Images of inspiration: The visual genealogy of Kon, Jodorowsky and Friedrich

Watch this video essay by Tony Zhou about filmmaker and animator Satoshi Kon (h/t Robin Sloan on Snarkmarket).

First off, Zhou’s piece is absolutely wonderful.

One thing I find particularly fascinating is when you’re shown the original scene and a scene inspired by it — e.g. Inception and Black Swan.

The documentary “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” which I watched last weekend thanks to Sandro Mairata, offers similar examples in the context of science fiction, which are mentioned near the end of the trailer (1:42) — e.g. Alien, Blade Runner and The Matrix.

It also reminds me of “The 19th Century Painting That Most Blockbuster Movie Posters Are Based On.”

Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich
Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich (Courtesy Wikipedia)

It would be awesome to have a tool that maps the genealogy of visual imagery. Maybe something to incorporate into the Visipedia project.

Tell me: What are some other works that reveal the visual inspiration of a painting or a movie scene?

This piece is based on my comment on Robin’s Snarkmarket post.

News Foo session pitches

I’m here in Phoenix for the first-ever News Foo camp (what’s a Foo Camp?). I’ve pitched two sessions for this afternoon based on ideas I’ve been thinking about lately:

I’ve been meaning to write about these once the ideas are baked a little bit more, so stay tuned for more details.

BarCamp NewsInnovation Philly: Separating content from production

Looking at what Gazette Communications in Iowa is doing.

BarCamp NewsInnovation Miami live blog, video and Twitter embeds galore!

BarCamp NewsInnovation Miami is today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Anokha in Coconut Grove (or the Mayfair Hotel). I just feel like shouting: Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

For past coverage of other NewsInnovation events:

Live blog

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Live video (hopefully)

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