Back in the Soviet Bloc, a TV series about present-day life, culture and food in the former Soviet states – produced by Aussie filmmakers Julia Nalivaiko and Stuart McBratney – has been picked up for distribution by London-based TVF International. It’s already sold for broadcast in Thailand and if you live Down Under, you’re in […]
Everyone is excited about The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hitting theaters … even Microsoft. In celebration of the film’s release, Microsoft has launched a series of unique ad campaigns that will appear on Windows 8 apps, MSN, and Xbox 360. The ads have all the standard content you’d expect, but in addition, the ad […]
The Domino Project is a new film initiative by Dan Saunders, creative director at Sapient Nitro U.K. and his colleague Paul Surety. The aim of this project is “to create a globally connected experience by making 28 short films by 28 writer/directors and/or writer/director teams, each representing one domino in a full set.” The rules […]
Last week while innocently browsing the internet, I came across a video that left me feeling kind of … weird. Okay, so there are lots of videos that do that, but usually I know the reason why right away. But this time, I couldn’t figure out my discomfort.
Some animations really hit you from left field, Ballpit is one of those. This experimental film was made by Kyle Mowat as his thesis while studying animation at Sheridan Collage. It’s unlike any other animation short I’ve seen and is being shown at various animation festivals, picking up awards as it goes along.
Saudi Arabia’s very first full-length film is at a cinema near you and it’s directed by Haifaa al-Mansour, one of Saudi Arabia’s best known (and most controversial) female filmmakers. The premise is deep: it ‘tells the story of a defiant 10-year-old pushing back against the social expectations that define her life as a young Saudi […]
Have you ever seen shoes dangling from electric wire where you live? They’re a common phenomenon in many parts of the world. This interesting 14 minute documentary aims to get to the heart of this perplexing matter.
‘They spread their hands apart, looking sorrowful’, so goes a line in The Snack Thief. In the accompanying notes to the novel, Andrea Camilleri went on to explain helpfully that this gesture ‘expresses helplessness and resignation to fate’ and is often used by Italian Americans, including Al Pacino in many movies. Which then made us realize that Al Pacino really is the spitting image of cinematic sadness.
I just got done watching this poignant and beautifully made documentary about the UK’s 1970s Northern Soul scene – how all nighters at Wigan’s soul clubs bridged a divide between white working class Britain and black America, and became a central focus of life for thousands of disaffected British youths. The programme, presented by journalist […]
Film photography advocates and enthusiasts will always find a way to prove that film is not dead. Here’s one of those proofs: a documentary about the subculture that is film photography. Made by the folks from Indie Film Lab, Long Live Film investigates the reasons why film photographers across the United States still prefer emulsion over […]
Annette Jung makes films for Talking Animals, a Berlin-based animation studio. Her latest thrilling stop-motion short features Michael Jackson’s Thriller in Lego blocks, which came next after her Lego Dance video. Full-length versions, please!
You need to watch this video in full, and not skip a second. The creative brain behind the project, Anthony Cerniello, has achieved his ambitious goal of giving the viewer the perception that ‘something is happening but you can’t see it but you can feel it, like aging itself’. It’s a fantastic achievement, yet unsettling […]
I am big fan Julia Pott’s illustration and animations. Her characters are awkward, cute and sometimes very personal. Her latest animation, Belly, tells very heartfelt story about how it is to be the youngest child.
Behold, a new art form is born! In the space of 3 minutes, Stuart McBratney’s crowdfunding video for his new feature, Pop-Up, covers 24 years of filmmaking, pitches his new drama comedy with simple animation, and takes the piss out of your cousin’s death metal band. It even offers to make your cat famous. I’m […]
Have you ever imagined what the bottom of the ocean would look like? Motion graphic artist Mark van Berkel has. His last project is an animation called Utopia. This short movie shows the cold and dark atmosphere of the deepest depths of the ocean. van Berkel loves to create foreign universes in his work, in […]