I have been a bad girl

sorry

I haven’t been posting on here for a few weeks now, naughty naughty me. This is mainly because I have been busy at work, in the process of purchasing a flat AND working on some other little projects in the background…

Here are some things I have found, liked, done and thought about during my blogging absence…

  • Spending far too long creating a Halloween-themed Spotify playlist (which now seems to have disappeared?)
  • The (quite disappointing) Turner Prize exhibition at Tate Britain
  • Desperately wanting a Google Wave invite
  • Amazing brunch in Roast
  • Getting slightly obsessed with True Blood (but only until Heroes comes back on)
  • Re-living my obsession with Metronomy (again), The XX and Prince
  • I want to go to the Digital Design exhibition at the V&A next month

I just saw UP… and other 3D film thoughts

…and I actually loved it.

Why?

When the talk of bringing back 3D films started, I was sceptical. Gimmick. Total gimmick. Leave it back in the past, with those funny little cardboard glasses with different coloured lenses.

Then I saw Coraline in 3D and I fell in love.

Today I went to see Disney’s crack at 3D animation. After incredible reviews from across the pond, albeit 5 months ago (why oh why has it taken so long to release over here?) today I braved the cinema full of kids and irritating couples and went to see UP.

The story is original, the script is funny, the characters are cute and the 3D effects are blended seamlessly, not distracting and merely enhancing the plot. It’s genuinely a brilliant, feel-good film.

Sooooo yes, whilst 3D is still a little gimmicky, I think it is here to stay. Just imagine if something like The Ring had been made in 3D? What about using 3D tech for epic nature documentaries, a la the BBC’s Planet Earth series? The potential for 3D films is certainly more than just family-friendly animation and could be the catalyst to make serious changes to both the film production industry, and also to how we consume films.

Filmic rant over. For now…

See more UP [starts 32 seconds in…damn Disney and their privacy policies]:


AMAZING digital promotion for new Editors album

editors_album_inthislightonthisevening

This is, quite possibly, the best use of new technology I have seen in AGES for a music marketing campaign…

For the release of their new album, In This Light and On This Morning, Editors have launched an online experience using Google Maps, specifically Street View. Users must navigate their way around Google’s virtual London to find the (naturally music themed) hot spots. Upon arriving at each they are treated to a song from the album.

So very very clever.

Damn, I wish I’d thought of that.

Play and listen and feel jealous here…


Pop Life @ Tate Modern

On Friday eve I eschewed my usual grotty Hoxton pub eve of cheap vodka and naughty antics and went and “did some culture”. Armed with my newly procured Tate membership I crossed the river to the Tate Modern and headed to the new Pop Life: Art in a Material World exhibition…

Pop Life

Whilst I understand that this focuses on the materialisic nature of our society, I did leave the exhibition feeling a little bit flat. It all feels a bit ‘bitty’. Whilst there is lots of Andy Warhol at the beginning, a re-creation of Keith Haring’s Pop Shop and a whole sectioned off room dedicated to Jeff Koons‘ (far too gratuitous) explicit work, everything else feels a bit cobbled together. Even Damien Hirst’s Spot Paintings was disappointing, though mainly as the appointed identical twins supposed to be sitting under the paintings had nipped out for a fag when we arrived.

Keith Haring's Pop Shop

There are some good bits, of course, but overall I’d say that Pop Life is worth seeing only if you don’t have to pay for it.

How very ironic.

Pop Life @ Tate Modern microsite


Twitter Test

According to Mashable, I can now automatically send my blog posts to Twitter. Let’s see if it works…


Dead fly art. Yes, seriously.

OMG Miss Cakehead has done it again with her blog post on dead fly art. Love. It.

fly art


Ze future of advertising

Nice deck, good thoughts, etc from Isabelle O’Kane…