My favourite love stories – short and sweet.

 

This was part of a Search Stories Series  by Google. In just 52 seconds, they manage to tell the whole romance cycle of finding love during a Parisian study abroad. This video is closely followed by Pixar’s 4-minutes life story of Ellie and Carl in Up, beautifully accompanied by Michael Giacchino’s soundtrack:

In written form, my favorite love story is in Shakespeare’s Hamlet:

When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.

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When was the last time you paid attention to the cinematography of an ANIMATED film?

When was the last time you paid attention to the cinematography of an ANIMATED film?

My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)

Can we please take a moment to honour the framing, colour, lighting, and design of shots in Miyazaki animation? His animated films are visually beautiful and a nice stylistic difference from the traditional western aesthetics.

Note to Self: the cinema of Asia is artistically exceptional and I should watch international films more often.

What Do I Love More Than Anything Else?

What Do I Love More Than Anything Else?

Search Engines. Happy Valentines Day.

“Hatred paralyses life; Love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; Love harmonises it.
Hatred darkens life; Love illuminates it.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centred. Love them anyway.”
-Kent M. Keith

“Sometimes it’s a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.”
-David Byrne

Thank you, Ludovico Einaudi. @Sochi2014 @ProcterGamble @Thankyoumom #advertising

Yet another uplifting P&G ad within the Thank You, Mom campaign which has been running for a couple Olympic Games. This one is part of the lead up to the 2014 Sochi games to open Friday, February 7th. This ad was released a month in advance and builds anticipation to the Winter Games this year. I have already posted about the ‘Thank You, Mom’ campaign as one of my favourite campaign ideas of all times, but I just had to post this advert because it also uses my favourite contemporary composer – Ludovico Einaudi. This man is a genius. As are the Olympic athletes and the communities that support them to greatness. There is something so hopeful in this advert…. Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore, we’re in Sochi. Bring on the cold, our athletes and moms can take it!

In the Mood For Love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2001)

In the Mood For Love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2001)

Cinematography: Mark Lee Ping Bin, Kwan Pun Leung, Christopher Doyle

Have you ever stopped to look at the film itself? I mean actually STOP. and look at it. Acknowledge it. Not its narrative, characters, or realism. The cinematography can be absolutely beautiful and breathtaking with it’s enhanced colours, deep compositions, shifting focus and subtle reminders. Cinematography does not shout, it whispers. And those that listen will discover a hidden beauty that flashes every 24 fames per second. 

L’oeil de Brassaï et Montmartre…

L'oeil de Brassaï et Montmartre...

On peut conclure que cette photographie de Brassaï est un exemple du romanticisme autour de Paris. La ville a la réputation d’être artistique, belle, chic, et riche. Les photographies de Brassaï monte un Paris qui est parfait – tout qui n’était pas agréable au moment a été omise du cadrage. Mais comme c’est une photographie, le spectateur croit que la ville est exactement comme l’image à cause de processus mécanique de photographie. Cependant, bien que la photographie représente un lieu réel, c’est seulement une seconde de temps avec un cadrage spécifique. Brassaï a une collection de photographies qui ont été prises au bon moment – ils présentent le spectateur avec le meilleur point de vue et éclairage. Mais bien sûr, les images sont un rendu artistique de la réalité, et non pas le processus mécanique que certains associent à la photographie. C’est la même idée avec la vidéo, par exemple, le film Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulin réalisé par Jean-Pierre Jeunet en 2001. Le Paris dans le film est digitalement augmentée pour raviver les couleurs et effacer les graffitis. Et aussi, il n’y a pas de diversité culturelle dans les caractères de fond – intentionnellement. Et d’un point de vue historique, on peut dire que Paris a son image parfaite grâce à rendu artistique –juste prend Brassaï et Jeunet comme les exemples.

P.S. CLICK ON THE PHOTO.

Bring the story of your life to LIFE.

Bring the story of your life to LIFE.

I approached the Parisian coffee shop to find Violeta sitting at a small circular table, already waiting for me. She had a burgundy blazer (that matched her lipstick shade) and a bright red handbag. The cherry tomato colour of the bag exuded a confidence that was confirmed by the big smile that recognized me. She quickly put down her black leather book and gave me a firm handshake. After placing our orders in French, I inquired about Violeta’s life. She giggled for a second, only to respond, “It’s kind of a long story. I can’t even answer the question, ‘Where are you from?’” She proceeded to tell me about her childhood in Bulgaria, her high school in California, and her time in London. “I like to travel… a lot!” She continued, “But more than merely tourist visits. I like to assimilate into the culture. For example, finding a local coffee shop…a hidden gem just around the corner from a big boulevard.” With that, she made a slightly head gesture to Rue Mouffetard as our barista arrived with two black coffees. Immediately, she shook her head no to the offer of sugar and crème; she insisted, “I like my coffee bold.” Violeta paused, readjusted her thin black glasses and continued, “Where were we?” And with that question, a slight British inclination crept in to an otherwise strong American accent. We then went on to discuss random themes from her sister’s turtle to Tina Fey’s autobiography to society’s latest obsession with Pinterest. Jumping from knowledge in one subject to another, I couldn’t figure out Violeta’s degree. “Film Studies” she responded, “the academic study of cinema and the ability to talk to anybody! After all, who doesn’t have a favourite actor?” Before paying the bill, I asked about the black leather book on the table. She lifted her hand off the cover as if let me peek inside. Then, Violeta leaned in slightly, lowered her voice, and whispered, “It’s my sketchbook… filled with drawing, typography designs, business ideas, and storyboards for short films. I would show you, but I only just met you.”