Władysław Starewicz (Moscow 1882 – Fontenay-sous-Bois 1965) was a Russian-born animator of Polish parents, who moved to France after the Soviet Revolution of 1917. His stop-motion animation work is imaginative, surreal, daring, and technically highly accomplished, especially since it was made long before the era of CGI. The Internet Archive now has a complete version of one of his best known films, The Mascot. It is the poignant story of a little dog puppet who goes through all sorts of dangers to give an orange to a little girl dying of scurvy. The film was listed by Terry Gilliam as one of the 10 best animated films of all time.
Here at the Visual Resources Centre we love old black and white photographs. This post from the New York Times “Lens” blog talks about the fantastic collection of photographs submitted to “Kodak Picture Contests” during the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, which are now kept in the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections & Preservation of the Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester in New York State. The post has a slide show of some of the most interesting photos, and explains the background to those picture contests: Kodak was trying to encourage consumers to buy their cameras and film stock by organising the contests. It is a bit shocking to realise that at present the company are under bankruptcy protection.
The photographs are a fascinating record of life in the United States, and also some other parts of the world, during these three decades. Specially interesting are photographs of New York in the 1930s. The variety of subjects, and the technical competence of these amateur photographers are impressive. One could consider this archive of photographs from Kodak contests as an older and smaller equivalent of Flickr, recording everyday life of that period in all its richness.
Our very own James Armstrong is teaching this short course on film animation at the Irish Film Institute. The course includes screenings of animated films such as “Pinocchio”, “Paprika” and “A scanner darkly”. It is an enjoyable opportunity to learn more about animated films.
Have you ever wanted to see a film’s “Artofthetitle” is a blog that allows one to do just that. They describe themselves as “A compendium and leading web resource of film and television title design from around the world”. You can view many great title sequences, read interviews with the film directors and graphic designers who created them, and be kept up to date with film news. A great resource for all you graphic designers out there…over and over again, just to enjoy the fabulous graphic design and the anticipation of what is to come?
- The title design of Saul Bass (luatechnologies.wordpress.com)
Here are some more DVD titles that have been incorporated into the Library Catalogue during the month of March:
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“No Wave Cinema” was an underground film movement that started in New York in the mid-1970s and early 1980s, characterised by a no-frills, guerrilla/punk approach to filmmaking. Although short lived, it influenced later film makers such as Jim Jarmusch, Steve Buscemi and Vincet Gallo. “No Wave” has particular relevance to Ireland, because an Irish experimental and documentary film maker, Vivienne Dick, was an active participant in the movement. The NCAD Visual Resources Centre has a copy of Lux DVD’s Afterimages Volume 4, dedicated to Vivienne Dick [DVD F722].
Other filmmakers involved in the “No Wave Cinema” movement include Amos Poe, Beth B, John Lurie, and James Nares. The Visual Resources Centre is currently exploring the acquisition of DVD copies of films by these artists.
If you are a student at NCAD, you can access over one million images through the ARTstor Digital Library. All you have to do is come to the Visual Resources Centre in the Library to register with ARTstor. Once you have done that, you will be able to access this digital library from any computer in or outside the college. You can browse or search for images, save image groups, and download them individually or as a group for your essays and college projects. To learn more about ARTstor, check our NCAD Image Libraries page. The images are much better quality than what you can find normally online.
In the past week, ARTstor has become available on the following mobile platforms: iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. ARTstor Mobile allows you to search, browse and zoom into your image results. Try it and let us know what you think by commenting on this post.
Rhizome is dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. Through open platforms for exchange and collaboration, the website serves to encourage and expand the communities around these practices. Rhizome supports artists working at the furthest reaches of technological experimentation as well as those responding to the broader aesthetic and political implications of new tools and media.
Open Source Cinema lets you create your own videos online, remix media that you have on your computer, as well as remix other people’s media from places like YouTube and Flickr. You can also connect with others by sending personal messages, commenting on remixes, or even joining projects that others have created.