Friday, December 31, 2010

I love the way William Kentridge describes "finding" images in the studio. This is sort of an overview of his work, if you have an hour to kill.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

theme song brainstorming!

apparently you cant upload mp3 files to blogspot? so go to this link and download!

So I wrote this the other night when a tune popped in my head, the lyrics are simple and generic because we don't know the specifics yet.

I daydream every day
Cuz pictures always have something to say
We're travelling far away
And all things change as time goes by
Let's open up our eyes

So this is just and idea. What do you think for the actual theme song? Lyrics or no lyrics? Should we wait until we can write more specific lyrics? Were you thinking a different kind of style/sound? Instruments?? Can you find theme songs from other tv shows that you like?

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Notes on permissions:

My source in government says:

For art work, they need to see if it's in the collections of any museums and get permissions from the museums registrars office. I'd avoid anything that's not in collections because then you have to mess with estates and stuff. If they're talking about contemporary living artists, they may be able to approach the artist or their gallery also. For example, to use a Chuck Close, I would go through Pace in NY. Since they're looking for digital rights, it may be tricky as there are issues of downloading and perpetuity and stuff. But since this is for school, maybe they'll catch a break.

Also, check out:

And also:

Once you read all about the issue, and then have a lis of artists/artwors you are considering using, then maybe call Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts to discuss your plan. Make sure they know its a school project.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Also check out:

Brian Bress.

He's coming to VCU in the Spring as a visiting artist in AFO.


Matt Notes:

Ok, so think of the first episode as your "pilot." It can be longer than the other episodes (think: "The LOST 2-Hour Season Premier Event" so it fits better into the Short-Film Category and feels less like TV. 20 minutes would be great.

I'm curious about the timing of the Film Festival. When do you submit the film? When do you find out if its accepted? I'm assuming its not a guarantee. There's a jury? Do you know what percentage of submitted films get screened? And when is the actual event?

I'd suggest trying to talk to faculty in KI and Cinema about the permissions question at the very beginning of next semester. I spoke last night about it with my contact who knows a little about this issue, but she was unsure. You should have a list of which artists/works you would want use, and how you want to use them. Try to figure this out between now and when we meet next.

Here's a link to my friend's project that you might find interesting: The website component itself is worth considering.

Also, look at the early works of Tony Oursler.
You can get these from the VCU Library:
Cabell Media and Reserves DVDs PN1995.9.E96 O853 2007 DVD Loan
Cabell Media and Reserves DVDs PN1995.9.E96 O855 2007 DVD Loan
plus any books on him.

And here is a fun animation link that Liz King just sent me:

Also, look at old episodes of:
Land of the Lost
Captain Kangaroo
Pee-Wee's Playhouse

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Love These Styles

Mary and Max

I think it would be great to have a combination of these styles for the puppet sets! For "Mary and Max" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox," I'm mainly talking about how the backgrounds look (not necessarily the characters), and in "Brazil," I really like how all the technology looks. Having some sort of weirdo computer like that would be pretty amazing :)


Chalk Zone


The Magic School Bus!