Friday, 9 October 2009


When I first saw the Women's Aid advert featuring Keira Knightly at the cinema I was shocked, I then realized that pretty much most charity adverts are shocking, whether it is RSPCA or NSPCC. To actually get people to be interested in these charities it seems that the public have to be shocked to gain a response. This is possibly a focus for my project.


The advert for the Skoda Fabia is another one that sticks in everyone's mind, and for good reason. Firstly, the fact that it is actually all made out of cake, and secondly that it is so intricate makes it amazing. My absolute favourite bit is the rear light made from jelly, which wobbles as it is put in. This links with a slight obsession of mine at the moment which is a program called Ace of Cakes, give it a look.


If you ask most people if they remember the bouncy ball ad, or the play dough bunny ad the response is likely to be about how amazing it is. When I first saw Nicolai's Sony Bravia adverts I was amazed, the simple idea of letting bouncy balls loose in San Fransisco, against the thought of how on earth they managed to do it, and how much it must have cost. The play dough bunny advert is equally mind boggling to me, as after watching a 'Wallace and Grommit: the making of', and trying some animation myself, I know just how time consuming it is, let alone on such a massive scale.


As soon as I walk into the Science Museum, I turn into a child again. There are so many interactive exhibitions and things to play around with. The last time I went there, there were so many school trips that I wanted to pull the children away so I could play. As with the design museum, one of the major factors for me is the shop at the end, they sell lots of different experiments and unusual objects.


'The Book of Boosh' is brilliant. I'm a massive fan of the Mighty Boosh and this book is meant to represent the show and its character, but the most interesting bit to me are the images. The man who plays Bollo the gorilla is actually a graphic designer and does all their artwork, so when it came to the book he was pretty much let loose and the illustrations are great. He has managed to take complex, weird and wonderful characters and represent them in simple sketches and paintings. Its definitely worth a look.


This week I watched Amelie again for the first time in ages and I'd forgotten how much I liked it. The style of filming is beautiful, with emphasis on colour. Audrey Tatou gives a brilliant performance and the script is very clever. The most memorable line for me is "when a finger is pointing at the sky, only a fool looks at the finger" which I think is witty and a great observation.

Thursday, 8 October 2009


One of my favourite books is the book of general ignorance, which is based on a round on one fo my favourite programs, QI. The book is based on correcting myths or 'general ignorance', an example being that Henry the Eight had six wives, when in fact, he technically had only two. This book is interesting in that sense but also, alot of the facts that are disproved, I had never heard in the first place.