Saturday, June 4, 2011

Inspiration: Mark Romanek's Music Video

Some really incredible concepts and strong imagery here. Apparently Tarsem Singh's "The Cell" was largely inspired by these.

Madonna - Bedtime Story

NIN - Closer

NIN - And All That Could Have Been
This one is actually a video re-mash of the NIN's The Perfect Drug video. I like this better than the original.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Concept: Garden

This concept came to me in a dream sometime a few years back, and as soon as I woke up I picked up my acoustic guitar and figured it out and recorded it. Here's the original recording from 2009, recorded on my MacBook via the built-in microphone so the quality is really terrible, but you can hear the birth of the melodic idea.

Original Recording on Acoustic Guitar (2/12/2009)

In my dream I saw myself walking around in a garden that was hovering over a lake. It had giant plants and flowers, and in the middle of the garden was a tree made up entirely of my own hands. I had also drawn a picture of this and blogged about it back then.

Playing Tree (2/2009)

Recently, I re-recorded the same melody on my electric tuned in standard A, and here it can be heard much clearly. This will be the basis for the whole track. I intend to make this a slow, ambient piece for most part of it and recreate feel of the dream. And then towards the end have a surprising, heavy distorted guitar riff. The visuals will also follow the same pattern. Most part of it will be set in a garden like space with the protagonist hovering/walking around and exploring the garden and its life forms. And towards the end, there will be a drastic change, I'm not sure what this change will be, but I'm working on it.

Recorded on electric guitar (5/2011)

Inspiration: The Lovely Bones

The imagery of heaven and after life in this movie are surreal and beautiful. Very painterly and dream-like. Some scenes are embellished with symbolic and metaphorical elements supporting the story where the events from the real world affects the world of the dead. Simply breathtaking!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Visual Reference: Aurora Borealis Time-lapse by Tromsø

The interaction between the clouds and the auroras are simply amazing!

Sandy Skoglund

Sandy Skoglund creates surreal and painterly images with beautifully lit minimal sets and characters. Often playing with juxtaposition go brightly colored objects and pale, earthy environments.

Lighting Reference Video: White Winter Hymnal

Video directed by Sean Pecknold

After beginning to look at the use of dioramas for sets, we've been discussing the idea of the light on the set sort of constantly changing like from night to day, which reminded me of this video. The shifting of the light and shadow as well as the combination of the use of camera is rather beautifully done.

Baraka - Ron Fricke

"Without words, cameras show us the world, with an emphasis not on "where," but on "what's there." It begins with morning, natural landscapes and people at prayer: volcanoes, water falls, veldts, and forests; several hundred monks do a monkey chant. Indigenous peoples apply body paint; whole villages dance. The film moves to destruction of nature via logging, blasting, and strip mining. Images of poverty, rapid urban life, and factories give way to war, concentration camps, and mass graves. Ancient ruins come into view, and then a sacred river where pilgrims bathe and funeral pyres burn. Prayer and nature return. A monk rings a huge bell; stars wheel across the sky."

Set Design Reference: Jonah Samson's Dioramas

Jonah Samson makes miniature dioramas. The sets and the lighting are very interesting. I really like how he makes these small objects look real and large.

More cool dioramas (by other artists) at FuckYeahDioramas