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How High Def Is Changing Your Brain—and Driving the Prop Master Crazy
"We used to say, if it’s not bigger than a two-inch circle, you’re not going to see it on film. [...] Now, with high def, it’s down to an eighth of an inch."
films  illusions  via:alex 
july 2015 by kevan
Thomson & Craighead | The Time Machine in Alphabetical Order, 2010 on Vimeo
"'The Time Machine in alphabetical order' is a complete rendition of the 1960s film version of HG Wells novella re-edited by Thomson & Craighead into alphabetical order from beginning to end."
films  time  language 
june 2014 by kevan
British Council Film Collection on Vimeo
"During the 1940s, the British Council commissioned over 100 short documentary films designed to promote an understanding of Britain and Britishness. They were created with an overseas audience in mind, and were intended to act as cultural propaganda, counteracting both negative Nazi propaganda and the popular perception of Britain as a country stuck in the past."
films  history  via:sarah 
may 2014 by kevan
Stop Blaming ‘Jaws’! - NYTimes.com
"Every story now has to involve a threat to the entire globe. This is meant to raise the stakes, but it actually lowers them, both by removing the specificity of local places and individual characters."
films  via:blech 
august 2013 by kevan
Chalkboard Signs - The World's End
"The sci-fi comedy film features the company’s artwork in all of the pubs throughout the movie, from pavement boards to interior chalkboard signs displaying special offers and food menus."
signs  films 
july 2013 by kevan
Technology - Alexis Madrigal - The Fake Magazines Used in Blade Runner Are Still Futuristic, Awesome - The Atlantic
"In this case, clip art from a computer in the early 1980s was used to make magazine covers that were printed and then filmed in a classic movie. These things were forgotten for decades until sometime during or shortly before 2009, someone (Kevin) started to reconstruct them for his friends in an Internet forum about the movie."
magazines  design  films  fonts  via:linkmachinego 
may 2012 by kevan
The Goon Who Saved 'Manos'!
"A common refrain I've heard is that without Joel and the Bots, the movie is 'unwatchable,' but I suspect a big part of that is the bad visual presentation that the movie has always had. [...] Though it's doubtful I will change anyone's mind about Manos, I would like to send a message that every film, regardless of the place it holds in movie history, deserves a fair shot to be maintained and presented in the best way possible."
films  history  via:zarba 
february 2012 by kevan
BBC News - 'Tarzan's chimpanzee' Cheetah dies aged 80 in Florida
"A chimp known as 'Cheeta' who lives in California was for a long time claimed to be the chimp in the films, but, following research for a biography, that claim has been withdrawn. It is possible that several different animals were used while filming the Tarzan movies."
apes  films  death 
december 2011 by kevan
Zediva Streams New Releases Through Copyright Loophole | Epicenter | Wired.com
"The company literally rents you a DVD and a DVD player, with your computer, tablet or Google TV as the remote control. [...] Zediva doesn’t need to get permission from the studios to rent out discs, since once they buy the DVD they are free to rent it out or re-sell it, thanks to the first-sale doctrine in U.S. copyright law."
films  technology  business  law  via:zarba 
march 2011 by kevan
Observations on film art : Watching you watch THERE WILL BE BLOOD
Eye-tracking heat maps. "This subtle movement is enough to cue three of the viewers to shift their gaze to Daniel, registering their silent exchange. [Its] significance can be registered by viewers only if they happened to be fixating Fletcher at the time he glanced at Daniel."
films  eyes  via:waxy 
february 2011 by kevan
52 Card Cinema
"52 cards, each printed with a unique identifier, are replaced in the subject's view by the individual shots that make up a movie scene. The cards can be stacked, dealt, arranged in their original order or re-composed in different configurations, creating spreads of time."
films  cards  technology  barcodes  via:clarered 
april 2010 by kevan
Into The Abyss: Teal and Orange - Hollywood, Please Stop the Madness
"So, since people (flesh-tones) exist in almost every frame of every movie ever made, what could be better than applying complementary color theory to make people seem to 'pop' from the background. I mean, people are really important, aren't they?"
films  colour  illusions  via:minkette 
april 2010 by kevan
The Latest Gimmick: Last Call, an Interactive Horror Movie, Will Phone You During the Film | /Film
"A new German horror film called Last Call is pushing a new ‘interactivity’ gimmick that will have one member of each theatrical audience receive a call from an onscreen character during the film."
films  phones  via:zarba 
march 2010 by kevan
Star Wars: Uncut
"You and 472 other people have the chance to recreate Star Wars: A New Hope. Below is the entire movie split up into 15 second clips. Click on one of the scenes to claim it, film it, and upload it."
films  mutation  videos  via:glinner 
september 2009 by kevan
'Drugs' email banned by ad watchdog | Media | guardian.co.uk
"An email marketing campaign for the British film Shifty that encouraged people to 'stitch up a mate' by making them think they were being investigated by police for drugs offences has been banned by the advertising regulator."
advertising  lies  camrad  drugs  films  email 
may 2009 by kevan
BD Horror News - George A. Romero Foresees the Return of Bub
"However, if I could get the permission... there's a character in my new script which could be become Bub, in other words, he would be alive now."
zombies  films 
may 2008 by kevan
Urban Dead - Welcome to Monroeville
This has been fun to work on; a custom secondary map for the UK release of Diary of the Dead, the doomed survivors being given video cameras to record their personal apocalypses, and the dead walking forever in a Romero-canonical world without Necrotech.
creations  zombies  games  films 
february 2008 by kevan
Observations on film art and FILM ART : This is your brain on movies, maybe
"He posits that in general, when we reread a novel or rewatch a film, our cognitive system doesn’t apply its prior knowledge of what will happen." [...] "Our moment-by-moment processes evolved in response to the brute fact of nonrepetition."
films  psychology  illusions  via:webb 
february 2008 by kevan
Granta: 'Cary Grant's Suit' by Todd McEwen
"North By Northwest isn't a film about what happens to Cary Grant, it's about what happens to his suit." [...] "You cannot violate the white shirt of the Sixties. You might kill me but you will never kill this shirt."
clothes  films  via:adrianhon 
january 2008 by kevan
DVD, Blu-ray & HD-DVD Review - Blade Runner: The Final Cut - All Versions
"Harrison Ford was unavailable due to scheduling issues, so his son Ben was brought in correct this [with] the same chin scar (via make-up) that his father has, saying the correct lines. His mouth was digitally inserted over his father's seamlessly."
films  technology  illusions  hacking  via:lmg 
december 2007 by kevan
Jodrell Bank Telescope To Become Largest Cinema Screen On The Planet
"During the show, the huge dish of the telescope will act as a giant video screen displaying images of early space exploration, astronomy, engineering, the history and future of radio astronomy and the construction of the Lovell telescope itself."
space  history  films  via:foe 
august 2007 by kevan
Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society » Incubus, the Esperanto Film
"For many years, the original print of Incubus was thought to have been lost and all copies destroyed, but the film turned up in Paris 1996 and was re-released on DVD in 2001. According to Salon Magazine, the movie may be cursed."
history  films  language  via:mcios 
july 2007 by kevan
Michel Gagné - Animation
"In the Fall of 2006, I was contacted by Brad Bird to create a series of animated vignettes for his movie Ratatouille. The concept was to design and animate abstract representations of what the character was tasting."
food  synaesthesia  art  films  via:infosthetics 
july 2007 by kevan
Xorph Dot Com | Clockers
"In a world not quite like our own, where the industrial revolution was triggered not by steam, but by springs [...] Daedelus Murphy and his ragtag band of friends and rivals are about to learn that that curiosity can be the most dangerous crime of all."
films  theatre  mutation  technology  history  crime  hacking  monkeys 
june 2007 by kevan
Welcome to RiffTrax!
MST3K living on, with Mike Nelson and others providing heckling commentary MP3s to play alongside films. Hadn't looked at the site since it launched; it's got dozens of films on there now, including a lot of recent releases, and Night of the Living Dead.
films  meta  mp3s  zombies  todo 
may 2007 by kevan
The Motion Picture Production Code of 1930 (Hays Code)
"Most arts appeal to the mature. [...] This art of the motion picture, combining as it does the two fundamental appeals of looking at a picture and listening to a story, at once reaches every class of society."
history  films  law  sex  politics  via:holly 
january 2007 by kevan
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
A film director trying to experience enough poverty to feel justified in making films about it. Endlessly and easily drawn back to the comfort of Hollywood, the looping plot keeps coming back on stranger and darker levels.
filmlog  3stars  films  money  meta  depression  society  illusions  lies 
november 2006 by kevan
The Movie Quote Generator
"Listen to them. Children of the random word generator. What music they make." Doubles as a guess-the-film quiz.
creations  films  language  random 
november 2006 by kevan
Book of the Dead: The Complete History of Zombie Cinema - Jamie Russell
A thunking great illustrated history of zombies in film, also skimming their (admittedly quite brief) appearances in literature, and the American cultural context of Haiti in the 1930s.
booklog  zombies  films  history 
november 2006 by kevan
Pharyngula: Squid attack!
"Photographs of selected frames from a high-speed cine sequence of the capture of prey (a penaeid shrimp) with the tentacles by Loligo pealei. The elapsed time (ms) from the start of the sequence is indicated in the upper left-hand corner of each frame."
squid  films  time  science 
october 2006 by kevan
Wired 14.04: Dream Machines
Will Wright on positive aspects of gaming. "Imagine that all you knew about movies was gleaned through observing the audience in a theater - but that you had never watched a film. You would conclude that movies induce lethargy and junk-food binges."
games  design  children  future  films 
september 2006 by kevan
The Biology of B-Movie Monsters
"The upshot of all this is that Mothra is going to have to add a lot of tracheal tubes to maintain a sufficient oxygen supply."
monsters  films  science  physics  octopuses  ants  apes  insects  via:joshua 
september 2006 by kevan
The Asylum
Odd film company that specialises in cheap knock-offs of big films, a day or two before they're released. "Under a powerful Mayan curse, snakes are hatched inside a young woman. [...] With only hours to live, she jumps on a train headed for Los Angeles."
films  cheating  coincidences 
august 2006 by kevan
Tristram Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story (2005)
Fun if easily-distracted metafiction, a good sense of having seen the relevant bits of a larger story, from the only edges of its construction. Brydon's excellent.
filmlog  4stars  films  books  meta  history  children 
july 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Film | The counterfeit Kubrick
Observer article on Alan Conway from 1999. "If Kubrick did not want to exist in public, then somebody had to invent him."
films  lies  delusions  money 
june 2006 by kevan
Colour Me Kubrick (2005)
Extravagant biopic of Alan Conway, exploring how far and loudly you can take the faking of an eccentric recluse, although the all-pervading campness gets a bit wearying. Flabbergasting appearance by Jim Davidson as an effete light entertainment star.
filmlog  4stars  films  lies  money  delusions 
june 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Film | Move over Hollywood
"[From the 1960s to the 1990s], moving from movies to TV was considered slumming it, a suicidal burning of one's bridges. Not any more. Actors, like many others, have cottoned on to one fact: we're now in the Second Golden Age of American Television."
films  television  america 
may 2006 by kevan
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Fun recursion about padding a shallow film with random songs, and dubbing because the stupid audience won't realise.
filmlog  3stars  music  weather  films  meta  via:holly 
april 2006 by kevan
CBS News Gamecore: Once Upon A Time...
Video game narrative. Warren Ellis: "You're not going to get anything on the level of 'Kane' in video games until someone somewhere pays an honest-to-God writer to sit in a room and create a story themselves that they are passionate about [telling]."
games  writing  films 
march 2006 by kevan
The Movie Timeline
Developing a timeline of all film events with established dates. "Lucky Al Capone - he was sent to Alcatraz by Eliot Ness just in time to miss King Kong rampaging around New York."
films  history  via:waxy 
march 2006 by kevan
AtomFilms - Me and the Big Guy
Short-film 1984 parody, a cheerful Citizen 43275-B returning home to tell his omnipresent telescreen roommate every hilarious anecdote of his work shift.
videos  films  humour  surveillance 
march 2006 by kevan
Prater Violet - Christopher Isherwood
Isherwood floating through the 1930s British film industry, pressing a few buttons and doing another slow orbit of a solemn and troubled giant.
booklog  films  history  war  books  via:holly 
march 2006 by kevan
The National Archives | 1940s Public Information Films
"[What a Life!] has no obvious point beyond, as the British Film Institute pointed out, displaying Massingham's fondness for black humour and parodying along the way that familiar complaint, 'the country is going to the dogs!'"
films  videos  history  politics  via:mcios 
february 2006 by kevan
Lost In La Mancha (2002)
Horrible demonstration of how much damage bad luck can do to a film project. The documentary feels quite sparse and cobbled together, though, even in its most devastating moments.
filmlog  3stars  weather  films 
february 2006 by kevan
michel auder - Voyage to the Center of the Phone Lines
"Voyage's structure is simple. Coastal landscape footage and spectacular sunsets are combined with phone conversations recorded from a scanner that picks up cordless phone frequencies."
films  phones  surveillance 
february 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Film | Steven Wells: Zombies come back from the dead
A brief look back at the year of the zombie renaissance. "The zombies haven't got any scarier, it's just in the past four or five years the landscape they stalk has started to look horribly familiar."
zombies  films  games  society 
january 2006 by kevan
Andy's Anachronisms - Time Travel Reviews
"A site devoted to exploring the themes of time travel and alternate universes in books, film, television, and pop culture in general."
time  books  films  television 
december 2005 by kevan
The Five Obstructions (2003)
Much less literal and verbatim than I expected it to be, being remakes of mere sections of the original, but fun to watch, brilliant that the most punishing obstruction is "make a version with no obstructions".
filmlog  4stars  films  meta 
december 2005 by kevan
village voice > film > Homecoming by Dennis Lim
Anti-war zombie film, dead veterans returning to vote out the president that sent them to their deaths. "Dante's film shows not just the flag-draped caskets at Dover Air Force Base but their irate occupants bursting out of them."
zombies  war  politics  america  films 
december 2005 by kevan
Night of the Living Dead 3d - A New Dimension of the Horror Classic
Bizarre 3D-glasses remake of the Romero original, vaguely updated. The plot apparently includes a spin on the fake-cremation-scam body-stockpiling news story from a couple of years ago.
films  zombies  illusions 
november 2005 by kevan
Metaphilm - Fight Club
Parallels with Calvin and Hobbes. "Calvin claims Hobbes pounces on him every day after school; Jack believes Tyler beats him up next to 40 kilotons of nitroglycerin in a parking garage."
comics  humour  films 
november 2005 by kevan
Cinecity 2005 - The Brighton Film Festival
"The Brighton Film Festival returns to the Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton’s Cineworld, Gardner Arts Centre, and venues across Brighton and Hove (November 17th to December 4th), for a packed programme of UK premieres and previews [...]"
brighton  films  todo 
november 2005 by kevan
The Zombie Farm
Dawn of the Dead fan site, including facetious profiles of all the main zombies. "At the time of her death, as she lay dying from various bite wounds, she vainly cursed the maker, for she had been attacked while wearing casual, in-house clothes."
zombies  films  clothes 
october 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Books | Rules of engagement
"Some months later [Archer] is himself tried in a real court and found guilty. In essence, the charge against him is that he failed to distinguish between fact and fiction." Censorship on the boundaries of fiction; entertainingly flumph-of-research.
books  theatre  films  lies  illusions  sex 
october 2005 by kevan
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Recursive Frame Analysis
Detailed language analysis of a group-therapy scene from the film. "Yet we can see that whilst Nurse Ratched refers to the other human beings as 'Mr.' she refers to only one in an informal basis. Billy."
films  psychology  language 
october 2005 by kevan
The Observer | How the penguin's life story inspired the US religious right
"[The penguins outside a group] are struggling to get in and those on the inside are trying to stand their ground: it's a classic Darwinian struggle. The idea that the life of a penguin is any more beautiful than that of a malaria virus is absurd."
birds  evolution  religion  films 
september 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Happy ending for film that took 11 years to make
"During a decade of calamities, the investment ran out, one of the main actors died, the leading man had gained weight and the master negative suffered serious damage which would have been fatal but for the restorative abilities of digital imagery."
films  time  death 
september 2005 by kevan
Time Out Film: Simon Pegg interviews George A Romero
"SP: There's a great guy in 'Day' who's got a pinny on and gloves, like he was bitten when he was washing up. In that one detail there's a great little tragic story." "GR: In the remake of 'Dawn' everybody's in Nikes and jeans."
zombies  films  interviews  clothes 
september 2005 by kevan
In Search of the Red Demon
"As I floated there transfixed, a large squid moved to within two feet and flashed again. Mesmerized by the strobe effect, I didn't see that another squid was rushing in from my left." Filming Humboldt squid - the importance of being prepared.
squid  films  water 
august 2005 by kevan
New York Times: Slicing Familiar Films Into Something New
"It opens with his 1995 'Telephones,' which samples scenes from scores of Hollywood movies in which actors answer, talk on or hang up telephones and melds these moments, almost always turning points in the plot, into a single conversation."
films  art  phones  hacking 
july 2005 by kevan
On the Media - The Wilhelm Scream
"Whoever found a way to weasel it into the arrangement of a Judy Garland song - that's somebody who really pulled off the ultimate, I think, because the movie stops - and it's the only thing that's happening." Radio show with illustrative audio clips.
sound  films  death  radio  secrets 
july 2005 by kevan
Zombie Army : Official Land of the Dead Fan Site
Clever word-of-mouth viral site for Land of the Dead, where users can earn 'bones' to spend on film-related merchandise by referring their friends to the site, or providing content for it, or whatever else the site developers want doing.
zombies  films  memetics  web  advertising 
june 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Mars attacks! Again!
Contexts of War of the Worlds remakes. "[The original protagonist's] real interest is in the science, the technology and the Malthusian nightmare. The Spielberg/Cruise version, on the other hand, rests on the notion of 'a family fighting for survival'."
films  books  mars  aliens  war 
june 2005 by kevan
Noise Machine
"One thing I will say, though, is that you should never underestimate the power of sound." Weblog of the designer of the Derren Brown zombie-trance video game, a lecturer who's been working on some brain-breaking audio/visual-disjunct cinema.
brains  sound  films  illusions  zombies  weblogs 
june 2005 by kevan
collision detection: The brutal gaze of high-def TV
"Celebrities are considered attractive at least in part because they're suited to the technology of the age. The transition from silent movies to talkies destroyed many actors' careers, as did the shift from black-and-white to color."
television  films  faces 
june 2005 by kevan
screenonline: Miller and the Sweep, The (1897)
"It's one of the earliest films to show a clear awareness of its visual impact when projected. Knowing that the final film would be in black and white, Smith turned the action into a battle between those two opposites."
films  history 
june 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Books | Detective work
Jonathan Coe obsessing about a glimpsed film again. "And when [The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes] is next shown on television, I have a brilliant idea: I connect my tape deck to the earphone socket on the television, and record the complete soundtrack."
films  mysteries  nostalgia  secrets 
april 2005 by kevan
Timecode (2000)
Four impossibly single-shot ninety-minute interconnecting threads of mundanity, split-screen to be edited by the viewer's eye. A shame that the initially slight information overload subsides into soundtrack-guided attention, but still astonishing.
filmlog  4stars  films  meta  time 
april 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Film | To cut a long story short
History of film trailers, with some odd trivia: "The makers of the trailers for the recent movie A Series of Unfortunate Events, knew the movie they wanted viewers to be reminded of - Edward Scissorhands - and so they bought the rights to its score."
films  advertising  cheating  secrets  history 
april 2005 by kevan
Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry (2000)
Unexpected film of the BS Johnson novel, in a cheap pile of DVDs; Nick Moran as a stunted Malry, pinpointing his life by totalling its moral debits and credits, and crossing the line between schadenfreude and terrorism, to a Luke Haines soundtrack.
filmlog  3stars  films  books  terrorism  money  death  crime 
march 2005 by kevan
Telegraph | I was a brain-eating zombie
"A stream of the corn syrup-based blood bursts out and hits me in the eye, stinging like hell. I am momentarily stunned and only come to and start masticating when Fradis – whose blood pressure is already pretty high – starts screaming: "Chew! Chew!""
films  zombies 
november 2004 by kevan
Brighton Cinematheque
"Based on the first floor of a former Victorian tax office, now home to the Lighthouse Media Centre, the sixty seat cinema is open every Thursday and Sunday with the occasional extra."
brighton  films  secrets  todo 
october 2004 by kevan
press-citizen.com | Town feels 'Wrath of Con'
Surreal Shatner-led "reality TV" hoax. "Shatner told the Rev. Rich Adam of St. Mary's that he wanted to blow out the church's 100-year-old stain glass windows just to get his reaction."
cheating  films  hoaxes  television 
october 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Interview with Eddie Izzard
"'There are transvestite parts, but they're all small cameo, weirdo, probably dies 20 minutes in. It used to be gay and lesbian people would kill themselves. Now they can survive, but transgender people are still hanging themselves 20 minutes in."
films  interviews  izzard 
october 2004 by kevan
Zombies of the Early Horror Movie
History of zombie films. "The early walking dead were usually woken for a specific purpose under the wilful gaze of a madman who seeks cheap labour."
business  films  history  zombies 
september 2004 by kevan
Spielberg beaten to War of the Worlds by secretly shot English rival
A British studio manages to film an authentic period version under the working title of "The Great Boer War", without anyone noticing. Presumably they hid all the giant metal tripods, between takes.
aliens  books  films  mars 
september 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Books | Sweet like chocolate
"Dahl wanted Spike Milligan to play Wonka, but he was considered too much of a risk for the US market."
books  children  films  food 
september 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Paris's new slant on underground movies
Update on the Parisian cinema: "The biggest hassle was that everything - tables, chairs, bar, projector, screen, the lot - had to fit through a 30cm by 40cm hole on the surface."
films  france  secrets 
september 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Film | In a secret Paris cavern, the real underground cinema
"Police in Paris have discovered a fully equipped cinema-cum-restaurant in a large and previously uncharted cavern underneath the capital's chic 16th arrondissement."
electricity  films  france  mysteries  secrets 
september 2004 by kevan
IMDB: Puckoon (2002)
Hadn't noticed this - a film of Milligan's book, with Sean Hughes as Dan Madigan. It was out on video yesterday.
films  humour  todo 
august 2004 by kevan
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