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Stunning steampunk animation online: The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello

Anthony Lucas award winning 2005 short film, The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello is a Gothic horror mystery set in a world of iron dirigibles and steam powered computers. Jasper Morello is a disgraced aerial navigator who flees his Plague-ridden home on a desperate voyage to redeem himself.

The film uses a unique style of silhouette animation, developed by Lucas, and the entire 26 minute short is now available online for your viewing pleasure

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Condition: Human – SF web series due to début in April looks stunning

Condition: Human is a zero-budget web series comprised of six 15 minute episodes due to début on April 1st. The trailer looks utterly stunning and really does demonstrate the extent to which a talented director can find ways of achieving his vision with the most basic of equipment.

In the near future, man has begun to address the economic and environmental issues plaguing the early 21st century. Rapid technological advancements have changed life dramatically, especially the creation of advanced humanoid robots who have begun to play an integral part in everyday life. Takumi Kenji, the reclusive CEO of Kenji electronics, and father of all things A.I. has announced the first ever companion bots, a model of humanoid whos interactive capabilities are remarkably natural. As robots continue to evolve their place amongst us must evolve as well, and as it does society carries the responsibility of answering the moral questions that come.

And if youre an aspiring filmmaker, or just interested, head over to Binary Crumbs where director Trenton Lepp is posting a series of tutorials discussing how the various effects were achieved.

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Surreal post-apocalyptic gorgeousness from Shane Acker

One film Ive been looking forward to seeing ever since I caught the trailer is 9. Shane Ackers feature length début tells the story of 9, a robot rag doll that comes to life in a post-apocalyptic world. All humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction.

The film is being produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov and is an expansion of Ackers 2005 short film of the same name.

Late Film have managed to track down the short and it looks stunning. But dont take my word for it – go see for yourself.

Bill Hicks: The redacted routine

15 years ago, David Letterman and his then producer, Robert Morton, chose to delete from The Late Show a stand-up routine from comedian Bill Hicks. Hicks had been scheduled for his 12th appearance on the show on October 1st 1993, which was recorded in front of an audience at at CBS Ed Sullivan Theatre. However, when the show was aired, the entire performance had been removed.

At the end of January this year, Letterman not only apologised to Hicks mother for having stopped the segment but also played it in full.

Late is better than never and credit is due to Letterman for being willing to admit to having made a professional mistake. What is also very striking about Hicks performance is how little it has dated.

Thanks to @dbspin for the heads up

The Man Without an Head – award winning short film online

This is gorgeous, and much gratitude to Quiet Earth for pointing me in the direction of Juan Diego Solanas short film The Man Without a Head, which is about Phelps, a solitary man who lives in a big industrial city by the sea. Tonight, Phelps is preparing for a ball, to which the young woman he loves has agreed to come. There is only one problem – Phelps doesnt have a head, so he sets out to buy one.

The film is available in full online and looks utterly stunning and you can see for yourself here:

Solanas is currently working on his first feature, the potentially mind-bending Upside Down which is about two worlds - one above, one below, facing each other, only an arms-length away yet unreachable.

Adam is a seemingly ordinary guy in a very extraordinary universe. He lives humbly trying to make ends meet, but his romantic spirit holds on to the memory of a girl he met once upon a time from another world, an inverted affluent world with its own gravity, directly above but beyond reach… a girl named Eve. Their childhood flirtation becomes an impossible love. But when he catches a glimpse of grown‐up Eve on television, nothing will get in the way of getting her back… Not even the law or science!

2009 is shaping up into a very good year for SF.

Code Monkey: The Anime Music Video

Every now and then, as I trawl the depths of YouTube, I stuble across something that is very good indeed. In this case its Code Monkey AMV, which uses footage from the Anime Black Heaven to make a music video for Jonathan Coultons Code Monkey.

According to the blurb, the short won the Best in Show award at Animazement 2007, and its easy to see why. Not only is this an excellent mash-up, but its a damn fine music video by any standard.

Its also left me wanting to get my paws on Black Heaven.

The 5 Rules of Seagal

There are five rules to a great Stevan Seagal film. Check them out below:

Found at Twitch

Fitna Remade

Following the UK governments foolish and countr-productive banning of Geert Wilders from the UK, his 15 minute Fitna has now gained a far wider audience that he would have otherwise enjoyed. Wilders is a far-right anti-immigration politician who has latched onto Muslims as a euphamism for Brown People and Reza Moradi of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, annoyed at the way Wilders film attacks all Muslims - including those who are actually victims of Islamism fleeing oppression - has edited and rescripted the film to produce Fitna Remade.

The take-home message of the film is that secularists should suport secularism everywhere and without exception.

(Via MediaWatchWatch)

The Voyage of Charles Darwin

Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on February 12th, the birthday of Charles Darwin, the English naturalist whose On The Origin of Species famously introduced the theory of evolution through natural selection. This year also marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwins birth, and – in November – the 150th anniversary of the publication of his seminal work.

As such it seems appropriate that, while poking around YouTube I should stumble across the entire series of The Voyage of Charles Darwin. This is a six-part BBC series dating back to 1978 that depicts the life of Darwin and his formulation of the theory of evolution through natural selection. There is also an epilogue (which I havent watched yet, but will be doing soon) that throws some light on the origin of man, and his history.


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Free film online: Nightmare in the Attic

A little over two years ago, I saw a film called Jigsaw, a very smart noirish thriller that was one of the strongest films I saw in 2006. At the time I was under the impression that this was writer/director Scott Stavens first film. It turns out that it wasnt.

Before Jigsaw, Staven made a film called Nightmare in the Attic. I havent yet watched the film but, from the logline, it does sound intriguing:

A revelation of a past unknown and a reoccurring nightmare leads a woman on a journey to find out the history of her amnesia victim boyfriend. But some things should just be left unknown.

Best of all, the film has been released online completely free so there really is no excuse not to go and take a look. I certainly will be doing so in the very near future.

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