Archive for the Film + Animation Category

Peur(s) Du Noir

Posted in Film + Animation on May 6, 2009 by strikethreeuk

Peur(s) Du Noir (translated as ‘Fears Of The Dark) is a collection of French animation. It tells several different spooky and somewhat twisted stories. Each one has its own unique style, ranging from scribbly and grainy, to clear cut (think Renaissance). At just over and hour it’s not the longest, and I would have enjoyed it if the stories were explored more thoroughly. Nevertheless, give it a watch!







Posted in Film + Animation on March 25, 2009 by strikethreeuk

Watched this last night, Baraka is a film with no plot, no script and no words. It is a compilation of breathtaking shots of the most beautiful and most devastating things this planet has to offer. Think of it as an introduction to Earth video designed for alien schoolchildren. That’s right. As far as I know, the whole thing has been rescanned and remastered for a new DVD. It’s really good stuff and highly inspirational.



Posted in Design, Film + Animation on March 20, 2009 by strikethreeuk

Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability.

Through vérité footage and in-depth conversations, the film documents the creative processes of some of the world’s most influential product designers, and looks at how the things they make impact our lives. What can we learn about who we are, and who we want to be, from the objects with which we surround ourselves? Taken from

Ident by Aardman

Posted in Film + Animation on February 25, 2009 by strikethreeuk

A seriously crazy, surreal and partly hilarious stop-frame animation brought to you by Bristol’s Aardman AnimationsAardman Animations (the same crew who made Wallace & Gromit and Chicken Run). I used to watch this when I was a kid, and I’m amazed im not totally weird as a result. Really atmospheric and kinda creepy, highly recommended.

Aphex Twin – Rubber Johnny

Posted in Film + Animation, Music on January 19, 2009 by strikethreeuk

This is an ‘interesting’ video directed by Chris Cunningham for Aphex Twin a few years back. I can’t really express it in words, just watch it (preferably with no young children around). Really unique, unsettling stuff.

This version will probably be flagged for inappropriate content on Youtube sooner or later, let me know when it does!

Posted in Film + Animation on December 16, 2008 by strikethreeuk

Last update for now . . . I want to recommend two excellent non-English films i’ve watched recently, both concerning political climates in the Middle East and both with impressive, original visuals . . .


Waltz With Bashir tells the story of a young man who cannot remember what happened when he fought in the Lebanon War. He traces his old buddies and pieces the story back together . . .


Persepolis is adapated from a graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, and follows the growing up of a young girl during the Islamic Revolution.

Fluke – Atom Bomb

Posted in Design, Film + Animation, Music, Typography on December 16, 2008 by strikethreeuk

I thought the last few posts were a bit monochromatic, so here’s some luminious neons for your retinal pleasure.

Above is an old song with a cool video from the Wipeout 2097 Playstation game released back in 1997. . All the design work and interface for this game was done by – you guessed it – the almighty Designer’s Republic. This work is over a decade old! Just to clarify, this was when Photoshop was on version 4.0 , Illustrator was on version 7.0, and I was just the tender age of 12!

The video is a bit cheesy, but it’s great looking at all the scenery and architecture. This is where we would be living if TDR were still going strong!