Sunday, May 20, 2018

Taylor Swift

     Taylor Swift is the first American Singer I knew when I came to the U.S. I like her and I think I want to share my feeling with others because I found a lot of her songs are so real, it's something you can find connections in your life, at least I do. The lyrics are very attractive because of their true feelings. And you will find that people who like Taylor's lyrics are generally more emotional, sensitive. True feelings, this we all understand. a lot of words written in her songs are the stories of her and her boyfriends. They all have Taylor's own emotions in it. Many people think that her character was simple, immature, and self-willed, which caused the lyrics become so real. Although Taylor Swift has grown from a country girl to a strong woman, many people don't like the new Taylor compare with old Taylor, I like the old Taylor more, but I just want to share some of my opinions. 




This is her own website, it has music videos, news, and concert schedule, everything you want to know about her.

This is her youtube page, all the video about old and new Taylor is in there.

If you want to learn something general about her, this is a good place to learn some basic information about Taylor.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Rihanna

Rihanna is a huge inspiration to me. Not only is she a very talented singer and songwriter, she's outspoken about social issues that are important to her and uses her songs and stardom as a platform for that. She also has a very likable personality and I think a lot of her fans enjoy her very real personality that doesn't seem fake or like she's trying to be someone she isn't. One thing i like quite a bit about her is that she has started to act in the movies in the last few years and she's quite good. So i'm looking forward to seeing how she grows in this aspect.


http://www.rihannanow.com/
This is her personal site that has a lot of information on her, including pictures and songs. I especially like the background she'll give on some of her songs and her inspiration for them.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oceans-8-costume-designer-talks-wardrobing-rihanna-cate-blanchett-fashionable-film-1095775
Here's some background on the new Ocean's 8, movie which features 8 female protagonists, one of which is Rihanna. As i said above, this is something that is relatively new for her and it'll be interesting to see where she takes this.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rihanna
This page just has some general information about her career and life not from Rihanna's own viewpoint. Her family life is pretty interesting to hear about.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Lin-Manuel Miranda

1.Lin-Manuel Miranda

2. http://www.linmanuel.com/bio
This is general biography of Miranda's life up until this point. It includes his experience as an actor, composer, and singer.

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/amp20091493/lin-manuel-miranda-and-family-interview-june-july-2018/
This article talks about Miranda's contributions to his community and the involvement he and his family have in providing programs for children for the arts.

https://www.broadwayworld.com/people/Lin-Manuel-Miranda/
This website talks about all the awards and recognitions he has received.

3. Lin-Manuel Miranda has changed the way Broadway perceives musical theater. He scored his first Broadway musical in 2008, Into the Heights, and won four Tony awards for that show. He then went on to compose a whole new style of musical, all in hip hop and rap, which had never been attempted before. His musical, Hamilton, took over the world by storm and inspired a new audience to discover and appreciate his hard work on this new form of art. He truly is an amazing composer, but he also starred as the leading role of Alexander Hamilton. He is a gifted rapper and singer and he has made monumental steps for the whole Broadway community.

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Ryan Woodward



Ryan Woodward is not a very well known artist, however, I found him about 5 years ago and fell in love with his style,  his broad set of artistic skill, and the pieces of work he has created. Some of my favorite pieces include the following. As an illustrator, he created the graphic novel "Bottom of the Ninth" which was made for the iPad. Alongside that, Woodward is most known for his animation skills; his talent has been used in various movies including The Iron Giant, Space Jam, and Osmosis Jones.
He also is a well known and advent storyboard artist for many different movies including the Avengers, Cowboys and Aliens, and a various amount of others. In his line of work, Woodward was able to be nominated 3 times in Excellence in Production Design Award for his fantasy films. Below I have features his animated work "Thought of You" which is by far my favorite piece of art that he has created. It blends together Animation and Dance to create a wonderfully pleasing and emotional. I personally connect with this animation because I consider myself an artist and an avid dancer. The first time I watch it I was brought to tears and I still enjoy watching it over an over. Here are some websites that give more insight to this wonderful artist.

My favorite animation "Thought Of You"

http://ryanwoodwardart.com/

This is his official website. It's basically an online portfolio containing all of his work and explaining where an why he was lead to do most of the jobs he has previously done. I love exploring this website looking at all of the illustrations and animations he has created.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0940985/

This is an official list of all the movies Woodward was involved in. This includes as a storyboard artist and as an animator. It also explains his three nominations for Excellence in Production Design Award.

http://chrisoatley.com/ryan-woodward/

This is an interview with the artist after he finished his graphic novel "Bottom of the Ninth". He also talks a little bit about his well-known animation "Though of You" and his storyboarding with big movies. It's a great way to get to know him personally.


Sofia Coppola


I find Sofia Coppola to be both a compelling and incredible film director for many reasons. Some of my favorite movies she has produced include Marie Antoinette, The Virgin Suicides, and The Bling Ring. Aspects that I find make her a great director include her very distinct aesthetic which can be clearly seen throughout all of her films. Themes and patterns she uses to portray her aesthetic include the use of soft, natural lighting and a pastel color pallet, all of which create a very dreamlike atmosphere. Coppola also uses music as a strong way to link her characters to the overall theme of her movies as well. I find all of these qualities appealing because it not only speaks to my own sense of aesthetics, but it also has an overall refreshing and visually pleasing quality that is not often found in films. Because she is considered an "indi-filmmaker," her movies aren't usually shown in bigger movie theaters, which is why I encourage people to check her out. As female directors often don't get recognized, Coppola is a very talented filmmaker that has created many interesting and entertaining films and should be acknowledged more for her work.


https://www.britannica.com/biography/Sofia-Coppola

The above link gives background information about Coppola, including aspects such as her family, how she started to get interested in the film industry, and various films she has produced. An interesting detail I learned from this website was that in 1994 she helped to co-launch a fashion line in Japan called Milk Fed.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/jul/02/sofia-coppola-beguiled-i-never-felt-i-had-to-fit-into-the-majority-view-interview

The above link is an interview Coppola did with The Guardian where she discusses her most recent haunting film, The Beguiled. It also goes into detail about various themes Coppola experiments with in the film and different perspectives it portrays.

https://www.interviewmagazine.com/film/sofia-coppola

Th link above discusses Coppola's various films and goes into more detail about the inspiration behind her work. Coppola talks specially about the creating of The Bing Ring, which is based on the true events of a couple of teenagers robbing rich neighborhoods to stay "on-trend."



                                                                                              

                                         Ben Howard 

        Ben Howard is an English singer-songwriter. He is also know as being a musical composer. I was first introduced to Ben Howard in my sophomore year of high school. A friend of mine showed me his song called I Forgot Where We Were. I remember growing up and going on night drives that consisted of listening to Ben Howard. Ben Howard's music is very soft and uses a lot of guitar. I would classify his music as folk or indie folk with ambient rock. I really enjoy his music because it makes me reflect on my life and experiences that I have had in life. I usually gravitate to music that is "slower" and not as upbeat/happy. Some of his songs are more upbeat like Keep Your Head Up, while others like Promise have a slower rhythm and softer tone. I really enjoy how Ben Howard uses music to express the heartbreaks and trials that he has had in his life. I have an easy time connecting to the music, which makes it all that more enjoyable to listen to. I really recommend giving a couple of his songs a listen if you enjoy "calm" and music that brings you back to a certain moment in your life. 


Other Links about Ben Howard

Information about Ben Howard's biography (age, hometown, etc)
Cite:  “Ben Howard Age, Hometown, Biography.” Last.fm, www.last.fm/music/Ben+Howard/+wiki.

Here is a link to give you a chance to listen to some of his music 
Cite: YouTube, YouTube, www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ben%2Bhoward.

What is coming up for Ben Howard ( new music )
Cite: Roisin O'Connor Music Correspondent. “Ben Howard Releases First New Music in Four Years, Announces Album 'Noonday Dream'.” The Independent, Independent Digital News and Media, 5 Apr. 2018

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Jeremy Zuckerman

  
Jeremy Zuckerman is an American composer and musician. His most notable works include Nickelodeon's Avatar the last Airbender and its sequel, The Legend of Korra. Other works include, Kung Fu Panda Legends of Awesomeness and most recently MTV's Scream. I really enjoy his music, because when I was young, one of my favorite shows was Avatar the Last Airbender. I think that the music behind Avatar and The Legend of Korra are very powerful. The music does an excellent job of conveying what emotions are being felt by the characters on the screen. When it's a happy, you know that the scene is a happy scene, and when it's sad you know it's sad and so forth. His music from the TV series Avatar and Legend of Korra, and Kung Fu Panda Legends of Awesomeness incorporates Asian-based instruments that are not typically heard in American made TV shows. Like any good musician, you can tell that a lot of time and thought went into writing and composing each sound track. His music is relaxing and soothing to listen to, making it very easy to listen for hours on end.



This is his main website where you can learn about his back ground and some of the works he has made and a few of the TV shows that he had written the musical scores for.
http://www.jeremyzuckerman.com/

This is a link to his soundcloud page where you can listen to his musical pieces including his works for Avatar and Korra along with other of his musical compositions:




Here is a link where Jeremy talks about working on The Legend of Korra and how he got started in the music business:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3AuGdzLucI