17 Nov 2010

Ghosts of the Abyss

Today's research has thrown up this 2003 documentary. A bit of weekend film watching is to follow I'm sure. Here's the trailer.
Ghosts of the Abyss is a documentary film released by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media. It was Disney's first film produced in 3-D and was directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker James Cameron after his Oscar winning film Titanic. It consists of Cameron and a group of scientists sailing out to the wreck of the Titanic, and then going down to get closer than anyone has before. With the help of specially created cameras, Jake and Elwood, the audience too can see inside the Titanic and with the help of CGI, people can see how it would have originally looked.
Also along for the ride Cameron invites friend and actor Bill Paxton who played Brock Lovett in the 1997 film. He narrates the event through his eyes. The film itself was produced for IMAX 3D during the Summer of 2003. It was also nominated for a BFCA award for Best Documentary. The submersibles Mir 1 and Mir 2 carried the Ghosts of the Abyss team on twelve dives.

5 Nov 2010

Masters in Design Symposium at NCAD

It was great to see some projects from the Masters students in the various areas of design yesterday. For me it was interesting to see how many different approaches are being taken. The influences and directions are being fed from so many areas, from medical instruments and customisation to design incubation and fine art. This consideration of broad areas of art and design (having also been mentioned by my tutors) is a direction my own research will take. I had my camera with me and got the above shot of some poster type in the letterpress workshop before heading home again.