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Josep Pla-Narbona's sketchbook

"By drawing one learns to think. Because in order to draw something, you have to understand it. And to understand it you must think about it".

 

Spanish artist Josep Pla-Narbona is renowned for his upbeat work that comfortably fuses graphic design with fine art. This film portrait by his daughter, director Anna Pla-Narbona give an intimate glimpse into the artist's life today, which has, since the mid 1970s, been devoted to his delicate paintings and drawings that take his signature tone to an often-surreal but cheerful place.

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The Foley Artist

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The Foley Artist

How to Sound Design Your Life The Foley Artist sees a master of sound at work on a fashion film. If you’ve ever wanted to see the chasm between the finished product and the extraordinary lengths taken to produce it, this short is for you. Director: Oliver Holms Creative Direction: Hettie Griffiths, Rob Jarvis Concept: Oliver Holms Script: Oliver Holms, Hettie Griffiths and Rob Jarvis Producers: John Brown, Danielle Harvey Girl: Georgia Waters Foley Artist: Ian Macnaughton Director of Photography: Rob Jarvis Editor: Hettie Griffiths 1st AD: Tim Dayman Art Director: Katie Macgregor Camera Assistant: Graeme Watt Lighting Assistants: Jay Maude, Nicholas Bentham and Gwenaëlle Trannoy Stylist: Nic Jottkandt Sound: Maciej Miskiewicz Hair & Makeup: Philippe Miletto Animal Handler: Trevor Smith Colourist: Oisin O'Driscoll at The Mill Composer: James Pickering Sound Design: Paul Darling Special thanks to: Laura & Sebastian Frisk, Lauren Rowles, Eli at Stars Lane Studio, The Mill, Pixi Pixel and ThreefourSnap

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"It’s just a process of thinking that just wouldn’t stop".

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"It’s just a process of thinking that just wouldn’t stop".

“I don’t know why I did it I just had to do it. In my head I had no explanation. Cause I wake up in the morning sometime when I was constructing or before I was constructing and all of the sudden it’s a new idea. This is a whole new thing that comes into my head out of nowhere”.

What happens when artwork becomes life’s work? When creator becomes a caretaker? SOME KIND OF QUEST, from Sylvain Labs, Greencard Pictures and director, Andrew Wilcox, is a film that invites you into the singular world of Northlandz, a 52,000-square-foot model train installation just 75 minutes outside of Manhattan, and into the ornery mind of the man—and steadfast wife—who brought it all to life. www.somekindofquest.com

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"I don't really do anything"

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"I don't really do anything"

"Back in the day creating something new meant resisting what was already established, that gave you the energy and angst to make something original. These days people like almost everything and don’t hate anything. Therefore they don’t have the energy to be anti-anything, or to stand up and make something new".

With over three decades in the game, and with work spanning music, film and fashion, Hiroshi Fujiwara’s influence and interests reach across the globe and into the countless subculture's that persist from high fashion to streetwear. Fujiwara is no stranger to collaboration and creative connections. Under the banner of numerous brands, boutiques, and personalities, he’s produced projects that stretch the definition of any genre, as he does with Nike, where he collaborates on footwear as part of the NikeLab x fragment series of sneakers, and of course as a pioneering member of Nike’s HTM imprint alongside Mark Parker and Tinker Hatfield. Hear the soft spoken superstar opens up on his philosophies around design and collaboration.

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Buildings and Words

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Buildings and Words

"It looked like anybody could have done that if they had their eyes open".

Can't get enough? Annotated transcript: http://genius.com/10166212 Narrated by Owen Wilson Featuring Ed Begley Jr., Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Irving Blum, Larry Gagosian, Jim Ganzer, Joe Goode, Kim Gordon, and Ed Moses Produced by Ways & Means Executive Producers Lana Kim, Jett Steiger Producer Rachel Nederveld Presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles MOCA Chief Communication Officier Sarah Lloyd Stifler MOCA Communications Manager Eva Seta Editor & Motion Graphics Matthew Miller Director of Photography Roman Koval Researcher Lauren Skillen Sound Mixer Jacques Pienaar Colorist Bossi Baker Sound Mixer Brent Kiser, Unbridled Sound

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Picturing the Function of Music

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Picturing the Function of Music

“We just wouldn’t be who we are unless we had music, so it makes us who we are”.

I sat down with Jad Abumrad and talked about sound, music and the function of music. Then I turned that conversation into a film.

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The people and the city

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The people and the city

"When I’m in the streets I feel like a hunter: this feeling, this behavior of the hunter, is always inside me as I look around. In any given moment, the city’ is sensual and posses both comedy and drama. This is what people bring to the city".

Andrea Cossu’s documentary about iconic Japanese street photography Daido Moriyama’s color works taken between the late 1960s and early 1980s. Read the feature on NOWNESS - http://bit.ly/1qFvZqP

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"The World is Full of Patterns Which are There to be Found"

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"The World is Full of Patterns Which are There to be Found"

"Inspiration comes before motivation. Seeing a good idea and getting that feeling: this could turn into something really, really good. Well, I still think this hasn’t been done before. I think my experience proves even if it’s something really mad, if you are doing it really well, if no one else is doing it, all you can loose is your time".

By creating mesmerizing designs in the snow just by walking in a pair of snowshoes the british artist Simon Beck takes hiking in the mountains to a whole other level Simon Beck was one of 4 artists that were invited to Stryn in Norway. The inspiration they found here led to unique art projects! Produced by Flash Studio https://www.facebook.com/flashstudio.no/ contact: post@flashstudio.no See other films in this project: Benedicte Årsland- Cellist: https://vimeo.com/156002582 Kneip- Designer duo : https://vimeo.com/156854048 #inspirasjonstryn https://www.facebook.com/inspirasjonstryn

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Daily Routines

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Daily Routines

Fashion designers Viktor & Rolf open the doors to their daily routines at their atelier on a historic mansion in Amsterdam.

A Burby Berkeley-esque hangout with fashion’s finest Dutch double act, Viktor & Rolf. Read the full feature on NOWNESS: http://bit.ly/1tpIyjF A film by Marcus Gaab http://www.marcusgaab.com/

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"There Always Will Be Some Form of Beauty Somewhere"

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"There Always Will Be Some Form of Beauty Somewhere"

"In my mind I see so many things. They’ve never lived in this in this century in this time or in this plane at all. I’ve always been an escapist about how I deal with real life sometimes. When I put these clothes together I feel like if I come out of this world that I painted in my mind. It’s not about the costume it’s about my way of living in those dreams I have. Like being a princess from this other dimension". Make up artist Rolly Robinson's take on beauty.

Director & DP: Alexis Boling Featuring: Rolly Robinson Producer: Maura McNamara Website: http://www.harmonium.tv Huck Magazine: http://bit.ly/lessons-on-escapism Instagram: @harmoniumfilms + @rollyrobinson For more More Is More: www.harmonium.tv/more-is-more-next-installation Including music from Black Coast Feat. M Maggie and Lucian, 'TRNDSTTR (Lucian Remix)' and from Andrew Bayer, ‘Need Your Love’, ‘Let’s Hear That B Section Again’ and ‘We Will Return’ https://www.facebook.com/bayermusic https://open.spotify.com/artist/5dFuu05x8SPBuymudrTBU8 https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/andrew-bayer/id299648908

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"I Love to Observe People in the Cities"

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"I Love to Observe People in the Cities"

"Every city, no matter how it looks it’s a work of art. Fifty years have lapsed, and with the thousands of photos I’ve taken I still find photography amazing. There are still millions of things; and people are worthy of being shot. Cities are flooded with desire. It allows every desire to be staged". Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama as he wonders the streets of Hong Kong and shares his vision of urban landscapes.

Legendary Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama reveals his sensual approach to the urban landscape in this edifying short. Read the full feature on NOWNESS: http://bit.ly/1mj6gQc A film by Ringo Tang http://www.ringotang.com/

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"Every Idea Needs a Material, and Each Material is a Path with Different Landscapes"

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"Every Idea Needs a Material, and Each Material is a Path with Different Landscapes"

“When an idea is born inside my head, it is in darkness, nobody can see it. Once I have transferred it to paper,  and brought it to light, I can show it others and see their reactions. The materials are the guiding thread of the idea created. All materials are noble, but some materials give different sensations". Spanish sculptor Rubén Fuentes Fuertes shares his inspirational journey as he creates a 1.5 metre sculpture made of compact quartz.

Video sponsored by COMPAC SURFACES (http://www.compac.es) Once Upon an Artist is a documentary series that narrates the experiences of the artists from a philosophical and poetic view. Each chapter is an interpretation of their work from a different approach. We use the tool of visual metaphor to redraw what our artists tell about their work. All during their work’s process. In Chapter One, the sculptor Rubén Fuentes Fuertes tells us how hard was to create a 1’5 meter sculpture made of compact quartz. We follow him throughout his inspirational journey. ************************************************************************** "For a sculptor the material is anything that can be used to generate an object. It may be light, vacuum… Every idea needs a material and each material is a path with different landscapes. I start working at 7… until I drop. Working alone is hard, if you don’t enjoy what you do, you may look for another job Experience is circular, what you learn at first always comes back, and once you complete the circle, you fill the bag of new techniques. When an idea is born inside my head, it is in darkness, nobody can see it. Then I transfer it to a paper, I bring it to light, what lets me show it and see other’s reactions. Materials are the thread where ideas are created. All materials are noble but some of them give different sensations. Some colors are chosen for an emotional affinity. This piece has been designed to be touched. For me, sculpture today can be a way of communicating, a passion, and my way of life to create is to live, in an intense way. Maybe we’re all creators… Even unconsciously" ************************************************************************** HEAD is an art piece by COMPAC & Rubén Fuentes Fuertes COMPAC: http://www.compac.es Rubén Fuentes Fuertes: http://www.fuentesfuertes.es Concept & Direction by Marc Guardiola and Pepe Ábalos Cinematography by Marc Guardiola Production Design by Nadia Montero Music by Papu Sebastián Sound Design by Pepe Ábalos Visual Effects by Marc Guardiola Shot on Sony FS700 + Odyssey 7Q Plus + Zeiss Lenses

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"New Ideas Fall Down While I'm Driving"

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"New Ideas Fall Down While I'm Driving"

“While I’m driving, it’s a very important moment to imagine about next collection, it happens very often new ideas fall down while I’m driving”. Yohji Yamamoto as he drives his old Nissan Cedric.

Revolutionary fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto takes us on an enlightening car drive through Tokyo, and meditates on fashion, auto design, and rituals for the first of our Getting There series. Read the full feature on NOWNESS: http://bit.ly/1nj4fFA A film by Matthew Donaldson http://www.matthewdonaldson.com/

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"Have you ever had a moment when you wished time would stop?"

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"Have you ever had a moment when you wished time would stop?"

“Everybody is so fascinated with all the shiny new buildings, well maybe… somebody has to focus on the shadows they cast. It’s all about digging, you know, seeing what’s underneath the make up”. Hong Kong’s beauty through the eyes of Portuguese street artist Vhils.

Alexandre Farto, aka Portuguese street artist Vhils, captures beauty in Hong Kong’s chaotic streets, co-directed by painter and cinematographer José Pando Lucas. Read the full feature on NOWNESS: http://bit.ly/231iP5q

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Choreographer Ian Eastwood on What I’m Dancing About

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Choreographer Ian Eastwood on What I’m Dancing About

“I draw inspiration from so many things that have nothing to do with dance. If Wile E. Coyote is out on the cloud and it disappears; and he touches around hand; and there is no cloud; and he is trying to feel for the floor… That’s a concept that maybe I can use and adapt to a dance where maybe someone is talking about the floor fell out from under them”. Choreographer Ian Eastwood on What I’m Dancing About.

Experimental Film Commissioned by Ray-Ban Featuring Choreographer Ian Eastwood Directed by Tim Nackashi Cinematography by Alexander Nikishin "Dub Me" by Peter Cottontale, Nico Segal (ft Jessie Boykins III) 1st AC ……. Jon Jung 2nd AC ……. Eric Lorton Steadicam ……. Thor Wixom Jib ……. Victor Pancerev Sound Recordist ……. JP Robelot Sound Recordist ……. Jon Ailetcher Editor ……. Tim Nackashi Color ……. Bossi Baker Sound Mix ……. Lihi Orbach Score ……. Jay Nackashi Score Engineering ……. Jay Nackashi & Andy LeMaster Shot on location at The Eleven Studios and Werkartz Studio A Human Resources Production With Yours Tru.ly #ItTakesCourage

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Handmade Amusement Park Inspired by the Movement of Nature

Handmade Amusement Park Inspired by the Movement of Nature

"I look at movements in nature; a branch that is moving; a bird that is flying; and then I get an idea. Maybe I could make a ride based on that movement. From that moment, I can dedicate myself and I say: "Okay, I'm going to build it now". Bruno Ferrin, creator of Nervese della Battaglia's Handmade Amusement Park.

In a forest in Northern Italy, a man known simply as Bruno has spent nearly a lifetime building an amusement park by hand. Bruno, who has no formal engineering or construction training, designed rides inspired by the movement of nature. Today, patrons can enjoy more than 40 manually-powered rides, all for free.