Wonderland is a great short film exploring working in the creative industry and the relationship between creativity and commercial interests. With some great insights here from the creatives involved, it's definitely worth a watch.
From the film creators:
"In Spring 2013 we set out for a month to make a short educational piece providing a glimpse of what it is like to work in the creative industry. The idea was born out of our own questions and struggles on how to deal with things that may seem out of your control. The themes we decided to focus on were those of creativity, relationships, the pursuit of financial profit, and the many directions you can intentionally or unintentionally find yourself taking. We hope the short provides direction in helping others pursue their own creative and personal goals by hearing first hand experiences. Thank you to everyone involved for your transparency and willingness to be involved."
'Design & Thinking' is a documentary exploring the idea of design thinking.
How do we fully engage organisations to think about the changing landscape of business, culture and society? Inspired by design thinking, this documentary grabs businessman, designers, social change-makers and unlikely individuals to portrait what they have in common when facing this ambiguous 21st century.
What is design thinking? How is it applied in business models? How are people changing the world with their own creative minds? It is a call to the conventional minds to change and collaborate.
Rather than a salute to the beauty of design, the film aims to bring forward the ambiguity, conflicts, and the process of how not just designers, but also creative people, think and do things. Change-making organisations like Code for America are stood alongside local bike shop, biology PhD and Coca-Cola, providing real-world inspirations of what designers call design thinking. Design thinking thought leaders such as David Kelley, Bill Moggridge and Tim Brown share their beliefs as skeptics progress the movie in a thought-provoking fashion. Trying to ask right questions, they all seem to agree, is more important then providing firm answers, as is expressed in this documentary.
The 2012 Vimeo Awards were held in New York this week as part of the Vimeo Festival. You can view all the category winners here and definately worth taking the time to have a look through. Below is the overall winner, 'Symmetry' by film making team Everyone which is was submitted under the new 'Lyrical' category.
"The film is a visual tone poem, a blend of images and music consisting of cinematic surfing sequences intercut with coastal landscapes, insightful commentary and poetry, and the movements of the cast on a surfing journey."
A piece of ‘user generated content’ of epic proportions – never before has a crowd sourced doco played out on such a staggering scale. ‘Life in a Day’ is a documentary shot by filmmakers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive for one particular day on Earth.
Director Kevin MacDonald put out a call to all YouTube viewers to submit there own ‘life in a day’. On July 24, 2010, people from around the world with a camera at their disposal, assumed the role of filmmaker, to document a piece of their own lives for the rest of the world to see. Video cameras, mobile phones and webcams were used – with Macdonald even distributing 450 cameras to developing countries, to give a more accurate representation.
80,000 videos were submitted from 140 countries, totaling more than 4,500 hours of footage. After hours of viewing, culling and editing (with the help of 23 assistant editors), Macdonald and producer Ridley Scott, put together a 90-minute feature film worthy of a premiere at Sundance.
The film depicts the lives of 25 people, embodies a new means of storytelling and gives insight into the unique nature of human life.
The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunites. But does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity?
This is the question addressed by PressPausePlay, a documentary film containing interviews with some of the world’s most influential creators of the digital era.
The film was shot globally between August 2009 – January 2011, covering more than 150 hours of interview footage with international creatives and thinkers - representing the state of digitized culture today. Looking forward to this one.
After working in the creative industry for a number of years we got a bit tired of the loud complaints regarding the disappearance of business models due to pirating and continuing profit losses. These subjects had been discussed to death at media panels and in newspapers around the world. We felt that an important part of the story had been lost - the unprecedented cultural impact. Sure, there are lots of industry problems caused by technological innovation but there are also enormous new opportunities for creation.
In our daily work we encounter numerous people from all over the world that, just like us, have grown up with technology as their friend. We were intrigued by the dichotomy: artists were able to create with the same technology that allowed pirating and was subverting old business models.
It might be a bit bold to do a film about something that’s in such rapid transformation, where nothing is set and where you really can’t distinguish between the villains and heroes. But we didn’t want to give a definite answer. We simply wanted to make a snapshot of today - documenting both the positive and negative aspects of democratized culture. You will not walk out of the theatre with more answers, but hopefully with more thoughts.
I really loved Whistler Blackcomb when I went there a couple of years ago. The snow was great, the mountains were big and people were friendly. In fact, I loved it so much so that I wanted to move there, but now the place seems small....really small.
You could be excused for thinking that Facebook had taken over the world at the moment. Not content with monopolizing the social networking arena, the Facebook movie ‘The Social Network’ walked away from the Golden Globes last night the unrivalled champion with an impressive four awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Score. Seriously, who knew Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails could compose an award-winning score? Certainly not I!
In a world where everything is instant and communication is rarely face-to-face, ‘The Social Network’ highlights the grand irony that the world’s largest social networking site was created by a Harvard misfit who remained socially inept even after his resulting billions of dollars and millions of online ‘friends’ he amassed in the process.
Said the movie’s producer, Scott Rudin, in his acceptance speech for Best Picture:
“I want to thank everybody at Facebook – Mark Zuckerberg for his willingness to allow us to use his life and work as a metaphor through which to tell a story about communication and the way we relate to each other.”
We here at Tusk specialize in Facebook marketing, so if you feel that your company could benefit from harnessing the power of this online medium, don’t hesitate to contact us here.
Slightly off topic, but did anyone else enjoy watching Ricky Gervais spectacularly burn his bridges in Hollywood quite as much as I did? I could care less that it was slightly bitter and terribly mean-spirited: it was goddamn hilarious.
Click here to watch Ricky Gervais' opening monologue insulting Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise and the entire cast of Sex And The City, to name but a few.
The Sartorialist blog is a long standing favourite of mine and has grown vastly in populairty over the years. This beautifully shot depiction brings Scott Shumann's views and insights to life, in a visually rich film. Selected as one of Time Magazine's Top 100 Design Influencers, The Sartorialist continues to shape fashion history and is a captivating visual resource. Scott Shumann's significance is noted across many industries which may account for his inclusion in the Intel 'Visual Life' campaign. The campaign invites others to share their lives, interactions and inspirations through film and photography, it essentially asks of people to share and creatively express their 'visual life'.
To check out the infamous blog, The Sartorialist - Click Here
To watch the short film, featuring blogging icon, Scott Shumann - Click Here
To see more about the Intel 'Visual Life' campaign - Click Here