Sunday, August 30, 2009

Apple's 1999 Superbowl Commercial

Apple lauched the Macintosh with Ridley Scott's influential 1984 spot during that year's Superbowl. Apple's follow up ad in 1985, Lemmings, proved so unpopular that they waited untill 1999, & the return of Steve Jobs to the fold, to run an another Superbowl spot featuring Hal-2000 from 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. The ad produced by the Chiat/Day agency, laid claim to the Mac's immunity to the Y2K bug.

Friday, August 28, 2009

More 4 Kubrick Season Trailer

Channel 4 Creative Services produced this one-take steadicam shot to promote the Stanley Kubrick season on the British TV station More 4 which began on the 15th of July 2008.

“We wanted to remain as faithful as possible to the period in which it was shot and the culture of the British studio in the late 70s,” a spokesperson said.

“We set about casting people who resembled Kubrick's own crew back in the day, casting look-alikes to play the role of his script-lady (June Randall), AD (Brian W. Cook) and DP (John Alcott), as well as look-alikes to play Shelley Duvall, Danny and the twin girls who appear fleetingly in the trail.”

Most of the film and lighting equipment that appear in the trail were those used in THE SHINING. Many of the props were recreated based upon photos or sketches from Kubrick's archives. The spot was shot using a 25mm Cooke lens, a favourite lens of Kubrick's. A cast of 55 actors appear in the 65 second steadicam shot which was shot over two days in June 2008 at Bray Studios, London.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Torrances, A Family Portrait

This portrait of the Torrances by artist Kirk Demarais is one of several based upon familiar film families & is currently being exhibited at the annual Crazy 4 Cult art show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. This piece is being offered by the gallery this year as a signed limited edition print of 50 for $65. You can call the gallery to order a print on + 1 (415) 4091376 (their San Francisco location) or + 1 (323) 9377088 (their Los Angeles location) or email them at The full show, featuring many other Kubrick themed works, can be seen here.

BBC News 24 Report On The Death Of Stanley Kubrick

This is a BBC News 24 report on the death of Stanley Kubrick from the 8th of March 1999.