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Terry Gilliam’s 1968 Christmas Card (1968)

Still from Terry Gilliam's 1968 video Christmas card.

Still from Terry Gilliam’s 1968 video Christmas card.

Terry Gilliam’s animation style in the 1960s has a wonderfully homemade feel, as visually sophisticated as it as, and as perfect as the comedic timing is.

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Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life (1995)

Peter Capaldi's short film, "Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life", starring Richard E. Grant, won the 1995 Oscar for best live action short.

Peter Capaldi’s short film, “Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life”, starring Richard E. Grant, won the Oscar for best live action short in 1995.

Peter Capaldi’s had an amazing run the past few years, playing Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It, Randall Brown in The Hour, and now heading up Doctor Who.  But in 1995, he won an Oscar for a short film he wrote and directed for BBC Scotland, “Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life”, a feel-good Christmas tale starring Richard E. Grant, Phyllis Logan, the crushing anxiety of the artist, and a few giant cockroaches.

At about 20 minutes, it’s a bit longer than my usual weekday videos, but what the heck, it’s Friday, and nothing says “party” like Kafka, does it?

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Glas (1959)

Still from Bert Haanstra's Glas (1959)

Still from Bert Haanstra’s Glas (1959)

Glas, winner of the 1959 Oscar for short subject documentary, is an improvised short doc by Dutch filmmaker Bert Haanstra about a glass factory.  Interesting and evocative invented sound collage midway through, and a wonderful illustration of the rhythmic, almost musical hand motions of the glass-blowers.  And, at the end, an amazing example of mid-century closing titles.

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Video: Journalists talk about their experience with collaborative remixing

Still from "Journalists on Working with Blank on Blank".

Still from “Journalists on Working with Blank on Blank”.

Last week, in the post on the Blank on Blank interview with Maurice Sendak, I mentioned how remixing is rarely discussed in the context of collaboration between artists, most of whom would like to see the extra bits and pieces they can’t roll into their own work take on a new life.  Blank on Blank beat me to it – they’ve interviewed several of the journalists they’ve worked with to bring forgotten pieces of interview back to life, to get their take on the process. Continue reading


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Untitled short by Sweeney and Sprott (2011)

Still from an untitled short film by Jason Sweeney and Fiona Sprott.

Still from an untitled short film by Jason Sweeney and Fiona Sprott.

This short is a collaboration between Jason Sweeney (creator of Stereopublic) and Fiona Sprott, as part of their joint venture, Unreasonable Films.  I love the textures in this film, the sound collage and the tape hiss, the digital noise, the slight frame jump.  It brings a lot of motion and life to a series of still images, and it’s all done in the editing room.

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