This was my experimental short film in response to the brief and walk around Margate. I wanted to use this exercise to experiment as much as possible and discover the potential of editing capabilities through Premiere Pro. After the class screening and crit I now have a clearer vision on how to develop these experiments into something more refined and create a stronger more consistent identity throughout the entirety of the film.

My next goal is to resolve a more purposeful visual strategy from these experimentations. I’ll capture graphical elements (line/form/pattern/texture etc) from the environment around me which I’ll edit further into monochrome, blocky elements. These visual elements will be further emphasised and complimented by a musical/spoken word composition.

Below, are the original/unedited images used in the short film.


1946 … Nescafe! by Victor Keppler

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Victor Keppler (1904-1987) was an award-winning American commercial photographer.

Keppler was born in New York City on September 30th. He is best known for his commercial photography, which won him numerous awards throughout his career.

Keppler was a pioneer in the world of commercial advertising, and made a name for himself as one of the foremost artists in colour advertising photography. Using the carbro colour process, he mastered techniques drawn from the latest trends in other visual art mediums to make images that were fresh and modern.

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Reid Miles, Blue Note Records

Reid Miles, Blue Note Records
Album cover for Larry Young, Unity
Year: 1966
Medium: Lithograph

Dimensions: 12 x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
Credit: Committee on Architecture and Design Funds

Over the period of 12 years, American designer Reid Miles created over 500 LP covers for the jazz label Blue Note Records. Some of the covers represent the absolute gold standard of modernist typography and are widely recognized as the best-designed record sleeves in the history of jazz.

​​Miles’ first record was Milt Jackson and the Thelonious Monk Quintet (also known as BLP 1509). Over the next decade, Miles created a distinctive style for hard bop records, using tinted black-and-white photographs, sans-serif fonts (sometimes printed by letterpress) and a limited palette that, except for black and white, often consisted of a single color. Miles’ major influence came from all the usual suspects: the Bauhaus and the Swiss. 

Concrete poetry — Britannica definition
Concrete poetry, poetry in which the poet’s intent is conveyed by graphic patterns of letters, words, or symbols rather than by the meaning of words in conventional arrangement. The writer of concrete poetry uses typeface and other typographical elements in such a way that chosen units—letter fragments, punctuation marks, graphemes (letters), morphemes (any meaningful linguistic unit), syllables, or words (usually used in a graphic rather than denotative sense)—and graphic spaces form an evocative picture.

I am particularly drawn to the square format, playful type and colours.
I like the interplay and connection between music and artwork.