Thursday, April 24, 2014

Salem, MA: A Quest For Inspiration

Edward Olivier, Thabata Vidigal
and Rodrigo Bahls. 
This one goes to Arthur Miller. 
A few days ago, the Aeon Audiovisual crew went on a Journey. A travel through history. A quest for inspiration in one of the most mythical places of the New England: the city of Salem in Massachusetts.

Salem became famous because of an infamous episode. A dark and medieval tale set in the New World. While still under the rule of the British Empire, the city witnessed the Witch Trials and the execution of 20 people accused of witchcraft.

Today the city has learned from its tragic past, creating a whole lot of museums and memorials that study, discuss, analyze and explain the origin of myths and the causes behind such horrible events. The true story behind the Witch Hysteria in the 17th century has nothing to do with the supernatural. It was rooted in human emotions and erratic behavior fed by fear, envy, greed and superstition.

But of course that an ancient place like that with such a bizarre history creates a highly charged environment. A perfect spot for ghost stories, hauntings and ghost hunters. And the point here is: It doesn't matter if the hauntings are true or not. The stories, the metaphors behind them are more important.

If you like a good ghost story, tales about the darkest aspects of human beings and you want to know more about the origin of witchcraft myths, Salem, MA may be the perfect spot for you. A place where you can take a tour through haunted spots, or visit a 17th century graveyard at 5 in the morning. A city where horror lovers can gather and feel like home.

In a city that once inspired Edgar Alan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne, you'll certainly get pretty inspired. We know we did.

17th Century houses.
Lots of ghosts stories, of course.

Sign at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial.

The New England feeling. 

Strolling among the graves.

Night walks. Beautiful streets. 

Creepy alley.

Legends all around.

17th century graveyard.

Crew standing in front of 128 Essex, St.
The address of the famous murder
that inspired the board game 'Clue'
and the short story 'The Telltale Heart'
by Edgar Alan Poe.

Capt. Joseph White's House at 128 Essex St.
And in case you're wondering:
The original murderer was
Richard Crowninshield
in the bedroom with a cane or bludgeon.
Pictures by Priscila Velho.

Find out more about the 128 Essex St. house here

Find out more about the history of Salem's Witch Trials watching 'The Crucible', the 1996 movie based on the play by Arthur Miller.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Semper Ebrius: The Beer Party



Anyone is up for some fun?

Creative BloQ: 5 graphic designers who became famous filmmakers

Interesting post from Creative BloQ about five graphic designers who became famous filmmakers.

As they state in the article, some of the designer qualities  - and principles followed by them - transfer well to the big screen.

Akira Kurosawa used to make true art pieces when painting his storyboards. He also used to paint the set of some of his movies himself.

It appears that one art form isn't enough for some creative minds.

And we certainly appreciate that.

Read the full article here.

Cadillac CTS Ad: An Inspiring Idea

We really like the spirit behind this commercial. Take a look.



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Robert Mckee: HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR GENRE?



Great post from Robert Mckee's Story Blog about a very important question for aspiring writers: How to choose your genre? Or in other words: in what kind of story do I fit best?

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Is there a recommended genre that a new writer should begin with to learn the principles of story?

After choosing your medium as a writer or story creator, your second greatest decision will always be genre. That decision will determine your audience, your platform and – in many cases – the course of your career. Each story genre has a distinct purpose. To write well you must first understand the reason for your genre and its conventions. Why? Because the audience is smart and knows their genres. Read on

The Iron Curtain in NYC


It took us 10 seconds to walk across this wall... for some people, it took 30 years.

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"This 12 foot high, 8 foot wide, 2.75-ton section of the Berlin Wall was given to the Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority, by the German Consulate, in recognition of the 15th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall."









"This segment once stood in downtown Berlin in the area between Potsdamer Platz and Leipziger Platz. It was part of the inner wall designed to prevent East Germans from escaping."



"Today, it stands as a powerful symbol of the strength of democracy - teaching and inspiring all who visit Kowsky Plaza of the importance of freedom."



"Erected by the East German regime, the Berlin Wall for almost thirty years helped to hold millions of people captive under communism. On November 9, 1989 the Wall was finally brought down by the yearning of the people of East Germany to live free."





Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day... with Homer J. Simpson


Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone. Cherish the meaning of this day: Celebrate the memory of a holy man, of course... now shut up and get the booze.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Brand Logos with Hidden Symbols


artentertainments.com has made a great selection of logos with hidden meanings and symbols. Can you spot them all?

Check them out here.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Skateboards and Booze

 

We all know what a Monday is all about, right? Skateboards and booze, of course.

Here goes two great articles by CreativeBloQ on skateboard and spirits packages design. 

Have fun.



Cat Man Do - Simon's Cat



Cat lovers will understand. 
By Simon Tofield
Follow Simon's Cat Youtube Channel for more videos. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

9gag: 20 Terrifying Two-Sentence Horror Stories

"I would have made it shorter, if I only had the time." 

In this case they did have the time... and some of these horror stories are really terrifying.

Have fun.

Via 9gag.

Dallas Buyers Club

One more addition to our list of favorite movies of 2013.

"Dallas Buyers Club" tells a very touching story about the first years of AIDS and how some patients decided to fight against the governments' prohibitions and regulations for a decent treatment for their condition and, above all, for their right to live.

It'll definitely make you think, folks. First class entertainment.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Robert Mckee: "Has The LEGO Movie Killed the Hero's Journey?"


"Robert McKee applies his principles to 'The Lego Movie' in a review and analysis that clarifies the extent to which its writers perfected their craft."

"Why might The Lego Movie spell the end of the Hero’s Journey as we know it?"

Watch the full video analysis here.

Via Mckee Story Blog.

Academy Awards Hangover

We're still trying to recover from the Academy Awards hangover.

Wolfie, wolfie.

But it's okay. Ellen Degeneres was amazing again and we'll never get tired of this annual celebration of motion pictures.

It's like Dr. House says: "What do you do when you win? Party! What do you do when you lose? Party harder!"

Now you know why we're still in hangover...

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Bill Watterson of 'Calvin and Hobbes' Draws Poster for Cartooning Doc


Okay guys, stop everything that you're doing and take a look at this: Bill Watterson, the creator of 'Calvin and Hobbes' has drawn a movie poster for a documentary on newspaper comic strips.

'Stripped' is available now for preorder on iTunes. Watterson was also interviewed for the documentary but he is just heard, and not seen, in the movie.

Read more about it here.

Via /Film.