And now for something completely different

Friday, February 09, 2007

I had this old folder of clippings laying around so I decided to post up my faves....

My pal Adam Medley is the creator of these inspiring little pieces of art, and he describes them as " consisting of one part image and one part text, cut from old magazines and fixed together with packing tape. The rule is that the text and the image must come from two seperate contexts and cannot be significantly altered by way of cutting out undesired words, parts of image, etc."
I believe I assembled these in his basement in the summer of 2005...or was it 2004?


My interest in anime has spread to an interest in nearly anything Japanese - so it was only time before I watched a live-action Japanese tv series. I recently watched 2 series that I enjoyed, and that were both based on true stories, so I'm gonna give 'em a small plug here.

Densha Otoko is the story of a heavily exaggerated, clumsy otaku that finds the courage to defend a beautiful woman from an aggressive drunk on a train. From this event, they slowly develop a relationship. The hook is that he is so completely hopeless when dealing with women, that he turns to an anonymous message board for single men for support. I especially liked how they humanized the other posters, giving each a different personality, and even backstories in some cases. This one is a kinda feel-good romance-comedy. And the movie version sucks.

1 Litre of Tears is a sad story of a 15 year-old girl that is diagnosed with Spinocerebellar Ataxia, a disease that progressively atrophies the body, making basic things like walking and talking difficult to impossible, even though the mind is healthy. The series follows the girl as she struggles with the worsening disease while trying to stay optimistic. This is one of those series that can change the way you look at life. And just like the title implies, the series is known for making viewers cry, and I must admit I was no exception ^_^ there ya go. If you're interested, check em out, torrent-style.

Persephone's Flight

Here is my top secret 4th year film idea, hiding at the bottom, in a very non-hidden way. Anyway, as the title suggests, the story is based on the Greek myth of Demeter and her daughter Persephone. I want the story to appeal to a universal audience, but I would like that extra kick in there for those who do know the myth. So far I know that the birds need to be designed so that they clearly read as mother and daughter. People may mistake the frolicking and the hearts at the beginning to be the dance of a male and female couple; but I couldn't think of any other way to quickly establish that they were close, and needed each other in that mother-dependent way.
Comments and suggestions very much appreciated.