Diana Vreeland’s living room is red. Red sofa, red walls, red flowers. Red patterned wallpaper mimics the red flowered upholstery. Fondly, Diana refers to the room as a “garden in hell.” In a photo in the film, Diana, also wearing red, doesn’t just recline, but floats on the sofa evoking characters painted by Chagall. Her apparent weightlessness is graceful, elegant, yet as the film unfolds, we see Diana struggling with the imposition of gravity. As a child, her mother compared Diana to her beautiful sister, referring to Diana as “her ugly little monster.” No matter how often we see clips of her brushing off the pain of her personal life, it is apparent that her mother’s cruelty affected her, yet somehow, she learned how to respond to her mother’s harsh words, shaping them into keys rather than locks. … Continue Reading
Beyonce’s documentary entitled “Beyonce: Life Is But a Dream” is more like an extended advertisement than a documentary. Documentaries, I thought, before I saw this film, are meant to present facts about a person or an event. Through film devices such as voice-overs, visuals, and interviews a filmmaker illuminates the experience of a person or event. Despite the fact that it is non-fiction, a documentary employs traditional storytelling methods, teasing out the main conflict(s) and thus enhancing the arc of the story.
I’m taking issue with photo instructor “Guru’s” who insist that not looking at your images on the LCD screen is the proper shooting technique. They pejoratively call the action of tilting your camera forward to see the image you just shot “Chimping”. I argue that not looking at your images is “Chumping”. You are a Chump if you don’t take advantage the the modern miracle that is instant feedback in the digital age.
The Lumineers, a band that has quickly made its way to top 40 lists and radio stations across the country was nominated for two Grammys this year. They didn’t get to walk away with any awards last night, though a day after people seem enamored by their performance. For another cool look at the Lumineers, this one with a casual and spontaneous aire, click here. The video was directed by our friend Art Perez and filmed in San Francisco. Ho Hey!
The Lumineers are due to come out with an album and March and make more waves in the music scene. Look out! … Continue Reading
Here’s a funny snarky look at fashion films. I didn’t realize it was a spoof when I started watching and I groaned about how the opening scene was such a cliche in these kinds of videos. Joke was on me because it was supposed to be a cliche. BTW, quit having models drag their hands across grass, wheat, fur, water or glass. If that’s all you can think of to show motion go back to shooting stills. You can add that to my rant about shooting out of focus transitions in my previous article Your Bokeh is Confusing My Circles or to 12 Steps to Bad Fashion Films. … Continue Reading