Scenes from cult movies rendered as 8 bit animated GIFs

Wednesday, 26 February, 2014

Shaun of the Dead scene by Dusan Cezek

Slovakian art director Dusan Cezek has rendered scenes from cult movies such as “Fight Club”, “Pulp Fiction”, and “Shaun of the Dead”, as eight-bit GIF animations. Why? I don’t know, but why should that matter?

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Symmetry, a screenplay as a… palindrome

Friday, 21 February, 2014

Palindromes in number, word, or date format are a dime a dozen really, aren’t they? There was one last Friday, wasn’t there? How about then, a film can be played backwards after reaching the halfway point, and still tell two stories? Symmetry, by Yann Pineill, a Paris based graphic designer, is an example of “palindromic” filmmaking.

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Studying the typography of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Tuesday, 11 February, 2014

Dave Addey scrutinises the use of typography in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and turns up a whole stack of details I hadn’t really given much thought to previously, including the way Stanley Kubrick set out the film’s title card:

[The] title card is set in Gill Sans, one of the all-time classic sans-serif fonts. Perhaps surprisingly, the zeroes in “2001” appear to be set with the Gill Sans capital letter O, rather than its zero character.

By the looks of it, this is the first in series of articles that Addey will be writing on the use of typography in science fiction movies.

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The Best Visual Effects Oscar winners since 1977

Friday, 7 February, 2014

The Best Visual Effects Oscar, or Academy Award, that recognises the technical contributions of special effects to movies, has, over the years, been known as “Best Engineering Effects”, “Special Achievement Award for Special Effects”, “Best Special Effects”, and “Best Special Visual Effects”.

In 1977 the award assumed its current moniker, and to mark this step in the accolade’s history, Chicago filmmaker and video artist Nelson Carvajal has compiled a montage of clips from films that have won the Oscar in this category, since then.

No prizes for guessing the 1977 winner, while this year I’m tipping Gravity to collect the gong.

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This is Not a Conspiracy Theory

Wednesday, 5 February, 2014

Kirby Ferguson, creator of the Everything Is A Remix video series, is launching a new project, This is Not a Conspiracy Theory.

Watch the first installment in the collection, that Ferguson anticipates will eventually run to about eighty minutes in duration, and that will only be viewable with a subscription hereafter.

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Slow TV, for those who like to sit and watch the world go by

Friday, 24 January, 2014

Go ahead, click the play button, if you have a lazy three, that’s right, three hours to spare, watching a tropical beach vista, that is. Maybe you’ll see a bird fly past or something.

This is but one of the offerings available for your extended viewing pleasure on Reddit’s Slow TV, a selection of videos often filmed with fixed position cameras, especially for those who like to sit and watch the world go by. Select from multi-hour long clips of train rides, sunsets, motorcycle trips, thunderstorms, and much more.

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London now, and in 1927… things change, or things stay the same?

Monday, 20 January, 2014

Colour film footage of London, that was recorded in the late 1920s by British cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene, was floating around online last year. Now London based filmmaker Simon Smith has revisited the locations Friese-Greene filmed, and cut the works together, producing a then and now comparison video.

(Thanks Chloe)

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The Oscar nominations are in, whose game to choose the winners?

Monday, 20 January, 2014

The nominations for the eighty-sixth Oscars, or Academy Awards, were unveiled last week. I don’t envy those charged with the task of selecting the winners this year.

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Behind the scenes “Star Wars” photos as taken by Chewbacca

Monday, 13 January, 2014

Star Wars, behind the scenes, photo by Peter Mayhew

British actor Peter Mayhew, who hails from none other than Barnes in south-west London, and is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Chewbacca in the “Star Wars” films, last week uploaded a stack of photos taken during filming of the sci-fi saga, to his Twitter account.

If you’re only finding out about this now, what can I say, the news is bound to make a “Star Wars” fan’s Monday morning.

Via io9.

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Woody Allen’s ascendancy charted by way of a family tree

Monday, 13 January, 2014

An illustrated genealogy, or family tree, that maps, or attempts to map, both the people who have influenced US film director Woody Allen, and in turn, those who have felt his influence.

(Thanks Kate)

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