Tuesday, 20 January 2009


here's a selection of Logos created for college


The day it snowed in Oldham.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Cowboy Bebop – Title Sequence

The quick tempo music score complements the use of contrasting graphical styles with well-designed typographical elements used in this title sequence. With the Jazzy track and gritty tone reminds me of 30’s detective films.
Overall the feel is reminiscent of Saul bass but very different in many respects. Colour corrected video and quick sharp cuts differ from the smoothness of Saul’s work, But work better for the ambience.
The sequence begins with a flashing typography. Dirty and gritty, the type gives you a feel for the show. The sequence begins with vertical and horizontal lines that pan to reveal various video clips.
In short the sequence is well directed and beautifully put together giving you a good grasp on what the shows like

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Death Proof (2007)

The insanely talented yet equally annoying director known as Quentin Tarantino set his sights on paying homage to the 1970’s exploitation “Grindhouse” films with this latest film ‘Death Proof”.
This lukewarm effort from him fails to inspire, the story is centered on Stuntman Mike and his homicidal tendencies in relation to groups of young girls. In the first half of the film he targets a group of girls in Texas who are out getting wasted and reminiscing about school days. Enter the ever deplorable, but forgivable acting talents on one Mr. Tarantino. As usual Tarantino has a lot of disposable script for the girls in which the try to score weed. Although not essential to the storyline it was entertaining for the most part. The girls are promptly killed off by Stuntman Mike in a satisfyingly gruesome manner. In the second half of the film Stuntman Mike emerges in Tennessee where he meets the second group of girls. The girls however are not so easy to kill and turn the tables on him.
On the whole the plot is very weak with very little narrative. The plot holes and bad character development could be put down to the “Grindhouse” effect. Personally though I feel it’s just lazy writing and is losing out in what potentially could be a great film. The direction is impeccable as usual with some good shots giving the film its saving grace. Near the end of the film However, Stuntman Mike completely changes character and spoils any constancy the film had.
With all this in mind the film is OK but falls short of what it could have been. After the film ends it leaves you wondering what happened and whether or not there’s more to it. In my opinion it would have been better as a short. Worth a watch but bother spending any notes on it. Possibly in its original Theater production as ‘Grindhouse’.

Juno (2007) – Title sequence

The opening title sequence is a piece of wonderful eye candy that is a refreshing change from the cold serious ones that seem to plague the cinema these days. It set the pace and feeling for the film right off the bat with a striking old style cutout animation. What makes it even more special is that it is created using traditional stop motion techniques (LINK). As the sequence starts, the lovely Ellen Page strolls down the street swigging from a Sunny D bottle. She saunters into the animation world. The hand-drawn background gives it a charming indie feel witch is backed up by the childish handicraft typography. With the animation itself it is photocopied cutouts roughly colored in, again by hand. Meanwhile the title sequence doubles as the opening scene of the main storyline making it feel entwined into the film. Furthermore the transition between the animated title sequence and the live-action film is seamless. All things considered the work that has been put into this sequence is admirable and the result is a highly rememberable opening for a great film.

Sunday, 4 January 2009

The day the Earth stood still (2008)

The Promise of an epic first contact doomsday Blockbuster fell shy of its target. Although entertaining and an enjoyable watch the film lacked a sense of awe and climax. The story is about an alien, Klaatu (Keanu Reeves) who comes to earth representing a collective of planets. They have been monitoring Earth and in particular, humans and our impact on the planet. They intend on helping the earth.

The main story is portrayed smoothly and easy to follow but suffers from the lack of the ability to draw you further in. It starts off well it had an air of mystery and suspense action and tension all to a climatic crescendo as the Sphere lands in central park as the film flexes its big budget muscles… kinda. The CGI in this film felt slightly unfinished, such as the snow at the start of the film. Compensating for this though is the direction with excellent atmosphere and mood.

Sadly though this is pretty much the climax of the film. The script steadily declines throughout, though remaining enjoyable seemed stretched with safe clean yet anti-climatic ending. Throw in an annoying kid with daddy issues and we start to see the problem Though people will swoon at the mere mention of the original, I think this one will fall short of it potential.