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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Graphic Design: From Paper to Web

Art and its various forms always interested me. I am really amazed at what creative people can do. With Web graphic designers have put CSS to real good use.
The other day I was looking for some cool CCS tricks and found WebDesignerWall. I liked almost all the works listed here. So many creative minds! Checkout the one site listed there that has clouds that move; and these clouds were not done using Flash!
One of my other favourite site on CSS design has been CSSZenGarden. You have to see all the designs loaded here - some of them are so so but most are really good.
Keep up the good work all of you creative folks!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Collage and Montage

I am more and more inclined to think that a montage is very much like a collage.
When young, I used to paint and then I moved on to sketching; somewhere in between I started to explore moderns art and discovered collage. Oh boy it was like love at first sight! Collage is pure creativity and freedom. To me it is a very powerful art form. I wish I had more time to explore it more - or probably more money to just focus on it instead of the rat race.
Now I am feeling that montage is similar to collage... probably I do not refer to montage in its true self when I compare it with collage, yet it is - I think you get it.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Points to Bear in Mind while Editing

I stumbled upon Oliver Peters article which inspired me to write this post - to highlight the following which resonate with me:
  • Avoid Dragnet Edits
  • Match Action
  • Cut for Eyes

I should also say that Oliver made this interesting recommendation on using 3 shots (not 2 or 1 but 3) for inserts and cutaways. Never paid attention to this - have to experiment on this.

While we are on this topic checkout Ken's review of Michael Whol's book (which by the way was the text book we used).

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Pecking Order

We played an interesting card game school :)

Only one suite of cards was used (actually the suite does not matter) and Ace was eliminated too. So cards from 2 to K were used - 2 being the lowest and K the highest.

Each of us wore a head band to hold a card - the owner did not know which card was on our forehead; but others could see; also they could not say it out. The objective was to interact amongst others, treat individuals according to the card on their forehead and in the end we had to find out what was the card that was placed on our forehead.

We played this to understand status and how it can be effectively used when acting. Our instructor sneaked the Joker and it turned out to be pretty interesting round. The point he made was that with comedy/jokes one can level out the status or its difference. He drew connections to how in medieval ages the jester was the one who could freely express opinion to the kind and still manage to be alive!!