Archive for the 'film' Category

The beauty of skill

Preparing and cutting red leather for gloves.

Hermes is not quite my style, however today I did enjoy looking at their site – especially where they show video clips of their craftspeople working on certain products. There is something so satisfying about watching a skilled pair of hands working, almost automatically, methodically and seamlessly on something.

Up There

http://vimeo.com/11060208

I’ve always wondered how they do it! This is a beautifully shot short documentary about the art of hand-painted advertisements. Shot by Malcolm Murray (Mekanism) for Stella Artois.

Shinkansen

Shinkansen.ver2 is a beautiful film by Daihei Shibata, of a journey taken by Shinkansen.

Everything is everything.

Sometime social networking really pays off. A friend posted this film by Koki Tanaka today – ‘Everything is Everything’.

It’s that everyday aesthetic that I find so exciting – the mundanity, simplicity and colours make me smile.

Objectified

objectified

We went to a special screening of Objectified last night, plus Q&A with director Gary Hustwit. It’s a good film with interesting interviews, nicely shot and put together, with some humorous bits too. It touches on the inspiration and approach of various product designers in various areas and it emphasized to me the importance of reconsidering what I need, what I produce and our consumerist way of life. I wish there were more films like this.

Salaryman 6

salaryman6

Salaryman 6 is one of my favourite short films. Brilliantly shot and directed by Jake Knight, this is a story about a Japanese Salaryman who looses track of his life through it’s mundanity and predictability.

Unfortunately I can’t find a decent quality version of it online and you need to see it in high quality for best impact. You can view it here, but make sure you have a magnifying glass at hand!