Archive for November, 2009

Long live VHS

November 27, 2009

In the 1980s VHS technology made it possible for “mobile cinema” operators in Ghana to travel from town to town and village to village creating temporary cinemas. The touring film group would create a theatre by hooking up a TV and video onto a portable generator and playing the films for the people to see.

In order to promote the films in towns, artists were hired to paint large posters (usually on canvas flour sacks). The artists often had never seen the film in question and had total creative freedom to design and paint whatever they thought worked as promotional material. Often leading to more interesting concepts than the films themselves.

Sadly,  the “mobile cinema” began to decline in the mid-nineties due to television; and as a result the painted film posters were substituted for less interesting artwork produced by photocopying the original poster. Boo.

But now most of the posters are featured in the book Extreme Canvas: Movie Poster Paintings from Ghana . Yay.

Lego Matrix

November 27, 2009

Plane Stupid

November 27, 2009

If you are in the least bit squeamish this vid probably isn’t for you. But then again if you choose to fly in a plane maybe you should be forced to watch it. The advert for Plane Stupid is pretty shocking from an animal cruelty pov, but will it stop me flying to go on holiday or business? No. How else can I get across the atlantic in 7 hours? Also, I’m not entirely sure the tagline, “it’s not about polar bears anymore” fits with visuals. I thought that was what the ad was trying to prove.

But the ad did get me thinking and before i get down off of my high horse, this week alone I have heard of three conflicting climate change issues. Monday, the unregulated business of global shipping was responsible for more carbon emissions than anything else. Tuesday, car journeys were more responsible for climate change than anything else. Yesterday, it’s flying.

In an already cluttered market, where consumers (that’s what we are) are bombarded by thousands of messages a day. How is the punter on the street supposed to decipher the green/carbon messages and get behind any of these initiatives. If I did react to all of this weeks messages, in a positive way I wouldn’t purchase any items, travel by plane or get in my car. Hmmmm. What to do?

Kissing cousins

November 27, 2009

New Vampire Weekend vid from the fab Garth Jennings. A director who always seems to create youthful, vibrant work that feels playful and makes you smile.


Don’t Panic it’s only a film.

November 15, 2009

Panic Attack! or Ataque de Pánico! if you are from The Spanish, is a spectacular 5 min short film by Uraguayan director Fede Alvez, He shot the live action in 2006 but it has taken him over two years to finalize the effects shots. And it has clearly been time well spent as the final film looks incredible. The film see’s transformer like robot’s invading Montevideo and blowing the crap out of the city, which in my opinion is the best thing that could happen to the place. I only wish this film was for real.

More gossip about the film here.


November 15, 2009

I know this is old and been round the block a fair bit. But it came up in conversation this week and made me want to seek it out. It’s still very funny. So here it is for all of you who have never seen before and those of you who enjoyed it first time round and want to see it again. Funny stuff from Cartel Communique.

Elf yourself

November 15, 2009

Last Crimbo you couldn’t go an hour without seeing the lo-fi elf’s of Elf Yourself fame dancing on someone’s computer screen. Well now the Elf’s have taken to the streets and flash mobbed NY. Elf yourself Live is coming to a city near you.

Kasabian guitar hero

November 1, 2009

More guitar hero based madness. Nicked from the nice peeps at Saint blog.

Picture this

November 1, 2009


Benedict Redgrove is a fantastic car and architectural photographer, who creates beautifully composed shots of car factories and buildings (funny that). Check out the pages and pages of his work here.

My parents were rubbish

November 1, 2009


These aren’t my parents, my parents are brilliant (just in case my mum ever reads my blog). The couple pictured above are actually the proud parents of Rob a poster onto the website “My parents are awesome”. As the website says, before the fanny packs and Andrea Bocelli concerts, your parents (and grandparents) were once free-wheeling, fashion-forward, and super awesome. Thumb’s up family fun here.