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Do Not Adjust Your Mind.
October 4, 2009 3:39 PM   Subscribe

Chop Cup. There is a fault in reality. Do not adjust your mind.

The Making of Chop Cup. (timelapse)

Other videos from :weareom:

Choices (For United Way Romania)

Immerse

Line
posted by lazaruslong (44 comments total) 29 users marked this as a favorite

 
what
posted by Mikey-San at 3:53 PM on October 4, 2009


too cool!
posted by electricsandwich138 at 4:00 PM on October 4, 2009


i'm not sure what i just saw there, but i dig the music.
posted by empath at 4:00 PM on October 4, 2009


All their videos are pretty good, good find.
posted by empath at 4:06 PM on October 4, 2009


I loved it and hated it in equal measure.

Best part almost certainly the music.

CHHAAAWWWPPP KAAAAHHHHPPPPPPPP
posted by fire&wings at 4:08 PM on October 4, 2009


Reminds me a whole lot of that scene in INLAND EMPIRE where Laura Dern trots across the intersection of Hollywood and Vine with a screwdriver sticking out of her stomach and yet is somehow also an actress performing in a soundstage who can't wake up from her own performance.
posted by hermitosis at 4:17 PM on October 4, 2009 [2 favorites]


Watch this. You're gonna love.. it's nuts.
posted by autodidact at 4:24 PM on October 4, 2009 [4 favorites]


Wow, this is way better than my boring tuna salad. And my boring life!
posted by Dark Messiah at 4:30 PM on October 4, 2009 [2 favorites]


All their videos are pretty good, good find.

Reading this sentence gives me a feeling not unlike the one provoked by the final 15 seconds of the above video.

Nice work, empath.
posted by felix betachat at 4:46 PM on October 4, 2009


Mind. Blown.
posted by cashman at 4:54 PM on October 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


Choices is by far the best of the bunch. The rest just seems gimmicky to me. At least Choices has something to say and an interesting visual style in which to say it.
posted by jeoc at 4:57 PM on October 4, 2009


Whoa. I got...nothing.
posted by jquinby at 5:00 PM on October 4, 2009


I'm somewhere where I don't know where I am.
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email at 5:05 PM on October 4, 2009


No, I don't have to adjust my mind. How dare you imply such a thing?

Look, you lot - this may seem amazing to your "can't quite get to the turtles all the way down" mindset, but for us this is like Are You Being Served? when there's nothing on the television.

Oooh, where'd the ball go? Oooooh, where's the other dimensions? Honestly.

Look - I know you fancy this sort of thing. And yes, it's neat for a bit. But you're making a laughingstock out of us last believers over here. Your minds are like the Chicago Cubs - we HOPE you'll get there one day, but you never quite manage it.

Carry on. Next week I might show you how that whole cat in the box thing works also. But it's lunchtime now.

The Reality String Corporation,
Customer Service Division,
Fifth Dimension Office Park
Universe-Next-Door,
Earth2
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 5:08 PM on October 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


I liked "Chop Cup" all right, mainly from the design, but "Choices" was best. I can't imagine America's United Way commissioning or airing such a poignant piece.
posted by Countess Elena at 5:11 PM on October 4, 2009


Dammit, Countess Elena.... you made me watch Choices. How terribly sad...
posted by Doohickie at 5:17 PM on October 4, 2009


Yeah, Choices is definitely the best of the bunch. The others, other than Chop Cup, I didn't make it all the way through (and Chop Cup was basically just a "what?" for me. I feel pretty indifferent to it). I think these filmmakers have something going on, but I'm not quite sure what their vision or message is supposed to be.

(I like super-short films. I like great commercials. I love the form of music videos. I'm typically into this sort of thing. These just didn't do it for me.)
posted by darksong at 5:22 PM on October 4, 2009


I wish the new Dr. Who looked more like this.

By this I mean more cool low-budget effects and misdirection, not nintendo music okay that would be pretty cool too
posted by The Whelk at 5:29 PM on October 4, 2009


Also, that "Don't Panic" bit of graffiti in Choices is kinda inspired to the point of heartbreaking.
posted by The Whelk at 5:32 PM on October 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


Fake magic...this makes Penn and Teller sad.
posted by GavinR at 5:35 PM on October 4, 2009


Still, in terms of dimension distorting, it's not Ping Pong.
posted by The Whelk at 5:43 PM on October 4, 2009 [4 favorites]


Fake magic...this makes Penn and Teller sad.

Derren Brown is quite pleased, however.
posted by Avenger at 5:50 PM on October 4, 2009


I understand the "cup" part, but not the "chop" part.
posted by not_on_display at 6:06 PM on October 4, 2009


I can't see this at work...is it anything like that Slap Chop remix?
posted by zardoz at 6:34 PM on October 4, 2009


I understand the "cup" part, but not the "chop" part.

A "chop cup" is a specially gimmicked cup used by magicians, sometimes in combination with the cups and balls routine, and sometimes by itself. It's really never referred to as a chop cup other than among magicians.
posted by The Deej at 6:40 PM on October 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


Too bored to bother much but you can see the point where the center cup loses its shadow.

The odd junk sculptures that cast shadows that look like motorcycles uses this technique to better effect.
posted by Max Power at 6:51 PM on October 4, 2009


Fake magic Socialism...this makes Penn and Teller sad.
posted by Saxon Kane at 6:53 PM on October 4, 2009


Wow, thank you. This is amazing stuff. Immerse and Line feel like short sketches for movies I would definitely pay to see - but then maybe their power is in their brevity and implication. They're like visual spec-fiction haiku.
posted by regicide is good for you at 7:01 PM on October 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


Allright, so this is probably me going on 3 hours of sleep and no coffee this morning, but I don't get it. Why is my mind supposed to be blown?
posted by afu at 7:05 PM on October 4, 2009


I thought the chop had more to do with the shots at the end, where everything was in pieces. For example, the rubix cube, clock, statue, etc.

Also, it's kind of fun to envision all the cups as 2D objects. Makes it interesting to watch a few extra times.
posted by scrutiny at 7:06 PM on October 4, 2009


Is this what passes for trippy these days? This is what happens when you force an entire generation of kids to wear helmets.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 7:13 PM on October 4, 2009 [6 favorites]


Too bored to bother much but you can see the point where the center cup loses its shadow.


Yeah. All of a sudden I thought "wait...what just happened? It's all flat and in the wrong perspective!", right before the cup is peeled off. It was pretty trippy.
posted by niles at 7:23 PM on October 4, 2009


Well, I'm glad to see my worst fear concerned. This helps me to understand how some people can be so hard to argue with. Their minds just simply exist in a different frame of absolute truth than my own brain.
posted by mccarty.tim at 7:42 PM on October 4, 2009


Worst magician ever. He was telegraphing all over the place what he was doing with the ball in the beginning (and I don't care if it was on purpose).
posted by Memo at 8:19 PM on October 4, 2009


I adjusted my mind!
posted by Astro Zombie at 8:22 PM on October 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


Well, I'm glad to see my worst fear concerned. This helps me to understand how some people can be so hard to argue with. Their minds just simply exist in a different frame of absolute truth than my own brain.

I don't agree with that at all, and I'm at a loss as to how you could even think such a thing.
posted by The Deej at 8:47 PM on October 4, 2009


Sorry, but the main video was pretty lame. The behind the scenes was worse. The Choices was pretty good, but not enough to carry the whole post on its own.
posted by paisley henosis at 9:46 PM on October 4, 2009


Their minds just simply exist in a different frame of absolute truth than my own brain.

Eh, how could there be a "different frame of absolute truth"? If there are differing versions of truth, then it's not absolute. And what does this have to do with a video that makes no factual claims whatsoever, true or false? I'm probably giving your comment more thought than it's worth, but if it's a joke, I don't get it.
posted by creasy boy at 10:27 PM on October 4, 2009


Fake magic...this makes Penn and Teller sad.

Funny, it struck me as exactly the sort of thing Penn and Teller do: it starts with a lame and obvious magic trick, then suddenly turns into a different trick than the one you thought you were watching.
posted by baf at 11:54 PM on October 4, 2009 [7 favorites]


Liked it very much. I'm a sucker for the Fran├žois de Roubaix-y soundtrack.
posted by creeky at 3:01 AM on October 5, 2009


I'm glad I'm not the only one that thought the video was a lot of effort for very little value.
posted by dearsina at 7:22 AM on October 5, 2009


I don't get it. The ball was under the cup I thought it was under. Did I win?
posted by Caviar at 9:18 AM on October 5, 2009 [3 favorites]


Choices made me sniffle.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 1:53 PM on October 5, 2009


It's no slap chop.
posted by mike_bling at 7:51 PM on October 5, 2009 [1 favorite]


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