A young Rob Lowe shares a story

A young Rob Lowe

A wonderful little video clip on the last day of 2008 (courtesy of Interview Magazine‘s archives). A very young Rob Lowe talks about why making films is such a great thing, and uses a Francis Ford Coppola anecdote to illustrate this. Magnificent. And the point he makes is quite true indeed. Take a look here.

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The Powder of Norwegian Winter

I love the winter here in Norway.

I love the winter here in Norway.

Yeah, this is not directly related to cinema – but winter has arrived with freezing force here in Norway; and this image from my friends at Upstruct just… well, struck a chord in my winter-loving heart. Welcome to the Mountains!

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London

UndergroundIs there anything better than a film or video that can truly move you to another place and time? I find that to be one of the most marvellous aspects of the moving image. Mental and physical transportation.

And in that regard; I’ve seen two web videos this week that I have to share. Both of them transported me to London; one of my favorite cities in the world (and somewhat a second home to me). This first clip is created by graphic designer and animator David Hubert. It is a short, exciting visual journey around the city – captured in still frames and edited together (to a Daft Punk song) in a breathtaking manner. After seeing this, I wanted to get on a plane as fast as possible (see it in HD here – and check out the comments thread):

And the second clip that made my heart jump for London, is something completely different; but just as delightful:
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Absent with Presence

The world holds its breath.

Absent Voter's Ballot

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Music video: “My Heart Is Longing For A Soul” by Thom Hell

I’m going to take quick detour from the world of cinema, just to point you towards this new music video for Norwegian artist Thom Hell and his new song “My Heart Is Longing For A Soul“. The style and execution of this tiny short film really won me over, eventhough I find the song to be a bit boring. The idea for the video is visualized in a dynamic and original way, and it is not at all convoluted like too many music videos are. Hope you enjoy it! (I’ve included another music video after the jump – both films are photographed by a talented friend of mine; Karl Erik Brøndbo.)

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Oh, girl: A Talk with Julie Taymor

At the 31st edition of Göteborg International Film Festival, back in early February 2008, I participated in a press session and a Masterclass with American stage and film director Julie Taymor (Frida, Across the Universe). It was a great day, and I got to talk quite a bit with Taymor about a wide range of topics. I wrote it up for my editor at Norwegian film magazine Rushprint (Norwegian version here), and now I’ve finally written an English language translation. Taymor’s reflections upon her working method, her films and thoughts upon the visual arts, really makes for an interesting read. Or at least so I think. Here it is, “Oh, girl: A Talk with Julie Taymor“:

Director Julie Taymor

Director Julie Taymor

The idiograph

“The first thing I do when I’m creating, either for stage or for cinema, is to find the idiograph of the story. Which is; the one, simple expression that can tell everything. And at the same time be recognizable for the audience. It’s like in old Japanese paintings – if you were to paint a bamboo forest, you should be able to find its essence with only three strokes,” says American stage and film director Julie Taymor with coruscating eyes and gesticulating hands. We’re sitting in a café in Gothenburg, Sweden (and I note to myself that I’ve learned a new word: idiograph.).

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Julie Taymor about making a Spider-Man musical

Julie Taymor, director of Titus, Frida and Across The Universe, is making a stage musical version of Spider-Man. In this clip she talks about some of the challenges they’re facing, and about (maybe) casting Across The Universe-actors Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood in the leading parts as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Mary Jane. Check out the short clip below (extracted from my interview with Taymor).

I must say, as a Spider-Man fan, that I’m curious about why we need a musical about the web slinging hero, and how it actually can be realized – with all the dancing, singing and flying, you know. But I believe Taymor is a great film director – and I’m sure her stage work is even more impressive, that being her original arena and all.

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