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  • RES Magazine
  • Michael R. (Mike) Mosher
RES Magazine edited by Sue Apfelbaum and Jesse Ashlock. New York, Res Media Group, March/April 2006. Vol. 9, No. 2, 80 pp., illus. <>.

It is good to see RES magazine still publishing in 2006. This reviewer first picked up a copy at a seminar held at San Francisco State University in 1999 when the magazine was based in that city. At that time, digital cinema was an exciting and promising new concept that was more ideal than reality, largely unused by a skeptical Hollywood though beginning to blossom in short productions. It offered shrimpy streams, or a few products downloadable over the Internet . . . for those willing to wait.

A 1999 issue of RES discussed works screened at the Sundance Film Festival and two-minute films, shorts on streaming over RealNetworks technology. Michael Moore, at work on the Bravo network series "The Awful Truth" on downsizing, expressed interest in MiniDV cameras, while George Lucas announced that subsequent Star Wars episodes would be shot digitally. A 2000 issue discussed high-end camera equipment and underwater digital camcorders, the conceptual pranksters ®™ark, <>, and Tim Burton's Shockwave comic Stain Boy.

The March/April 2006 issue covers the several directors of videos for the band Death Cab for Cutie; songwriter Tom Zé and Beastie Boy Adam Yauch; documentary filmmaker Rachel Boynton; the latest movie based on comics by Daniel Clowes; and an unassuming diary of an internship at the advertising agency Weiden+Kennedy. There is a useful item titled "How to Sell and Promote Your Videos Online."

RES is now published by Res Media Group of New York, with offices in Los Angeles and London. For 9 years it has sponsored Resfest <>, a festival of short films, animation, design films and music videos. RES has many of the same advertisers as Wired-Sony, Toyota Scion-as well as others more specialized for media-makers, such as the San Francisco International Film Festival, AVID and the Ex-Centris commercial complex in Montreal, seeking creative tenants. The masthead page explains the production process of the cover image of cartoon clouds by Antoine+Manuel (collaborating artists Antoine Audiau and Manuel Warosz of Paris), which was done with both traditional gouache on aquarelle paper and digital scanning and manipulation. The cover promises coverage of Film/Music/Art/Design/Culture, and, as in Wired, the reader finds CD, game and "gizmo" reviews. There are reviews of design books and other contemporary design works, as one finds in the industrial design magazine I.D.

The RES reader encounters ads for digital and cinema design programs at Full Sail, NYU, Los Angeles Film School and San Francisco's Academy of Art University. The magazine's annual Res 10 selection highlights emerging artists in film, video, design, ads, music and media art. It is followed by a Student 10, this year aged 19 to 35, who are doing interesting work at various schools. The cover of this short, sharp, sprightly journal might read RES: The Hip Magazine for Cinema Students. [End Page 504]

Michael R. (Mike) Mosher
Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, MI, U.S.A. E-mail: <>


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