Category Archives: Nanotainment

Red Carpet for This Way Up

Congratulations to Smith & Foulkes who’ve just been nominated for the 2009 Best animated short Oscar for This Way Up. You have the opportunity to see the film as a free download from iTunes as part of a Sundance Film Festival tie-in until 25 January.

I’ve been a huge fan of the output of Nexus Productions and Smith & Foulkes (since their Vehicle days), since featuring their work in the early days of onedotzero. The artfully animated comedy short is a Burtonesque crowdpleaser.

Lynch’s proto-dreamworld

Lynch 52 seconds

David Lynch’s 55 second short filmed with an original Lumiere camera. 40 international directors were asked to make a short film using the original Cinematographe invented by the Lumière Brothers, working under conditions similar to those of 1895. There were three rules: The film could be no longer than 52 seconds, no synchronized sound was permitted, and no more than three takes. David Lynch: Lumière et compagnie [Via BoingBoing]

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Ballardian video gain with Vista 8

Vista 8 is the winner of the 1st Ballardian Festival of Home Movies. Other finalists of this sub-one minute in-camera mobile phone video recordings also show a provocative analogue/digital purity.

As someone who’s experimented with mobile phone footage for years (the frozen ROAM project – pushing new aesthetics for the mobile screen/locative video) – this is definitely the most affecting and effective use of the medium I’ve seen. The ability to create Chris Marker-esque video collages exposing small personal mysteries has fascinating narrative implications.

Little Minx an Exquisite Corpse

Little Minx Exquisite Corpse

Little Minx Exquisite Corpse:

A distributive film narrative based on the surrealist parlour game featuring Little Minx directors: Laurent Briet, Chris Nelson, Malik Hassan Sayeed, Josh Miller, Phillip Van & Steph Green. Manifesting the collective imagination through the Exquisite Corpse game. The Little Minx Exquisite Corpse is an extraordinary meeting ground of chance. Rule of the Game: Each director responds to the last line of text of the previous directors script & the Little Minx signifier only.