We exist in an ever changing media landscape, with the onset of the digital era some would say we are in the midst of one of the most exciting technical revolutions known to man. However there are those who would argue that this particular revolution has been detrimental to the quality of output especially within the creative industries. Personally I feel that we should embrace change and adapt accordingly, I mean without the digital revolution amongst other things this blog wouldn’t exist (some might say that would be a good thing) and I wouldn’t be able to share my ramblings with the world. Press Pause Play, a documentary released last year, offers opinions and educated arguments from prominent figures for both sides. If you haven’t seen it yet I’d suggest you give it a watch. Whatever your viewpoints on the subject are this film will at best make you question your stance or at worst offer up food for thought and provide material to lengthen the debate. You can stream it for free on Vimeo by following the link below or download it from their website http://www.presspauseplay.com/ Enjoy!
Actors are known for taking extreme measures to get into character but rapper turned actor 50cent has really proven his dedication to the craft for his latest role in ‘Thing Fall Apart’.
50 otherwise known as Curtis Jackson who stars alongside Ray Liotta, has dropped from 214lbs to 160lbs for his role in the upcoming movie ‘Things Fall Apart’ within which he will play a football star who faces personal tragedy as well as his own mortality while in his final year at college.
Jackson and Randall Emmett are producing the movie through their jointly owned Cheetah Vision Films company, and the script has been penned by Jackson and Brian Miller.
Directing credits is going to Mario Van Peebles who also co-stars in the movie, other cast members include Lynn Whitfield, comedian Mike P and Steve Eastin.
As of yet there is no release date scheduled, though with 50’s marketing team behind it you’ll be sure to know as soon as it hits the big screen.
Banksy is perhaps one of the greatest marketing minds the world has ever seen especially considering none of us have a clue who he is which in turn merely fuels our interest.
He has now allegedly (he hasn’t credited himself as the director) added film making to his repertoire. ‘Exit through the gift shop’ is a documentary said to be focussed on amateur French Film Maker Thierry Guetta who attempted a documentary on Banksy which resulted in the artist turning the camera back on him, this may or may not be true (more likely the latter).
Either way the film tells the story of the duo’s developing friendship and eventually through Banksy’s inspiration Guetta even tries his hand at graff under the moniker Mr Brainwash.
This is a well shot documentary celebrating aerosol art. For a taster of what to expect through your eyes over the clip below.
Now I’m by no means a graphic designer nor have any desire to be, but I have over the years developed a respect for what they do day to day and more importantly the value of what they do. Essentially there are elements of graphic design within everything we come across on a daily basis whether it be the buildings we work in or the magazines we read or even small elements such as the logo on the pen we write with, it’s something we can’t avoid.
As with every industry there are elements and processes that, due to the digital era, are becoming redundant and need to be preserved. Within Graphic design it seems to be the art of printing, and more specifically typeface creation and printing that is facing extinction. Even with sparks of interest in finding out about the roots of their industry from the new breed of designers it’s heading along the same path (arguably) as vinyl is for DJ’s, loved by many but only used by a diminishing group of die hard fans. This makes institutions such as the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers even more important in that it keeps these practices alive.
The film Typeface (for which you can view the trailer below) is a documentary following Greg Corrigan’s (museum director) efforts to keep the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum open not only for the ageing staff who continue to produce the hand crafted type sets but for the workshops that are hosted there every weekend and the graphic design community both locally and internationally, who without the expertise and traditions of such institutions are in danger of losing touch with the fundamentals that made them what they are today.
Produced and Directed by Justine Nagan under the documentary powerhouse that is Kartemquin Films, this is a moving insight into an almost forgotten world. The film, and I quote, ‘will be of interest to art and graphic design enthusiasts, to teachers as an educational resource, and to anyone looking for a film about perseverance and preservation in the heart of America.’ Typeface is currently enjoying strong feedback on it’s tour of the film festival circuit so if you get a chance and this sort of thing interests you give it a look, their viewing schedule is listed on their website (which I have linked to below).