia, Music, Performing Arts

Let me begin by saying that I have a major crush on St Vincent. She consistently writes clever lyrics, can play 13 different instruments (and arrange them into catchy, yet darkly satirical pop/rock tunes), is a kick-ass guitar player, knows fancy soccer moves, has collaborated with David Byrne and has an impressive hair do. Her latest, self-titled, album came out recently and is one that really grows on you the more you listen to it. So many great musical moments to discover—its got the intricate melodies, the raw guitar riffs, the dreamy vocals, the bellowing horns, the biting lyrics. St Vincent succeeds at creating tracks full of tension and dissonance. We are pulled in by a catchy tune, automatically bobbing along only to be disrupted by grating guitar or unexpectedly forthright lyrics. She knows how to keep the listener on their toes.

Digital Witness, a jab at the Facebook/Twitter/Instagram generation, is not my favourite track from this album but the video (directed by Chino Moya) is stunning. A series of impeccably composed shots drenched in mustard yellow, sickly chartreuse, sea-green, mint—this is worth the watch for the colour coordination alone. St Vincent appears in larger-than life, eerily familiar industrial environments and in stripped back interiors reminiscent of The Office. She leads her proletariat with rhythmic nods, in sync with the abstracted, empty, mechanized movements performed by the workers. I am reminded of Isobelle Wenzel’s Building Images photographic series of office workers contorted in absurd positions.

Watch Digital Witness above, and then do give the full album a listen! She is on tour in the U.S, the U.K and Europe over the next few months and is an amazing performer live so catch her if you can.

Anna Tokareva

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Moving Image Arts (Film/ Video)
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Contemporary Music

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NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Milan, Italy
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The Gap – For everyone in doubt

Category: Creative Writing, Film / Multimedia, Graphic Design


If you’re having one of those days where you’re bashing your head against your keyboard or throwing your paints at the wall in utter disgust because you think you kind of suck….well, this clip is just for you.

The Gap is based on American public radio personality Ira Glass‘ (host and producer of the show This American Life) discussion on how to get somewhere in the creative industry. His edict has become a go-to for all despairing creatives when they’re having an off day. In a nutshell Glass puts things into perspective, stating that there’s always going to be a gap between the quality of one’s work when you begin at something and the vision of what you think you should be producing. I know I’ve been there and it made me chuckle.

Glass’ dialogue has been reinterpreted numerous times and the film featured on Frontier today is by Daniel Sax, who was inspired by David Shiyang Liu’s version of the same audio clip (check it out here). Sax communicates Glass’ message with a bang, using humour that instantly engages the viewer. The use of alphabet spaghetti, carved cucumbers and random business cards takes you on a curious visual ride, it’s definitely original and matches the tone of the message brilliantly. If you’re into this there’s a lot more to sample on Daniel’s website here.

When I came across The Gap I had a warm fuzzy ‘aha’ moment, and realized that, yes, you’ve got to make make make and make some more to get anywhere. I hope you enjoy and feel just that little bit more inspired!

Renee Barker

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Studio Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Arts
Creative Writing and Literature Bachelor of Arts (BA)
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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Moving Image Arts (Film/ Video)
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Contemporary Music
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Photography
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Photography
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre Design
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theatre Performance

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NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Milan, Italy
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Bachelor of Art in Painting and Visual Arts
Bachelor of Art in Media Design and Multimedia Arts
Bachelor of Art in Theatre Design
Masters of Art in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies
Bachelor of Art in Design
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Bachelor of Art in Graphic Design and Art Direction
Masters of Art in Communication Design
Masters of Art in Fashion and Textile Design
Masters of Art in Design
Masters of Art in Film and New Media
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Masters in Landscape Design

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Domus Academy

Design and Fashion School in Milan, Italy
http://www.domusacademy.com/

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Masters in Accessories Design
Masters in Business Design
Masters in Vehicle Design and Mobility

Masters in Fashion Design
Masters in Fashion Management
Masters in Fashion Styling and Visual Merchandising
Masters in Interaction Design
Masters in Interior and Living Design
Masters in Service and Experience Design
Masters in Urban Vision and Architectural Design

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NewSchool of Architecture + Design

San Diego, California
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Bachelor of Architecture
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture
Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Animation
Bachelor of Arts in Game Art
Bachelor of Science in Game Programming
Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
Master of Construction Management
Master of Architecture
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Master of Landscape Architecture
Masters in Interior and Living Design

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Advice from Valve & Weta concept artist

Category: 3D Animation, Animation, Design, Expert insight, Film / Multimedia, Fine Arts, Game Development, Gaming, motion graphics

It’s more exciting times at Media Design School, the award winning design institution in Auckland, New Zealand. Being top of the game in 3D means it has direct access to the best of the best in digital design. If it’s about movies, television or gaming, chances are Media Design School have their paws all over it, this includes inviting industry superstars in for guest lectures and studio visits. An advantage of being near to the famous Weta and Middle Earth I guess.

So as it recently happened, legend Weta concept artist Laura Dubuk visited the classrooms, taught a masterclass and left the students inspired with some awesome work and valuable advice. Laura is one of those top notch concept artists we’re all a tiny bit jealous of. Not only has she worked on some of the world’s biggest games at Valve, she now she works on super-secret blockbuster projects at Weta Digital in Wellington. With a background in traditional art, painting and some pretty amazing abstract sculptural pieces, this talented artist has managed to cover all the art bases incredibly well. Wanna see what she has to say? Well then click to read what she shared with young concept artists, students and aspiring digital designers at Media Design School over on their blog!

Frontier

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Winners Announcement – VisionFest Video Competition

Category: 3D Animation, Animation, Film / Multimedia, Fine Arts, Illustration, motion graphics

Wow, this competition has far exceeded our expectations! The amount of excellent quality work entered shows how much talent and creativity lives in our Frontier Community.

Looking at the best entries during the judging we decided to introduce more prizes to recognise more then one winner. So on top of the ArtFest scholarship and flights, we’ll give away two Apple iPad minis to two of the runner ups.

The judges

We had outstanding industry experts from Santa Fe to look at the entries and choose the winners.

Terry Borst has worked as a professional screenwriter for more than 20 years. His screen credits include Midnight Runaround (a sequel to Midnight Run, which starred Robert De Niro); the independent film A Private War; many episodes of the popular internationally syndicated television series Bugs; and Wing Commander III and Wing Commander IV (two of the most popular video games of the late ‘90s). Borst has been commissioned to write feature-film screenplays for studios and a TV series pilot for the BBC and collaborated on the scripting and development of other AAA-level video games.

He also co-authored two books about combining classical Hollywood storytelling techniques with game development processes. Borst has taught screenwriting at UCLA, USC, and other universities before joining the Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Katelyn Peer, Program Director at Creative Santa Fe, is a graduate from The Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. At Creative Santa Fe, Peer focuses on directing the annual FANTASE Fest (a light, music, and design festival), as well as community programming initiatives such as the Santa Fe Arts + Creativity Center, and connectivity throughout the city of Santa Fe with projects such as WALK [SANTA FE]. Peer worked on the Santa Fe Studios Operations Team at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and directed The Film School’s 1st Annual Shoot the Stars project, The Boston Post. Peer’s video, The Chromatic Typewriter was featured in the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, the Outdoor Vision Festival, the Santa Fe Day at ISEA, and the Downtown Santiago, Chile Video Art Festival.

 

So … let’s get to the winners!

The full ArtFest scholarship with flights goes to Esteban Erazo from Quito, Ecuador. His short film ’The Invention of the Century’ has been chosen for the grand prize by the judges.

The judges thought: ‘In 26 seconds, the filmmaker showcases a unique animation look and style, slyly tips his hat to film history, and tells a complete story with humor and irony. No other film accomplished quite as much in so short a time.’

Congratulations Esteban!

But we just can’t stop here, we decided to give an iPad mini to two other contestants. One of them goes to Can Kesim from Santa Fe, US for his amazing abstract piece ‘Flatness’.

The judges noted: ‘Outdoor Vision Fest is about in part — the play of light against the darkness. The filmmaker plays with line, geometric planes, and dimensionality in an always intriguing exercise in chiaroscuro.’

The other iPad mini goes to Laura Bianco in Milan, Italy for her beautiful short film ‘Underground’. Laura’s short was a unique blend of digital animation made with old family photos and mixed audio recordings of her relatives talking about their lives.

The judges thought: ‘A charming meditation on memory, history, and seizing the moment: a unique blending of media.’

On top of these we have a list of films that will be exhibited at the Outdoor Vision Fest on the Santa Fe University of Art and Design campus on the 2nd of May 2014. Here is a ‘best of’ selection of more awesome entries and the list of works who will get to add this exhibition to their CVs.

Interstizio by Mattia Kollo

State of Mind by Trevor Giove

Light Tribe by Chris Stahelin

And the list of films goes on:
The Cairns, Smokin’ Bones, Fishman, Dot Project, and Feed Me.

Congratulations to all … until the next VisionFest competition in 2015!

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Omnom! Chocolate packaging design from Iceland

Category: Design, Graphic Design, Illustration

Well this is going to totally sabotage my diet. Who could resist chocolate, not only made from organic beans, but also with some amazing packaging design? I sure can’t … and so I’m dragging all of you down with me to explore the Icelandic delight that is Omnom Chocolate.

Omnom is a young chocolate confectionary company in Reykjavik making their own specialty products. Going back to the basics — cocoa beans and sugar — Omnom experiment with exciting taste variations inspired by their travels around the world. A hint of salt here, coffee, some smoke, a touch of burned sugar there, all come together with the chocolate to infuse the range with the most wonderfully subtle palette of flavours.

But hey, let’s not get carried away, we’re focusing on the packaging here! Icelandic designer André Úlfur Visage has created the brand, illustrations and a neat little folded box that focuses on the experience of opening it up (instead of unwrapping), and the importance of being able to close it again to save for later, presuming you can restrain yourself. I’m also into the family of iconic origami-style animal illustrations, specially created for the brand, and inspired by travels around Iceland.

All in all, I’m loving this brand. The colours, the illustration and the packaging elevates the experience of eating chocolate to new exciting levels of childhood glee. Now go and eat some chocolate, I know you want to …

Kyle Glass

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Bachelor of Media Design (Graphic Design, Interactive, Motion Graphics)

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design

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NewSchool of Architecture + Design

San Diego, California
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Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts

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Milan, Italy
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