Thursday, December 27, 2012

LEGO® The Hobbit: An Unexpected Gathering

This guys at Lego are awesome, the have taken the Bilbo Baggings home and made a model of it, but not happy with that they have recreated that lego mini model in real size using nothing but 2,1 million of lego bricks. 

This set among other Lego sets featuring The Hobbit is available on Amazon US / ES / JP

Monday, December 24, 2012

BOOKS - Sustainable Urbanism Bibliography

I took a Sustainable Urbanism Class in University of Puerto Rico this semester with Dr. Gabriel Moreno Viqueira.Here is the bibliography of the books we have used:

The Sustainable Urban Development Reader
Wheeler, S.y Beatly, T.
Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (October 20, 2008)
Language: English
512 pages
ISBN-10: 041545381X
ISBN-13: 978-0415453813
Available on Amazon: US / ES /JP
Green Urbanism
Timothy Beatly
Publisher: Island Press; 1 edition (December 1, 1999)
Language: English
491 pages
ISBN-10: 1559636823
ISBN-13: 978-1559636827
Available on Amazon: US / ES /JP

Once There Were Greenfields: 
How Urban Sprawl is Undermining America’s Environment, 
Economy and Social Fabric
F. K. Benfield, D.T.T. Chen, M.D. Raimi 
Publisher: Natural Resource Defense (March 24, 1999)
228 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1893340171
ISBN-13: 978-1893340176
Available on Amazon: US / ES / JP

Transit Villages in the 21st Century
Michael Bernick and Robert Cervero
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies (October 1, 1996)
Language: English
Hardcover: 387 pages
ISBN-10: 0070054754
ISBN-13: 978-0070054752
Available on Amazon: US / ES / JP
Sprawl Costs: The Economic Impacts of Unchecked Development
Robert Burchell, Anthony Downs, Sahan Mukherji, Barbara McCann
Publisher: Island Press; 1 edition (June 29, 2005)
Language: English
208 pages
ISBN-10: 1559635304
ISBN-13: 978-1559635301
Available on Amazon: US / ES / JP

The Next American Metropolis
Peter Calthorpe
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press, 1993
Language: English
176 pages
ISBN-10: 1878271687
ISBN-13: 978-1878271686
Available on Amazon: US / ES / JP

Aesthetics, Well-Being and Health: 
Essays Within Architecture and Environmental Aesthetics (Ethnoscapes) 
Birgit Cold (Editor)
Publisher: Ashgate Pub Ltd (March 2002)
Language: English
321 pages
ISBN-10: 0754618560
ISBN-13: 978-0754618560
Available on Amazon: US / ES / JP

The Smart Growth Manual 
Andres Duany
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (October 15, 2009)
Language: English
240 pages
ISBN-10: 0071376755
ISBN-13: 978-0071376754
Available on Amazon: US / ES / JP

This Land: The Battle over Sprawl and the Future of America
Anthony Flint
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press; Updated edition (August 1, 2012)
Language: English
312 pages
ISBN-10: 1421407817
ISBN-13: 978-1421407814
Available on Amazon: US / ES / JP

The Ethical Function of Architecture
Karsten Harris
Publisher: The MIT Press (July 3, 1998)
Language: English
424 pages
ISBN-10: 026258171X
ISBN-13: 978-0262581714
Available on Amazon: US / ES / JP

The Death and Life of Great American Cities, 1960
Jane Jacobs
Publisher: Modern Library; 50 Anviversary edition (September 13, 2011)
Language: English
640 pages
ISBN-10: 0679644334
ISBN-13: 978-0679644330
Available on Amazon: US / ES / JP

Green Cities: Urban Growth And the Environment
Matthew Kanh 
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press (September 1, 2006)
Language: English
170 pages
ISBN-10: 0815748159
ISBN-13: 978-0815748151Available on Amazon: US / ES / JP

Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile took Over America and How We Can Take It Back
Jane Holtz Kay
Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition (October 1, 1998)
Language: English
440 pages
ISBN-10: 0520216202
ISBN-13: 978-0520216204
Available on Amazon: US / ES / JP

The New Urbanism: Toward an Architecture of Community
Peter Katz
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (October 1, 1993)
Language: English
288 pages
ISBN-10: 0070338892
ISBN-13: 978-0070338890
Available on Amazon: US / ES / JP

Home from Nowhere: Remaking our Everyday World for the 21st Century
James Howard Kunstler
Publisher: Touchstone Press; 1ST edition (March 26, 1998)
Language: English
320 pages
ISBN-10: 0684837374
ISBN-13: 978-0684837376Available on Amazon: US / ES / JP

Urban Design: The American Experience
Jon Lang
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 25, 1994)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0471285420
ISBN-13: 978-0471285427
528 pages
Available on Amazon: US / ES / JP

Environmental Aesthetics: Ideas, Politics and Planning
J. Douglas Porteous
Publisher: Routledge (August 19, 1996)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0415137691
ISBN-13: 978-0415137690
312 pages
Available on Amazon: US / ES / JP

Miguel Rouano
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Pubns (May 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 8425217237
ISBN-13: 978-8425217234
192 pages
Available on Amazon: US / ES / JP

The City After the Automobile: An Architects’ Vision

Moshe Safde
Publisher: Westview Press (October 9, 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0813335450
ISBN-13: 978-0813335452
200 pages
Available on Amazon: US / ES / JP

Other readings:

Tragedy of the Commons
Garret Harding, The
Science vol. 16, 13 December 1968

“Environmental Ethics and the Built Environment” 
Roger King 
Env. Ethics, 22:115-131, 2000

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Beretta xp4 storm

Just in case bad guys come to town...My friends in Indiana have bought a Beretta xp4 storm. I never shot a gun like this before. I like the way the shell comes out of the frame.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

LINCOLN directed by Steven Spielberg

A great american movie, Lincoln directed by Steven Spilberg has arrived to Puerto Rico. Here the trailer and a great featurette about the making of of the sound design for the film by Ben Burtt.

Another featurete, Lincoln an American Journey. The making of of the film:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Hobbit Production Report #9

One of the most anticipated movies of the year, The Hobbit is almost ready to hit theaters all over the world. While final postproduction takes place in Australia this great behind the scenes production reports gave us an idea of how huge the project of making a movie such as this is. This videos are great pieces of education and inspiration.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Chronotomo: Otomo Katsuhiro Chronology

It was a long time that I wanted to do a project with a big timeline of Katsuhiro Otomo's works. It has always mezemrize me the amount of work this artist has. I want to compile all the publications, the reprints and first apearances of every Otomo piece of art in japan and all over the word. This is going to take a lot of time but I think to do it slowly with no pressure. Now that facebook has a pretty useful interface in witch you can add an event an located in a certain date everything is going to be much easyer. And above all thanks to great people that in the past have been compiling of Otomo's work like the japanese languague site Apple Paradise and the french Otomo Free .I hope to build a good reference in english for everyone interested in Katsuhiro Otomo's work. Here the link to facebook

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

FLIGHT directed by Robert Zemeckis

It's been 12 years since last real action film directed by Robert Zemeckis  who has been mostly focused on stop motion projects such as The Polar Express, A Christmas Carol and Beowulf in the last decade. It's always nice to see him back in front of real action features. I hope Flight featuring Denzel Washington is the first one in a long list of future projects he has. For what I have seen in the screen he is more than in shape to offer us the audiences the kind of quality movies he did in the 80's and the 90's. Classics such a s Back To The Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Forrest Gump and Cast Away are on my all time favorite movies. Stay hungry, stay foolish Robert Zemeckis. We are thirsty to listen to your stories. Here the trailer.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Behind the Scenes with Jim Henson

I always think to myself if nowadays that almost everything animated is created with a computer, the work of the people working in the industry is becoming more and more boring and tedious. Even the final results can be as good as before or in technical ways even better thanks to the advances in software and computers capabilities. It's always great to look back and see the guys from the past working and having fun  while they create works that will go beyond time, technology and culture. 
Those creations have so much love and passion in them that make them uncomparable to anything created for nowadays young audiences. Jim Henson's works definitively played in another league, a mayor league where children and adults could seat in front of a TV and enjoy the show together. Shows where little details, background concepts and multiple lectures merge in small TV art pieces that will remind with us forever. We have to remember that George Lucas and Star wars started that way too but along the years they have evolved in to the new technologies and the new ways of doing things digitaly, something that is natural I guess, and in the same way helps us realize  that there is still people around making the things the way they always did, and with this I don't mean in a traditional  old fashion way or moved by nostalgia of the old days, I mean in the most entertaining and funny way, laughing and having fun while working together. I experience for sure far more pleasant than seating in a cubicle in front of a screen, discussing what's fun and what's not with another technician.
I believe that we will never forget the way of doing things this way, I I hope  audiences will realize soner or later that there are ways and ways of doing things and that the quality of creations goes beyond the quality of the image, the visually stunning camera moves and whatever new fancy technology introductions, and resides on more terrestrial things. We are humans after all and even in the deep of our soul every one of us knows that there are ways to make things in the boring way and in the funny way, sometimes we seem to forget that  fact and then the result of whatever we do start to be of a lower human quality, more boring, less fun and more machine kind of quality, a kind of McDonald-ized quality. Jim Henson and the company and works he created are one of the best legacy of 20th century TV and cinema entertainment industry and for sure they will continue remembering us forever that work and life can be lived with joy.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Steve Wozniak at TEDx

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak talking about computers, education and other things.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

5 Killer Canon Lenses by SMAPP

There are so many lenses out there that sometimes you figure out which ones would be better for me. Here a list of some that the guys from SMAPP have chosen to shoot video with Canon DSLR cameras. 

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
Canon EF 135mm f/2.0L USM
Canon 1.4x EF Extender III
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Friday, November 09, 2012

Jurasic Park back in the big Screen

Steven Spielberg's epic Jurasic Park is coming back to theaters digitally restored and in 3D just to commemorate the films 20th anniversary. The release date is April 5, 2013 while the trailer and the poser have been released this week. Take a look at them here. The ticket will be worth the money if it's only to listen again to John Williams glorious soundtrack. 

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

BOOK - WordPress All-in-one for Dummies

Every time I have a good idea that I want to develop, the hardest part is to find people that complement the project and go make it. Every time I start a technology related project I thought on my brother as a partner as he knows so much about everything Internet related but as we are always far away from each other and he is always busy with work, the projects almost die before they start. So then I seat bacck and it seem I will need to learn myself everything I need to learb so that I can be able to develop my project. Even I know that to achieve greatness on whatever you do you have to be focus on something precise, I found that this is harder and harder every time, as ther eis always new stuff to learn. If you want to draw you have to deal with new digital techniques, if you want to make a film the same but with even more degrees of complexity and if you want to make a web project...well...I am going to start reading this book: WordPress All-in-one for Dummies. WordPress seams a pretty powerful tool for  development interesting web content. I hope not  die trying.

WordPress All-in-One For Dummies 
Lisa Sabin-Wilson
912 pages / English
Publisher: For Dummies
1 edition (April 19, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0470877014
ISBN-13: 978-0470877012

Available on Amazon
US / ES / JP

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Disney buys Lucasfilm...

...and with it Industrial Light and Magic, Skywalker Sound, LucasArts and of course the rights of Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises among others. Good Ol' George Lucas seems to be retiring and guess what...Star Wars episode VII has been announced due to release on 2015. Here the official press note by The Walt Disney Company.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom on DVD

I saw Moonrise Kingdom, the last movie by Wes Anderson on DVD.  Here a featurette presenting the movie. To check for more of this and the trailer visit Moonrise Kingdom in YouTube.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Between Frames

BETWEEN FRAMES: THE MAGIC BEHIND STOP MOTION ANIMATION is an exhibition held by The Walt Disney family museum between September 27, 2012 and April 28, 2013. San Francisco has always been know for having such a film related story as can be seen in Fog City Mavericks documentary. I just hope to be able to fly there in Christmas time with my brother and see the exposition in person.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Steven Spielberg in 60 minutes

Steven Spielberg who has recently directed Lincoln has been interviewed in 60 minutes. Look back in time in another 60 minutes interview from 1992. here another piece of the interview about creating the character Lincoln performed by Daniel Day-Lewys and the music for the Film with composer John Williams.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Argo directed by Ben Affleck


Yesterday I went to the theater for the first time in Puerto Rico. We wento to see Argo the last movie directed by Ben Affleck also starred by himself. Here the trailer.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Doris Kearns Goodwin

It's great how you can end up watching amazing stuff in Internet without knowing about it. These days I have  unsubscribed from all my friends status updates on Facebook, I was just tired of knowing so much personal stuff of peoples life's. On the other hand I added many interesting pages to the social netwoks feed, NASA and The New York Times among others. So now every time I login to Facebook I have a mix of really interesting things where I found this interview With J.K.Rowling, author of Harry Potter. I haven't read the books nor watched the movies but it's always interesting to know which are the people that inspired such successful writers. Here one of the questions of the interview:
What was the last truly great book you read?

“Team of Rivals,” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I lived in it the way that you do with truly great books; putting it down with glazed eyes and feeling disconcerted to find yourself in the 21st century. I met the author at a reception in the American Embassy in London last year, and I was so excited that I was bobbing up and down on the spot like a 5-year-old.

I though, ¿who is Doris Kearns Goodwin? So I just Google it and one of the first results was this TED talk she gave back in 2008 about Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon B. Johnson. Just an awesome woman. Added to favorites. Here his latest book:

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Doris Kearns Goodwin
944 pages
Published by Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (October 25, 2005)
ISBN-10: 0684824906
ISBN-13: 978-0684824901

Available on Amazon:
US / ES / JP

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Walter Murch Side by Side swipes

I have finally been able to watch Side by Side a documentary that explains meticulously how happened the transition from film to digital cinema during the past decades. A must see for any film lover. Among the swipes selection you can continue finding out interesting commentaries like those ones by Water Murch. To watch move here the link

Sunday, October 07, 2012


The future of cinema seems to be digital, film days are over for many of the industry best know directors, and the newcomers are shooting digital too. RED cameras are playing a mayor role in this direction as a professional tool as well as Canon and other are gaining popularity on semi-professional fields. Here a interview from last NAB 2012 that took place in Las Vegas betwen Ted Schilowitz from RED and Jim Guerard from ADOBE, another company that is making great leaps into the profesional cienma bussinesswe have another major company that is doing a great job in. There is nothing better to sell a product that empowering people to use it and listening to their stories. You can call it a great marketing strategy, the reality is that is so convincing. Here more promotional interviews by Peter Jackson, Steven Soderbergh and others.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

TED - Shimon Schocken

This talk by Shimon Schocken is one of the TED TALKS I have enjoyed most. I find that creating a  computer from scratch and learning the basics of how stuff works is so pleasing. I remember my first year in architecture school when we studied the greatest architects of the 20th century. There was a guy called Mendelson who made some iconic department stores on the 20's for a brand called Schocken wich was precisely founded by Simons grandfather. here a gallery of Drawings and pics of Mendelson's  architecture for the Schocken department stores.


Monday, September 17, 2012

'You got to put the past behind you before you can move on'

This memorable scene from 1994 movie Forrest Gump directed by Robert Zemeckis is an always inspiring piece of cinema. I can watch it and re watch it forever.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

JFK - "We choose to go to the Moon"

50 years ago on september 12, 1962, John F. Kennedy, president of the United States gave this speech that will spired since many generations of not only americans but cititzen from all over the world. Here the article form Gizmodo

Monday, September 03, 2012

Laputa Soundtrack

I like to listen to this music in the morning. It's so motivating from Hayao Miyazaki's  Tenkû no shiro Laputa (Laputa castle in the sky) composed and arranged by Joe Hisaishi

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Stanley Kubrick's One-Point Perspective

A great video by Kogonada that shows the mastery that Stanley Kubrick had composing his films with the  use of symetry and the one-point perspective.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong died at age 82

Here a video by NASA as tribute to Neil Armstrong the first man in the moon who passed away today. Rest in peace.

Monday, August 20, 2012

R.I.P. Scott & Scott

I discovered this classic thanks to the soundtrack of Forrest Gump. Today it has made official that Scott Mckenzie died last saturday at home. Another Scott, Tony director of films such as Top Gun and True Romance died too today. he was the brother of Ridley Scott.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Rise of the Video Game

Yesterday I watched a five series documentary called Rise of the Video Game produced by Discovery Channel. The series aired originally on november 2007 depicts the history of video games from the 50's to now a days. Here what's about:

The video game revolution has been under way for decades, progressing from simple amusements created in the 1950s to an all-pervasive force in today's popular culture that rivals — and will perhaps soon surpass — film and television. What began as a subculture pastime has evolved and transcended genres to become a unique form of expression impacting everything from modern warfare to interpersonal relationships.
Rise of the Video Game is a comprehensive and progressive exploration of the past, present and future of video games and video gamers. From the early days of Pong to today's ever-popular Halo 2, and from Atari 2600 to Nintendo to PlayStation,Rise of the Video Game tells the story of the people, the ideologies and the technology behind video games and how they have exploded into a cultural phenomenon. The evolution of gaming has seen the pendulum move from the days of games replicating society, to society replicating games. Featuring interviews with giants in the gaming industry of yesterday and today, this five-part series examines the evolution of the video game and its cultural impact on the world of entertainment today.

Friday, August 10, 2012

William Moggridge Dies at 69

Bill Moggridge, director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and an outspoken advocate for the value of design in everyday life, died September 8th, 2012, following a battle with cancer. He was 69. Designer of the first laptop computer and co-founder of the renowned innovation and design firm, IDEO, Bill pioneered interaction design and integrated human factors into the design of computer software and hardware.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

New Dragon Ball movie coming soon

Dragon Ball as envisioned by his author Akira Toriyama ended with the final chapter published in Weekly Shonen magazine back in 1995. Since then the series has keep on growing the way big franchises like Star Wars do. The animated series continued for a while (Dragon Ball GT) with new episodes. Some especial movies where released in anime fest and a bunch of video games too. After a while a new movie will be released on march 2012. Above the message by Toriyama himself. And here the trailer:

What's exciting about this new movie is what is the involvement in the script Akira Toriyama has had on it. After the so disappointing American version of Dragon Ball. It's nice to read some words of the original author promising us some good old times. 

Say tunned in the official website. And if you really are a DB fan check out Kanzenshuu and recent merge of Kanzentai and DaizenX two of the most complete Dragon Ball websites out there. I recently discovered this topic about animation directors involved in the original series aired in the 80's and the 90's.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Lebron James: More Than a Game

Yesterday I saw the 2009 released documentary about the journey of Lebron James and his team mates starting in their school days and ending up becoming national High School  champions playing with the Irish from their hometown Akron, Ohio. Here the tariler.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Side by Side documentary

Directed by Chris Kenneally comes a great documentary that will deal with the transition to digital film making that is going on in the movie business. Director such as James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas and David Lynch among others show us their point of view of this technological revolution that started a decade ago and still is on debate. Tribeca is showing a daily video series featuring clips that didn't make the final cut. Check them out here.
The movie is due to release theatrically on August 17 and Video On Demand on August 22. Here the trailer.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

New Solid State Drive for my Laptop

Some days ago I came back to my hometown and I took some time to make some changes in my HP6710b laptop. I decided to change the 500GB Hard Disk Drive with a modern Solid State Drive. SSD prices are still high comparing with and standard HDD and as my laptop it's already an old guy I didn't wanted to invest to much on it, so I chose to buy a  OCZ Agility 3 SATA3 2.5" 120GB SSD  for about 100€ (for this price you can have a 1TB HDD). The capacity of my main drive has been reduced from 500 to 120 GB so I externalized all my data and projects and just used the new main drive for installing the OS and all the programs. As I am always dealing with big amounts of data I'm used to carrying around many external USB HDDs so it's not going to be a big change for me. And in  case I buy a new  laptop soon, everything important will already be out, so it will be much easier the migration.. Meanwhile I must say the leap to solid state drives it's worth the money. Everything goes smoother, windows as well as photoshop and this kind of big programs start up immediately. 

While doing this I was thinking a lot about how much data I am dealing with. I am used to small portable HDD that are more expensive but need no external power, are smaller and seem to be more resistant. I already have 1 to 9 labeled HDD's four of which are 1TB, and I still need more space. On the other hand I should do a backup of all my content just in case a Hard Drive crashes, or gets lost or stolen. Just to do so I will need at least another 4 HDD of 1TB, which adds 400€ just for backup, that hurts. I must start thinking on buying a desktop HDD to make make those backups instead of the small ones, otherwise I will get broke. 

I hope we will have less storage problems in the future. I just discovered a site where HDD prices and storege capacities are collected and I make this estimation.

In the year 2000 a 15GB HDD's price was 150€ approx, that's the equivalent of almost two DVD9 (8,5GB DVDs) and the price per GB was 10€. In 2010 a 1TB (1000GB) HDD was 100€ that means that each GB of data cost 0.1€ and the storing space was equivalent to 125 DVD9 or 20 Dual Layered Blu-rays. So if this progression continues I have calculated that by the year 2020 we will have 67TB Drives for about 70€ that means 0.0001€ per GB an the equivalent on 8.375 DVD9's or 1340 Blu-Rays storing capacity. All this in a device that fits in the palm of your hand .I wish that comes true in 8 years. We will see. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Drew: The Man Behind The Poster

Awesome movie poster artis Drew Struzan's documentary trailer is here. Everything is said in it. Here the official site. To enjoy the work of this guy there is nothing better than this two books:

Drew Struzan: Oeuvre
by Dylan Struzan, Drew Struzan and George Lucas
Hardcover: 314 pages
Publisher: Titan Books (October 4, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0857685570
ISBN-13: 978-0857685575

Available on Amazon:
US / ES / JP

The Art of Drew Struzan
by Drew Struzan
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Titan Books (September 14, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1848566190
ISBN-13: 978-1848566194

Available on Amazon:
US / ES / JP

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Proto Anime Cut

Yesterday I went to the PROTO ANIME CUT exhibition at La Casa Encendida in Madrid. The exhibition is focused on such talented japanese animation realted artist as Hideaki Anno, Haruhiko Higami, Koji Morimoto, Hiromasa Ogura, Mamoru Oshii y Takashi Watabe. From precise background works to layouts and preliminary sketches hundreds of drawings are shown, many for the very first time in their original form. It's specially pleasant to see the original piece of paper of a drawing you have seen many times, this is the case of one of my favorite anime director Koji Morimoto. Some of the drawings compiled in Orange Scrapbook and the short film  EXTRA with music by Ken Ishii can be seen in here.

A great catalogue has been published in Spanish and English and as the exhibition took place first in Berlin some months ago, the same catalogue is also available in German and English on Amazon

Proto Anime Cut Archive
Stefan Riekeles (Redactor) 
see a review here 

German and English edition available on Amazon:
US / ES / JP

Spanish and English edition available on Amazon:
US / ES / JP

The image a the top is a GIF I did, first showing a concept drawing by Takashi Watabe and the transition to the final image that is shown in the final film. As you can see there is so much work in animation that a the end is not seen. In my opinion this great handmade pieces sometimes are much more exciting that the final work as this image clearly demonstrates.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

EAMES: The Architect and The Painter

A just saw this new documentary trailer about Charles and Ray Eames. For what can bee seen in the trailer it's completely a must see for anyone that likes design. Those guys were just brilliant.Here the official website.

Eames: The Architect and the Painter 
Directed by Bill Jersey
Studio: First Run Features
Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2011
Run Time: 82 minutes

The film is already available on Amazon.
US / ES / JP

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How Canon makes it's cameras

We are so used to be surrounded by high-tech stuff hidden behind beautiful shells that we immediately forget what is going on in the other side. Humans are amazing, beeing able to achive such advanced things and ending up marketing to the hole world so that anybody can use them and enjoy them...It's just mindblowing. 

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Gusukobudori no Denki a film by Gisaburo Sugii

Yesterday it was released Gusukobudori no Denki (The Life of Guskou Budori) the last film by animation director Gisaburo Sugii. The movie is based on the fairy tale "Gusuko-Budori no Denki" by Kenji Miyazawa (published in Jidobungaku magazine in April, 1932) the same author of Nokto de la Galaksia Fervojo  that was also adapted as an animation film by the same director back in 1985. Promises to be wonderful. 

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Der Fuehrer's Face

Here a Walt Disney studios film from year 1943. It was the only Donald Duck film to receive Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. You never know want kind of treasures are you gonna find on YouTube. 

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Monday, July 02, 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Nike’s “Ring Maker” by Errol Morris and W+K

I was surfing the a52 web and saw this great commercial paying tribute to Lebron James first NBA ring. 

Nike “Ringmaker” premiered after LeBron James and the Miami Heat won the 2011-2012 NBA Championship game against Oaklahoma City. The spot directed by Errol Morris tells the tale of LeBron’s rise to fame and the craftsman that makes the ring that will eventually garner his finger.
a52’s Paul Yacono colored the spot giving it a gritty, honest tone that reflects the storytelling that W+K and Morris were striving for.

Friday, June 22, 2012

NBA finals game 5 micro movie

LeBron James has lead the Miami Heats to the NBA championship this year. I still remember the first Nike model  with his name that I bought many years ago. I still have them semi-destroyed in a box. I guess is time to do something with them as tribute to Lebron's journey.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Hemingway & Gellhorn

Few days ago, on May 28 the last film directed by Phillip Kaufman was released on HBO. As the editor Walter Murch explained in the Boston SuperMeet the movie was made for TV because Hollywood studios found their audiences were not interested on a movie about Hemingway. I am a huge fan of Phillip Kaufman. I remembered watching The Right Stuff when I was a small kid and wanting to become an astronaut immediately. And if you add to that that the George Lucas all time fellow Walter Murch is also involved in the project this suddenly makes the wait until the film is released in Spain insufferable. This is one of the moments where I must say that we are so lucky to  live in the Internet sharing era and I can assure that the film is a must see. Of course I am desiring to own it on DVD or Blu-Ray when released.

Just before it's release on May 25 the director Phillip Kaufman was interviewed by Charlie Rose. Also as part of the marketing campaign, interviews, clips and even a Behind the scenes featurette are presented on the films HBO official site

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Engineer guy video - Anodizing

It's great to see that you can learn so many things on the Internet in the blink of an eye. I remembered when they spoke about Anodizing I a boring materials class in Madrid Architecture School, luckily with an ugly drawing projected in a bad quality transparency projector. Thankfully things have changed so much since 2003.  Let us be thankful we have Internet and great people creating interesting content.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

TRIBUTE | Javier Seguí - Reflections

Today we are introducing c69,  a series of films featuring restless people that have contributed to make the world we know. In this first c69, Javier Segui, Architect and Professor Emeritus in Madrid Architecture School shares with us his thoughts about the drawings he has done over the years. Stay tuned at c69 project at The place to know more about the people we have around that fell have something to say. 

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Rem Koolhaas. A kind of architect

I opened an account on Arquia Caja de Arquitectos "Architects bank" and they gave me as a present this film about Rem Koolhaas on DVD. As Rem himself describes: "It's the only film about me that I have liked." The edition I have is this one by Fundación Caja de Arquitectos. It's available on other editions in Amazon all over the world.

Rem Koolhaas. A kind of Architect
Directed by Markus Heidingsfelder
97 minutes

US / ES / JP

Friday, May 04, 2012

May the 4th be with you!

May the 4th is always a special day for Star Wars fans and to celebrate that here a recent interview of George Lucas that took place in the Milken Institute Global Conferences. It's always nice to hear George Lucas talk about how stuff from the past, about the future, the giving pledge etc.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Lego Cuusoo

Lego Cuusoo is the ultimate place on the net for every Lego inventor. You can upload your creations and people start supporting them. If you achieve 10.000 supporters the Lego Company will review your project and luckily release it as it was the case with Daisuke's Hayabusa. If finally happens that your project is selected, a Lego designer rethinks the model before it's commercial release and the 1% of the total revenues go to the original designer. Here a comparison of the Hayabusa model as created by Daisuke and the final Lego release.

There are awesome projects in lego cuusoo. One that has recently reached the 10.000 supporters and therefore Lego will revisit to decide if it can be released commercially is this great Back To The Future set  created by M.Togami that allows to create the three DeLorean Time machines from the BTTF trilogy.

Stay tuned to Lego Cuusoo there are new entries everyday. And take a deep look of what has already been published, don't miss creations such as this. The Star Wars sandcrawler: