Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Loving Ted Nelson

Here is Ted on the big screen for the first time-- interviewed by the great film-maker Werner Herzog for his 2016 movie about the Internet and its consequences. His PhD thesis, "Philosophy of Hypertext", is finally available and published. (340 pages).

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Smart Studios' Butch Vig

Coming from a self-taught, non-industry, DIY background Butch Vig brought a fresh approach to recording raw Midwestern alt-rock talent that eventually became an industry standard and is now partially available to everyone in the form of the Waves Butch Vig Signature Vocal Plugin.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Ed Ruscha's Photography Books

Ed Ruscha talks about the cultural curiosities which fill his photography book series.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dragana Jurisic

A very cool project about moving through space and time with a phone. A poem about life, very specific but hauntingly universal.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Robert Frank's Journey to the Outside

Sarah Greenough discusses the structure of The Americans in this video. She authored the 528 page volume that investigates Frank's Guggenheim project and the resulting 180 page book, first published in the United States in 1959.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Kenneth Anger

Kenneth Anger, the American underground experimental filmmaker: 'Lucifer is not the devil. He's the god of light and colour.' Photograph: Pål Hansen for the Observer
"I was entranced by Scorpio Rising when I saw it for the first time, and it’s had a powerful effect on me and my own films over the years. The way Anger used music in that film, in such perfectly magical harmony with the images, opened my thinking about the role music could play in movies. It could become as important to the characters and the world of the film as it was to all of us at the time." -Martin Scorsese

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Learning Premiere

This term we're making a clean break from Final Cut to Premiere as our video editing software. Having never used a current version of this software myself I found that this short video really showed me everything I needed to know;

Although maybe not as intuitive as Final Cut there are features that I found extremely helpful. The ability to create an adjustment layer to change the overall look of the entire movie or customize to a particular viewing situation is very cool. Transitions seem much easier to control. The ability to fix lost links or recover a crashed project seems much better, which is always a big issue with beginners in a shared computer lab.