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"Illuminated Manuscripts" DVD


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John Banks has created a masterpiece of an enchanting experience - a journey through magical forests and scintillating sacred texts in strange languages. Rich in beautiful special effects. It has the feeling of a magical forest in England, with mysterious sacred Arabian texts.
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For me, 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.