Happy 2015!

NY resolution
For first post of the year, here are some New Year resolutions from a few of our Directors.
Each resolution is summarized in three words, an adjective, noun and verb.

PistachiosFantastical // Spectrum // Resonate

Man vs Magnet: Distant // Adventure! // Draw

Tendril: Dance // Dancy // Dances

Coco Jambo

A nice little warm-up to the new week with Mr President: Coco Jambo. Pure excellence right here.


Space films and docs truly have a meditative relaxing quality.  Space has stellar physicality; visions of shadows, planets, stars, dark unknown depths, mysterious comets. This combined with the knowledge of its untouchable reality to 99.9999% of us unless you are Buzz Aldrin or Tom Hanks, puts it in the magician category.  After watching Interstellar on the weekend, moon was on the brain. There are plenty of spacey Sci-Fi films… Here are a couple of top picks.

Solaris (2002)

I always come back to Solaris directed by Steven Soderbergh. A lot of people have commented that it is slow but I think the film’s strange and floaty nature and its meddling with time help evoke the outer space feeling. Kelvin (George Clooney) is a psychologist on a space station orbiting the planet Solaris, a planet that enables visitors to experience their lost ones and other bizarreness. Nostalgic fleeting flashbacks Kelvin Clooney has of moments with his wife Rheya (Natascha McElhone) on earth before she took her life are starkly moving. He also is able to interact with her on the spaceship as if she were alive again (cue for sneaky tears, it’s alright).

The Fifth Element (1997)

The Fifth Element is el supremo. A Sci-Fi ’90s film, four stones embody earth, air, fire and water. The stones must to be mooshed together with the Fifth Element Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) in order to save the planet.  Originally a taxi driver Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis) switches occupation to universe savior.

Nostalgia for the Light (2011)

Nostalgia for the Light by Patricio Guzman is a fascinating documentary that combines astronomy, history and heavenly filmmaking into a powerful piece. The Atacama Desert in Chile is a favorite spot for Astronomers due to it being the driest place on earth, providing optimum observation conditions. The desert is also a graveyard for many people murdered during the Pinochet regime. Family members continue to search for their lost ones, their remains preserved from the intense dryness and climate. The cinematic shots of the desert and space are eye boggling!

Apollo 13 (1995)

Oh yes. Everyone’s seen this one. A feel good film based on the true story of the doomed 13th Apollo mission. The main draws; you are on seats edge the whole time and the shots of a cheesy concerned Ed Harris (Kranz) pacing around the Mission Control Center makes you feel like you’re one of the Mission Control Center staff. And obviously the beautiful yet teasing moments of Hanks and his pals gazing at the beloved moon they will be unable to land on.

The Dark Side of the Moon -Pink Floyd (1973)

I realize this is a music album, but if you ever get the chance to listen to Eclipse, or Any Colour You Like while in an airplane flying above cloud level, it is kind of like being in space. Try!

Lovely jewelry and furniture

Our beloved friends at Workstead design studio have an abundance of gorgeous items to drool over. Workstead consists of a bunch of talented architects and designers…they actually did the Blacklist interior which we are lucky enough to enjoy everyday!

Lovin’ the Sling Chair collection and the Cowl Necklace which you can see Adina our EP wearing below. You can see the amazing lighting fixtures and other goodies on their site here.





Total recall: Storytime

On the way to one section of a bookstore over Thanksgiving break my eyes skimmed over the kid’s books section. Ah yes! Abandoning initial book search I had a look for old favorites, eyes re-bulging after adulthood hiatus. Children’s books: enticing large pages, few per bind, not undermining the magical content of hypnotizing illustrations and large set type splashed across glossy paper. The pages fanning your face with each page turn. All of these components at some point were exposed to our young brains, by the beloved picture storybook.

Read to us while tucked in bed, or in a classroom sitting crossed legged gaping up at large reading god (teacher), there are likely pivotal books that jostle a cord in your memory. Perhaps Green Eggs and Ham, or Corduroy?

As filmmakers, artists, animators, writers what have you, storytelling and technical skills are a combo tool. Technical skills facilitate the blooming action of creativity, the lungs perhaps. Meanwhile storytelling is the beating heart, the solid platform that’s contouring spidery capillaries and veins provide engaging content.

Our ability as storytellers, most certainly derives from our early childhood days of picture storybooks. Down nostalgia lane we all have our favorites…
Here are a few storybooks that are inductive to the magical abyss of storytelling and green lit many imaginations to go wild.

Food called Snozzcumbers. Giants called Fleshlumpeater and Gizzardgulper, need I say more.

Bush magic and magic food are needed to make the little possum invisible.

A group of “hairy Peruvians” set sail across the seas to Australia in an an old tea kettle..