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  1. I posted this photo years ago on a photo forum. It was the cover photo from a maquette of 'Shadows in Time' which was an artist's book I was working on. I chanced upon the old thread years later. I don't always have the time to get back to all the threads I start. I'm on many forums and just too busy outside of the forums. I started with online forums way back in the BBS days. Even before that, we had snail mail forums, where someone printed out the forum contributions on a dot matrix printer, Xeroxed them and snail mailed them to all the members. Anyway, the forum person said they didn't like the shadow and liked the deer scene only. The subject of the thread was photographers' shadows in photos. I thought, goddamn, this was a photo forum, the shadow is what makes the photo, why don't they see it? But zir is entitled to their opinion. My opinion is; you can't force talent or an 'eye' on anyone. Some may be able to improve, but generally speaking, either you got an eye for this stuff or you don't. The genius produces outstanding work with little or no effort, whereas the non-genius may struggle to produce something mediocre. If we could all be geniuses at what we aspire to be by going to class or cracking a book open...we would. In the early 1970's I had a friend that went to Art Center College in L.A. (Old location) He studied photography. I would sometimes go to class with him to sit in on classes. I could not afford to go there, so that was as close as I got to Art Center. (I would also sneak in to use their dry mount press until they caught me and kicked me out.) Anyway, I noticed in the critique sessions for weekly assignments the same students would produce more or less outstanding photos for each assignment. Some would produce OK photos and maybe a great one once in a while and some would produce low end stuff as their general output. Later on with my work as an art director I noticed a similar thing with artists I would hire or do portfolio reviews on. Some had good technical abilities, but poor creativity. Others had creativity but poor technique. Others had both technique and creativity, but were flakes. Back in the 1980's I interviewed a gal for an art job. She was in her 40's and had retired from business. She was well off selling her business for millions and lived in a mini-mansion in San Marino, CA. Her new 'hobby' was she wanted to be an artist. She said she had taken some art classes and showed me her portfolio. The draftsmanship was poor and creativity was poor. And her prices to do jobs were very high. Her background as a successful business owner tainted her realistic conception of what is paid for art jobs. Her work smacked of someone with little art talent that struggled to put it down on paper or canvas. It wasn't in her, she had little talent and just studying art in school did not do much for her...she had no natural talent for art. Now someone with natural talent bangs it out with little or no effort, whereas she struggled just to produce sub-par work. That is what separates the genius from the non-genius. In my own case I tried to learn some creativity with book cover design. I used to produce lots of artist's books. Designing the cover has always been hard for me. I am not a creative person in that area. I bought a number of books on cover design. I studied and studied them over and over again. The best I could do with my creativity for cover design would be to try and copy off of other people's covers I liked in the book. It just wasn't in me. When I first started with photography in 1969 / 1970 I wanted to be a fashion / studio photographer. After a few years it sunk in I had no talent for that type of work. Eventually I stopped forcing things and moved to another area of work that I do have talent in...but it was just by chance. I could have dedicated my life to forcing myself to work in an area I was not suited for. We all have different abilities; we each have to decide how much of us we want to spend on areas we work in. Sometimes a thing clicks in the mind and you are ready to go. That is what happened to me after working on infrared flash for 4+ years and failing. Something clicked. But I could have easily given up after 4 years of failure. Sometimes it is just a crapshoot! Staten Island Ferry NYC, 2016 (Candid) Selection from The American's...60 years after Frank artist's book. by Daniel D. Teoli Jr. <><><><> Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Small Gauge Film Archive Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Advertising Archive Daniel D. Teoli Jr. VHS Video Archive Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Popular Culture Archive Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Audio Archive Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Social Documentary Photography
  2. Amazon.com: ProTapes Artist Tape Flatback Printable Paper Board or Console Tape, 60 yds Length x 1" Width, White (Pack of 1) PRO Tapes make the best artist tape I've used, and I've tried quite a few brands. It works great for film handling marking camera gear, boxes or plastic boxes and jars. You can tape film down or mark reels and cans. Peels off clean. I've also used it as a gaffer's tape, albeit a less durable, but still good enough option, if you need it in a pinch. Blue painter's tape is crap compared to this. Drafting tape is half-ass. Really drafting tape is many times just a thinner variety of masking tape, sometimes with less stick...sometimes not. It is a crapshoot if it will wreck the material. I trashed all my drafting tape. Artist tape comes in all sizes from 1/4 inch to 2 inches...although not all colors are in all sizes. Even so, there is a large number of colors available to allow for color coding. I use this tape for permanent marking as well. It sticks great, but it is always nice to have a clean removal option instead of digging out the acetone or 'Goof Off' and marring plastic surfaces trying to get the sticky off. But as a warning...I've only used this tape for a few years. I have not had it on something for 10 years and tried to remove it. So, this is my experience with it with that caveat. These are the kind of dispenses you use for the tape. You can buy dispensers to hold single or multi-reels of tape for up to 3 rolls. When you put the tape on, aways leave a little tab sticking up on one end that you bend around to stick on the tape. Makes removal very easy. <><><><> Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Small Gauge Film Archive Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Advertising Archive Daniel D. Teoli Jr. VHS Video Archive Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Popular Culture Archive Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Audio Archive Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Social Documentary Photography
  3. Both male and female faculty internalize the idea that responsibility for raising children precludes serious art and then they recapitulate it. Takeaway from UPenn 2010...“most successful female artists are either childless or lesbians.” https://hyperallergic.com/708715/how-mfa-programs-perpetuate-the-taboo-against-artists-having-children ---------- I guess it is not kosher nowadays to tell artists that. People get mad if you tell them the truth. What is promoted nowadays is the idea that you can do or be anything you like. I'm just glad I don't have to be responsible for kid/s. I could not stand the stress nor the cost. Nowadays, it is enuf stress just paying for rent for a closet and some food. Besides artists, lots of Americans have cut back on having babies. Some say it is to save the planet. But I think a lot of it is...babies are too $$. It is not like the old days with granny was taking care of the babies. People are spread out. No granny to be found. And in some locals, hard to even get a babysitter. My advice to artists... You had better be successful with your art if you want babies or be married to a non-bohemian to pay the bills. A 2 bohemian couple may have a tough time nowadays. Cheap artists' lofts or cold-water flats are long gone. And if babies are a must, and your income is uncertain, then you need to be well versed with how welfare works.
  4. I've been cleaning out 60gb of 'stuff' squirreled away for the last 7 years. Almost done organizing it. Tonight I found this photo of Chuck Close in his studio by Lenore Seroka in the hoard . I first became aware of the late Chuck Close ages ago when I saw him on an early PBS show called Art:21. He was a very talented artist working in the photo realist style. Even after he became crippled up he would still produce fantastic stuff, maybe producing more art crippled than not crippled, don't know for sure. But sadly, TFPTB put him on the sht list after he told one of his models she had a delicious looking "privates." Well, after that Close was cancelled. Poor Close couldn't admire a gals privates and comment on how good they looked from his wheelchair. Now the art world debated whether to take his art down and they cancelled some of his upcoming shows. Close was very prolific...do a Google image search of his art if interested.
  5. That was a photogs question on a Reddit Photography thread. Here is my take on it... OP...maybe a little. Genius is something you are born with, generally speaking. Although sometimes a thing clicks in the mind and you are ready to go. That is what happened to me after working on infrared flash for 4+ years. Something clicked. But I could have easily given up after 4 years of failure. The genius produces outstanding work with little or no effort, whereas the non-genius may struggle to produce something mediocre. If we could all be geniuses at what we aspire to be going to class or cracking a book open...we would. In the 70's I had a friend that went to Art Center College in L.A. He studied photography. I used to go to class sometimes with him to sit in on classes. I could not afford to go there, so that was as close as I got to Art Center. Anyway, I noticed in the critique sessions for weekly assignments the same students would produce more or less outstanding photos on each assignment. Some would produce OK photos and maybe a great one once in a while and some would produce low end stuff as their general output. Later on with my work as an Art Director I noticed this with artists I would hire or do portfolio reviews on. Some had good technical abilities, but poor creativity. Others had creativity but poor technique. Others had both technique and creativity, but were flakes. Back in the 80's I met a gal in her 40's that retired from business and wanted to be an artist. She was well off selling her business for millions and lived in a mini-mansion in San Marino, CA. She said she had taken some art classes and showed me her portfolio. The draftsmanship was poor and creativity was poor. And her prices to do jobs were very high. Her background as a successful business owner tainted her realistic conception of what is paid for art jobs. Her work smacked of someone with little art talent that struggled to put it down on paper or canvas. It wasn't in her, she had little talent and classes did not do much for her apparently. Now someone with natural talent bangs it out with little or no effort whereas she struggled just to produce sub-par work. In my own case I tried to learn some creativity with book cover design. I produce lots of artist's books. Designing the cover has always been hard for me. I am not a creative person in that area. I bought a number of books on cover design. I studied and studied them over and over again. The best I could do with my creativity for cover design would be to try and copy off of covers I liked in the book. It wasn't in me. When I first started with photography in 1969 / 1970 I wanted to be a fashion / studio photographer. After a few years it sunk in I had no talent for that type of work. Eventually I found what I do have talent in and work in that area. We all have different abilities, so why not make the most of the talents you got? Sure, study all you like but if it is not you, don't waste your life on trying to be something you can't naturally be great at. Do what you are great at. Selection from Weekly World News Front Page Archive Daniel D. Teoli Jr. Archival Collection
  6. An interesting clip from 'Playboy's Parties Behind the Scenes' VHS tape. Nude girls get lingerie airbrushed and painted on them by makeup artists as they get ready for the big party. The late Hugh Hefner make an appearance near the end of the clip to inspect the work. NSFW Playboy Parties Behind The Scenes Body Makeup VHS Clip : D.D.Teoli Jr. A.C. : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive
  7. Nice interview. She does some interesting art. She started in the 1960s in L.A. and is still going strong at 80. https://hyperallergic.com/518417/feminist-icon-judy-chicago-on-resisting-the-cycle-of-erasure
  8. Complaints of art show about non-conforming homosexuals that didn't have a more diverse spectrum of transgender, colors and handicap non-conforming homosexuals. https://hyperallergic.com/502730/art-after-stonewall-leslie-lohman-museum While making my 6 hour film 'Offshoots,' a social documentary study of Instagram, I focused a good deal on non-conformers. That is people that do not conform to societal standards. (And 'non-conforming' is a title that many proudly call themselves.) I found the odd thing about the non-conformers is; while they refuse to conform to society, they demand everyone else conforms to their demands. Well, that is how it is in 2019...art must be done on a formula to satisfy the critics.
  9. When it opened in January 1970, Westbeth became the first and largest federally subsidized artists’ colony in the country. https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-inside-new-yorks-remaining-artists-housing
  10. Proceeds from Sales of Sculptures & Assemblages to Benefit City of Hope Writer-director Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield), Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth, ASC (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network), and cinematographer Ernie Holzman, ASC (Without a Trace, Cora Unashamed, Thirtysomething) present “Ernie Holzman: Life ReFocused,” an art show celebrating film cameras and lenses from the 20th century. The event takes place on November 12, from 4 – 7 p.m. at RED Studios Hollywood, where assemblages and sculptures created by Holzman will be for sale, as well as a rare print of the iconic set of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window.” All proceeds benefit cancer research at City of Hope. After being diagnosed with Stage IV non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Holzman underwent surgery and two rounds of chemotherapy. Unable to work, a good friend gifted Holzman with a collection of vintage filmmaking equipment. The cinematographer deconstructed every camera and lens, and was ultimately inspired by the aesthetic beauty and elegance of the equipment, which had been commonplace in his career, to create art. By selling the pieces he has designed, Holzman wants to “pay it forward” and acknowledge the life-saving work of Dr. Barry Rosenbloom at Tower Oncology. Holzman told American Cinematographer magazine, “The opportunity to create art, and ultimately have this showing, has not only been enormously healing for me, but has given my life greater meaning than I have ever known.” City of Hope is a world leader in the research and treatment of cancer, diabetes, and other serious diseases. They deliver scientific miracles that make lives whole again. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute. The event is open to the public. RED Studios Hollywood is located at 864 N. Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, 90038. No RSVP is necessary to attend.
  11. Macbeth Trailer IMDB Link http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2884018/?ref_=nm_flmg_cin_4 "Macbeth, a Thane of Scotland, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself" Director Justin Kurzel Cinematographer Adam Arkapaw I watched Macbeth on the cinema 3 weeks ago and was very reluctant to write about it because I did not know what to say about it as it made me think about cinematography, art, filmmaking, life and everything else. However, I watched it today on the cinema again and I could not help but writing about the movie. There are sometimes when art and filmmaking come together, we have examples from the early cinema (Berlin) to contemporary cinema (Waking Life). In my opinion, the movies which mix art and cinema usually do not have a very good distribution and it is very difficult to see them out of the cinema festivals (Sitges, Sundance, etc). What we have on the screen nowadays is a movie which tries to bring that to the masses and it works perfectly. A couple of years ago we had a very interesting adaptation called "Anna Karenina", directed by Joe Wright, Mr. Wright decided to do something absolutely different and staged everything as if it were a play, it was a very risky movement but it was one of the most fenomenal movies of the year. Although "Macbeth" does not go that far as to staged everything, Justin Kurzel created a universe where he introduces art, paintings, movement, magic realism and plays with the characters' fates as if he were a demiurge, Shakespeare himself but using all the possible imagination to produce a stunning piece of art so it is as risky as "Anna Karenina" was. Imagination and imaginative, those are the words that I would use to describe a movie that should be in the MOMA and the TATE on a permanent exhibition to show people how to create a world through images which create sensations. The very first act and the third act are just marvellous pieces of art by themselves, the central act is a bit less spectacular because it involves Macbeth's madness and it is told in a more narrative - linear way but it is stunning by itself. I think that this movie deserves being seen on a big screen so you can just be immersed in it. Of course, there were people who left the screen room where I was watching it (in both cases) but those who remained got a beautiful reward. Thanks to all the crew who made this movie possible if you ever read this. Have a good day!
  12. Lost River, directed by Ryan Gosling and photographed by Benoit Debie Lost River - Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8ngDiG9V8w I do not know how to start this post as I am still in shock after having watched "Lost River". I have been trying to elaborate my thoughts about the movie for quite a while and I think I am unable to create a linear narration so I will throw them all here for anybody who might be interested in experiencing the first film directed by Ryan Gosling. Lost River is a very difficult movie to classify in our "tag" world, somebody could argue that it is an "auteur" movie with all the connotations that that word brings to the table, some others could say that it is an experimental movie with a narrative arch which brings the spectator from "a" to "b". However, I firmly believe that it is the result of Ryan Gosling's thoughts, desires and influences as a filmmaker. Ryan Gosling knows exactly what he wants to tell and he gives to the visual part of the story a very specific weight, which is considerably 200% of it. It is very clear to me that he knew how the movie had to look like and in his inner interior (is that right? :D) he wanted it to be controversial and bold, both (one of the production companies is called "Bold films"), and for him to express his voice (and what a voice!) he had to bring a cinematographer whose work has been always controversial and stylistic, Benoit Debie. Mr. Debie might not be a super well known cinematographer but he definitely has a very interesting career, from Fabrice Du Welz and Gaspar Noe to Harmony Korine and now Ryan Gosling, Benoit Debie knows how to surpass everybody's expectations and how to create amazing and bold moods with a lot of colour and desires, always within the very thin line which separates darkness from "darkness" and being successful all the time! He knows very well how to manipulate the audience with the palette of colours that he uses, as in Irreversible (2002) and Colt 45 (2014) or Spring Breakers (2012) to name a few. He is even working with Wim Wenders now on The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez. Regarding Ryan Gosling's skills as a director, there are certainly some gaps in the narration of the movie (as in any) but he tells the story in an impressive way. Definitely he learnt a lot from the directors he has worked for, Terrence Malick, Nicolas Winding Refn, Derek Cianfrance and Shane Black, etc. The way he frames, the way he choses the focal lengths, how he follows the characters or what he wants to not show are things that only a very mature filmmaker can do, and let us say that "Lost River" is his FIRST feature film ever. And he is a very very good actors' director! Ben Mendelsohn is really good and also the rest of the cast. With a very difficult script, Ryan Gosling makes the actors feel real and linked to the world where they are, a world of decadence and sadness, but also with a little bit of hope. I know Ryan Gosling got a lot of bad critics with "Lost River" but it is my impression that those critics were that bad because of Ryan Gosling himself, specially in Cannes. I am pretty sure that if any other filmmaker in the world had presented a FIRST MOVIE like this one in Cannes, everybody had been clapping at it. I could digress all day long about the movie but I think that it is better if you just watch it and experience it. I am very glad I saw it and I am looking forward to receiving my blu ray copy some time soon. Have a good day!
  13. I'm 16 years old... Yes somewhat young but I have lots of inspiration and I'd say I'm fairly talented with multi-media. I've been learning after effects for over a year now, using it to edit Call of Duty gameplay which particularly involves VFX, Motion tracking, editing techniques(art), cinematic, time-remapping and editing of-course. It is actually very impressive how the Call of Duty editing community has mastered after effects with call of duty footage. Any of you should absolutely take the time to check out some very talented editors; if you're interested i'll refer you to some of them! It is a whole new level of editing and I'm grateful to have started with something without having to use IRL footage from a camera. I could now apply myself to IRL footage and such. I truly want to master a position in the film industry. I'm so inspired by some films and the art of cinematography mixed with editing.. Whether it's an editor, cinematographer, camera-man, or even the whole package. Whether it's to my own profit, a big company, a festival.. I want to learn all about cameras and technique just like I did for editing. Question #1: I'd like to know about what sort of education and/or diploma is needed to get a job at a big company or a big film project.. Those camera men/cinematographers who reach Hollywood; what got them there? Was it recognition and connections or was it schooling/diplomas etc. ? A few examples of cinematographers/camera men ? Question #2: What camera aspects should I look into? (I'm new to the whole thing) I have done some research on the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and came to mind that there are so many features and aspects to reconsider before I buy a camera, a film maker uses that camera and there's a very nice outcome (a slight panoramic, film looking, well toned).. References to some books, youtubers or links would be great. That's it for now... I hope I'm not asking for too much, I guess I could tell I'm pretty passionate about this lol. Thanks ! John from MTL, QC
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