Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Jeremy Scott's Attack on High Fashion

            Jeremy Scott is an American born fashion designer and creative director of the Italian House of Moschino. He is most known for his collaboration with Adidas footwear and the Moschino brand. Many other know Jeremy Scott as the collaborative designer for artists such as Katy Perry, Rihanna and k-pop star 2NE1. He is quoted to be the first designer to "pull the two worlds of high fashion together with this ultimate pop/ commercial/ world-renowned music".

            Jeremy Scott is known to be influenced by music in his creative process. He states that music “ is part of the whole creative process of fashion”, underlining how the juxtapositions are what he likes to focus on. He explains how " this idea of things that don't normally go together, or we find unexpected together or something that has this twist-- that's what excites... and inspires" his creative process. He also explains how he pulls the significant elements of his life when he is designing a new line. This explains his first show after signing with Italian house of Moschino. His line was mainly about McDonalds fast food label. He explained that he chose this overarching theme to embrace the fast fashion element as well as his attempt to convey joy that McDonalds has on many people's everyday life.

Jeremy Scott did not automatically start as a big C creative. He had his fair share of hustling in the fashion industry moving to Paris after graduating from Pratt Institute in fashion design. He started from sleeping in the metro from time to time until given the opportunity to present his works. Without much luck he decided to create and launch his own brand. But he managed to cement his reputation in the fashion industry as a "cult label" and as a way of protesting, ultimately landing him the spot of creative director for Moschino. His fame in Asia is especially prominent, it's as though he has built himself an empire, selling out almost instantly after a new line is introduced.

kevin abstract


Born Ian Simpson on July 16, 1996, Texas Native rapper, singer, songwriter, and director, Kevin Abstract is establishing himself as a voice of his generation. His fearlessness in expressing his experience as a bisexual African American male is invigorating. As a solo artist and in his collaboration with rap group, Brockhampton, Kevin writes and performs compassionate lyrics that inspire listeners to treat each other with respect regardless of gender, race, or sexuality.

Kevin Abstract is no stranger to the cultural and institutionalized prejudice experienced by gay people and people of color. He raps and sings about friends and family members, particularly his mother, who ignore his sexual identity and shame him for producing music that speaks on these issues. His personal experiences with prejudice have allowed him insight to create music that voices perspectives from a variety of people who are oppressed in a variety of ways.

Who knows if Kevin Abstract would have risen to such success without the collaborative success of Brockhampton. As the leader of the group and one of its founders, Kevin is part of a modern, multi-cultural, mega-sized version of 90s rap groups like Wu-Tang Clan, OutKast, and Public Enemy. Mixing styles and perspectives Kevin Abstract and Brockhampton are releasing music that emulates the voice and expression of an emotionally-repressed and frustrated generation.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Michael Bay: Filmmaking Genius

Michael Bay is an American Director known for his fast-paced, high budget action films. His films frequently make use of fast, frenetic cutting and reliance on special effects and have grossed over 7.8 billion dollars worldwide. While highly successful his films have been consistently derided by critics. Despite this, Bay’s film have had a remarkable influence on modern day filmmaking.

Michael Bay was born in Los Angeles on February 17, 1965. When Bay was child he once blew up a toy train with firecrackers in his backyard.He filmed the whole the incident with an 8 millimeter camera and credits this with sparking his interest in action films. After seeing the film, Raiders of the Lost Ark in theatres Bay decided he wanted to become a filmmaker.
While Michael Bay’s Films have been critically panned throughout his career, many have noted that Bay has developed a tight and instantly recognisable style sometimes known as “Bayhem”. Even those who hold Great disdain for his films have admitted that Bay’s frenetic style of filmmaking has greatly influenced the modern filmmaking visual language. Scott Foundas editor of a highbrow film magazine said: “You know within a few seconds of watching his movie that it’s a Michael Bay movie and beyond that there’s no question that he’s influenced the visual language of the contemporary Hollywood blockbuster in a major way.” Bay’s style of filmmaking involves extremely fast cuts that often eschew classical composition rules. Senior Film Critic, Peter Debruge has said that “Michael Bay has recognized the energy of an action sequence can replace the logic of it.”. Rather than film shots for just a general continuation of ideas, Bay uses the cuts themselves to enhance the emotion and kinetic energy happening onscreen.
I think that Michael Bay is a big C creative. Looking at any modern superhero movie one can see the director’s influence all over. Movies like Man of Steel, are loaded with rapid cuts and a plethora of destructive, characteristics lifted right from the Bay school of filmmaking.


104 Days of Summer Vacation

"One night in a Pasadena restaurant in the mid-’90s, the animator Dan Povenmire doodled a simple cartoon on the butcher paper covering his table: a triangle-headed boy with a pair of round bubble eyes and a mouth agape in nervous alarm. “I tore that piece off and told my wife, ‘This is the show I'm going to sell.’ ” -

Phineas and Ferb first aired on Disney Channel 10 years ago in 2007. It became almost and immediate success and kids across the world become familiar with the stepbrothers who spent their summer vacation in the most creative ways possible. The theme song says it all: "There's 104 days of summer vacation, And school comes along just to end it, So the annual problem for our generation, Is finding a good way to spend it..."

Dan Povenmire teamed up with Jeff Marsh to imagine the sketch into a bigger and more complex world. Early attempts to pitch the show failed but Dan and Jeff didn't give up and kept a portfolio of Phineas and Ferb ideas for 13 years. Finally, they convinced Disney to let them create a pilot and the show was picked up for 26 episodes.

Dan began drawing when he was just two years old while Jeff didn't get into animation until he was 28 and hired to draw backgrounds for the Simpsons.

The two have said they've had their fair share of creative disagreements: for example, their biggest deciding how many times Perry the Platypus should punch Doofenshmirtz.

The show is extremely fomulaic " Phineas and Ferb must build something awesome, Candace must try and fail to bust them, Doofenshmirtz must build and then be foiled by an ill-conceived ’inator, Perry must find a cool new way to vanish into Monogram’s lair, etc."

However, within this formula, Dan and Jeff find a way to have a lot of freedom and produce a truly creative show.

Bionic Man

Hugh Herr

Hugh Herr was the best rock climber on the east coast at age 17. He embarked on an adventurous hike with a friend on Mount Washington, known for severe weather, and the two were trapped in a snowstorm with negative 20-degree weather. They were found only four days later and Herr's severe frostbite resulted in amputation of both of his legs. His friend lost a legs and fingers as well. Herr was outraged and disappointed but also stubborn and not ready to accept his fate. Though doctors told Herr he would never climb again, his creativity and intrinsic motivation to climb helped him create advances to continue his passion. 

Herr began to experiment with prosthetics because the prosthetics at the time looked like legs but did not function like the ones he wanted as an athletic young man. Herr attended MIT and Harvard and created prosthetic legs that were unique to activities he was involved in, such as adding blades for climbing. Hugh was the first to create bionic limbs the actually emulated the function of natural limbs and allowed for activities like running. He is a divergent thinker who was able to see past prosthetics as a worse replacement to an actual limb but turned them into a technology that made his own life and the lives of others exceptional. Herr provided hope for millions of other with physical disabilities and changed the field of prosthetics completely. His breakthrough advances and over 150 peer-reviewed papers and patents changed physical ability not only for people in his condition but also for caretakers and individuals for a variety of disabilities by creating the first autonomous exoskeleton. 

“The artificial part of my body is beyond immortal. It’s improving with time.” –Hugh Herr

Hugh Herr is a big C creative. He has completely revolutionized science, medicine, and athletics by changing what was once considered a disability  and creating technologies that now break athletic records that will last and grow over time. Herr is now an associate professor and leader of the Biomechatronics research group at MIT. He continues to go on runs around MIT daily and to work toward even more improvements in bionics.