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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Nomad X—space exploration meets heartbreak

Category: Animation, Film / Multimedia, Gaming

To some, this imagery may elicit a bout of nostalgia for hours blissfully spent avoiding homework and navigating the depths of pixelated outer space…Well believe me, you haven’t quite experienced it like this before! Nomad X is a short film by animator Kristian Andrews, that takes on the guise of a classic space simulator game from the 90′s. Heavily inspired by David Braben’s Frontier Elite, a playthrough of Nomad X is narrated by a fictional fan in the manner of thousands of Let’s Plays that can be found on You Tube. All starts off OK despite an intermittent, annoyingly persistent cough. But the narration of the gameplay soon becomes intertwined with a tale of the gamer’s degenerating relationship with his now ex-girlfriend, culminating in physical conflict as the spaceship runs into trouble onscreen.

It’s somewhat of a strange concept, but it works! Nomad X manages to combine quirkiness with moments of hilarious dialogue of a dejected lover. And I love the the colour palette of dusty maroons, navy, and power pink that emerges from the black void. Despite the novel appearance and funny dialogue, an air of poignancy does linger after watching the short. It’s sad to think that this guy’s love for video games probably sabotaged his relationship, and it’s now also the only thing he finds consolation in.

Kristian Andrews has made several wonderfully animated shorts. Stylistically they are very different from Nomad X, being hand-drawn and sketchy. All of his works express small, personal-derived narratives that are universally easy to relate to, which is partly what makes them so successful. He is currently working on Bang, a short developed at a residency last year. When not dreaming up a new short film, Andrews directs commercial briefs at award-winning Studio AKA.

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What’s On: Le Hongbo @ Klein Sun Gallery

Category: Film / Multimedia, Fine Arts, Installation, sculpture


At first glance the sculptures of Li Hongbo seem cold and antiquated. They exude a solidity that we normally associate with marble and the classical genre. These objects from his current exhibition titled Tools of Study at the Klein Sun Gallery are familiar, yet remain impenetrable in their static state. And then, they move, and bend, and stretch, air seeps into small crevices and they assume a new life form, one that is vastly different from the viewer’s original assumption that these are indeed made of an immovable substance.

Hongbo uses paper, thousands upon thousands of interlocking stacks of paper that are carved into pieces such as Bust of David, 2012 (top images). Recognizable masterpieces take on a startling personality as eyes widen and necks elongate. Oddly I’m reminded of aliens taking over human bodies, or something like it anyway! I’m marveling at the textural surface achieved in each of the busts, it’s flawless.

Li was influenced by paper gourds, a traditional Chinese decoration consisting wholly of paper. His representation of this media is refreshing and original and challenges our initial perceptions of the Western Art world. The film, titled Extended, that accompanies the images is beautifully shot by Kid Guy Collective in collaboration with the Klein Sun Gallery and really gives you a feel for the fluidity that is achieved through the use of paper.

Hongbo was born in China and this is his first exhibition in the United States. He has exhibited widely on an international level, including Europe and Australia. Tools of Study finishes up on March the 22nd so get in there and see it if you happen to be in New York (if only!).

This is blimin interesting stuff. If you’re feeling inspired maybe you could have a play next time you’re bored shitless standing at a photocopier….

Renee Barker

Photographs: Lucia Franco

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Cinematics by Pier Paolo

Category: Animation, Film / Multimedia


Here’s a sparky little animated clip called Cinematics by Brazilian designer Pier Paolo to brighten up your day. Cinematics is an experimental self-directed project in which Paolo playfully brings to life some classic film characters that morph into one another throughout the minute long sequence.

We start off with Charlie Chaplin and end with Carl (the 78 year old from Up). I really enjoyed how Cinematics starts in black and white, referencing a by-gone tradition of movie making. Film perforations running across the top and bottom of the movie are a tad ironic as we view Cinematics in a digital format. As the characters move forward through time color is introduced which switches up the background and keeps it fresh and interesting.

The simplistic graphics keep the tone of the clip light, and match the catchy music that accompanies the visuals. Marcelo Baldwin aka Combustion was the sound designer, who remixed famous movie themes and combined them with a dash of Aphex Twin.

Pier Paolo works across a number of disciplines including motion graphics, design, art direction, animation and typography. The ‘Cinematics’ lettering that fronts the clip is part of a font he is hoping to launch shortly. To have a good snoop on Pier Paolo just click here. This is fun and a must-see, so watch it now if you haven’t already. Star Wars fans – you won’t be disappointed.

Renee Barker

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THE GLITCH

Category: VisionFest Video Competition

A kinetic exploration of the fractal digital world through visual FX

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All shots made with iPhone 5c
Postproduction & motion graphics made in After Effects CC using Element 3D
Models made in Lightwave 3D
Editing & Sound Design made in Final Cut Pro X
Final FX made in Motion 5

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