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.
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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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.
Spike Jonze is currently serving visual feasts on a platter. What with the Flashing Lights video, the recent leak of upcoming third feature (adult reimagined) Where the Wild Things Are, and now exploding skateboarders (in this extreme intro video for lakai), Jonze is back on a creative hotstreak, and seemingly obsessed with slo-mo.
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.