Poster Alexey Hong Kong CityU

 
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I will be giving a talk at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, on Friday 23 November at 4pm, about how cinema shapes our perception of our own world.
 
Alexey Marfin: The Neon-Lit Streets of Cinema
 
What does ‘the future’ look like? You could be forgiven for thinking of a dense neon-lit cityscape, a cross-breed of Shibuya and Kowloon Walled City, during a perpetual rainy night. But why do we have these associations? This particular vision of ‘the future’ appeared in 1980s movies because that was the rise of Japan as a superpower, during the personal electronics boom, when we walked around with Sony Walkmans, and neon signs illuminated streets across the world. Today we find ourselves in a very different society, with different hopes and fears – Japan as a rising superpower has given way to India or China, and even neon lights have been mostly replaced with LED ones – but these 1980s science-fiction cities still persist in our collective consciousness; once again confirmed in recent Hollywood blockbusters. The cities of cinema are mirrors of society at the time when they were written, but they also leave a tremendous cultural legacy for decades, shaping how we see our own world.
11月23日星期五下午四點,我將於香港城市大學創意媒體學院舉辦一個關於電影如何塑造我們對世界認知的講座。
 
馬樂思:熒幕上的霓虹街道
 
閉上眼,想象一下“未來的世界”是什麽樣的?你的腦海裏首先浮現的會不會是這樣的一個畫面,夜空中飄落著淅瀝的小雨,你站在一個高樓林立的十字路口,仿佛是澀谷和九龍城寨的混合體,四處豎立著霓虹燈的廣告牌。但是,你有沒有想過,為什麽我們都會有這樣的聯想。這種獨特的“未來的世界”的畫面第一次出現,是在1980年代的電影中。當時日本作為一個冉冉升起的新生力量,掌控著個人電子用品行業的命脈。人類世界迎來的除了索尼的隨身聽,還有霓虹燈照亮的街道。時至今日,世事變遷,日本作為超級大國的地位已然讓步給了印度和中國,霓虹燈也逐漸被LED取代。然而1980年代科幻城市的影子卻依然占據著我們的潛意識,一而再再而三的出現在今時今日的好萊塢大片螢幕中。熒幕中的城市猶如一面面鏡子,反射出作品被創作年代的社會背景,但他們同時也留下了影響深遠的文化遺產,進而塑造了我們看待自己世界的方式。

Birdmen Magazine review of Alexey Marfin's Into the Stream
 

Into the Stream was featured and reviewed in the Italian publication Birdmen Magazine.
 
Alexey Marfin: Into the Stream – Review
(birdmenmagazine.com)


 

 

Into the Stream in Italian! We have been selected for the 11th Pentedattilo Film Festival. Screening on November 2nd at the Scalinata Santa Barbara!
 
Pentedattilo Film Festival Program
(pentedattilofilmfestival.net)

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Excited to share the latest Forest Swords music video, which I VFX-supervised.
 
Set in Athens, Greece, in a fictional re-imagining of a high-density polykatoikia (multi-residence) apartment block.
 
Credits:
Music: Forest Swords
Director: Liam Young
VFX Supervisor: Alexey Marfin
VFX Artists: Paul Krist, Aman Sheth, Kiran Nayak, Andi Zhang
Supported by the Onassis Cultural Centre for ‘Tomorrows’, Athens 2017
 
© 2018 K7 Records

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A short documentary/interview piece I co-directed and story-edited for SCI-Arc Channel, about the power of fictional worlds.
 
Our perception of the world is largely shaped through the mediums of fiction. Our political positions are informed by fake news, we live out our lives in the pixelated territories of video games and we escape into the pages of a novel or the flicker of the movie screen. In film, games and literature we have always imagined alternative worlds as a means to understand our own world in new ways. Sometimes moments, places or cities are best understood by examining the stories we construct about them. Join an ensemble of directors, concept artists, video game designers and storytellers as we go on an expedition through an atlas of imaginary worlds, fictional cities and speculative geographies. This is a tour through landscapes for the projection of belief and disbelief, worlds of fear and wonder that are both thrilling and scary, necessary and urgent.
 
Cast in order of appearance:
Hannah Beachler, Production Designer (Black Panther, Moonlight)
Nivanh Chanthara, Concept Artist (Ghost in the Shell, Babiru)
Ane Crabtree, Costume Designer (Handmaid’s Tale, Westworld)
Lauren Beukes, Author (Broken Monsters, Zoo City)
Victor Martinez, Concept Artist (Blade Runner 2049)
Jimmi Simpson, Actor (Westworld, Black Mirror)
Patti Podesta, Production Designer (American Gods, Memento)
Rick Carter, Production Designer (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avatar).


 

 

Into the Stream will have its East Coast premiere at the 11th Imagine Science Film Festival. Screening on October 13th as part of the ‘Through the Singularity’ program at Littlefield in Brooklyn!
 
Into the Stream – Imagine Science Film Festival
(imaginesciencefilms.org)

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Join us on Friday August 31st at 7pm for the final screening of our Fiction & Entertainment MA programme at SCI-Arc. We’ll be premiering short films, music videos, interactive installations, and more – the culmination of a year of hard work by our students.
 
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with guests including: Ane Crabtree, costume designer for Handmaid’s Tale; Alex McDowell, worldbuilder and production designer for Fight Club and Minority Report; Claire Evans, artist and lead singer of the band Yacht; Andrew Thomas Huang, artist and director of Bjork’s music videos; Jamin Warren, cofounder of videogame arts and culture company Kill Screen; Brian Merchant, author and editor at VICE Motherboard; Patti Podesta, production designer for American Gods; Ben West, creative director at Framestore LA; Timothy Williams, designer and animator for games film and music videos, and more. See you there!

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What does ‘the future’ look like? You could be forgiven for thinking of a neon-lit dense cityscape somewhere in Japan or Hong Kong, during a perpetual rainy night. But why do we have these associations?
 
Join us at SCI-Arc for Visions of the Future’ – an interactive exhibition of new ideas for visions of the future.


 

 

Into the Stream has been selected for the 20th California Independent Film Festival. Screening on August 25th at the Orinda theater!
 
California Independent Film Festival Program
(caiff.org)

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Last week I taught at the Post-Industrial Landscapes AA Visiting School in Hong Kong. We created experimental VR scenes, video game environments, and 360° panoramic prints, from 3D scans of Hong Kong…