The Colors of Motion

Charlie Clark’s site thecolorsofmotion is beautiful and fascinating for any film lovers.

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The colors of Toy Story

He’s distilled each film into the component color for each frame of the film, displaying the results in a number of interfaces, at the visitor’s discretion. The Pixar classic Toy Story, has a broad palette, compared with the narrow range cinematographer Roger Deakins used in the Cohen Brothers’ O Brother Where Art Thou, which might have been subtitled “a thousand shades of brown” (with the occasional night and underwater scene thrown in, to be sure).

O Brother Where Art Thou

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

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Kudos to the good folks at Louisiana’s Moonbot Studios for this Delightful app/short film. It’s a beautiful mix of computer and stop motion animation. I’m a bit dubious about the movement of kids’ books from the printed page to the electronic tablet, but you can’t argue with this work, which is actually about the value of books and stories. Partially inspired by Hurricane Katrina, the film tells the story of a book lover who’s world is turned upside down by a massive storm.

The streets were filled with books, washed away from people’s homes and libraries.

That’s co-director William Joyce, describing the aftermath of Katrina, in one of the making-of videos for the short. Check it out.

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A screenplay has to be like a haiku

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You’ve got to give it up for Francis Ford Coppola. He weaned himself from Hollywood money after making some not-so-great films and rediscovered his original passion for filmmaking. This is a great interview. One of the highlights is his focus on clarity and simplicity:

When you make a movie, always try to discover what the theme of the movie is in one or two words. Every time I made a film, I always knew what I thought the theme was, the core, in one word. In “The Godfather,” it was succession. In “The Conversation,” it was privacy. In “Apocalypse,” it was morality.

If this sort of focus is possible in an endeavor as complicated as filmmaking; it can be applied to many undertakings: software development, urban planning, you name it. Sure there are a thousand details, but what’s the essence?

When an (unofficial) Trailer Bests a Film

Jurgen Versteeg’s alternate trailer for the film “Into The Wild” succeeds in ways that the film itself does not. Adapted from John Krakauer’s book of the same name, this is the story of Chris McCandless, a young man who journeyed relentlessly, until he died from exposure in Alaska. The book reads like a mystery, as Krakauer uncovers McCandless’ journeys and ponders his motivations. The movie, directed by Sean Penn, is ernest but loses much of the book’s mystery, as we see McCandless’ wanderings directly rather than through Krakauer’s speculations.

This alternate trailer keeps the mystery, as we follow a solitary figure as he meanders through 2D renderings that play as a series of paintings, all set to Eddie Vedder’s great “Hard Sun.” Lovely work.