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Scottish designer Geoffrey Mann turned the famous quarrel scene from the 1999 Sam Mendes' film ‘American Beauty' into a video: Geoff was invited to participate in a five year research project, Past, Present & Future Craft Practice (PPFCP), based at the University of Dundee in Scotland.
The craft practices project was sound: he said he was particularly intrigued with the idea of ‘getting caught in the crossfire’ and the unseen effect of sound on objects. What kind of artifacts would sound, say for example, an argument leave on an object if it were made visible? So in thinking about the project, he asks: where do arguments happen? Well, often at the dinner table they do. So he had the idea to create a scene at a dinner table. It’s elegant and perfect, but there’s something wrong. The dinnerware gets caught in the crossfire of the dinner conversation.
So he made this incredible dinnerware set. And though it is superbly real looking, it was entirely fabricated using 3-D animation. Here is final video he made, using a table-side argument between Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening from American Beauty.
Via Play Gallery