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Artist Books!

Posted by jennugent on November 2, 2011

Half of our artist books are currently on display across from the circulation desk. Ask the library staff to get a better look at these, or any others that are stored in our Special Collections.

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Jen’s selections from our Special Collections

Posted by jennugent on November 2, 2011

Come in and check out the display just outside the library’s computer lab!

Posted in Artist's Books, Digital Film, Display, Fine Arts, Graphic + Interactive Communication, Illustration, Images, Painting, Photography + Digital Imaging, Printmaking, Sculpture | Leave a Comment »

American Film Scripts Online

Posted by Carter on February 15, 2011

From Accidents Will Happen to Ziegfeld Girl, American Film Scripts Online database is a treasure trove of material.  You’ll find full electronic copies of over 1,000 films, all available for download in PDF format.

While the majority of them are the shooting scripts, you’ll also find continuity scripts and draft scripts, which can be extremely revealing of industry practices.

The database is full of incredibly rich information.  For example, many of the actor and character names are hyperlinked.  So, with one click you can find that American Film Scripts Online has 15 films with Spencer Tracy.  The database also has links to IMDB for further info.

This is an ideal database for doing research on a variety of social issues as documented in film.  For example, you might use it to research depictions of the Third Reich, the discrimination against women in the 20th century, or the rist of automobiles in American consumer culture.

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New Movie Review: Beautiful Losers

Posted by sdsherman on March 11, 2010

Beautiful Losers

A Film by Aaron Rose

N6536 .B43 2009

Art comes in many forms, and the artists who make it are as varied as the works they create. For many the inspiration to make art is rooted in childhood, the discoveries and wonders of youth form a foundation from which to explore creativity. Filled with emotion and passion, Beautiful Losers is a charismatic and eccentric look into the creative spirit.

Beautiful Losers is a testament to that journey of creative expression, following the images and experiences of what would become one of the most recognized groups of artists in today’s fine artistic community. Pro-skater Ed Templeton, OBEY founder Shepard Fairey, Harmony Korine, Mike Mills, Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, Geoff McFetridge, Jo Jackson, Margaret Kilgallen, Stephen Powers and Thomas Campbell have been creating work and touring together since the early 1990′s. Their work has been catapulted onto the international stage, and now in this documentary we are able to catch a glimpse into the people behind the paintings; their life stories and the motivations that drive them to create.

More than anything, Beautiful Losers serves as a platform for these artists to speak their minds; to reflect on their art-making careers, and the meaning they attribute to their artistic journey. They talk of their pursuit of a grounded reality, one where they feel authentic and uninhibited. Their words ring true for today’s artists and youth, the discontent of a generation and a desire for a deeper meaning.

Beautiful Losers is a MUST WATCH. Every frame is saturated with creativity, images an sounds bound together in a tapestry of artistic expression. Accompanied by a quirky and harmonious soundtrack these stories are sure to inspire your artistic drive, and you may find yourself needing a second viewing just to soak it all in again. Rent Beautiful Losers today!

Can’t find this movie on the shelf?

Ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk.

Scott Sherman 2/10

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Research Guides

Posted by courtneycox2009 on March 2, 2010

The library has now put together a simple and very useful research guide for all majors here at Ringling. Research Guides are here to help everyone with researching topics about their major. There are even short videos, pictures, books and magazines that relates to the specific major and can  be useful for enhancing one’s work.

How to use Research Guides:

  • Click on the individual Research Guide you’d like to see
  • Begin researching by clicking on the different tabs
  • Each tab will have different  information about the intended major which are all highly informative.

Though Research Guides are still in the process of being perfected, students can at least familiarize themselves with the format of this new strategy.

Posted in Advertising Design, Business of Art + Design, Computer Animation, Digital Film, Fine Arts, Game Art + Design, Graphic + Interactive Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, News, Painting, Photography + Digital Imaging, Printmaking, Research, Sculpture | Leave a Comment »

What is Motion Design?

Posted by courtneycox2009 on March 2, 2010

Many students and staff around campus keep asking what the new major of Motion Design is. As a first year Motion Design student, I can simply say that Motion Design is literally  a bit of everything. We learn a animation, film, photography, claymation, stop motion, graphic design, illustration, visual effects, and much more. Here are a few examples of what Motion Design really is.

Allison Schulnik, the director of this video created this using claymation along with stop motion, which is something that our Motion Design Department will be doing a lot of. This is a great example of what we do in Motion Design.

Another great example of Motion Design is the credits for Sherlock Holmes. Notice how parts of the film turn into illustrations and graphics- that’s simply what Motion Design entails, and what the future holds for this new department.

For further information visit our new Motion Design Research Guide page

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New Book Review: Steven Spielberg and Philosophy

Posted by sdsherman on March 1, 2010

New Book Review

Steven Spielberg and Philosophy :

We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Book

Editor: Dean A. Kowalski

PN1998.3.S65 S84 2008

For anyone interested in Steven Spielberg and Philosophy, this collection of essays seek to find meaning and understanding within the films of this prolific director. Broken down into several sections, these essays address the various philosophical interpretations of the meaning of Spielberg’s movies.

The book is broken into 3 sections:

Part 1: Philosophy, the Filmmaker, and the Human Condition

Part 2: Values, Virtue and Justice

Part 3: Realism, Mind and Metaphysics

Each essay picks one or two of Spielberg’s films to use as a conversation starter for particular thematic issues. From there, the authors discuss established philosophical concepts, using examples from Spielberg’s work as anchors for their specific arguments. Each essay stands alone as a concise window into the symbolism behind the screen, and each grants insight beyond what one might find through a viewing of the films alone. A great find for anyone with a passion for film or philosophy, and and interesting look into the deeper layers of Spielberg’s body of work.

-Scott Sherman 10/2009

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Book Review — Japanese Cinema

Posted by Lindsey Batdorf on February 15, 2010

New Book Reivew: Japanese Cinema

PN 1993.5 .J3 G34 2009

When most Westerners see the words ‘Japanese’ and ‘cinema’ put together, they think of anime, samurai dramas, or (for the particularly educated) Akira Kurosawa.  Japanese Cinema, a beautifully written text detailing the diverse history of Japanese film, offers a look into the lesser-seen aspects of a subject we actually know so little about.

The book is arranged chronologically, starting with Japan’s era of silent films.  Instead of an accompanist providing the movie’s soundtrack a la Western cinema, a benshi would explain the details to the audience.  These storytellers became almost as popular as the actors starring in the films.  Cinema in Japan evolved at the same pace as America, but had a stunt in its growth during World War II.  The industry pushed on, however, and many Japanese artists coped with the war’s aftermath with filmmaking.

Japanese Cinema discusses the various ‘eras’ of the industry, ranging from the highly visual New Wave to the inventive series of monster films to the more recent popularity of horror (which are often remade with little success by Hollywood).  Even anime is a topic of interest, offering a wide breadth of information as to how it became popular overseas and what inspires animation directors (such as Miyazaki).

The book itself is rich with both information and pictures, both in black-and-white and color.  The text is entertaining and never bores with long bouts of lecture.  The author seeks to inform us of the lesser-known Japanese directors, who are just as talented as Kurosawa (arguably Japan’s most popular director in the West).  Japanese Cinema is an educational read that will keep you hooked for hours!

Lindsey Batdorf, 02/2010

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Movie Clips

Posted by Carter on January 21, 2010

Movie Clips is a free website that is in beta.  Their primary purpose is to provide short clips of movies to be embedded in social networking sites.  The clips are fairly brief, and you can’t view them in a large format on their search page. They do provide you with a link to embed the clips.

However, their website is a potentially useful research tool.  In addition to normal search categories like movie title, actor, and genre, you can also search

  • dialogue (see image below)
  • character (blind person, hooligan, nun)
  • mood (brainy, quirky, witty)
  • theme (aging, survival, victory)
  • setting (alien planet, boardroom, swamp), and
  • prop (banana, golf club, hacksaw)

Those search categories are potentially very useful when you are trying to research films with certain aspects.

Right now the website only has clips and indexing information from six major Hollywood studios: 20th Century Fox, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal and Warner Bros.  Also, it is available only in the U.S. and Canada.

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Killer Tracks: New Releases!

Posted by christinefra on November 3, 2009

Killer Tracks has just come up with a couple of new releases in 10 different libraries!

For those of you who don’t know, Killer Tracks is most likely our most beloved audio resource. You can browse through hundreds of songs, clips and sound fx through it’s user-friendly catalog or using a more specific search through the “trakfinder”. You can then listen to the clips and set aside those you like to download them. This is especially valuable for those of you in Computer Animation or Digital Film.

Now, Killer Tracks has expanded its library once more, to include the following 15 new releases in 10 different libraries. So be sure to check them out!

killer tracks


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