Images taken with film cameras. All of these images were shot by me using one of several cameras that I own. The film is developed by myself (unless otherwise noted) and the negatives scanned into a computer. Many of the images or updated / reprocessed in Photoshop. The complete gallery of all my public images is view-able on my Flickr Account. Read the picture details / comments on Flickr to learn more about the particular image.
SYNOPSIS: The life of a young Irish man is chronicled in 17th century Europe.
CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Life is life. While the surroundings and trappings might change, the core essence remains. We never know where our choices will take us.
PROS AND CONS: Not the typical Hollywood film. Since it is done by Stanley Kubrick, it will defy convention to a certain degree. While I am a big fan of Kubrick, I had never seen this film before. Viewing it gave me a much better comprehension of the rest of his work.
Kubrick likes to show the long drawn out narrative, where the camera can linger on a scene well past the end of the dialog. His films are immersive and the viewer can get wrapped up in all the imagery and flow and just sit back and be swept along.
However, in this particular film, there really is no arch for the character. It is almost a documentary of a young rogue in pre-Edwardian England, complete with voice-over and section titles. Kubrick may have been attempting to show the commonality of the human experience, since the life of Barry Lyndon could well be any of our lives in the modern age.
Images taken with film cameras. All of these images were shot by me using one of several cameras that I own. The film is developed by myself (unless otherwise noted) and the negatives scanned into a computer. Many of the images or updated / reprocessed in Photoshop and some are High Dynamic Range (HDR) images composed of several bracketed images layered together and post processed either in Photoshop or Photomatix. The complete gallery of all my public images is view-able on my Flickr Account. Read the picture details / comments on Flickr to learn more about the particular image.
SYNOPSIS: A young woman is given the use of 100% of her brain for a limited time, with unexpected and interesting results.
CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: The old fantasy of what it would be like to have superpowers, and how they would affect our morality and patience. Scarlett Johansson is my new girl crush.
PROS AND CONS: Didn’t know what to expect with this film but the preview seemed intriguing. I found a real hidden gem in the science fiction genre. I was fascinated on several levels.
When the film starts, you really don’t know what to make of it and it takes a good half hour for things to get moving. This works to disorient the viewer as the protagonist enters a world of extreme surrealism.
At it’s core this film is about human evolution, our origins and our potential future, and our current place in that time line. In other words, what would happen if the human being of 2000 years hence came back to the current day world? They would seem men among apes.
SYNOPSIS: A compilation of toy commercials and toy company industrial films from the 1950s and 1960s.
CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Youth, how we have aged as a society and the indoctrination of children into conforming with the norms of the society in which they find themselves.
PROS AND CONS: There is no good or bad here, just 2 hours of commercials that we saw on Saturday mornings while watching cartoons.
The images here show a pre-electronic and pre-internet world, where cheap toys, both foreign and domestic, were marketed to American youth by men on Madison Ave. This was before the advent of child behavioral health studies, focus groups and media branding. The toys here required a lot of imagination to make them work. Most were sold at independent toy stores or super markets, long before there was Toys-R-Us and Amazon.
What floored me watching this disc again (I have seen it several times) is how various toy companies of the 1950s and 60s targeted their manufacturing and advertising to specific ethnic and gender roles. The major players of the day were as follows:
Mattel: They did the best regarding marketing but had the least inspired toys. Most offerings were in the doll category or the gun / western genre for boys. They appeared to be making the young men of America feel right at home in the middle of a military industrial complex, and little girls just wanted to have babies.
Ideal: An interesting manufacturer. They were cutting edge up to a point with some innovative offerings and had some good marketing.
Marx: A foreign company that made inroads into the American market. Some of their toys appeared to be re-branded devices that were manufactured in Asia and then sold in the United States.
Remco: The odd company and probably the most missed. Instead of focusing on techno-guns (military and rockets), they sold toys that represented society as it was (Yankee Doodle Car Wash, Big Screen Drive In Movie, Voice Command Airport). If you wanted your child to grow up to be a baker or a mechanic you bought them a Remco toy.
Gilbert: The cutting edge of the toy world back in the day, they made the science toys, like microscopes and chemistry sets, and had the best commercials and industrial videos by far.
There were other makers represented here as well, but these were the big five.