Saturday, February 28, 2009

You might want to take a seat....please meet John Galliano

Who else but....John Galliano

This is the epitome of what I absolutely love. It's theatrical, powerful, operatic, make belief, and captivating all rolled up into one. It's almost not fair =( he got to it before I did. He is older, but still. Ok, fine...fine I will have to state one day when I'm very famous that he was one of my favorite influences and who knows by then he might say the same about me. Don't ever stop dreaming and taking steps daily. All dreams are at the mercy of our minds...

John Galliano!!!! I'm so glad I found you!

These people, the costume, the makeup, the clothes, the props, the stage setup, the themes are literally STARIGHT OUT OF MY FANTASIES!!!! I cannot believe it! I pray to God I get to work with him one day and have him design my costumes for my movie. I love love love his work! He is fucking incredible! This is the world I want to create and play in every single day as a filmmaker.

Production Design for Cobrastyle

Something interesting is emerging and this picture here is part of the look and inspiration. A small peek into the brainstorming I'm doing for my next project. it's going to be very exciting!!! It will be released this summer!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Loree Rodkin

Loree Rodkin is a jewelry designer for the stars including the likes of Rhianna, Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Cher, Cody Diablo. Most importantly she has designed for Michelle Obama on four occasions including Election Night and the Inabural Ball. The above picture is a pair of earrings Rodkin designed for her. She says that her jewelry is a combination of modern and medieval styles of jewelry.

Operas and Production design


"Madame Butterfly" in Technicolor

It's such a sad story. I want to cut Pinkerton's balls off!

It is also one of the top 10 operas performed in the United States. I feel like filmmakers and production designers have a lot to learn from operas. The reason being that the overall visual element of the productions are magnificent and play an integral role in captivating the attention of the audience and making the story believable.

I love the quality of the production design in this ballet!

Le Reve!

There are not enough words to describe this masterpiece! The production design, the performance, the tricks, the story and the energy will blow you doubt! One of the greatest shows playing at The Wynn in Vegas right now! I was left speechless!!!! Some parts of the show seemed like a Michelangelo painting from the Sistine Chapel was coming undone from the ceiling and coming to life...completely surreal and so artistically powerful! The production was created by Franco Dragone who also did O, Mystere, La Nouba including other Vegas shows.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Edna's addiction for over a decade...since I was 12 hehe!

Armenian coffee.

There is something quite mysterious in the experience of having a cup. First, you are instantly wired and then you get the sudden urge to share your thoughts with someone you love or even strangers or become extremely giving of your creative energy and warm feelings about humanity and anything you are inspired by in that moment. Every time I drink it, I either want to call all the people I've been avoiding or work on something creative. It just makes me want to "do" because I become very present in that moment! It is a tool I use when I need to create.

How to make it: one teaspoon and a half for every Armenian coffee cup (which are tiny like espresso cups), one cup equivalent of water, stir and wait for the coffee to rise before taking it off the stove...and voi la! You can add one teaspoon of sugar while it's on the stove or drink it with a piece of chocolate or pastry. Then you turn over your cup with the coffee sediment left at the bottom of the cup. Make sure that when you turn over you cup, that you turn it in the direction facing your heart. As the sediments trickle down, they form shapes and images which can help tell your fortune.

I don't know if it works or not, but I had this one incredible experience after I had finish reading "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle. What I found was the above picture in my coffee cup. I see the image as me (to the left) praying with both hands and Eckhart Tolle (on the right) with his hand on my back probably telling me that it's going to be ok. I'm not religious, but spiritual and that book has really helped me more than anything else I have read or come across in regards to how to experience this life and what to make of it and how to pursue one's passions and dreams. So, obviously, you can imagine how shocked I was to see this image in my cup.

Ora's Art

One of my favorite local artists. She is a surrealist painter. I love her art and her graceful figures in each painting! I've had the opportunity to meet her and I can tell you that she is a very nice lady and is self taught!

Sinking My Teeth Into The Dada Movement

The Dada movement was a revolt against oppressive governments and a rejection of WWI. The people's sentiments where expressed through antiart. It was a time of liberation through defiance of what was the prevalent standard in the art world and its replacement was a natural explosion of creativity that pushed the art boundaries and introduced many different art forms, one of which was "performance art." This cultural movement took place in 1916 in Zurich initially at Cabaret Voltaire and then spread to the rest of Europe and lasted until 1923. There coincidentally was also a lesser violent movement of the same nature and of the same name in New York. The dada movement influenced what is now known as avant-garde, Surrealism, pop art, punk rock, etc! I'm so grateful of artists like Hugo Ball and many others who started this movement out of the need and passion to create beyond the limiting boundaries that their culture and societies had set. Artist are meant to be free to create out of their minds and souls instead of being a mere mechanism in a factory constructed by the limitations of societal standards.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I want to Pantomime!

Acting is spiritual and liberating!

Mighty Leaf....exquisite teas!

Served at many fine restaurants. The taste is truly a dream...I'd pick the vanilla Mighty Leaf tea over any coffee! Sensible taste gives way to a sensible solution...hence their biodegradable tea bags.

Stephen Jones...a world renowned British milliner!

First of all...I love his face and his expression!

He has made hats for popstars to princesses including Kylie Minogue, Dita Von Teese, and the Rolling Stones. He has been making these hand made hats since the eighties. He is one of the best in the world due to his exquisite craftsmanship and choice of the finest materials. Jones has also designed hats for the likes of Rei Kawakubo and Jean-Paul Gaultier and many other fashion designers. His lines include Model Millinery, Miss Jones and Jonesboy and Jones Girl exclusively for Japan.

Pan's Labyrinth!!! It's amazing!

Guillermo Del Toro is one of my favorite story tellers! He used to see fawns behind his grandmother's old grandfather's clock. He said that it would peek out it's head at 12 midnight...every night! Filmmakers are truly the first to live in the worlds they create.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Velvet Assassin....coming out this year.

Is Stealth Action video game for Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. It's currently under development in Germany, but should be out soon.

Love that tight butt! Somebody should make a movie out of this.

"Vicky Christina Barcelona" By Woody Allen

This film touches on a very sensitive topic which shines a light on some of the questions and concerns many of us face, if we are honest enough with ourselves, in regards to why we form certain relationships, why we stay in them and whether a monogamous relationship is truly right for everyone. Also, it highlights how some are willing to settle in relationships that are void of passion because of their inability to explore themselves deeper and find a relationship that is so fulfilling in every aspect.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Ima a Diva!

Any objections?!!

One of my favorite artist!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Heath Ledger wins the Oscar!

Heath Ledger not only gave an outstanding performance as "Joker" in "The Dark Night," but also gave a new meaning to being willing to die for what you love. Heath has won the battle each of us struggle with as an commit fully to our art and not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our dreams even if we should have to suffer after we have won.

Le Maison en Petits Cubes...won an Oscar for Best Animated Short FIlm.

Delicatessen 1991...One of my favorite movies!!!

Writer Gilles Adrien who also wrote "City of Lost Children" and director Jean-Pierre Jenuet who directed "Amelie." The humor in this film is unlike any other and the cast is fabulous, which includes Dominique Pinon!

Dominique Pinon

Ciara "CC"....Melina Matsoukas

Melian Matsoukas is a bad ass director! The video looks amazing and so does Ciara in her secretary and then futuristic robot outfit! Wow, look at what women can accomplish when they are liberated and not confined to the minds of some men who want to control them.

Makeup Forever....A Cult Following.

Makeup Forever was created in 1984 by Dany Sanz and Jacques Waneph. The first shop was in Paris that drew professionals from all over the world. Now the brand has 1,400 including 125 shadows, 100 lipsticks, and products for body painting and special effects. It is the brand of choice by industry professionals.

Dany Sanz

The most spiritual experience I have ever come across!!! It is the key to my creativity!

Reading the "Power of Now" and now his new book "A New Earth" by Echkart Tolle, an incredibly powerful non religious spiritual leader. His knowledge of the human spirit is so vast that it will awaken every cell in your body and change your purpose of existence!

Is somebody smiling?

Precisely! It's any owner of the Gran Turismo. They have a specially designed luxury luggage set by Salvatore Ferragamo to go along with their car. The collection offers a suitcase, a weekend bag, a beauty case, a garment holder and a dual function shoe case.

Vogue Italia! If I had a pet puddle, this is what we'd be doing...

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Photos by Tim Walker

Yay! Bunnies everywhere!

It's a swan! So beautiful!

Rapunzel! Except she has a long gown instead of long hair.

He is one of my favorite photographers