MRI is FIERCE

20 04 2009

MRI went high fashion last night, and the results were indeed, in the words of one of the models, “FIEEEEEEERCE!”

We had the opportunity to do a shoot with Valissa Yoe, stylist extraordinaire,  to show off some of her newest styling creations.  From the models to the stylists, we had a great vibe in the studio and the shots were brilliant.  HUGE props to Michelle for setting everything up.  This is just a preview as we haven’t edited all of them, but we were so psyched  about the photos that we had to get some stuff up today.

MRI Lightpainting x Valissa Yoe

MRI Lightpainting x Valissa Yoe

MRI Lightpainting x Valissa Yoe 2

MRI Lightpainting x Valissa Yoe 2

Stay tuned for more dispatches from deep within the High Fashion world…in space.

Love and lasers,

M::R::I

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Tron, Blade Runner

16 04 2009
TRON

TRON

Who has seen Tron?

The influence that movie has on lightpainting is obvious.  The backgrounds, and the lightbikes, and the amazing amazing amazing costume design is called to mind whenever Michelle and I, or any lightpainters for that matter, are doing what we do.  As a film though, what a strange yet fitting movie for the time.  The computer, and video games were MASSIVE cultural movements when the movie came out in 1982 (The same year the computer was Time Magazine’s “Man of the Year”), so the film could be considered somewhat of a cash-in.  It would be like making a movie now about Twitter or making one of those “How Scaaaary the internet can be!!” movies (cough…The Net…cough).  But Tron was different, it didn’t really preach about what the computer was doing to our society, it just used the computer and video games as a setting for a pretty standard fantasy flick.   Wisecracking hero enters a strange, oppressed world, fights with strength, cunning and magic to liberate the place.  Its basically Conan the Barbarian with lightbikes.  It also has Jeff Bridges in his most “Dude”-y role that isn’t The Big Lebowski (Fisher King notwithstanding).

Why do I even talk about this movie?  Well, we are doing a futuristic, lightpainting-based photo shoot for a really amazing clothing company this weekend and we watched it as research.  It was inspiring enough, but after only experiencing the movie through random clips and Family Guy references, I was glad I got to experience it in all its insane glory.  It’s insane because, being a Disney movie, it was marketed to KIDS.  Its a gorgeous movie, but I would never expect my kid to understand anything about the plot of the movie, unless my kid was some super genius turbo nerd computer programmer with robot legs…which he probably will be…in that case we will watch all the way to the bonus features and high five with laser hands.  My point is, that I can understand why Tron was considered a flop when it came out…it was too high minded for normal kids, and too weird for adults.  I’m glad it found an audience now though, because such daring, gorgeous ideas rarely see the light of day these days. Unless they come from Pixar.

Anyway, the shoot we are doing, we are going for a futuristic vibe.  Here are some references images that another famous fashion magazine did.  They’re amazing, but we hope we can take the next step.

MRI Lightpainting - Lightpainting Fashion Shoot Reference Image

MRI Lightpainting - Lightpainting Fashion Shoot Reference Image

MRI Lightpainting futuristic fashion shoot reference image 2

MRI Lightpainting futuristic fashion shoot reference image 2

We are also going to watch some Blade Runner, which is a whole ‘nother story.  I’ll spare you the ranting, but we think Blade Runner’s aesthetic will balance out the glossy Tron vibe with some gritty futurism.

Thanks for reading the rant and if you are a fan of lightpainting and haven’t seen Tron yet, check it out.  Stay tuned for images from the fashion shoot.

-Ryan  (M::R::I)





Amir Mirza Used Us As Inspiration

10 04 2009

Hey Guys,

This is pretty cool.  An art student name Amir chose to use one of our shots as the inspiration as his final piece.   Here is the original shot, from our Valentine’s Day series:

MRI Lightpainting - Vday

MRI Lightpainting - Vday

And here is his final art project.  He did a great job!  And of course we are flattered that anyone would find our stuff inspiring enough to create something based on it.

Amir Mirza Vs. MR Lightpainting

Amir Mirza Vs. MR Lightpainting

Thanks Amir, and keep up the good work!

Other than that, we’ll be shooting Oceans In Space’s album cover soon.  And we will also be preparing for an upcoming futuristic lightpainting fashion shoot (yeah!) by watching Blade Runner and TRON.  So stay tuned!

-M::R::I

ok…had to do it…





Studio B got lit up.

6 04 2009
MRI Lightpainting - The Dancefloor

MRI Lightpainting - The Dancefloor

To everyone who came out to our live lightpainting booth, we love you.  We thought it went really well (except for the part when Ryan complimented the wrong person on their amazing DJ set…oops!).  The crowd was a little more “rowdy” this time, but everyone was in good spirits and had a blast.  BONUS:  3/5ths of The Canon Logic came out too, so that was really cool.

If you were lucky enough to find yourself in front of our camera and you would like a print of your picture, just email us at mrilightpainting [at] gmail [dot] com.  OR, check out the MRI Flickr, grab you photo and post it where you like.  Just remember the name in case someone says “AW dOOd WOW WHERE DID YOU GET THAT PHOTO!!!11!!??? lol OMG”.

Below, check out a few highlights from the night (including one of our photos of the Flashing Lights Crew, projected HUGE in the club!).

MRI Lightpainting - Nick Catchdubs and Ayres made friends

MRI Lightpainting - Nick Catchdubs and Ayres made friends

MRI Lightpainting - Sean from the Canon Logic was the sober cab.

MRI Lightpainting - Sean from the Canon Logic was the sober cab.

MRI Lightpainting - Dont hassle us were local

MRI Lightpainting - Don't hassle us we're local

MRI Lightpainting - Pop lock and drop it...do people still say that?

MRI Lightpainting - Pop lock and drop it...do people still say that?

MRI Lightpainting Vs. The Jumbo Tron

MRI Lightpainting Vs. The Jumbo Tron

For the rest, check the MRI Flickr.

Thanks to Katie and the Flashing Lights Crew!

-M::R::I





Flashing Lights is Tomorrow

2 04 2009
Flashing Lights at Studio B

Flashing Lights at Studio B

Hey everyone, whaaaat’s happening?  Yeah.   We’re going to need you to go ahead and sort of come in tomorrow night to..Studio B for Flashing Lights.  Lets say, around  10 pm?  It’s not a half day or anything.  Mmmkay?  Great. Yeaaaahhhh…

Heavy handed references aside, we would love to see you all tomorrow night at Studio B, where we will be setting up our second LIVE Lightpainting Booth.  Check out the photos from the last lightpainting booth here.

Click here to RSVP, get directions, and download a FREE download of an amazing mix by the Flashing Lights crew.

See you tomorrow!!!

-M::R::I