A Kinetic Light Installation Dances on the Ceiling of St. Petersburg’s Leningrad Center

St. Petersburg’s historic Leningrad Center has a new and luminous ceiling for its main theater. Above the audience is a matrix of dancing multi-color LED lightbulbs hanging from nearly invisible cords that whisk them up and down in mesmerizing patterns. One moment the field of lights look like gently flowing waves and the next they form a geometric pyramid – each new form is made with smooth and precisely choreographed transitions.

The only problem here? People might be so captivated by the lights that they miss the show itself.

These Animated Paper Dioramas Are A Cut Above The Rest

In their intricate scenes, artist duo Davy and Kristin McGuire take the diorama way beyond the confines of the elementary school classroom. The artists layer lighting, animation, sound, and digital projection mapping on paper installations, combining papercrafting, sculpture, set design, theatre, and storytelling to bring an eerie miniature world to life. 

All the World’s a Stage in these Cardboard Rooms

Art duo Dosshaus is creating a world that is fiber and substance filled, building highly theatrical rooms out of painted cardboard. The black & white monochromatic spaces they make are fascinating studies in the aesthetics of the past. Do they inspire thoughts of Parisian rooftop apartments filled with wild bohemians imbibing absinth in pursuit of the next creative spark? Maybe it’s a passionate writer furiously hitting at typewriter keys while drinking down a whiskey. Either way, it’s a fantastic place to be.

Casablanca Isn’t the Same on Your Smart Phone. Franck Bohbot Photographs Classic Cinemas from the Golden Age

In today’s world, watching movies is as easy as streaming or downloading practically any film to your phone or computer. When it’s free, why not… right? With all this modern tech it’s easy to forget that back in the first half of the 20th century going to the cinema was quite the glamorous affair. You got dressed up and attended the same way as one would go to the theater or the symphony. There were intermissions and libations to enhance the overall experience along with music from a wurlitzer before and after the movie. It was an unforgettable moment in cinema history and some of the most beautiful theaters were built during this period.

Imaginative 3D Worlds From A Paper Theater

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In her little paper craft theater, Elly MacKay meticulously creates, lights, then photographs dreamy scenes. Although the final product looks like an illustration or painting, the actual process is much more fastidious. Once MacKay comes up with an idea for a scene, she begins to conceptualize it with thumbnails, drawings and words. Using a plastic material called Yupo paper, she draws and cuts out the layers she will need. Using wires she carefully places each piece where it belongs and adds additional touches, like parchment paper skies or tissue paper for landscapes in the distance.

The Lion King: Original Concept Art

Last week Lion King 3D hit theaters, so we wanted to bring you some of very cool concept art from the original production. So far the new rendition of the film has earned a whopping 29 million on it 3D release, greatly surprising executives at Disney who where estimating it would make around 10 to 12 million. You can see Lion King like never before, from Setempber 16th to October 1st.

Gary Busey Visits Point Break Live!

In case you haven’t heard, Point Break Live! is the most tubular, radical show in town… it tells the story of former college football star turned FBI agent, Johnny Utah, in pursuit of bank robbing, skydiving, bare hand fighting, adrenaline junkie, Zen Master Bodhi Sattva… almost like the 1991 movie Point Break… hm…

As if that wasn’t radical enough, at each show a member of the audience is picked to play the lead roll of Johnny Utah. The original film starred Keanu Reeves, Patrick Swayze, and Gary Busey and as the clip below shows, Gary Busey made an out-of-the-audience guest appearance at the live show. It was a night to remember.

Movie Watching in Modern Times

In a space station that orbits the moon, a humble projectionist walks through futuristic hallways to his control booth that magically materializes out of the floor — and so starts the computer graphics-rich sci-fi short, ‘Modern Times.’