this is so cool, Artist Berndnaut Smilde has managed to create small clouds suspended inside a room. at least, i hope he has, i know this can be done with photoshop though!
thanks to Gregg Winn for posting on Facebook !
Tomorrow, we get to interview the incredible, enthusiastic Simon Halsey, who in this piece, gets a whole TED room to sing the opening of Carmina Burana. Should be so much fun !
Here’s the video we shot in Colombia 3 weeks ago. Enjoy !
great idea, beautifully executed.
Cartagena des Indias is a beautiful Colonial town on the North Coast of Colombia. Recently, I was commissioned to travel there by Hay Festival to make a short film about the activities that took place there.
For those of you who might not be familiar with Hay, it is an organisation based in Hay-on-Wye, a beautiful little town nestled just on the border between England and Wales. The town itself has approximately 30 bookshops serving only 1900 inhabitants and the Festival brings 300 000 people a year from all over the world to indulge in literacy, arts, comedy and discussion on a whole range of topics.
Hay also collaborates with Festivals all around the world and we at Gingenious have been very fortunately commissioned to document them over the next year. So far we have visited Dhaka, Bangladesh and Kerala, India and have been astonished at the levels of involvement and vibrancy of these festivals.
I’ve been very fortunate to travel quite a bit professionally having recently completed work in Africa, South East Asia, South America and right across Europe, and the thing that strikes me most about everywhere I’ve been, because I think it says volumes about a place is the doors you see in the towns.
At this point, I’m afraid you’ll have to forgive me because I know for a fact that I won’t be able to articulate what I want to say here but I suppose essentially I believe that doors have more personality than any other form of architecture. My favourites are battered old wooden doors that look like they’ve been open and closed, repainted and repaired for years, but really all doors have something to say. Look at dirty, white UPVC doors, or those horrible brown plastic doors with the fake stained glass, they all say something about the people living inside, or about the place they are situated.
What I loved about Cartagena was that out of these massive, grand doors, normal blokes in flip flops were coming out to get their morning paper and I just wondered if people in Cartagena ever think about how beautiful their surroundings are, or even notice them anymore !
Anyway, above are some of the pictures that I took while I was there of some of these quite amazing doors. I’m planning to take pictures of doors everywhere I go from now on, as I really enjoyed taking my 5D out early in the morning and just wandering. Plus I never get to take photographs !
I hope you like them and do please share ! The video for Cartagena will be coming out very soon and I’ll post it up here when it does !
RTS Awards Success for Gingenious Team Members !
On Friday John and Andrew picked up a Royal Television Society Award for their documentary “Mourning of the Valley” which was submitted as their graduation film from university last year.
The film documents the Senghenydd mining disaster of 1913, thought widely to be the worst mining accident ever recorded in the UK. The film follows John Walters, a young miner at the time who very fortunately slept late on the day of the explosion that killed 439 people.
The film will now enter the UK RTS Awards for the Factual Film category and we very much hope they’ll experience the same success at a National level !
You can watch the film above, and click here to see John and Andrew collecting their award on Friday night !
this is fascinating. a russian photographer between 1909 & 1912 took these photos on Black & White negative film, but took three photos one after the other quickly, changing a colour filter in the camera each time so that in the future, the colours could be combined. It’s hard to believe these pictures were taken 100 years ago…
So tomorrow I start my journey to Cartagena, Colombia to film the next in a series of short promotional videos for Hay Festival. Apparently Cartagena is a beautiful city and judging from these photographs that seems to be a pretty accurate description !
I watched Wall E today - to be honest, along with Monsters Inc it’s one of my favourite films. I think Disney Pixar’s commitment to story is second to none. I was looking on their website and came across this article about shading food in Ratatouille. Just found it really interesting.