17 Απριλίου 2011

A tribute to Joseph Kosinski

Joseph Kosinski is an architect mostly known as the director of Disney's 2010 TRON legacy the remake of the classic 1982 film. Kosinski is also an awarded VFX and digital animation expert working for a while in cinema and advertisement industry.  

But more than that Kosinski was my teacher at Columbia's GSAPP in 2001-2002. The guy who introduced me (and many other enthusiastic postgrad students) in the amazing world of 3d architecture. A graduate of Columbia himself ('99 M.Arch) and currently an adjunct assistant professor he was a star in his own way. A calm but very capable and communicative person whose course was a joy for me. 

Considering his work for TRON I find his setting design very advanced and sophisticated. Having direct references to the original TRON and other Sci-Fi films like Kubrick's 2001 he composes a mythical-digital environment whose its neon-glowing image covers its restrictive and totalitarian perspective. An up to date comment on capitalism's dystopic nature maybe? Fredric Jameson would certainly say so!
 
Fynn's house in TRON legacy

From Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey

Anyway, I just saw this film on DVD yesterday without knowing who the director was. This was revealed to me just through the end titles reminding myself working with Joseph for my final digital animation assignment in front of a Mac at the basement of Lerner Hall. Thank you Joe !

A recent interview of Joseph Kosinski can be found here.

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