Film Director Portraits That Combine the Filmmaker’s Faces With Scenes From Their Films

Film Director Posters by Julian Rentzsch and stellavie

Famous film directors are depicted in beautiful illustrations that combine their faces with scenes from their films in an ongoing poster project by artist Julian Rentzsch and design studio stellavie. So far the series includes Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, and David Lynch. The studio is running a poll to choose the next director to illustrate.

Film Director Posters by Julian Rentzsch and stellavie

Film Director Posters by Julian Rentzsch and stellavie

Film Director Posters by Julian Rentzsch and stellavie

Film Director Posters by Julian Rentzsch and stellavie

photos via stellavie

via My Modern Metropolis

PBS Announces That Season Six Will Be the Final Season of ‘Downton Abbey’

Downton Abbey Cast

The producers of Downton Abbey have announced that season six of the show, which is set to premiere in January 2016, will be the final season of the wonderful series that tell the story of the many trials, tribulations, and joys of the aristocratic Crawley family and all those who come in contact with them on their country estate in Yorkshire, UK.

Carnival Films and MASTERPIECE on PBS announced on March 26, 2015, that Season 6 will be the final season of the hit drama series Downton Abbey. Carnival’s Managing Director and Executive Producer of Downton Abbey, Gareth Neame said, “Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and ‘Downton’ is no exception. We wanted to close the doors of Downton Abbey when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans. We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up…”

A sad day indeed! After all, who can replace the Dowager Countess’ etiquette lessons, whether wanted or not?

image via PBS

via WNET 13

A Stop-Motion Animation Featuring a Life-Sized Artist’s Mannequin Moving Around a Public Square in Wales

A life-sized wooden artist’s mannequin walks around a square in Aberystwyth, Wales in this stop-motion animation created by artist Anton Hecht. Hecht and his collaborators enlisted members of the public to help adjust the mannequin for each animation frame. The animation was created as part of an installation at Aberystwyth Arts Centre gallery.

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‘Tour Eiffel’, Photo Series Capturing the Eiffel Tower as Viewed Through the Windows of Different Paris Apartments

Tour Eiffel 7

In his photo series Tour Eiffel, photographer Jasper White has captured the fantastic elegance of the Eiffel Tower as it is viewed from different apartments all around Paris. White said that he embarked upon this project because of his love of Paris and how the distinctive landmark connects the city’s residents, all of whom are able to gaze upon it at the same time.

I wanted to see how it was viewed from the many different residents of Paris, who can see it from their apartment windows, all around the city. Each window frames the tower from a different distance and angle, allowing it to play a role alongside the objects within the room, almost like a fairy tale castle in a children’s book. Whilst viewing the tower from different apartments, the viewer has a sense of experiencing part of the residents’ lives, sharing a connection with others who can also see it.

Tour Eiffel 1

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Tour Eiffel 8

Tour Eiffel 9

photos by Jasper White

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The 30th Annual April Fools’ Day Parade in New York City

New York City April Fools' Day Parade

Veteran prankster Joey Skaggs has announced New York City’s 30th Annual April Fools’ Day Parade, scheduled for April 1, 2015. This year’s theme is “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” and the grand marshal will be Mayor Bill de Blasio.

We’re 30 and proud of it! New York’s spectacular April Fools’ Day Parade kicks into its fourth decade of hilarious irreverence, poking fun at the past year’s public displays of hype, hypocrisy, deceit, bigotry, and downright foolishness. Nothing and no one is sacred. Our satire knows no bounds. In honor of our 30th year, we’ll be giving 30 lucky revelers free cartoon interpretations of their favorite taboo religious icons, picked at random at the end of the parade in Washington Square Park.

image via Joey Skaggs

‘Boneshaker Big Wheel’, A Penny-Farthing-Style Cycle With a Pedal-Powered Walking Drive System

The Boneshaker Big Wheel is a wooden kinetic sculpture that combines the big front wheel of a penny-farthing bicycle and an articulating “walking” drive system inspired by the Strandbeest sculptures of artist Theo Jansen. It can be pedaled by a rider much like a penny-farthing. Artist Ron Schroer created the sculpture for the 2014 OneSpark festival in Jacksonville, Florida.

Theo Jansen Strandbeest Cycle by Ron Schroer

Theo Jansen Strandbeest Cycle by Ron Schroer

photos via Ron Schroer

via Gadgetify, The Awesomer