How Did Soviet Psych Experiments Lead To Rocky?

Intercut! Montage! The illusion of continuity! All hallmarks of the edit – the point in a film’s production where a film comes together and becomes greater than the sum of its shots.

In less than 7 minutes (and plenty of cuts), we’ll show you just how important editing is to the creation of film: from the first stop trick to today.

Light-based media

Stanley Kubrick’s boxes

Stanley Kubrick’s boxes

A fascinating Jon Ronson documentary I found in an article on No Film School: Is ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ the Movie Stanley Kubrick Wanted Us to See?

In the end, we have the movie we have. And it’s a weird movie. And a flawed movie. And a great movie, in its way. It’s wholly original, and like any great work of art, sticks with you. And, as the final film of one of the centuries’ master filmmakers, this movie with so much to give, shunted aside at the time by a gleeful tabloid media, deserves a critical reappraisal. In the end, Eyes Wide Shut is almost certainly not the film Kubrick would have been happy with in the end, but we should be happy we have it.

If you go back and look at the contemporary reactions to any Kubrick picture (except the earliest ones) you’ll see that his films were initially misunderstood. Then, after five or ten years came the realization that 2001 or Barry Lyndon or The Shining was like nothing else before or since.
Martin Scorcese


It’s a plastic world

If you think the brief reference to a ‘new continent made of plastic’ is just a bit of hyperbole, then read up on the Great Pacific garbage patch.

I do take issue with one point of the film though – that it’s our responsibility to change our habits. Ultimately we do need to make change happen, but not by just being more mindful at the supermarket. Instead we need to force those with the power to make meaningful change to do so. A very small percentage of the human race are benefiting from these cheap but environmentally costly processes: those who value profit above all else.

We can either try to gradually bring awareness to billions of consumers around the world, or we can force relatively few industry leaders to grow a conscience and do the right thing and make all the difference.

Use your words

Bibliotheca: The Bible, in four modern volumes

All four Bibliotheca volumes

The Biblical Literature designed & crafted for reading, separated into four elegant volumes, and free of all numbers, notes, etc.

A Kickstarter project by book designer Adam Lewis Greene.

Today, our contemporary bibles are ubiquitously dense, numerical and encyclopedic in format; very different from how we experience other classic & foundational literature, and completely foreign to how the original authors conceived of their work.

Original typeface, designed and “set apart” exclusively for Bibliotheca.

Page proportion and text block based on the dimensions of the Ark of the Covenant

Page proportion and text block based on the dimensions of the Ark of the Covenant as specified in Exodus.

By separating the text into several volumes, and by applying classic & elegant typography, Bibliotheca is meant to provide a fresh alternative to the reader who wants to enjoy the biblical library anew, as great literary art.

The Symbol of John the Evangelist


(via nevver)

Use your words

James Victore’s Top Type Rules

‘James Victore’s boisterous hand-drawn type made him a sought-after graphic designer and artist. In this series, the self-taught designer shares his own rules of typography in his signature graphic style. Though they are not meant to be too profound, Victore’s rules do ring true – and considering where they got him they’re probably worth following.’


Magic Highway


Kevin Kidney has uploaded some amazing Magic Highway, U.S.A. images taken straight from publicity stills of the era.

(via Overhead Compartment)

Craft and creativity

Magic Highway

“On May 14, 1958 the Disneyland TV program ran an episode called “Magic Highway, U.S.A.” It examined the past, present and (paleo)future of transportation.” — Paleo-Future


Michael Bay – What is Bayhem?

There are filmmakers we love and then there’s Michael Bay. Even if you dislike him (as I do), Bay has something valuable to teach us about visual perception. This is an exploration of “Bayhem” — his style of camera movement, composition and editing that creates something overblown, dynamic and distinct.