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Input/Output (SLVimeo) - A new short from Terri Timely and Park Pictures which defies description
posted by CrystalDave (18 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
I figured I'd go watch it and the provide a description, but... I can't.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 11:41 PM on October 11, 2015 [2 favorites]

It's kind of "everything you don't expect to happen, so don't go in expecting anything (especially not anything normal)". Beautifully done, wonderfully weird.

Now the music by Fall On Your Sword, that was as expected... good.
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:03 AM on October 12, 2015

posted by davejh at 12:33 AM on October 12, 2015

non-narrative film sequence in which ordinary input actions cause extraordinary output results, often displaying a kind of surreal logic: sometimes reversals, sometimes of an associative or metaphorical nature.
posted by leibniz at 1:20 AM on October 12, 2015 [10 favorites]

I hope the dog's OK.
posted by chavenet at 1:30 AM on October 12, 2015 [4 favorites]

This is one of those things that fools my brain into thinking "If I just watch it 20 or 30 more times it will all start to make sense."

Currently trying to resist the temptation.
posted by mmoncur at 2:36 AM on October 12, 2015

I'm not sure what this is, but I like it
posted by NordyneDefenceDynamics at 2:49 AM on October 12, 2015

Terri Timely previously (video can be found here in case linked page doesn't work for you). More Terri Timely.
posted by effbot at 3:16 AM on October 12, 2015 [1 favorite]

It's a perfect illustration of what every computer programmer encounters when they set about their work.
posted by MikeWarot at 3:42 AM on October 12, 2015 [17 favorites]

It's like a visual rendering of Steven Wright jokes.
posted by hwestiii at 3:54 AM on October 12, 2015 [4 favorites]

What a delightful succession of playful visual puns and allusions.

A decent bit of beanplating could provide the surrealist underlying metaphors inherent in each sequence - colour and structure draining out of the analogue TV and into the digital? The pleasant modes of existence promised by the computer really isolated rocks spinning in empty space? Our conceptions of animal consciousness merely fictions that illuminate our own internal bounds snd provide vapid amusement? - but, frankly, unless I can get a grant to expand those over a three year doctorate in film studies, I'll just stop there.

The whole thing lasts almost exactly as long as the instrumental intro to Bela Lugosi's Dead, by the way. I enjoyed that experiment too.
posted by Devonian at 4:42 AM on October 12, 2015 [2 favorites]

Very Michel Gondry-esque. And that's a good thing.
posted by zardoz at 4:55 AM on October 12, 2015

The only thing I didn't like was the small multiples. That presentation is ideal for showing a variety of slightly different objects or scenes so you can pull together the commonalities (or slight differences) quickly and easily. Used here, you end up just focusing on the few you can handle in the limited time to see what the gag was in that particular one, completely missing the others.
posted by odinsdream at 5:52 AM on October 12, 2015 [1 favorite]

The only thing I didn't like was the small multiples.

You did notice the actions in one frame interacting with objects in the adjacent one? (Would have liked a lot more of those interactions, actually.)
posted by progosk at 6:41 AM on October 12, 2015

I'm with odinsdream; i did notice, e.g., the book that was in attic and the Chinese restaurant... and a couple others, but there wasn't time to see them all.

And I'm not going to watch it again.

Really, I'm not. I have work to do.

I'm not.
posted by allthinky at 8:07 AM on October 12, 2015

If you like this, you might also enjoy the less-surreal-but-still-fun Oscar-winning short Fresh Guacamole.
posted by swift at 10:37 AM on October 12, 2015

I am amused.
posted by MrVisible at 11:23 AM on October 12, 2015

This should really be shown to first year computer programming students just to prepare them for the kinds of feelings they will encounter in the future.
posted by Avelwood at 12:07 PM on October 12, 2015 [1 favorite]

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