Thursday, February 4, 2010
What started out as an exercise in model building and photography, ended up as a dream-like reconstruction of the town I grew up in. It's not an exact recreation, but it does capture the mood of my memories.
And like a dream, many of the buildings show up in different configurations throughout the photos. Or sometimes, the buildings stay put and the backgrounds change.
Visually, this is heading towards the realm of ART. NO PHOTOSHOP WAS USED IN THESE PICTURES. IT'S ALL STRAIGHT FROM THE CAMERA.
It's the oldest trick in the special effects book: line up a model with an appropriate background and shoot.
The buildings are 1/24th scale [ or 1/2 inch equals a foot ]. They are constructed of Gator board, styrene plastic, Sintra [ a light flexible plastic that can be carved, and painted ] plus numerous found objects; such as jewelery pieces, finishing washers and printed material.
See more of Michael Paul Smiths photography on flickr HERE
Eddie spends her pocket money obsessively hoarding fireworks and carefully planning for cracker night. When it finally it arrives, Eddie and her family head to the local football oval. In the frosty air Eddie lights the fuse of her first cracker and experiences a pivotal moment, one of the seemingly small experiences of childhood, that affects us for the rest of our lives.
Set in the 1980s, Cracker Bag is a gentle suburban observation which subtly reflects a disenchanting prelude to the coming of age.
Winner of the Palme D'Or - Short Film Cannes Film Festival 2003
Directed by Glendyn Ivin,
Produced by Jane Liscombe,
Director of Photography Greig Fraser,
Edited by Jack Hutchings.
Dubbed "Flying 101" it isn't the typical Kulula logo-jet.
Someone there clearly has a sense of humor. The entire airplane is covered with details about the plane, including arrows pointing to the more interesting parts.
"The big cheese" describes the captain's window. An arrow points to the aircraft's registration, calling it the "Secret code."
Even the lav is pointed out, with the description, "Loo (or mile-high initiation chamber)."
The black box, seats, stabilizer and rudder are also pointed out and include a bit of clever commentary as well. I think we can all appreciate a marketing scheme that doesn't take itself too seriously.