Dynamo

Dynamo

Three sudents, Fabrice Le Nezet, Matthieu Goutte, and Benjamin Mousquet from Supinfocom, the animation school in Valenciennes, France, produced this whacky six minute film about two small characters working in different directions to make their tiny planet rotate.

This rotation works just like a dynamo to illuminate their little world. One day, however, the system jams.

Dynamo

Although the characters are unconventional looking, the animators really make their actions snappy with the use of very strong poses in this dialogue-free six minute movie.

Dynamo

Dynamo

Dynamo

Watch it on Beam TV, or at the film’s own website. (Quicktime file)

Cinderella 3 screengrabs

Disney DVD Home seem to have taken a hint from the YouTube model of film distribution, and released an 8 minute excerpt of the forthcoming Cinderella 3.

Commentators on the Animation Nation Bulletin Board, who are not known for their automatic worshipping of all things Disney, have given the release a cautious thumbs up, at least to the authenticity of the styling.

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Light on the Landing

I think that the modern crew have done a great job of recreating the look and feel of the original Cinderella, and there are some very knowing tributes going on in their new background paintings.
(Click on the thumbnail pictures to enlarge them).

I have chosen these particular images because they flash past so fast that you might not otherwise have the chance to admire them properly. (Said he, champion of the background artist’s skills)

Palace Doors

Dark, Dark Corridor
The Dark, Dark Corridor

The ballroom staircase
The Ballroom Staircase.

This will be the link that you are searching for!

Jonathan Byrd: This Is The New That

Jonathan Byrd

I just happened to catch this song while doing the washing up after supper. (What busy lives we artists lead).

Now I don’t normally listen to Bob Harris’ show on Radio 2 because it tends to be a bit sleepymaking, but I must confess that I will do anything to not listen to the Archers on Radio 4. (I’ve even trained the children to scream in unison within the first 2 bars of the theme tune starting.)

So anyway, the first thing that “Whispering” Bob plays is this song called The Cocaine Kid.
I was immediately transported back to the first time I heard Bob Dylan, but the lyrics Jonathan Byrd writes are fast and dense in a completely different way.

You’ll just have to listen to hear what is so impressively punchy about this singer / songwriter.

Jonathan Byrd

The link to his webiste? It’s here…

I think I’m a fan.

A bit of maintenance work to do…

Your browsing might be interrupted. WordPress version 2.1 “Ella” has been released at last, and it’s upgrade time.

Here we go.

Step 1, back up everything….

………..And it’s a good thing I did because all did not go (ahem) smoothly.
I’ll give it another go tomorrow when I’m not tired and stupid.

OK All done now!

The Hurricane Tree

This is an amazing shot by Jocke Berglund of Sweden that has just won him a prize in the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer Of The Year competition.

Hurricane Tree
The Hurricane Tree Sweden 2005
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When Hurricane Gudrun thundered across southern Sweden in January 2005, it left around 100,000 people isolated and without electricity.

Deep snow, fallen trees and severe temperatures meant several people died before help could reach them.

Flying over SmÅland photographing the devastation, Jocke – who specializes in aerial photography – saw this ‘remarkable oak tree print’.

It formed partly by the storm brush of nature and partly by the impact on the soil of the forestry machines retrieving logs.

‘It’s as if the heavens had sent a message to the forest industry reminding them that, in this area, deciduous trees would have withstood the winds much better than pine.

It’s also another stark reminder that global warming will lead to regular and stronger storm winds.’

Timothy McSweeney includes this astonishing example of recursion in a contest on his blog that he calls “A Convergence of Convergences”.

Giveaway of the day

Here’s a nice idea: A website that offers you a free software program every day.

No strings attached.

Here’s what the publishers have to say:

The idea behind this initiative is that many sites and publishers offer trial downloads; but only we offer giveaway downloads. What does that mean?

Basically, every day we nominate one software title that will be a Giveaway title of that day. The software will be available for download for 24 hours (or more, if agreed by software publisher) and that software will be absolutely free. That means – not a trial, not a limited version – but a registered and legal version of the software will be free for our visitors*.

The software product will be presented in its full functionality, without any limitations save for those mentioned in Terms and Conditions.

The download link will remain on our web-site for the agreed period of time, together with the review of the software product and the information about other products from the software publisher presenting the giveaway title.

Both reviews and the information on the product line will remain active even when the Giveaway period is over.

Here’s the link.

Today’s giveaway is a neat little app that allows screengrabs of .avi movie files. Not rocket surgery, you might say, but I know I could have used this on many occasions in the past.
DL’d !

12 Months Smoke Free

It’s been a whole year today. Yippee!

Money to burn

(Update) It’s especially gladdening to know that not only am I free from the grip of tobacco, but also free from the grasp of the scheming mendacious bastards who run the tobacco corporations.

If you work in a firm or a company in the UK, you might want to talk to your boss about starting a non-smoking group, because the law will change this Summer, and smoking will be banned in all enclosed public places including workplaces, pubs, clubs and restaurants.

Give Camilla Peterken a call at Smoke Free Working dot com.

Minuscule mise-a-jour. The Caterpillar And The Snails

Have a look at “Wasp Belle” while you’re in the Minuscule Mood.

UPDATE again. It looks as if someone has figured out how to read French, and they’ve pulled all the Minuscule shorts off YouTube. In my opinion, this is a short sighted move. How better to promote a 74 episode season than by showing at least a few of the episodes online.?

I’m happy to say that I have had the fabulous Video Downloader Extension for FireFox bolted on to my favourite browser for some time now, and it works very well at downloading and saving YouTube films as well as many other formats.

Update: The Brazilian Cicada!

The City Caterpillar

The Dragonflies

Superb. Again.

And again.

Is it just me who loves these wordless little films?