Artists create abstract idents for BBC Four


Sebastian Buerkner - BBC Four IdentA group of Turner Prize artists has created idents for BBC Four’s new abstract season.

‘BBC Four Goes Abstract: When Art Broke Free’ sees original idents by Laure Prouvost, John Smith, Sebastian Buerkner, and James Richards aired in between programmes.

Each artist takes inspiration from a different aspect of television, with Prouvost, Buerkner, and Smith deconstructing the traditional BBC Four ident, and Richards using ‘nostalgic and grainy’ filmic techniques.

The four idents will continue to be used after the ‘When Art Broke Free’ season and you can take a look at them here – tell us which one is your favourite.

Cycling Under The Sea


Cycling under the seaChris Froome has become the first person to cycle through the Eurotunnel, an achievement filmed by car manufacturer Jaguar.

The Tour de France champion cycled through the service tunnel in just 55 minutes, reaching speeds of up to 65km per hour.

The two minute film was released during the British stage of the Tour de France and was anticipated by Jaguar’s #KeepPushing hashtag.

Jaguar has been supplying vehicles to Britain’s Team Sky since 2010 and signed an official partnership deal this year.

Watch Chris Froome in action below and let us know what you think of the film.

The Power of Visual Communication


The Power of Visual CommunicationDid you know that 93% of all communication is nonverbal? Or that cave painting was introduced by the Cro-Magnons? These facts and more are revealed in an infographic, entitled ‘The Power of Visual Communication’.

The infographic, by animation agency Wyzowl, also covers prehistoric knowledge, a timeline of visual styles and how the human mind processes information.

Other statistics such as America’s advertising spend are also included in the infographic.

Take a look at the whole chart here and tell us if you know any other interesting facts about visual communication.

Monochrome photos given a new life in colour


Colourised photosIt’s easy to view history in shades of grey when so many historic photographs and films are in monochrome or sepia, but the trend for digitally colourising old pictures is catching on.

Professional and amateur artists painstakingly research the context of black and white photos to ensure that the colours and textures they restore are as historically accurate as possible. If they can’t know for sure, the colouriser uses their judgement and sense of colour to fill in the gaps.

Famous photographs that have been colourised include ones of Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, and a newspaper boy selling news of the Titanic.

Take a look at twenty colourised photos here and tell us what you think of them.

YouTube gains British Pathé archive


British PathéBritish Pathé has entered into an historic partnership with YouTube, which means its entire archive will be shareable for the first time.

The company, which documented news and events from 1910 to 1976, is also working with Mediakraft Networks to distribute the 85,000 videos in the archive.

British Pathé covered world-changing events in the 20th Century, including the World Wars, Emily Davison’s death at the 1913 Derby and the start of teenage pop culture.

The CEO of British Pathé, Roger Felber, said: “We have found the best conditions to ensure that our archive content will continue to act as a pioneer in moving images and retain its heritage for future generations.”

Take a look at the British Pathé website here and let us know what you think about the company’s latest move – is it time to open up the archive?

Trio of famous British actors star in #GoodToBeBad campaign


UK car manufacturer Jaguar has added some English elegance to America’s Super Bowl with its ‘#GoodToBeBad’ advertising campaign.

Jaguar’s advert sees actors Tom Hiddleston, Ben Kingsley and Mark Strong sweep through London for a rendezvous while exploring why Brits make the best villains. Style, sophistication and the famed ‘stiff upper lip’ are all mentioned, but they decide that driving Jaguars is the clincher.

Oscar winner Tom Hooper (The Damned United, The King’s Speech) directed the advert, which was devised by Spark44.

Spark44’s managing director, Simon Binns, said: “Jaguar produces the most stylish premium performance cars and British actors create the most convincing and powerful villains in Hollywood movies. So we felt the archetypal British villain and the new Jaguar F-Type were made for each other.”

Watch the advert below and tell us what you think – do Brits make the best villains?

Fascinating video shows London in 1927 and 2013


The steps of a pioneer from 1927 have been retraced to demonstrate how London has, and hasn’t, changed over the past century.

Simon Smith recreated Claude Friese-Greene’s journey across Britain. The famous cinematographer captured the hubbub of London life in the Roaring Twenties and Smith aimed to match every shot.

Smith said: ‘Over the past six months, I have attempted to capture every one of his shots, standing in his footsteps, and using modern equivalents of his camera and lenses. This has been a personal study that has revealed how little London has changed.’

The BFI-restored 1927 film is placed next to the 2013 footage and includes famous landmarks such as The Cenotaph and the Houses of Parliament, showing a city that has moved with the times and yet has retained its unique charm.

Take a look at the fascinating video below and tell us what you think.

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