Video: How marble is mined in Italy

There is something incredibly beautiful in the artistry of the workers in this video mining marble in Italy. They work together using massive diggers, orchestrated by a foreman, who with the minimum of movement directs what feels like a graceful piece of industrial music.


“Marble quarries are places so unbelievable and striking, they almost feel like they are big theaters or sets,” says Yuri Ancarani, the filmmaker behind today’s excerpt from the documentary, Il Capo (The Chief), which follows a quarry boss as he guides his men through the extraction process, using a silent language of gesture and sign.

Ancarani was captivated by the otherworldly landscapes of the quarry. He spent nearly a year filming on Monte Bettolgi, in the Carrara region of the Apuan Alps, in Northwest Italy, eventually deciding to focus his film on the hypnotic, and rather dramatic moment when the monumental marble blocks are freed from the mountainside, and fall to the ground with an earth-shattering thud.

“I was so taken by the chief. How he can move gigantic marble blocks, but his own movements are light”

“I was so taken by the chief, watching him work,” says Ancarani, who’s film is currently showing as part of Artists’ Films International, a touring program of film, video and animation, at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. “How he can move gigantic marble blocks using enormous excavators, but his own movements are light, precise and determined.”

Il Capo is on show at the Whitechapel Gallery until October 12, 2014.

Cropper – a free, open source screenshot program for Windows

Cropper is a screen capture utility written in C#. It makes it fast and easy to grab parts of your screen. Use it to easily crop out sections of vector graphic files such as Fireworks without having to flatten the files or open in a new editor. Use it to easily capture parts of a web site, including text and images. It’s also great for writing documentation that needs images of your application or web site.


Get it on CodePlex:

Cool tools for wireframing

Axure RP gives you the wireframing, prototyping and documentation tools needed to make informed design choices, persuade any skeptics, and document your design… and maybe win a few fans along the way. Choose the Standard edition for prototyping or go Pro to add documentation and collaboration features.

Balsamiq Mockups is a rapid wireframing tool that helps you Work Faster & Smarter. It reproduces the experience of sketching on a whiteboard, but using a computer.

Making mockups is fast. You’ll generate more ideas, so you can throw out the bad ones and discover the best solutions.

My approach to comments on this blog

I don’t receive that many comments on this blog. As a result it allows me to be ruthless.

I like receiving on-topic questions or comments that add to the discussion. If your comment simply states “I came across this blog and I think it is great” whilst linking back to a website that appears to be spammy, then prepare to get blacklisted.

You will be marked as spam if you comment is off-topic and/or your comment website links to a spammy website (I have a low threshold) .

Don’t waste my time or I will waste yours. I error on the side of fuck you.