Archive for the 'Film' Category

Bikes vs Cars

Bikes vs Cars from WG Film on Vimeo.
On December 15th, the film will open up on Vimeo in the US, Canada and the UK, with more countries TBA.

Directors Note:
The bicycle, an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it? Bikes vs Cars, a new film project from BANANAS!* and Big Boys Gone Bananas!* director Fredrik Gertten, looks into and investigates the daily global drama in traffic around the world.

Callum Rice at Sundance Film Festival

Mining Poems or Odes, a short documentary made by Glasgow based filmmaker Callum Rice has been selected to screen in competition at Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival, USA. This follows Callum’s recent success at the Scottish BAFTAS in November, where the film picked up the award for Best Short Film.

Callum is a graduate of Communication Design at GSA.

The Internet’s Own Boy

Monday 31 August, 6pm, Barnes Lecture Theatre.
A screening of The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

The film follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.

Highly recommended. Chance for a monday night catch-up.

Also note the Art School I/O excellent summer courses.

Waiting for the Gods

Waiting for the Gods is an experimental docufiction written and directed by friends Natalie Welsh and Alessandro Bertelle.

The film is an experimental docu-fiction about the incredibly enigmatic founder of Ancient Alien Theory, Erich von Däniken, and his theme park in Switzerland. He wrote the book Chariots of the Gods in 1968, and his ideas have infiltrated everything from Indiana Jones to the History Channel show, Ancient Aliens. Natalie and Alessandro went to the park to interview Erich and to capture his magnum opus in all its surreal artificiality. The film uses animated scenes as visually rich transitions between segments to create distance between reality and fiction and to let viewers float deep into the theories of Erich and the mystery of Jungfrau park.

Title design by Vis-Com-Des person, Ivor Williams (HT for the link). Produced by Fabrica.

Screen Filming Film Screening

Florian kindly sent me the documentation from a project/workshop that he did at Weimar last year, run by Mark Prendergast. Totally of interest to anyone currently doing the (un)Special Effects brief.

Silence / 21st November

Nessa Johnstone will be presenting ‘Silence’ in the Haldane Cinema space on Friday 21st November.
Time : 1:30pm

In a much-repeated anecdote, the composer John Cage described a visit early in his career to the anechoic chamber at Harvard. In this room, scientifically designed to be without sound, Cage heard two sounds, one high and one low. He asked the engineer in charge what was happening, and was told that the high sound was his nervous system, the low sound his blood as it circulated. Wherever you go, you can’t escape yourself.

The central character in Pat Collins’s elusive, sparse, meditative movie Silence is played by (and named for) Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde, with Collins one of the film’s co-writers. Eoghan is an Irish sound recordist returned from Berlin to capture the noise of nothing. “I’m recording areas away from manmade sound,” he tells one of the lonely figures he encounters, striding towards him far out in some lonely marsh. “So you’re here?” the man responds with gentle cheek, wondering perhaps if the crank hadn’t thought it through. “I’m here yes, but I’m keeping quiet.”

Several of the half-dozen conversations he has with those he encounters across Ireland – often with people playing themselves – have this same thread of amused bafflement on both sides, as if the project can’t help but make them thoughtful. But much more of the film is people-free: hills, moors, scarps, rivers, woods, sky, great Atlantic breakers, deserted buildings seen from afar or from intimately close. And lots and lots of types of birdsong.

Facing up to Mackintosh

At 9pm on Tuesday, BBC Two broadcasts ‘Facing up to Mackintosh’. This is a BBC documentary about the new building and its place on the campus. It was made by a team of filmmakers, led by Louise Lockwood, and including GSA vis-com-des-people Walter Hamilton and Lu Sisi. It also features a brief cameo for Edwin’s hands in a stunt letterpress set-up, and doesn’t feature a lengthy and probably quite boring interview Ed and I did, which now resides on the cutting room floor.

Visual Journalism

As part of It’s Not Very Nice That, at the Lighthouse, VisComDes person Chris Kohler/Acta is presenting Riot From Wrong, a documentary on the London riots made by young people, and which raises lots of important issues about both the subject matter and future directions for ‘visual journalism’. Free to attend.

It’s sunny in Dundee mostly


Tentsmuir WW2 Coastal Defences

In the spirit of inter-institutional caring and sharing:


Preview: Thursday 27th March 7pm
Exhibition Open: Friday 28th March 12 – 4pm, Saturday 29th March 12 – 4pm

The White Room project space, Tin Roof Studios. 38-40 Bellfield Street
Dundee DD1 5JD

Presenting an exhibition of work created by 3rd year Illustration Students from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

Come along to our show! It consists of hand printed posters and set designs for a series of imagined theatrical adaptations of plays exploring climate change, sustainability, urban planning and related social and political issues.

Exploring subjects such as:
Hydro Fracking, Gentrification, Micro-topias, Climate Activism, Nuclear waste disposal, Nuclear War, Social Housing, The melting ice caps, Surveillance, Community Gardening.

For more information please visit:

Sink Away

Congratulations to Marc Johansen (Yr1 ComDes) who has been nominated for the Creative Scotland Student Media Awards.

via Sink Away on Vimeo.

D16 Digital Bolex : : Digital Super16mm

The Digital Bolex D16 Review from Philip Bloom Reviews & Tutorials on Vimeo.

A Digital version of the 16mm Bolex financed through KickStarter.

“…Creates a Parallel World, the World in Which it is True.”

Glasgow School of Art, design building on Vimeo. Quick 1-week investigative project for students returning to a new building.

N.B. Casually gazing into a void the other day, thoughts turned to Jonathan Meades Getting High on Ralph Erskines ‘The Ark‘, Hammersmith. Watch the full programme on MeadesShrine.

The Magic Eye

As someone who could never ‘do’ Magic Eye, (I didn’t believe in them), I was delighted to temporarily suspend my disbelief and manage to loosen focus enough to enjoy this video from viscomdes person James Houston.

Ross Hogg / 100 in Ottawa

Rogg Hogg graduate 2013 will be showing his film at The Ottawa International Film Festival on the Centenary year of Norman McLaren, born in Stirling 1914, studied at GSA and who formed the Canadian Film Board. All the best with the showing.

Neighbours by Norman McLaren, National Film Board of Canada


Talk Event: Prof. Deborah Nadoolman Landis Tickets, Glasgow - Eventbrite

Its the start of term and rumours are flying thick and fast here at GSA Com-Des HQ. First up, studio is rumoured to start back on the 16th September. Make of that what you will. Secondly, Com Des are rumoured, along with Fashion and Textiles, to be co-promoting the following talk event with Prof. Deborah Nadoolman Landis, prominent costume designer for film, on Tuesday 17th September. Thirdly, I’ve heard it said, and google analytics aren’t denying it, that this is the most popular vis-com-des blog post of the last year.

Salon Society


The Old Hairdressers Saturday Salon Matinees

Saturday Sept 7th – Three Glasgow Film-makers

Duncan Campbell best known for his ruminative documentaries on Bernadette Devlin and John DeLorean, brings us the Glasgow premiere of It For Others (2013) his latest piece, made for the Venice Biennale earlier this year, Taking it’s cue from ideas discussed in Alain Resnais and Chris Marker’s Les Statues Meurent Aussi (Statues Also Die), It For Others is “a film about objects” and includes a remarkable 10 minute sequence involving dancers from the Michael Clark Company. Margaret Tait Award winner Anne Marie Copestake (And Under That) is showing a short film and there is a new piece by Kimberley O’Neill, a collaboration with typographer and bon vivant Edwin Pickstone. Discs spun by Fantom Salon DJs and The Phantom Band’s Duncan Marquiss.

Saul Bass Film Titles

The Making of Longbird by Will Anderson

Will Anderson’s BAFTA AWARD winning animation. The Making of Longbird. (Made in Scotland).

Colour Grading in Premiere CC

Samples form the new BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera using new colour grading filter in Premiere called Film Convert to create film simulations of film stock. Just to let you see how the colour grading can change your footage. The Blackmagic Pocket cinema cameras look a great buy but with a massive pre-oreder list you will probably have to wait to see one in real life anywhere local.

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear

A film about the hopes of Georgian youth and their stories.