D:Screen - Made you look

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Made you look - A film about design is the digital age

“Made You Look is a documentary about the UK DIY graphic arts scene of the 21st century. Via candid interviews with top British creatives, publishers and agency owners we explore the fact that more people than ever seem to be turning to analogue means of creating things, even though we are living at the height of the digital era.”

I have just returned home after watching the excellent ‘Made you look’ by Look and Yes. The event put on by D:Screen, in Dundee, was the latest film screened focusing on the Creative industries. 

The documentary focuses around a selection of illustrators, designers and makers from around the UK, their processes, work, what inspires them, but mostly about how they are using traditional and new medias to stand out in a world where there are so many vying for your attention.

Each of the featured creators and makers speak about what they like and dislike about both the traditional and new processes and mediums. Some of them who are embracing new media types with gusto, some reluctantly and others somewhere in-between.

The film was a really interesting mix of personal process, inspiration and thoughts on the resurgence in the use of more traditional skills and the communities that are built around them. While the film seems to focus on the London area, the very fact that films like these are drawing in people to view them in others shows that this creative communities in different parts of the UK are growing. In Dundee especially there has been a history of creative collaboration and community, which has only been bolstered by the arrival of projects such as V&A Dundee, and buy groups such as Creative Dundee.

I would say that the main take away from this film was it doesn’t matter if you use traditional media, modern media or a mixture of the two. Just make, just create, just do.

I would recommend this film for it’s content, which is both interesting and insightful, but also because it is very well done. The cinematography and the accompanying music are both great and enhance the content without distracting you from it.

You can watch the trailer for the film here: https://vimeo.com/104662751

Who or what is D:screen?

D:Screen shows creative films for designers and makers in Dundee.

They provide not only screenings of creative films, and discussions around those films, but also a space for local designers/makers/creatives to chat over some good food and coffee. D:Screen aim to screen a different design/arts/maker related film every 4-6 weeks in Dundee for the fantastic design community that we have here.

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