Chris Rogers writer on architecture and visual culture

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Beyond the Frame was a monthly, twelve-article series written for The Big Picture on the relationship between architecture and film. Subjects includes sets, lost architecture, visions of the future and differing scales of architectural space in film. Selected pieces were also published in the print magazine.

Trehearne Architects donated their historic archive of project reference material to Chris, comprising thousands of aperture cards and dozens of rolls of 35mm film holding microfiche copies of plans. It awaits indexing and further exploration.

For Excuses and Half Truths, the blog of colourist and writer Rob Wickings, Chris analysed the seminal anime series Bubble Gum Crisis, about an armoured-suit-wearing, all-female vigilante group fighting a corrupt corporation in the Japan of the future.

More for TBP, this time a series called Brand X about fictional brands in films. Each piece takes a different format, such as a magazine-style flying car review, a stock market report from the future using companies from science fiction films and a Wired-style interview with Eldon Tyrell from Blade Runner.

A two-part analysis (for E&HT again) of why the three Patlabor anime films say as much about the Japan of the past 40 years as they do about the future, covering the socio-political history of the country as well as the films themselves.

A piece on World War Z for Little White Lies, looking at the making of the film and the aims behind it in the context of other apocalyptic films.

This piece for E&HT assesses the sublime Miami Vice, Michael Mann's 2006 film version of the television crime series that made his name. An exceptional work, it is here given an in-depth analysis.

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