Originality :: Chalk Drawings

SnowGlobe Studios

When I think of chalkboards, I think of screeching noises and sneezing.  Just thinking about the screeching noise makes my teeth hurt, but seeing these drawings dulls the feeling.  I love the contrast of light and dark in this film and the editing beautifully done.

I like to think of this chalkboard art kind of like camera work.  We don’t realize how physical art can be, especially in the creation stage.  Here, Peter Han uses his whole body to create his artwork- cameramen do the same.  They have to use their whole body to get some of the shots that they get.

When I was in film school last year, we had an instructor who had us move around and do a combination of yoga, breathing exercises and martial arts.  On camera, every movement counts including every breath and heartbeat.  By having us practice these movements, we became more aware of our bodies and how our movements translated to the big screen.  This is exactly what Peter is trying to teach to his students.

Sometimes by using your whole body, you can make something even more impact on your audience.

Travel :: The John Muir Trail

The Muir Project

This is trailer is something closer to home, figuratively and physically, than the previous videos that I’ve posted this month.  This is only a thousand or more miles south of where I live and looks relatively familiar.  I like to spend weekend up in the mountains hiking and being away from city life, which is a whole other experience all on its own.  Sometimes you only have to go as far as your backyard to experience something new.

I think what I like most about this film is the combination of art and the outdoors.  These are two things that I’m passionate about (can you tell?) and I like the blend of the two.  It also brings back memories of taking a travel photography class in college while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.  The scenery was very different, but the idea of documenting your journey on camera and in journals makes the experience very different from a day hike.  You notice more about your surroundings and reflect more about what you are going through emotionally and physically.  It also takes your mind off things when you feel like curling up in a ball and giving up for the day.  Documenting the the journey through art is a very powerful thing.

Handmade :: Paper Cuts


Despite the fact that most of my work is digitally created on a computer, I still love paper and paint and pencils etc.  When I was growing up, I spent hours in art classes learning how to make all sorts of useless items but I thought were very exciting.

I no longer have as much time with physical tools as I would like, which is probably why I enjoy Handmade Portraits: Rob Ryan.  The one time that I made something similar to Mr. Ryan’s work (aka cutting out shapes on a page to create the picture) I ended up tearing most of the page and gave up.  Obvioulsy I wasn’t patient enough, but maybe now I could make it through a whole sheet.

On a deeper level, I like that there are stories within stories in each piece that he creates.  Behind every piece of art is a great story but we don’t always see that as plainly as you can here.

Art :: Learning the Alphabet

[vimeo https://vimeo.com/56974716 h=360&w=640]

By fedelpeya

Simple, to the point and celebrates a type of art beyond film and animation- architecture.  I think it beautifully celebrates some of the world’s most magnificent buildings and their creators while using the art deco style to exhibit each building.  I like that so many artistic styles and topics are combined to make this short film – plus it manages bring such a global perspective into a seemingly simple short.