Produced by John S. Banks
Music by Fritz Heede
This DVD is an enchanting journey through lost worlds resembling magical forests in England, occasionally revealing sacred illuminated sparkling texts in secret Arabic languages. The music has a mellow mid-Eastern type of feel to much of it. John Banks is such a master of beautiful visual effects, that I (Iasos) am quite in awe of him. In fact, I am somwhat at a loss to describe this DVD, which is so rich in special-effects and organic nature and ethereal blendings, and therefore I draw from what its creators had to say about it:
With original sources drawn from ancient sites, deep green nature and lost languages, Illuminated Manuscripts will appeal to anyone interested in Animation, Nature, Meditation and Fantasy.
The feel of the animations is mercurial with a richly textured and moving series of images that maintain an almost "liquid" feel.
That journey is comprised of landscapes and languages that are often experienced in a dream state of beauty and reflection.
The soundtrack echoes the images with a seamless blend of international music and electronica.
Illuminated Manuscripts invites the viewer into a visual and musical journey that is meant to be interpretive. Places in nature shimmer on the horizon and transform through water and light into new environments and architectures. The impact is dynamic and captivating, inviting the viewer’s own experiences of landscape and memory to convey meaning.
The visuals are organic computer animations by John S. Banks and
the sound-track is world/electronic music by composer Fritz Heede.
This DVD is divided into 3 main sections:
MAIN, AMBIENT, & FEATURES.
MAIN contains 13 animations. These animations are the core of Illuminated Manuscripts.
AMBIENT contains new & remixed work of a more relaxed and meditative nature. Ambient also contains more abstract imagery. This section is made to work as a meditative trip.
FEATURES includes a gallery of related still work as well as the LOOPS. The LOOPS are 6 moving sections, each of which will repeat indefinitely, until you press the "enter" key on your remote.
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Scenes straight from your dreams
Whereas other CGI videos in my collection get a viewing once or twice a year, Illuminated Manuscripts is a frequent guest in my DVD player. Why?
- First and foremost, the images are stunning, organic and gorgeously rendered, way beyond the recycled pseudo-sci fi themes that many CGI videos lapse into. From pulsing mandalas to jeweled oceans to mysterious temples, the video is nothing less than a spectacular journey through some mind-bending dreamscapes. The DVD never ceases to amaze me. I always see something "new" that I hadn't noticed or remembered before
- Fritz Heede's soundtrack is top-drawer: not overpowering so it competes with the music but so skillfully done, it stands on its own. I highly recommend the CD of the soundtrack if you like world music, Indian or Middle Eastern music. (It was so good, it's been played on Hearts of Space.)
- The creators were not stingy in adding bonus features such as ambient remixes of several of the tracks plus a "loop" feature that's like a screen saver for your TV. You pick one of six looping scenes, complete with sound effects and/or music, and just let it play. Always amazes my guests!
- This is a DVD that you can leave quietly playing in the background for ambiance, or you can pour a glass of wine or a cup of tea, sit back, and let it take you on a beautiful journey.
Unique 21st Century Vision
This has got to be one of the most unique looking DVDs available, a true one of a kind that belongs in every cutting edge, 21st century computer animation collection. The author of "Illuminated Manuscripts" (John S. Banks) filmed nature scenes and ancient sites from all over the world and then wove them together with his computer animation magic into a stunning series of entrancing visual sequences. The tone is meditative and spiritual, a refreshing break from most other computer animation collections that need to tell half baked stories. This DVD has the feel of an accomplished and complete work. It brings the viewer a feeling of merging with an ocean or traveling through ancient spiritual pathways, unfamiliar because of their uncanny computer animation technique, yet strangely familiar. The beautiful musical soundtrack by Fritz Heede, compliments the visuals perfectly and creates a seductive, mesmerizing vehicle for Banks' kaleidoscopic flow of images. I see and hear something different every time I view this DVD. The chapter called `Afterlife' contains what I consider the most beautiful moving image I have ever seen on a television screen. Highly recommended!
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