I am a big fan of miniature and moody scenic design. In these wonderfully crafted dioramas, Paolo Ventura creates scenes for an unwritten story he was told in his childhood: L’Automa recreates Venice in the winter of 1942, the set for a story of a man who creates a robot to fight his loneliness after town Jews are sent away.
For part of the show’s promotion, the artist worked with a letterpress artist to create a vintage-style poster suiting the style of the diorama and the tale.
In the video, Paolo speaks of winter as a major player in his creations.
Syd Mead designed the look of Blade Runner, Tron, and other movies. In this video brief, he discusses the accelerated pace at which technology is changing, bringing many sci-fi concepts, including androids, into an ever-nearing reality. But while technology appears to dominate the subject of The Future, what truly drives it is human intellect and the creativity that strives to re-arrange our material world. Now, more than ever, and at ever-increasing rates, we can re-arrange the world in which we live.
One of my favorite stop-motion animators, PES, creates great scenes with moody sets highlighted by wonderful lighting and sound, and unusual objects animated with lively kinetics. This set of Bacardi ads is charming.
Despite the proliferation of CG worlds everywhere, and rapid advancements in the field, it’s hard not to be in awe of fantastic scenes so richly slathered in detail they just seem impossible as computer generations… Wonderful works for inspiration.