Remembering Gary Burden

Gary Burden, who was part of the birth of American rock and roll in the 1960’s has passed. The New York Times has a remembrance:

Gary Burden, Designer of Famous Album Covers, Dies at 84

Here’s a fantastic video of Gary Burden being interviewed while driving up Laurel Canyon Boulevard as well as Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles.

[via Gary Sharp]

Surgical Resident Breaks Down 49 Medical Scenes From Film & TV

“Annie Onishi, general surgery resident at Columbia University, takes a look at emergency room and operating room scenes from a variety of television shows and movies and breaks down how accurate they really are. Would the adrenaline scene from Pulp Fiction actually play out that way? Is all that medical jargon we hear in shows like Grey’s Anatomy and House true-to-life? Is removing a bullet really a cure-all for a gunshot wound?”

She did this in conjunction with WIRED magazine.

This is brilliant, very well done. I was hoping she’d comment on the William Hurt movie, The Doctor (operating room music, among other things) and the Harrison Ford movie The Fugitive where there’s behind the scenes fraud going on to inflate the effects of a drug.


Making Manuscripts

A brilliant video on how illuminated manuscripts were and are still made.

An illuminated manuscript is a book written and decorated completely by hand. Illuminated manuscripts were among the most precious objects produced in the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance, primarily in monasteries and courts. Society’s rulers–emperors, kings, dukes, cardinals, and bishops–commissioned the most splendid manuscripts.

[via The Loop]

Welcome Home(Pod)

This video has been making the rounds and I’ve watched it numerous times; it’s brilliant. Director Spike Jonze put together a great music-video ad for Apple’s HomePod (speaker) featuring FKA Twigs (an English music star and dancer).

She’s an excellent dancer with serious modern dance training and the choreography is brilliant. Notice how she moves walls (and other things) the way we pinch, spread our fingers, and swipe to move windows and objects on our hand-held devices (iPhones, iPads, etc. this is an Apple video).

I posted about another fantastic music-video commercial Jonze did for Kenzo World (perfume) in 2016 here.

Here’s that video saving you a click (grin).

Jonze is amazingly good. His movies include Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Her, and many others. When you think about his work, it’s all high quality but definitely outside the box.