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Tuesday
Sep282010

Where good ideas come from (short film)

I really enjoy these animated lectures. I posted one some time ago on The Crisis of Capitalism, and there's a good one out there about 21st Century Enlightenment. This one's more relevant: it's about how innovation happens. Where do good ideas come from and is the Internet helping or hurting social innovation? Does the constant flow of new information from everywhere or dicing of ideas into single sentences (Twitter) help or hurt breakthrough innovation? It's only four minutes long. Give it a watch.

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Monday
Sep202010

Check it out: 8Bits, a short film chock full of video game goodness!

Do you remember 0 and 1, my friends? This is an odd short, but it's has some damn good animation. I'm not entirely sure what it's about, but it involves a big bad guy, an unlikely hero, and a princess that keeps being taken to another castle--classic video game themes. The art reminds me of Psychonauts and the presentation style is a lot like Viewtiful Joe. Never heard of these games? That's fine. You're bound to notice something, be it the 2D transfers, Super Mario sounds, Sonic the Hedgehog bounces, Street Fighter boss battle, Zelda princess, TMNT exit, super copter, or race car ending. If not, hey, it's still a fun 4 minutes. 

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Tuesday
Jul202010

Awesome: Try to pick out 35 movies in this 2 minute animation!

I love a good puzzle. Test your abstract movie knowledge in this fast 2 minute clip. It's made by Pascal Monaco and friends. They boiled their favorite 35 movies into their most basic elements and strung them together. For example, the first image of the film is music notes raining down. I'll give that one to you: it's Singing in the Rain. This image above, it's Toy Story. Watch the video below; you've got 33 more to go.

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Friday
Jul092010

Here's an inside look at the Pixar short Day & Night (video)

One of the best parts about seeing a movie like Toy Story 3 is the short film that comes before it. Every one of Pixar's films has a short and they're always a pleasant diversion. Day & Night is possibly their best yet, though Gerry's Game might still be my favorite. This is a quick run-through of the development behind Day & Night. Check it out, then go see Toy Story 3. 

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Thursday
Jul082010

Awesome: Super Mario Bros. on a sidewalk (short film)

One of the things I hope to promote on Cinema Soldier is cool short films. This, my friends, is 7 captivating minutes of film. I'm not quite sure how they did it, but the whole Super Mario Bros. NES game is projected onto a sidewalk, with underground areas on the cement! It has to be done in post-production (filmed the sidewalk, then added the Mario), but it looks so damn convincing. The camera shakes all around, but the image never moves a millimeter. Awesome job guys.

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Monday
Jul052010

Interesting short film: The Crises of Capitalism (video)

This blog isn't political, but this is one of the coolest little shorts I've seen. It's an animation created to accompany a very good 11 minute speech given by David Harvey this past April. Harvey goes into convincing detail on some of the broad causes of the financial problems plaguing the entire world. He doesn't single anyone out with malice, but instead asks if we shouldn't look toward something beyond capitalism. Fun, well animated, and thought-provoking. The video is below.

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