July 1st, 2014
App: The Human Story is seeking funding via Kickstarter:
App creation has become the new art form for our generation. This is the story of the cultural phenomenon that touches all our lives. […]
I've backed it, even though I'm slightly wary of the possibility that the whole thing could turn into a happy-clappy paean to the wonderful world Steve Jobs gifted to us all with the release of iOS 2.0 back in 2008. I'm hoping that impression is just the effect of their cramming so many brief interview snippets into their teaser; in the full film, with more space to expand on their subject, here's hoping we'll get a more nuanced prespective on the story so far. We'll see.
June 26th, 2014
Director Eric Kissack, writer Kevin Tenglin, and producer Sarah Platt have fun with both the classic Western and the convention of the omniscient narrator in their short "The Gunfighter." But even more than nodding to old Hollywood, the filmmakers call back to Mad Magazine, Stan Freberg, Firesign Theater, National Lampoon, and all the other comedians over the decades who have pulled popular culture apart so they could play with the pieces.
[Via The Dissolve]
June 25th, 2014
June 23rd, 2014
Having seen Oculus the other night,1 I was reading the comments at the IMDb and came across a mention of a short film made by Oculus director Mike Flanagan back in 2006 that was related to his feature film debut.
Oculus: Chapter 3 – The Man with the Plan uses many of the same story beats as the current film, so you probably shouldn't watch it if you have any thoughts of watching the feature film because Flanagan's full-length effort really is best seen knowing as little as possible about why these characters are doing this thing they're doing. For anyone who has seen Oculus, the short – which can be viewed in full on Vimeo, is an even more compact – and pretty effective – take on one portion of the same story.
- My one-sentence review: Oculus is just 104 minutes long, but it's an extremely tense 104 minutes. ↩
June 3rd, 2014
[Via More Words, Deeper Hole]
May 23rd, 2014
May 17th, 2014
I'm not going to supply any context at all for Guy thinks his sister is hot because it's so much better that way. Trust me.
[Via Ask MetaFilter]
May 10th, 2014
Meet Johnny Express:
There are all sorts of Aliens living throughout space.
Johnny is a Space Delivery Man who travels to different planets to deliver packages. Johnny is lazy and his only desire is to sleep in his autopilot spaceship. When the spaceship arrives at the destination, all he has to do is simply deliver the box. However, it never goes as planned. Johnny encounters strange and bizarre planets and always seems to cause trouble on his delivery route.
Will he be able to finish his mission without trouble?
May 8th, 2014
The octopus is a creature both clever and dextrous.
And I, for one, welcome our new octopod overlords.
April 7th, 2014
That looks so downright bizarre that we just have to make it happen some day. Think of the advertising potential.
April 6th, 2014
A GIRL NAMED ELASTIKA is a lovely, exuberant little animation:
Be sure to stay until the very end to meet the real heroine of the piece.
March 30th, 2014
A very productive meeting indeed, I think you'll agree.1
[Via The Tao of Mac]
- I mean, the expert neither garrotted his bosses nor took his own life with a sharpened paperclip. And his reward for such exemplary behaviour is to get to do this all again. And again. And again… ↩
February 13th, 2014
More weather, this time a collection of Stormscapes:
At several points during that video I was fully expecting the clouds to part as a Spielbergesque spaceship descended.1
- You know the sort of thing: big, shaped and lit like a particularly sparkly Xmas tree decoration, gliding slowly and almost silently towards a group of awestruck humans who've suddenly come to understand just how small and primitive and young the human race is. ↩
February 8th, 2014
January 12th, 2014
December 28th, 2013
Run is a little beauty of a story.
It's just a vignette, but that's all it needs to be: there's absolutely no need for it to be expanded into a full length feature. What counts is the economy with which the story unfolds, and the creepiness of the idea.
Watch out for the name of run's writer/editor/director Mat Johns in years to come. With a bit of luck and a decent budget to work with, he might well be bringing us something well worth watching.
[Via The Dissolve]