Still A Designer…

Very often I feel silly handing out my business cards when I meet people, while I’m mostly known as a photographer, my card still says “Graphic Design for Web and Print.”

These days I tell people I’m not a designer but the truth is really something else. It doesn’t happen much but with the right amount of coaxing I can be convinced to do a poster or logo design.

Since I don’t share this stuff too often, I though I’d do so today:

The Bam Theory Movie Logo

The Bam Theory – Logo for upcoming MMA movie project by Bear Frazer, Kickstarter page soon!

Chicago Ladies In Comedy

CLIC – Chicago Ladies In Comedy

Faye Garfinkle - Personal Branding
Faye Garfinkle – Engineer, Personal Branding

Planting the Seed

Roman CoppolaKeeping in my ‘seeking out inspiration’ kick, I just registered for the Seed conference with Jason Fried, Jim Coudal and Carlos Segura on October 29th. I’m looking forward to it, I hope to learn a lot. I’m also really enjoying networking as of late. I’ve been astounded by the people I’ve been meeting lately and it started with An Event Apart.

Coming out here to Chicago has been a huge opportunity for me, there is always something new and inspiring going on that fascinates me. So much to learn.

Last week I was lucky enough to attend a screening of Wes Anderson’s Hotel Chevalier at the Apple Store. The screening was hosted by producer Roman Coppola. Afterwards Roman stuck around for Q&A. The crowd was excellent and his rapport with them was phenominal. While film is not my field of choice listening to Roman was really inspiring. He spoke about starting a project, from researching it and making compromises to achieve a vision. I’m really looking forward to The Darjeeling Limited.

It’s weird but I spent years in New York, the “cultural center of the world”, and somehow I missed opportunities like this. I think I’m just more in tune with the world around me now.

I’m excited.

Watchmen ARG? Uncovering The Veidt Method

Warren Ellis posted a link in his blog today to a site advertising ‘The Veidt Method’ by Adrian Veidt. Adrian Veidt is a fictional character from Alan Moore‘s cult classic graphic Novel ‘Watchmen‘ which, after years of false starts is in the process of being turned into a movie directed by Zack Snyder (300, Dawn of The Dead). The movie has all the makings of a hit, even so I’m sure of course Moore will have nothing to do with it. The man is historic for having his works bastardized for film and removing his name from them.

The site in question, Mr. Ellis speculates that it may be tied to the movie release as viral marketing ARG (Alternate Reality Game, ala The Hanso Foundation and the TV show Lost). If he’s right it leaves much to be desired. Sure, the site makes mention of ‘Nova Express’ a fictional magazine from the Watchmen story and hawks the character’s ‘life changing methods,’ however the links are nonfunctional and even the mailing list box doesn’t work, it instead is a mailto link to ‘‘. The site design is weak at best, I would imagine if Warner Brothers were to be getting into the viral game, they’d put a little more effort into it. A quick look at the HTML code reveals the site to be based off a free template webdesign credited to a ‘Joseph De Araujo‘. Lame.

Putting those things aside, the site still doesn’t make sense. For one, the Watchmen storyline takes place in an alternate reality, cold war era, 1985; a detail which is reportedly being retained for the movie. If that’s the case, a viral web ad campaign or ARG would be out of place. Especially seeing as how it’s not 1985 and the World Wide Web didn’t exist in it’s current form back then either.

The true telltale however is this: on the bottom left of the page there is a login link that brings up the following:


Real ARGs are never this sloppy. Suddenly it all makes a lot more sense. Looking a little harder one finds that the site is actually hosted at a Lord of the Rings fan site. Turns out, this isn’t their first attempt either, they’ve also been publishing a blogger website entitled ‘rorschach’s journal.‘ Some believe the guys at ‘theonering’ have been lobbying to try and get some deal with Warner Brothers to do viral marketing for the movie. My best guess is they hope to make another unofficial hub like possibly based around Moore’s works or something. Since Lord of the Ring’s success they’ve sort of made a business out of movie fan sites apparently.

Conclusion: It’s nothing but a bunch of geeks with a hard on for the original comic book having some unofficial web fun and a letdown for us other geeks looking for something fun to dig though while we get hyped up looking forward to the movie.

To date the only official Watchmen teaser info can be found here. Go back to sleep Watchmen fans.

The Prestige

The Prestige was everything a good movie should be. It had everything: thrills, suspense, mystery, heartbreak, humor and romance.

Much applause for Chistopher Nolan who really put together a fine film. I was also floored by the excellent cast and the stellar performances all around.

2006 has been a great year for movies, I’m curious what the holiday season will bring.

Spotless Effects on Eternal Sunshine

I already put this on my but I figured it needed more attention because it was that damn good…. More rotoscoping and compositing! I’m sure you’re thrilled oh fictitious reader.

Special Effects house Buzz Imaging shows off how it made the effects used in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The clip showcases some incredible 3d modeling, rotoscoping and compositing work and makes it almost look easy. Don’t be fooled, this sort of thing takes days, weeks even months to get right. But it’s still incredible.

(Via Daring Fireball)