Riffing vs. Ripping

Belief — Pollinate

01: Chain Reaction


What Dark Designs Inspired What?

Street of Crocodiles
The Brothers Quay

Tool | Sober
Fred Stuhr & Adam Jones

Bonus Level:

Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies
The Brothers Quay

Tool | Prison Sex
Fred Stuhr & Adam Jones

Recommended Viewing:

Joel-Peter Witkin
Francis Bacon
Survival Research Laboratories

Nine Inch Nails | Closer
Director: Mark Romanek
Production Designer: Tom Foden

Hat tip: Nick Kushner

Don’t Just Steal From TV | Sample Everything | Cannibalize the World
This is the point.

Who Inspires Who[m]

Twilight by Gregory Crewdson ➔ Six Feet Under by HB

Originality is nothing more than judicious imitation.
— Voltaire

Robert Rauschenberg (1950s) ➔ David Carson (1990s)

The Way Things Go (1987, Peter Fischli & David Weiss) ➔ Honda “The Power of Dreams”

The secret of creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
— Albert Einstein
What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
— D.W.R. Inge

Michel Gondry
These DVDs are in the school library. Why haven’t you seen them?
See also: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), and all other Charlie Kaufman movies. Also everything Spike Jonze.

Kwadrat (Square) (1971, Zbig Rybcznski)

The Drink (Patrick Smith)

Nike “Evolution” (2004, Neill Blomkamp, for Wieden + Kennedy, Portland | VFX by The Embassy)
Yes, Neill Blomkamp of District 9 fame. He was 25 when he did the Nike spot…

“Inanimate objects need to be humanized to imbed in the global consciousness.”
Industrial revolution ➔ Maria / The Machine Man in Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang) ➔ Hajime Sorayama ➔ Björk All is Full of Love (Chris Cunningham)
See also: Director’s Label Series Boxed Set - The Works of Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, and Michel Gondry (Lllllllllibrary)

“Porn drives technology — VHS beat Beta because the adult industry chose VHS”
Turns out…

Roof Sex (PES)

Levis “Odyssey” (Jonathan Glazer, for BBH)
Psst! Library! Director’s Series Vol. 5 - Work of Director Jonathan Glazer (2005)

Visualize the Unheard
WTF is this commercial? I knew it, once upon a time…

Junior Senior - Move Your Feet (2003, Synola)

David Lynch on Lumière and Company (1995)

The Parallax View (1974, Alan J. Pakula)

Nike “Musical Chairs“ (2004, Wieden + Kennedy, Amsterdam)
Winner: 2004 Silver Clio — Apparel / Fashion & Editing

02: The Common Desk

Everything is a Remix

Remixing is a folk art but the techniques are the same ones used at any level of creation: copy, transform, and combine.

An exploration of the remix techniques involved in producing films. Part two of a four-part series.

Creativity isn't magic. Part three of this four-part series explores how innovations truly happen.

Our system of law doesn't acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren't so tidy. They're layered, they’re interwoven, they're tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality... the system starts to fail.

From TED.com: Nothing is original, says Kirby Ferguson, creator of Everything is a Remix. From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says our most celebrated creators borrow, steal and transform.