Kirby Ferguson is a New York based filmmaker who has been working on a web video series on how music and film artists perculate and influence one another resulting in art that gets constantly modified and recycled. It’s a fascinating journey with excellent examples of both. The first film examines music, beginning with one of the most famous samples in the history of hip hop, and then later focuses in on the early “influences” of Led Zeppelin.
The second film looks at how most blockbuster hits are either sequels or adaptations, and how audiences always crave the familiar. In particular, we get specific examples for George Lucas’s inspirations and influences for Star Wars.
Although the third installment isn’t due out till this spring, in the meantime, here is a more in depth look of the influences Quentin Tarantino used for his tribute to Samurai films; Kill Bill.
This truly is a great project with loads of fascinating stuff, to find out more about it, and/or make a donation for this very worthy project, check out Kirby Ferguson’s site here.