The first official trailer for David Fincher’s Facebook-based film The Social Network is out and my god does it look great. The first thing you’ll notice is the music, a choir version of Creep by Radiohead as you see photos and icons and status updates. Around the 1 minute mark you see some actual footage and you can immediately see that this is absolutely a David Fincher film. The lighting is dark and moody, the shots are close and intimate feeling and the colors are perfectly desaturated.
The first official day of summer was less than a month ago, and every day it feels more like the northern hemisphere is being bombarded by some kind of cosmic hairdryer. I enjoy the videos above not in spite of the heat, but because I can so closely identify with the ice cube and chocolate bunny. Yes, like the bunny, my eyeballs are drooping into the pool that used to be my skin. Yes, I am sweating as much as a melting ice cube. And yes, it’s only 10 AM and already 90 degrees.
The video of the melting bunnies is one of my favorites: from the spray-painted bananas to the ripples of chocolate streaming down the contours of the confection. The video of the melting ice cube is newer, and I think the pace is quite relaxing, especially if the heat has you stressed (that is, unless you live in Greenland.)
It is no secret that space is extremely tight in Hong Kong. Tiny, box-sized apartments are the norm and high-density living has naturally resulted in the necessity to be innovative with the use of both public and private space. I have friends who have been very clever in manipulating interior design effects to enlarge the perception of a small space, but not one has gone to lengths as spectacular as those of architect Gary Chang. Creating what he refers to as the “Domestic Transformer”, Chang has managed to squeeze 24 individual rooms into a small apartment, measuring 330 square feet, by means of sliding panels and walls.
I can’t fathom what it would actually be like to live in a moving space such as this, but I am in awe of the concept. The orange-tinted windows that bathe the apartment in warm light are incredible and I love the built-in hammock for his screening room. It will be interesting to see whether this is an architectural concept that will prove popular throughout Hong Kong and Asia as a whole.
Thanks to my best buddy and KN reader Sanna for forwarding this on to me!
I received an email from a fella’ named Tom Bunker (what a great name) who sent along a link to his graduate film he had recently completed for Kingston University called Rubiks. It’s an odd little film about a man who wakes up on a strange world, finds a Rubiks cube and then has to fight a giant head for ownership of the cube. It’s totally weird but I thought the animation was really well done and I love how he used live footage mixed in with the animation. When I see videos like this it makes me wish I had gone to school to create random stuff like this.
Blu is back with yet another amazing video though I think this one is about ten times more epic than his last. This time he hasn’t limited himself to just paint, including people, trash cans, the beach, random trash, old pipes, literally anything you can think of. I think my favorite part is the dinosaur part around the 6 minute mark. It’s so unbelievable that he can’t get away with these epic scale paintings for these animations. I wonder what these walls look like after he’s done? That kinda bums me out to think about.