Sunday, 28 April 2013

Longest Eyelashes in the World

My latest film is a humorous attempt at "advertising" lashes.
So to get some of the lingo, I have been watching existing videos/ adverts from the leading make up brands.
Barry M is my favourite out of the ones below, their fun and witty outlook is exactly what I want my work to portray.
Barry M Lash Vegas Mascara advert
Rimmel London
Key words for my video;
Clump free/ no clumps
False lash effect
100% glamour
Volume with length
Instantly endless
(Some pointless percentage of women who agree)
Brand new formula 

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Sia Music videos

Live on Jools Holland
You've Changed
I really like this video, such an interesting idea, and it makes me think more about what I am doing in the videos which I create.
I too have hand held props, which are quick and easy to produce, and do the job- but they add more personality I feel. I like that the hands can be seen turning the numbers and holding the words along the bottom.
If I'd have seen this video sooner, my work would be rather different, and visually better. Although I have thought about most aspects, I forgot about the backgrounds, until it comes to the production part, where I make changes using Photoshop if I need to, but I could have done so much more. There would have been backgrounds, as at the moment I just have plain white screen behind me, there would have been more thought going into the idea behind the work.
I will use this video for developmental ideas or future recommendations.
Clap Your Hands
All of Sia's music videos are experimental and visually stunning, but this one is my favourite; I think that is down to the puppets.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Adam Buxton

With shows such as BUG and The Countryman, Buxton is a comic genius;
 creating characters, inventing personalities and voices for YouTube users, finding comments which are hilarious, but made even more so when Buxton highlights the spelling mistakes and pointlessness of them! Visit his website on the link directly below,
or to look at the
BUG MUSIC SHOW TEASER TRAILER, click the second link below.
This is a quick video from one part of the show, really amazing technology, allowing people to contribute towards a music video, drawing onto the original stills from the video.
The finished project Johnny Cash video.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

West Yorkshire days out

Monday 8th April;
Visit to Redbrick Mill, 218 Bradford Rd, Batley, West Yorkshire WF17 6JF.

The Rimini ceramic range was created in the early fifties by Aldo Londi, the former art director of Bitossi. These desirable pieces of design are characterised by their irregular texture and vivid blue colouring. The Aldo Londi animals are handmade by ceramist masters and coated with precious glazes. Small imperfections that may be noticed are a proof of the hand processes involved in the manufacturing.

Image from HEAL'S website.
Priced £40- 155.
Tuesday 9th April;
Bradford's Impressions Gallery ONE, Centenary Square, BD1 1SD.
With a wide range of ever-changing exhibitions, the Impressions Gallery is an independent, not-for-profit space for contemporary photography.
"Our mission is to show photography that gets you looking, thinking and talking."
 The book shop here is always worth going for, with a great little range of magazines.
I took these photos of some of the pages which could link to my own work,
from 'FOAM' and 'HotShoe' magazine.
Erwin Olaf
This work is from Olaf's 2001 work, "Paradise Portraits".

Daniel Gordon
Visit to Birstall Shopping Park;
Barker and Stonehouse, Unit H, Gelderd Road, Birstall, WF17 9AD.

These photos showcase how little details make big differences.
They create a mood, a theme, a scene, unlike the other furniture showrooms, Barker and Stonehouse sell you style and taste.
The collections of different accessories;
chairs, clocks, bats, suitcases, trophies etc.
each room has products which all serve a purpose and are there for a reason.


Saturday, 6 April 2013

Spot adverts

In preparation for my own spot advert, I am researching which TV adverts I remember most, looking at the differences between them, picking out which parts work best, and duplicating these in my own advert, in my own style.
Since I have chosen 'Freederm' spot products to use in my film, I will start with this brand.
I am most drawn to the illustration section in this advert, I assume this has been produced using stop motion, which is what I use in my videos.
What I like most in this advert is the guy holding up the screen and the spot is animated through it's 'cycle', something that I am trying to achieve in my work.
This newest advert from Freederm keeps my attention as it seems to be telling more of a story than previous adverts. The screen/page turning effect is great, and makes me feel somehow more connected, as if we are all part of the narrative, which I'm sure they are trying to achieve, as I am within their target market age.
'Clearasil advert 1989- Patsy Palmer'
I like this advert for it's characters and their cheekiness.
'Clearasil Pizza Face'
This one has the voice over which ALL films these days seem to include on their adverts, a deep and dark voice, bouncing off of the young teens voices, I like this contrast in sound..
and the pepperoni pimples.
'Fotoshop by Adobe'
I came across this video whilst looking for other spot treatment adverts, its great!
I am unsure about whether its intentions are to make people laugh, or if they are purely to make us, the consumers, realise what actually happens in celebrities/models photo-shoots, but that's beside the point. It is a brilliant way of making women feel better about themselves, and a fresh outlook on what is currently occurring in the media.
'Kate Moss; L'Oreal Hair Advert Audition'
I have included this clip of Moss because my previous shoots have involved me "whipping my hair back and forth", as Willow Smith's song suggests.
This can be seen in the videos below (from my YouTube channel);

Friday, 5 April 2013


List of things to write in my survey..
Complete my quick and easy survey about beauty, on the link below.

Short fun film about the effects of eating crisps and chocolate!
Visit my YouTube channel to watch more short films, follow the link below.

London Art Galleries

Here are some artists which I made note of in the back of a sketchbook,
but forgot about until now.
From London's National Portrait Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery and The Cartoon Museum.
Sylvia Sleigh
Sylvia Sleigh was a Welsh-born naturalised American realist painter. Sleigh was born in Llandudno, Gwynedd, Wales. After studying at the Brighton School of Art, she had her first solo exhibition in 1953 at the Kensington Art Gallery.
 At The Turkish Bath, 1976 Oil on Canvas 76” x 100”
Collection of The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago.

Felicity Rainne Reclining, 1972 Oil on Canvas 42.5” x 60” (107.3 x 152.4 cm)
Private Collection, New York.
Eileen Agar
Eileen Forrester Agar was a British painter and photographer associated with the Surrealist movement.
Self portrait, oil on canvas, 1927
30 1/8 in. x 25 1/4 in. (765 mm x 641 mm)
My quick sketch from the museum.
The Beauty Calibrator

My drawing from the gallery.