24.09.14 by Jeff

Steven Soderbergh’s Silent B&W Version of Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

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This is likely only going to interest film nerds but director Steven Soderbergh has released a silent black and white version of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. Actually, the film isn’t silent, Soderbergh has stripped the dialogue and replaced it with music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ scores for The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

It’s obvious Soderbergh holds the film in high regard, and his idea here is to strip away elements of the film to analyze the staging, and the way Spielberg’s shots build. On his blog he quotes David Fincher, saying “there’s potentially a hundred different ways to shoot something but at the end of the day there’s really only two, and one of them is wrong”.

This is not so much a new version of the film as it is an analysis of visual storytelling. How much of the story can be understood without relying on dialogue? I hadn’t seen it for a long time, I forgot how beautifully it was shot (the director of photography was Douglas Slocombe).

It doesn’t seem like the video can be embedded but you can watch the full film on Steven Soderbergh’s blog.

 













Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.



  • Joe

    Stephen Soderbergh is the coolest.

  • fizzle

    I did this temple of doom last year and subbed in Flying Lotus albums. It was awesome and kitschy and a great saturday night.





27.05.16 by Jeff

Elaborate Salt Labyrinths by Japanese Artist Motoi Yamamoto

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Japanese Artist Motoi Yamamoto’s incredible, labyrinthine installations are the result of 45 hours of meticulously piled grains of salt, strewn inside a medieval castle in the South of France. I’ve posted about his work several times (here, here, here) but I never grow tired of it.

See more images of “Floating Garden” and “Labyrinth” below or as part of the exhibition Univers’sel at Aigues-Mortes until November 30th.

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27.05.16 by Staff

Google Cultural Institute’s New Art Camera

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It took the Google Cultural Institute five years to archive 200 artworks in super high resolution (we’re talking gigapixels). Now they’ve scanned 1,000 in just a few months all thanks to a new camera! The device, dubbed the Art Camera, has cut down capture time from a full day to around 30 minutes. With 20 cameras built, Google has been lending them out to major institutions in cities across the globe free of charge!

It is pretty incredible how far you can zoom into the artworks; have a look here. Watch the video below.

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27.05.16 by Staff

Photographer Spotlight: Maria Baoli

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A selection of images from Maria Baoli’s latest series, which involves a mirrored triangle highlighting simple daily gestures that usually go unnoticed. More images from “Kaleidoscopic” below.

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27.05.16 by Staff

Illustrator Spotlight: Sally Deng

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Selection of work by Los Angeles-based illustrator Sally Deng. More images below.

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26.05.16 by Staff

Illustrator Spotlight: AJ Dungo

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Selection of work by illustrator AJ Dungo. More images below.

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