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11 APRIL 2011

Onscreen discussion of the ontology of the photographic image

"The film commences with a fast moving introduction to the very stylish world of a hot fashion photographer, Thomas, played by that emblematic '60s actor, David Hemmings. This is the world made notorious by magazines like Tatler and Queen as well as all the tabloids of the world, all Pucci fashion, dolly birds (Jane Birkin made her name in this film), drugs, fast cars and rock–and–roll. ...

Throughout Blow Out and Blowup there is always a sense in which recording media themselves are seen as, somehow, treacherous. Antonioni's Blowup forcefully reminds us that even the latest technologies can mislead or betray us. In the computer age, it this remaining element of ontological uncertainty that still troubles the human observer–for we are not, quite yet, masters of information"

(Jonathan Dawson, February 2005, Senses of Cinema)

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1960s1966 • Blow Out (1981) • Blow-Up (1966) • Carlo Ponti • casual sexcontextcoolcountercultureDavid Bailey • David Hemmings • diegetic sound • Edward Bond • fashionfashion modelfashion photographerfashion photography • fashion shoot • feature filmfilm grainHerbie Hancockhuman perception • Jane Birkin • John Castle • Julio Cortazar • layeringLondonmake-upMichelangelo Antonionimod fashionmurderobscured view • ontology of the photographic image • photographphotographer • photographers studio • photographic blow-upsphotographic image • Sarah Miles • Senses of Cinema (journal)sixtiessixties cool • swinging sixties • The Yardbirds • Tonino Guerra • transparency • transparent layers • truth of perception • Tsai Chin Gillian Hills • Vanessa Redgrave • Vera Grafin von Lehndorff-Steinort • Veruschka von Lehndorff • whole is other than the sum of the parts • young lovers

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
28 FEBRUARY 2010

Hand Crafted United Airlines Animated Ads

"[United Airlines commercials have been] created by artists from around the world, including South Africa and India, each of the six spots paints a picture of optimism and exploration using unique artistic forms such as shed bird feathers, colored sand and plastic modeling clay on glass. Custom scores of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue were performed by members of the L.A. Philharmonic Symphony and in one of the ads, Grammy award–winning American jazz legend, Herbie Hancock, and the classical world–renowned Chinese concert pianist, Lang Lang, who is performing live during the opening ceremonies, played a piano duet. The voiceover tag line is read by Robert Redford. ...

[1] 'Sea Orchestra' (60 seconds)–'Sea Orchestra' is a lively and visually rich commercial that introduces United's new international first and business class cabins. In it, a United airplane crosses the ocean and is serenaded by an orchestra of animated sea creatures that are playing a unique version of Rhapsody in Blue using tubas, violins, French horns and the Indonesian gamelan. The score was created by Shy the Sun, a South Africa–based directing team, which used hand–drawn textures, computer animation characters and photographs of water, reefs and skies.

[2] 'Heart' (60–seconds)–'Heart,' United's new brand ad, portrays the connection between a husband and wife and United's role in reuniting them. The commercial depicts a woman leaving her husband to fly to Europe for a business presentation. As she says goodbye, she leaves her heart behind as a symbol of her love. The musical score for 'Heart' is a piano duet of Rhapsody in Blue performed by Herbie Hancock and Lang Lang, who recently performed Rhapsody in Blue together at the 2007 Grammy Awards. Using stop–motion animation and paper puppetry, California–based director Jamie Caliri and his team, place dimensional cardboard puppets in miniature sets that were shot frame by frame.

[3] 'Two Worlds' (60 seconds)–'Two Worlds' is a celebration of color and beautiful images that portrays United's effect on international travelers. In it, a weary business traveler leaves a mundane, monotonous black and white world and enters a fantasy of color, representing United's new international first and business class service. When he lands, he is once again in a black and white world, but has brought a bit of the magic of the new United experience with him. The commercial combines two different and distinctive animation styles created by directors SSSR, a Norwegian and Japanese team, who was responsible for the monochromatic world that was mostly computer–generated with a hand–crafted feel, and Gaelle Denis, a French director, who was responsible for the colorful fantasy world that uses using live action, computer generation and matte paintings, including textures such as Japanese rice paper.

[4] Moondust (60 seconds and 30 second)–'Moondust' is a luminous, dreamlike commercial with an artistic interpretation of flying in United's new international first and business class cabins. The spot focuses on United's 180–degree, flat–bed business class seats and is animated to a spare, intimate interpretation of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Ishu Patel, an Indian–born and Canadian–based animator, used his world–renowned back–lit technique in which a thin layer of plastic modeling clay is applied to a glass plate that has a 1000–watt light positioned beneath it and an animation camera above it.

[5] Butterfly (30 seconds)–'Butterfly' is a fluid, animated commercial with an artistic interpretation of flying in United's new international first and business class cabins. The spot focuses on United's 180–degree flat–bed business class seats and comes to life against a violin version of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. In this spot, the Polish director Aleksandra Korejwo manipulated colored salt using shed condor bird feathers on a black canvas positioned under a downward–facing camera."

(United Airlines press release, 8 August 2008)

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2008adadvertadvertisingadvertising campaign • Aleksandra Korejwo • animation • BDM • Beijing Olympic Gamesbrand experiencebrand imagecampaigncreative practicedrawing • Gaelle Denis • George Gershwin • Herbie HancockIndia • Ishu Patel • It's Time to Fly • Jamie Caliri • L.A. Philharmonic Symphony • Lang Lang • motion designOlympic GamesOlympics • Rhapsody in Blue • Robert Redford • Sea Orchestra • South Africa • SSSR • stop frameTVC • UAL: Butterfly • UAL: Heart • UAL: Moondust • UAL: Sea Orchestra • UAL: Two Worlds • United Airlines • visual communicationvisual designvisualisation

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
02 JULY 2004

The Awakening: Ahmad Jamal's innovative West Coast jazz album

"The music on this CD has been reissued many times, most recently in 1997. By 1970, pianist Ahmad Jamal's style had changed a bit since the 1950s, becoming denser and more adventurous while still retaining his musical identity. With bassist Jamil Nasser (whose doubletiming lines are sometimes furious) and drummer Frank Gant, Jamal performs two originals (playing over a vamp on 'Patterns'), the obscure 'I Love Music' and four jazz standards. Intriguing performances showing that Ahmad Jamal was continuing to evolve."

(Scott Yanow via http://allmusic.com/album/r141386)

Ahmad Jamal (piano) Jamil Nasser (bass) Frank Gant (drums) Plaza Sound Studios, NYC, February 2 & 3, 1970, 'The Awakening' album, Impulse Records. Tracks: 1). 'The Awakening', 2). 'I Love Music', 3). 'Patterns', 4). 'Dolphin Dance', 5). 'You're My Everything', 6). 'Stolen Moments', 7). 'Wave'

1). 'Stolen Moments'

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1970 • Antonio Carlos Jobim • authorship • bossa nova • CDcompositioncreative practice • Frank Gant • Herbie Hancock • Impulse Records • interpretation • Jamil Nasser • jazzjazz pianist • jazz standards • keyboardmusicmusical identitymusician • Oliver Nelson • patternperformancepianore-publish • Stolen Moments • The Awakening • treatmenttrioversion • West Coast jazz

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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