Saturday, 24 December 2011

some films and liverpool!

watched 2 movies recently. one was "the breakfast club". everyone knows the film, yep? well you know me – i was ignorant until recently...)
so it is a nice teen drama. different types of people, different expectations, aims, thoughts. too naïve in style of the good old movies. worth seeing, why not.
the other one is "my week with marilyn" – went to the cinema yesterday. it is a nicely made film. the actors are good, cameraman's work, interiors, clothes, picture overall. but i was not so exited with the story itself. i can't say that it's a bad movie, i see a lot of good moments, but the after-feeling is quite ordinary. emma watson did good i think.
i'm exited about "the iron lady" though! saw the trailer yesterday. should be good.

i'm going to liverpool at the beginning of january, really exited about it. i love the place! it is the town of mystery for me. huge beautiful buildings and wide empty streets, windy mersey.. and the "alice in wonderland" exhibition at tate! i'm so looking forward to the trip! happy me)
Billy Fury

low tide

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Movie review: π (Pi) [1998] by Darren Aronofsky

the term is over and the review for 'film studies elective' handed in. just wanted it to be here, cause Pi is my very favourite film of all time!

Pi is a psychological thriller with elements of science fiction, written and directed by Darren Aronofsky. Pi is his first full-length movie that earned him the Directing Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. It was ‘inspired by Shinya Tsukamoto’s Tetsuo – The Iron Man (1988) and the comic books of Frank Miller (“Sin City” in particular)’ (The Wallflower Critical Guide to Contemporary North American Directors, 2000, p. 21). Film tells a story of a genius mathematician, Maximillian Cohen, who leads a secluded life and obsessed with finding the underlying numerical pattern behind the global stock market.
Pi is a very atmospheric film. It follows protagonist through the part of his life and actually tries to make the viewer feel like Max does. He suffers from head-splitting migraine attacks and hallucinations. The fast cutting editing, super close-ups, constant camera moving, “Snorri-Cam” are just some of the techniques used in film to put a viewer in main character’s shoes. Darren Aronofsky gives his way of working with jump cuts and sound effects a name of hip-hop montage (Interview with Darren Aronofsky by Jeffrey M. Anderson) making an interesting point on existence of “hip-hop art – graffiti, 
<...> hip hop dance – breakdancing, <...> hip-hop music – rap”, but not hip-hop film. It’s interesting to note, that one of the best known scenes with the use of fast cutting is the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho (1960). I think that the opening scene of Pi actually recalls the ending shot of the shower scene.
The movie is shot in grainy black-and-white 16 mm film. The picture is rather black or white, without gray tones. The film is dark but lights are slightly overexposed. It not only sets the mood but quite literally describes protagonist’s relationship with the light. At the very beginning we hear the story from his childhood, where he temporary loses his vision after looking at the sun. I think Max believes it to be some sort of enlightenment. It is worth mentioning that a lot of things in film are actually black and white – the monitor of his computer-Euclid, the Go game that he plays with his mentor, Sol Robeson, newspapers with stock results and the mathematical schemes Max draws.
Max doesn’t have a lot of acquaintances. The most close who he has to a friend is his mentor, who suffered a stroke and gave up on his research afterwards. Max can’t understand this because of his own obsession.
It is interesting how the main characters vary from what we used to see in films. The representation of care and love in film is Devi, Indian neighbour of Max. A cruel and materialistic Marcy Dawson, Wall Street businesswoman, and religious fanatic Lenny Meyer, Jewish numerologist, are trying to take advantage of Cohen.
In spite of Pi being a low-budget film, Aronofsky spends money on expensive mikes as he considers sound one of the most important components in films. It also was his first collaboration with Clint Mansell (English musician, composer, and former lead singer and guitarist of the band Pop Will Eat Itself) who in my opinion has done an amazing job. They’re working together a lot since then.
Director leaves us with quite a mysterious ending that makes us wonder if Max gave up on science like his mentor did. A lot of people take the 'drilling hole in the head' scene at the end quite literally. I prefer to think of it as a metaphor.
No matter what, you should remember, ‘Mathematics is the language of nature. Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers. If you graph the numbers of any system, patterns emerge. Therefore, there are patterns everywhere in nature.’

The Wallflower Critical Guide to Contemporary North American Directors, 2000
Interview with Darren Aronofsky by Jeffrey M. Anderson

review by Kira Slepchenkova

billy elliot

the holiday started. it is so strange to have a spare time you know)
i just watched the 'billy elliot' movie. my parents recommended it to me and i think it's the reason why i was expecting a lot from the film. they are quite hard to impress so yes, probably that's why i've spent half of it thinking "c'mon-c'mon!" no, it is a good movie! it is filled with some kind of warmth and hope. probably a bit dragged out for my liking but it was not too bad.
jamie bell is adorable in it!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

six thinking hats.

worth watching. really interesting lecture by edward de bono. i've read some information about the thinking tool but have never came across this videos before.

Monday, 21 November 2011

youtube recs.

i was watching some movies during the weekend. watched a documentary on james dean. and peeping tom. and re-watched "charlie and the chocolate factory" (i think i ended up doing this cause a friend of mine doesn't like johnny depp and it is ridiculous! she told me that she had watched "finding neverland" and "charlie and the chocolate factory". so i decided to re-check if the last is a good one))
youtube kept me entertained for awhile as well.
wanted to share some of the highlights of the last days.
first is ronald searle's interview. he is amazing british illustrator!

and cartoonist! this video is so good!

and this one is hilarious! some surreal crops in.
it is the winner of the 1969 academy award for 'best short subject (cartoons)', directed by ward kimball.

and a bit off the topic, but wonderful video of the great buster keaton!

gone to school!

Friday, 18 November 2011

the rum diary.

had an enjoyable evening in the cinema watching "the rum diary". johnny depp was fun as usual. love his hunter-thompson-way of talking.)
ouch just got carried away with some old depp interviews on youtube. back to the post.
i want to read the book! the film is worth seeing. it is funny and has a good plot. not the best picture but still a good one.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

newspaper club.

ohhhh myyy.. need to prepare for tomorrow but really want to drop few lines about today's newspaper club workshop!
i was exhausting but oh so good! we were working in teams of 4. the initial idea of making the whole issue in one go have fallen through but we've still done a lot!
the most challenging/exiting/thrilling/name-it thing was actually working in teams. at the beginning it was really productive and we came up with some nice ideas. but it got more difficult then we had to actually chose just one of them to give it a go. we had different visions of the result, i can't tell that we were arguing badly but we were far from finding a compromise as well. the funny thing that we even had different ways to approach the task technically!
anyway i have a really good feeling now - had a really interesting school day. wish we had more activities like that. sure we could just gather whenever we're up to it, but it feels 'safer' when paul is around)) no, really he gave us some really good feedback and advice!
ok, better be doing my project now.
have a nice evening!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

ppd and other stuff

had our ppd presentation today. went good i thing.
unlike my expectations the things i was mumbling were fine but the swinging sideways was ridiculous... need to consider my body language when being filmed.
in other news – have to choose 5 words out of 8 'good' ones and it is more difficult than it seem. on the other hand it's good that i have a choice cause if anything will go wrong with something i have a backup.
my pomodoro technique of time management is going good. i was using it just for few days now but it already helped me a lot with switching between the projects so i was paying equal attention on each of them, rather then sticking with one and not developing others.
have a camera with wide angle lens on hands but not really taking much pictures. don't have enough time to go some nice places and shoot for a bit. that is annoying.
have a nice day you all!

Saturday, 12 November 2011

pomodoro technique

i decided to start working in pomodoro technique today! i've read a book on it recently and want to give it a try.
the technique is about concentrating on one task for 25 minutes and then after 5 minutes break going to a new or back to the recent one. it includes a to-do list for a day as well as a general to-do list for all work that needs to be done. and has some good 'reflecting tips' too. you could read more from wiki or this site.
i think it is a good way to increase my productivity as i always find myself not able to begin with some large task if there is not enough time for completing it. and it is really annoying as there are barely any tasks that could be completed straight away. i hope that this technique will help me to structure my work, concentrate on my tasks and to complete as many things as possible.
it is also really good for 'other classes' as vct or ppd which are somehow end up overshadowed by the main project until some close-to-deadline-date.

will tell you how it's going in a couple of weeks)
need to add a 'ppd' tag i think (:

Friday, 11 November 2011


while thinking of further development of a-z projects i looked through some of darren's links on the blackboard. one link leads to another you now how it gets. i came across this video.

Orlagh O'Brien: Illustrating How You Feel from PopTech on Vimeo.
i've seen this project years ago, but it was good to see it once again. amazing research isn't it?

Thursday, 10 November 2011

my pictures

houseshousesthislё ridingdiagonalhairmarina_wall
bikes <3seasideshadelёstep.no_name
no_namecanary wharfup the hill backwardsno_facebikewires
a friend of mine visited sometime ago and we went to brighton. we had a lovely time and i got some nice pictures to share.. here they are!)

lё riding
ok, i think that this look inside thing became too annoying! will get rid off it in a bit!

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

coloured smoke!

i need couple of those for one of my projects.

i think i could end up in jail for that..

Saturday, 5 November 2011

the big heat.

watching lots of movies lately, ain't i?
"the big heat" fritz lang's film noir. a really good one. was recommended by our film tutor couple of weeks ago. realised that i have never really known where to start watching old movies. the problem has fallen off. i have a new one now – the lack of time..)
attended a studio-light-workshop recently. and our tutor mentioned the 'funny lighting' in old movies when people have about five shadows – "the big heat" is a good example! (:

Sunday, 30 October 2011

'le bonheur' 1965

watched "le bounheur" (happiness) by agnes varda. absolutely beautifully made film. the way of filming is wonderful. i can't think of a right way to describe my feelings.. were the actions of François that wrong? why does the ending feel happy? the contrast of emotions. happiness through the sacrificing. was it love? was it real? so many questions. don't really feel like i have answers yet. will definitely watch more movies by agnes varda!
night all!

Friday, 28 October 2011

it's a strange world.

have just watched david lynch's "blue velvet" and am truly surprised by the 'happy ending'. the film is really worth seeing. it has an interesting plot as well as nice actor and camera work. made me hold my breath at the end)
i think that a lot of scenes are kinda balancing on the edge and it definitely adds excitement to the film. the ear and the insects and the scenes of violence – they all have just the right saturation.
i wanted to get some movies to watch before the next film studies class but the needed ones were gone and i took some others that i found myself curious about. i definitely am not upset that i ended up watching "blue velvet" on this lovely evening/night.
"i'm seeing something that was always hidden. i'm in the middle of a mystery and it's all secret." – that line was the highlight of the film for me. the phrase said by jeffrey sounds like a revelation and somehow makes me to really empathise with him.

Thursday, 27 October 2011


feeling an urgent need to write a post.
i'm working on my project right now. i've spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to remember how to work in after effects. was feeling funny n all... right.
anyway i managed to do all the needed actions and it turned to look not quite as i expected...
then i started to work on the other word and somehow ended up taking weird pictures of everything on my table.

i think it looks nice. but not too sure if it is related to my project anyhow.
ohhhhh give me time turner or something

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

wall drawing

SUPAKITCH & KORALIE "Euphorie" Paris from Raphaël Hache on Vimeo.

it is always fascinating to watch someone work, isn't it?
reminded me of other video i've seen months ago. not really something unique but nicely put together. absolutely adore the lines in this one.


had a ppd session with joshua today. the task sounds interesting, we should make a presentation and a report on our summer internships. i quite like the idea of turning it into some engaging interesting story, covering design-related-problems-and-all-that...
going to perform a lot of 'doing' today and tomorrow - selection session scheduled for thursday. i wish I had a scanner at home. and printer won't hurt too.
this is one of my mock-ups for yesterday's session. the idea-word is x-ray, was playing around with glue and ink.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

typo-london post time

had some busy and exiting days last week!
after accepting the fact that typo-london was such an expensive event and no way i could spent 300 quid on the ticket, something wonderful happened – a group of 20 lcc students (including myself) were offered the opportunity to attend the event courtesy of jeff faulkner (who paid for tickets and donated them to our school) and paul bailey (who was making the necessary arrangements, connecting us to the world of big design).
don't know where to start! the whole event was SO INSPIRING [caps lock!]. seeing wonderful people so turned on by design, talking about it with such devotion!! ggggrrrrrrrrr amazing)
i hate to write something afterwards. feels kind of second hand isn't it?
the most interesting for me were talks by  johnathan barnbrook, will hudson, chip kid, michael bierut, michael b.johnson, eva-lotta lamm and dylan griffith. ahhh i won't try to retell what'd been said.. just few bits of everything really:

'wait until dark' poster by michael bierut  (pentagram). he had done this one while at school. pretty awesome if you ask me!

hints from pixar:
"quality is the best buisiness plan" john lasseter, cco pixar & disney
"pain is temporary. 'suck' is forever" jason deamer, character art  director, ratatouille, wall-e
"well do something, so we can change it!" gower champion, theater and film director

eva-lotta lamm done amazingly good job in introducing us to sketchnotes! she one more time confirmed that while you're doing something -> something new happens.

the infamous quote of lawrence weiner "my job is not to fuck up someone's day on their way to work; it's to fuck up their whole life"

dylan griffith and his new mtv logo.

absolutely loved the talk about trust/information/blogging by it's nice that guys!
and jonathan barnbrook told a lot of interesting things related to his virus font company and to 'doing things' overall.
chip kid made it a great performance starting with his new mantra: "bitch, i don't know your life!" and ending with amazing pictures from his forthcoming batman book!
erik spiekermann has a great sense of humour and even he hadn't done a lecture [he still talked a lot], he made typo-london even better!

you could read more about the talks on
got some good feedback on today's external partners critique session. trying to push everything further, develop all the ideas at once is a tricky but exiting job! really enjoying the project!
have my first ppd session tomorrow. better go sleep.