A Friday Find

Anthony Perkins, Audrey Hepburn, champagne and baby animals.
Is your weekend going to look like this?

Nora Ephron RIP

Even as I start to write this post, I am unsure of what to say. I've tasked myself with the job to reflect on what Nora Ephron has meant to me, to my love of film and as a creative woman but I am at a loss for words.

Perhaps next week I will have something to say. But for now, in my heart there is just love and loss. I doubt our generation will ever see a film maker who so intentionally put joy into every word on the page and image on the screen.

It is with much sadness I say good bye and...

Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. It would be great to know which films of Nora's you loved and how they influenced you. Thanks. Photo via Esquire.

Utilising video to promote print

I'm sure most designers are familiar with the standard 'lay it all out as a set' approach to photographing branding and printed work. But this is the first time I've seen it work as a cute video too. Have you seen this before?

Work by Aoki for The Gothenburg Community Centre.

A housewife

This series by LA based photographer Jen Gotch made me laugh out loud. It's called "She was a fifties housewife". Nice.

I'm also a big fan of her defaced polaroids here.

W Magazine: Stars on TV

Beautiful photographs by Kurt Iswarienko for W Magazine, in a feature on movie stars taking a turn at TV. Shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad (returning soon!) and Girls are proving that great tv is here to stay, especially with some big names jumping on board.

“A few years ago, a TV show might
have been unthinkable to me” 

Angelica Houston in the accompanying interview with Fan Zhong.

A Friday Find

A series of unique or bizarre film related photographs. Every Friday.

Edward Norton, David Fincher and Brad Pitt. Via.

You know, just hanging out, making cool movies etc. You know, like it's normal.

What are you doing this weekend?


The other day I thought oh Easter must be soon... when is it?

Hmm. Clearly that trip I took to Singapore over the Easter long weekend didn't register as Easter in the deeper parts of my brain. Has that ever happened to you?

Photos all from the cesspool of non-attribution that is Pinterest.

It's something he read

My recent freak outs episodes have reminded me of this great scene from Annie Hall:

Young Alvy, I know your fear!

During the Sydney Film Festival I was blessed to catch the boringly named yet hilarious film Woody Allen: A Documentary. If you ever get a chance to see it, do it.

Your favourite

Sorry if you feel that your favourite actor or actress was “paired up” with someone you don’t like.

Iconatomy. A series by George Chamoun. Found via bumbumbum.

Music for Mondayitis

I'm sure I've talked about it before but this post will make it very clear, I love romantic comedies... well romantic films in general. Can't help it. While I am a sucker for a deep conversation about the art of film and the design of films, I can't pass up a discussion about Meg Ryan / Nora Ephron classics or which Jennifer Aniston rom com is the best*.

So today's music is inspired by such films, cause really there's no better music for a Monday than cheesy movie songs (bonus if it's with scenes cut into the music video).

See another Music for Mondayitis post featuring my favourite Christmas movie song here.
Do you have a favourite song from a movie? Any movie, not just romantic ones. Guilty pleasures welcome.

*The Switch, clearly.

A Friday Find

A series of unique or bizarre film related photographs. Every Friday.

Salvador Dali and Walt Disney. With a crazily big model train. As you do.
What are you up to this weekend? Building model trains perhaps??

Image via.

Measuring the massively massive universe

After the other days freak out (!?##!?%!!) about the size of the universe (#!?!!) I was really intrigued to watch this video on Measuring the Universe. This is something I would normally never watch as my interest in science starts and ends with the tv show The Big Bang Theory*.


Beautifully designed and animated, the video is top notch viewing and as Kottke describes it, science for the layperson done right.

*Video bonus. This video is much better at explaining the doppler effect Halloween costume, than Sheldon is.

Trailer titles

Some great titles in trailers as see on trailers.apple.com
01 Still Alive, 02 Hysteria, 03 Patang

For something else film related, see my post on what makes a good opening shot here.

Go on, rant away

While I don't agree with everything (or much of) he said, I did enjoy Choire Sicha's rant on blogging not being curating last week.

... your metaphor is all wrong.
More likely you're a low-grade collector, not a curator.

replace "curator" with
"people who are really picky with what they share on Facebook"

This precious bit of dressing-up what people choose to share on the Internet is, sure, silly, but it's also a way for bloggers to distance themselves from the dirty blogging masses. 

I'm not one for being mean unnecessarily I do find the whole "everyone needs to be nice to everyone on the blogosphere" schtick a little tiresome. It's a shame that people forget that blogs are really the perfect place to rant. So rant rant way my friends. I'm all for it.

Read the full post of You Are Not a Curator, You Are Actually Just a Filthy Blogger here. Image via... oh golly pinterest to tumblr to tumblr to tumblr to no credit </rant>.


Paintings by Auckland, New Zealand artist Henrietta Harris. Via.

Music for Mondayitis

A few weeks back, we surprised ourselves by buying last minute tickets to the Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly Planetarium show for Vivid Festival. So. Glad. We. Did.

The first half of the show featured the Orava String Quartet, who were clearly enjoying their time on stage. Jupiter was a standout in the second half.

Last week, I wandered down to Sydney University to witness the transit of Venus on the front lawn. I'm really not that into science or space stuff but I was encouraged to go by my spacing-loving mate @flashman. Again. So. Glad. I. Did.

It brought back everything Sufjan said at the Vivid event, about Venus being our neighbour and about Earth's size. And in context of that tiny dot on the sun, I became overwhelmed by how freakin big the universe is. Now, I know this isn't news, of course the universe is big. But sometimes you have a moment where a fact is put into a new context and it creates revelation. This was my moment and it was scary.

I left feeling a bit sick, scared and overwhelmed by the universe. Have you ever had a moment like that?

A Friday Find

A series of unique film related photographs. Every Friday.

Stanley Kubrick and Malcolm McDowell on the set of “A Clockwork Orange” 1971. Via

Thanks for a great week on the blog. I've loved the mini-influx of comments and I'm looking forward to checking in with your blogs more often.

Are you making anything this weekend? Any projects you want to share?
Hope you have a good one.

On the beginning of an idea

Jonathan Ive, Apple's design chief in a recent Telegraph interview with Shane Richmond:

 "And you can have this barely formed thought and then suddenly something does actually exist. Then that thought that is so tentative and so fragile normally becomes a tentative discussion and you're trying to bring body to the thought with words. Generally what happens is that's a conversation between a couple of people and is exclusive."

That's the beginning of your idea. So what's next?

"Then a remarkable thing happens at the time you make the first object, the time that you actually give form and dimension to the idea. In the whole process, that's the one point where the transition is the most dramatic and suddenly you can involve multiple people. It brings focus and it can galvanise a group of people, which is enormously powerful."

To me when you start to involve other people is when a project starts to break or starts to make it. As Ive says this step brings focus, but in my experience it also brings a lot of shakey ground in the form of differing opinions, conflict and atitude changes.

I've had the above quote sitting as a blog draft for a while as I tried to find the significance of it for me and my creative projects. Then last night, at the Vivid Festival Event From Little Things, Bjoern Lasse Herrmann spoke on how it's not start up companies with bad ideas that fail but start ups that don't have good structure that fail. Good structure meaning a supportive team, a singe vision, lots of customer interaction and most importantly an ability to change/adapt/pivot.

The power of the team that Ive speaks of can be a force of good or evil and I'm not just talking about start ups either. Your screenplay, your youtube clip, your website or poster are all able to live or die at the hand of the greater team you work with. At the end of the day it's not the idea you had that determines success but the people you build around it.

Tell me, have you had any spectacular project failures? Or at the very least lost all enthusiasm for an idea once you involved more people? Leave a comment.

And finally, thanks to Bjoern Lasse Herrmann and the team at Pollenizer for a great event.

Photos from My Little Pony Hair.

Martha Marketing

Great film marketing and design for Martha Marcy May Marlene by Empire Design. These guys also did the great poster art for A Single Man.

btw you can follow Snacked here on Bloglovin

Just enough. (Or on containing your inspiration)

I’ve come to realise that I’m very impressionable so it takes the least, littlest bit of something to really carry me. For my first feature, I had something like a couple of pictures and a song and that was enough to really define that world for me for references and inspiration.

Miranda July when asked about inspiration by Dazed Digital in 2010.

it’s super important to be selective. i remember in the beginning I was posting anything and everything... no rhyme or reason. just explosive inspiration and probably way too much about my personal life.

Blogger Bri Emery, who turned a simple personal blog into a cracking business.

It is possible to drown your creativity in too many references, too many projects and too many ideas. While it's fun to do everything and be inspired by everything, it won't give you your best work. This is a real problem for me. I need to work on it.

Photography by Lissy Elle via But Does It Float.

Kellerhouse, Inc.

The movie The Social Network had a great poster campaign to promote it, created by Kellerhouse, Inc. who have developed some great poster art over the years...

Such beautiful typography and photography. They do the trendy put-type-over-the-face thing so well that it doesn't feel trendy at all.

Surely this is the best film marketing design team out there? Am I missing someone?

See more film posters here and here.

Music for Mondayitis

Ahhh Alabama Shakes. Where have you been all my life? So sweet is Brittany Howards earnest voice, that this song has become a 'repeat song' on my iPod - looping looping looping.

I'm so glad I shazzamed this song as I listened to FBi Radio last week.

Yes, I realise Shazzaming a radio song is weird. But it had to be done. Those dj's are quite unreliable.

A Friday Find

A series of unique or bizarre film related photographs. Every Friday.

Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe. Photo via the PopcornTaxi blog.