Let's think back to the 1960s, when more people were writing surreal, paranoid themes. Now place Jim Henson in that context, and you get Time Piece
(YouTube, excerpt; behind the scenes clip
, YT). Add in collaboration with writer (and puppeteer) Jerry Juhl
and you have The Cube
(YT, full film), as well as the setting for the hypnagogic story of a man pursued in the desert, called Tale of Sand. This was first written up as a screenplay and pitched as a movie in the late 1960s, then revised and re-pitched in 1974. But no one bit, so the screenplay was shelved, and then Jim gained fame for Sesame Street and The Muppets. Elements of Tale of Sand appeared in The Muppet Movie
(YT, full movie) and other places since then, but the work was largely unseen and forgotten. Jump ahead three decades, and the Henson Company teams up with Archaia
, first releasing Fraggle Rock and Dark Crystal comics
, then digging in the Henson Company vault to bring Tale of Sand to light with cartoonist Ramón Pérez
. You can see a preview of the graphic novel on Graphicly
(including a nice dynamic display) and Amazon
(static images, but more pages in the preview). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jul 6, 2013 -
Prasanna Puwanarajah's moving short about a Velodrome carpenter, BOY
was the winner of the British Airways Great Britons 2012 competition. [more inside]
posted by IanMorr
on Apr 10, 2012 -
Like a children's book for adults. Blok
[slyt] a 1982 short by Polish Director Hieronim Neumann.
posted by quoquo
on Nov 9, 2011 -
is a 12-minute dialogue-free film by director Virgil Widrich about a guy inadvertently duplicating himself over and over (320 x 240 streaming Real format download link
). The most interesting aspect of the short, however, is that it was made frame-by-frame of photocopies, manipulated for jarring visual effects and then shot with a camera to put together the final cut. (Mentioned
previously by film aficionado pxe2000.) Also see Widrich's photocopied short Fast Film
with even more calamitous, unraveling effects. Get this guy toner refills for his birthday.
posted by planetkyoto
on Mar 21, 2005 -
, a short film about a Pinocchio/Frankenstein-esque robot child almost a year in the making thus far, has up until recently been illustrator Brian Taylor's personal side project. He's been keeping a diary of the process on his site and posting movie clips, storyboard sketches, and descriptions of how he achieves various effects the whole time. Followers of the site recently got the good news that Taylor has received funding to work on Rustboy full-time beginning in April. I've bookmarked it so I can check in every so often and say, "MAN, I wish I could do that!"
posted by apollonia6
on Mar 24, 2002 -
Everyone's favorite foul-mouthed, philosophical shopclerks are back.
For those of you who missed it's premiere on the Tonight Show
a coupla days ago, the inimitable Kevin Smith has new short up on his site(Quicktime and RealMedia). Dante and Randal are back talking all about mad German Scientists, The Jetsons
and the decline of American ingenuity. Terrific, as always, Kev.
posted by jonmc
on Mar 3, 2002 -