Sunday, 17 November 2013

More interesting stuff

I'm continuing with my theme from earlier in the term of stuff you might find useful...

1. This was tweeted last week and is pretty amazing: what famous websites looked like back in 1998

Google, Hotmail, Amazon and Apple are all on there and its worth thinking not just about how the look of them has changed in that time, but also how significant the changes have been to the media as a result. Google was just one of many search engines, but gradually it has supplanted them all and become the biggest single company on the internet. Amazon has more or less put all bookshops out of business and Apple has become the dominant force in computers and phones.

2. In a previous post, I pointed you to a site offering free documentaries online- well here you can stream 'classic' movies, some dating back to the 1930s, but including, Cannibal !- The musical, the first feature by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, so 'classic' is a pretty open term!

3. Digital Footprints...

A really interesting project on how surveillance operates in all our lives...

Ultimate Footprint: A Day in Digital Life from Johan Jakobson on Vimeo.

More on the full project here


Here are some of the resources from this week's student event at the BFI South Bank

Four film openings on which I will show at the event

Catch Me If You Can

Good as a graphic titles sequence and an illustration of how a film-maker can suggest things about character and narrative as well as establish a sense of place in an opening. A very large number of titles integrated into the graphics, which serve as a good model for thinking about how titles need to be used in student film openings too.

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

In this sequence, we looked particularly at the fragments of narrative (a kind of back story) and at the way the titles appear in red on black with a little 'bleed' each time, but of particular interest is the use of sound, which is quite 'layered' with the Johnny Cash song, the heartbeat noise, the bits of dialogue and other little stings which link with the images.

Napoleon Dynamite

This sequence is a really novel way of representing the titles, but also gives us a sense of the characters, even though only one character appears and then only on his ID card.


This sequence was used illustrate a method for analysing titles on a time
line, more of which is here

Links to some of the student films shown on the day are here.

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