Victory of Women!

VictoryOfWomen

(Way off topic, anyways!) How’s this for “Cool Japan”?  

The world has watched horrendous scandal regarding verbal violence in Japanese government. Beautiful Ayaka Shiomura, member of opposition “Your Party” (Everyone’s party?)  became victim of sexist remarks that were bad enough to blow headlines in Japanese media.

This article in AJW sums it up:

“The fact that the words and deeds were by someone in a public capacity reveals that human rights awareness within Japanese society has not yet reached international standards.”

I remember beautiful movie by Kenji Mizoguchi in 1946, that handled exactly this very topic, called “Victory of Women”. When the film was released it faced hard criticism during the time, but man, that film was made in 1946. Not much has maybe changed in fucking 68 years, but from now hopefully and certainly will.

Women are the most beautiful thing ever happened to this entire damn planet. Society which doesn’t respect women is a mistaken society.

Here is link to the film in MUBI, please check it out
https://mubi.com/films/the-victory-of-women

Regarding 4K

Many creators are discovering that downrezzing 4K footage to 1080p for example, will yield better image quality than if shot with native 1080p camera. Especially in terms of overall sharpness, dynamic range and detail. For what I have seen, I concur, with a pinch of salt.

Before we throw our 5D Mark II and expensive lens collection to dust bin, I think  there are couple of things to consider.

  • Overhead of conversion of 4K files, practical aspect of editing
  • Optical quality of the lens
  • Available lens selection
  • Quality of the sensor of the camera
  • Camera rig / audio / etc.

If all these are taken into account and the workflow is practical, why not? However, I still think nothing beats optical qualities of the lens, mainly aperture size, bokeh quality etc. in DSLR filmmaking.

Jinmo

jinmo

My dear friend, and a mentor. A true creator without limits. Meeting him really changed my life and my understanding of life and art, “self” and “soul”.

Usually artists seem to shy technology, especially digital. Artists seem to often choose what’s classic, antique or well documented. Jinmo instead embraces all new technologies in his acoustic and optic art, he absorbs anything what helps him to create, including using foc.us transcranial headset when composing music and his super modern Jinmoid guitar. Or his use of wireless microscope in his Nano Zen work in our joint exhibition “Rapport of Super Senses” last year. He is a true pioneer.

I find it so refreshing how his music can be both purely avant-garde but also melodic. This intriguing combination can be heard in his earlier album series “For my new friends”. For My New Friends Vol 1. starts with song St.Mika, organic seven minutes long ambient piece. “Takako” is a dreamy, huge piece with haunting vocal. Then “Sky Church” is something more casual, although original and typically “Jinmo”.

I find it beautiful how Jinmo also uses elements of Japanese traditional arts in his works, calligraphy, for example played important role in his work “Ascension Spectacle”. The way how he incorporates these elements is so honest. He doesn’t hide his Japanese roots. Then, in his optic works, it’s easy to see influence for H.R. Giger. He is like this huge filter picking anything he likes, and then creating original new work. He is a true conductor.

If there would be any barrier or obstacle between him and his creation,  he would just walk around it never stopping.

My preconceived notion about tortured artist, especially in world of avant-garde, couldn’t have been more misplaced. My first impression from his was a man who has true balance. He is a funny guy to be around with, and he truly seems to enjoy his everyday work and life. This is very very rare in the world of artists.

I am putting together a movie of interviews and events surrounding Jinmo. Please check out for more: https://vimeo.com/73071711

Jinmo’s official site: http://www.jinmo.com

Retina Macbook Pro Early Impressions

So it happened that my boy spilled some orange juice on my 13″ old Macbook Pro. The beverage found it’s way inside the machine through the air vents in the display hinge. Display stopped working. Since fixing it would likely mean replacing the logic board, and the machine was starting to show it’s age anyway, I thought I might just as well buy new machine. I was first thinking about Macbook Air 13″ which would be a nice replacement to my old machine.

But when I saw the retina display MacBooks, I just thought, heck, since I’m buying new machine, why not to buy a proper notebook computer.

I chose 15″ retina Macbook Pro with default configuration, 8 gigs of ram, 256 SSD and Quad Core i7. (Late 2013).

I have now used the machine for five days, and I am very impressed. The display is amazing. It’s not only sharp, but also displays accurate colours. Perhaps the colours are not as rich as in my professional Mitsubishi monitor, but they seem to be very accurate even without calibration. Glare is very well under control, in fact it’s hard to notice any glare even in brightly lit rooms. Viewing angle is amazingly wide.

Machine is superfast. Applications start almost instantly. Booting up happens in seconds.

I edited couple of interviews with FCPX and there was no delays or dropped frames. Exporting to Vimeo was very fast. I am yet to try multiple simultaneous video tracks but there is no doubt that this machine will outperform my old Mac Pro Quad Core Xeon what comes to video editing.

8 gigs of ram might be kind of limiting, and it’s the only thing that I am slightly worried about. We’ll have to see how well Maverick’s dynamic memory compression is going to work.

I will write complete review of this machine after I have put it into more serious use. My first impression however, is very very positive.