Design Inspirations: Short Films

September 14, 2013

2013 | 70 Minutes | Various

A collection of short films based around the theme of design and creativity, from the art and craft of handmade works, to innovative ideas, to narrative and animation films with an eye towards design.

Made By Hand: The Knifemaker
Writer turned knife maker Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn talks about the human element of craft, and the potential for a skill to mature into an art. Director: Keith "keef" Ehrlich | 10 Minutes

This is Shanghai
In 1980 Shanghai had no skyscrapers. It now has at least 4,000 - more than twice as many as New York. Rob Whitworth | 2.5 Minutes

Splitscreen: A Love Story
Can two people who live on opposite sides of the world have anything in common? This is the story of two parallel lives, one in New York and one in Paris. Director: James W Griffiths | 2.5 Minutes

Machine For Life
Inspired by a series of conversations about architecture and the poetics of space, filmmaker Ruth Somalo and designer Suchi Reddy examine spaces of discovery and intimacy. Director: Ruth Somalo | 4.5 Minutes

Shaped on all Six Sides
A short documentary about the craft and philosophy of wooden boat carpentry, as told by boat carpenter Andy Stewart of Emerald Marine in Anucortes, Washington. Director: Kat Gardiner | 7 Mintues

Tiny Living and Bamboo Bicycles Roll Out
Two video essays by Flora Lichtman for Science Friday: A Snohomish couple who designed, built, and live in a 140-square-foot home; and a look inside the workshop of Woodinville's Valid Cycles, specializing in handcrafted bamboo bicycle frames. 8 Minutes

We often think of houses as solid, strong, permanent things. In fact they can be weak, fragile and, as this film shows, mobile. Director: Thomas Gleeson | 11 Minutes

One Plastic Beach
Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been collecting plastic debris off one beach in Northern California for over ten years. They couple make sculptures, prints, jewelry and installations with the plastic they find, raising a deeper concern with the problem of plastic pollution in our seas. | 8 Minutes

Inventor Portrait: Brent Farley
Brent Farley is a cross between Thomas Edison and Ed Wood. He has hundreds of inventions described in notebooks or prototyped -- some even patented -- but success has eluded him. Part of the PBS digital series Inventors. Director: David Friedman | 7 Minutes

Director: Various
Year: 2013
Running Time: 70 Minutes