Monthly Archives: November 2007

Art & Design in The British Film # 14: John Howell 3

Continuing a series about Art Directors in the British film industry up to 1948, when the book containing these articles was published. This chapter deals with John Howell. (Click thumbnail images to enlarge) Fame Is The Spur was Honor Blackman’s first screen appearance. John Howells started his long cinematic career in the 1930′s. After the […]

Mitchell & Webb Discuss Football 1

Another finely crafted sketch from Mitchell & Webb: This time on the subject of identification with football teams. Clip here. The usual brilliance.

“The Register” Readers respond to Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs 2

For those of you living outside the UK who might not have heard this dismal story, a hapless functionary at the HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs) sent 2 CDs containing the personal details of all families in the United Kingdom claiming child benefit to a firm of accountants who were contracted to audit the […]

Hans Bacher’s Coming Up 502′s and 404′s 1

I’m getting nothing but server errors and page not founds when trying to connect to Hans Bacher’s swathe of blogs. Has he had another of his famous hissy fits with Blogger? Will he bounce back with yet another cleverly named blog? I hope so. I’ll let you know if I find anything. Meanwhile, this gives […]

Luc Desmarchelier’s Personal Work 8

I must be a bit slow. After months of almost daily visits to see Luc Desmarchelier’s blog Ushuaia, and admiring the beautiful concept artwork he created for Dreamworks’ feature films, I discover I had not noticed a link in the sidebar to a blog called Harmattan. If I remember rightly, that’s the name of a […]

Abstract Animation by Dennis H. Miller 0

Looking at Miller’s animations at his website (Flash alert!) I can’t help but get the feeling that I have stumbled upon a series of televised chats between members of an alien civilisation. There are signs of a very advanced intelligence on show, but however hard I look, I cannot for the life of me extract […]

Autumn Through The Letterbox 2

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been collecting images from my hard drive and cropping them to exactly 770 x 140 pixels. The reason for this is it’s the size of the header image on the portal style blog I set up for the students I teach at Ravensbourne College. I’ve started with a […]

Blimey! 5

I hardly noticed that one slipping by. Must be getting blasé. Most of them are robots and spiders, anyway; Not real people.

The Surreal Films of Koichiro Tsujikawa 0

Koichiro Tsujikawa is genius director of short films. All of his works feature a strangely twisted view of reality that is dreamily seductive, and at the same time mind bendingly weird. Needless to say, I’m a big fan! Music video for Cornelius – Like a Rolling Stone (Click on the thumbnail image to enlarge) Music […]

Art & Design in The British Film # 13: Hein Heckroth 2

Continuing a series about Art Directors in the British film industry up to 1948, when the book containing these articles was published. This chapter deals with Hein Heckroth (1901 – 1970) “Film is the folklore of the 20th century.” He says of his experiments in the theatre that he has used every trick and every […]