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{ Monthly Archives } October 2009

Sorry Guys

Apparently my website is very fast in the USA and very slow in Europe. And I’m in Europe. I’ve notified Dreamhost, but I guess it’s not their fault at all.

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WWF: Knock-on Effects (Dominoes)

“While going about his daily life, Colin has concerns of his own that he wants to express. By the simple act of writing, Colin and others like him can have a far-reaching impact on the wider world.”

Wyld Stallyons worked in collaboration with directors Yann Benedi and Celine Desrumaux to produce this animated video that is currently featured on the WWF site.

Creative agency: Bostock and Pollitt. Music: Paul James at Wafer Audio.

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NIK SKAVINSKY – Food Fiction

Some random funny stop animation, involving candies, a Zorki 11 photo camera and retro gaming. And more food.

Made by Nik Skavinsky (of SlackLabs) during a week-end, using a Canon HG20.

Music: C.A.P.I.P. by 64revolt; Ya Ubivayu Sebya by Nrktk. Sound effects taken from Freesound Project.

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Cosmic Dancer: Clip Updated

Added a high resolution clip for Cosmic Dancer, part of the first edition of PSST! Pass it on. Also: updated the post for ClikClak.

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RÉGIS CAMARGO – Her Lion’s Jump

In this short animated film, an unexpected visitor named Fred (voiced by Fred Tatasciore) comes to the window of Sandy (voiced by Evelyn Hwang), asking for her help to get home. Oh, by the way, Fred is a lion…

Her Lion’s Jump is a short movie by Régis Camargo, thesis work for his Master of Fine Arts at the UCLA Animation Workshop.

The musical score has been composed by: Marcel Camargo and Richie Kohan and performed by a eight piece ensemble.

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Temperley London: Circus Zoetrope

If movement is just an illusion, what is the belly I’m growing by the lack of thereof?

The spot is the work of Legs, who “created a 12-foot-tall zoetrope to showcase Temperley London’s Spring 2010 collection.”

Directed by: Greg Brunkalla, Georgie Greville, Geremy Jasper. Editor: Paul Snyder at Lost Planet. Director of photography: Luke McCoubrey.

The song is a reworked version of St. James Infirmary Blues as sung by Cab Calloway, credited to Parov Stelar.

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Switch

Switch, is a methaphysical thought about time. It’s the destiny of humanity through a character and its different choices, materialized by doubles of himself.

A short animated film by Jean-Julien Pous and Pierre Prinzbach, their graduation film at Supinfocom.

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Prime: De 7 Hoofdzonden

Our pal Ludo Luykx nails the seven deadly sins on some driftwood, with a Canon D5, and a terrifying soundscape by Eavesdropper.

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Live Earth NY: Clip Updated

The short promo for the New York concert of the 2007 Live Earth event is now available in high resolution.

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Fever Ray – Seven

Grey hair. Wrinkles. Flab. Time could make a great difference. They said so. It doesn’t need no explanation.

Another music video for Fever Ray’s debut album, following If I Had a Heart, When I Grow Up and Triangle Walks. Directed by Johan Renck at RAF.

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MIKE SCOTT – Happy Land

Mister Heavy would like to reach for his friends on Happy Island, but he don’t know how to cross the sea. Mister Sun will come and shine some wisdom on the poor fellas.

Happy Land is a 2D animated kids show. Quite creepy, if you ask me, in the way I feel Teletubbies are creepy.

Featured here is the pilot episode created and animated in 2007 by Mike Scott at Bru & Boegie. Voices by Toko Moeketsi and story and music by David Scott.

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TAKEUCHI TAIJIN – Stop Motion with Wolf and Pig

Fight for the things you love. Run after them, do all you can to get their very heart. And in the end you and them will be one and only thing.

This amazing stop animated short film is the work of Takeuchi Taijin: photos are shot, rearranged to compose the frame, and then photographed again.

I’m using the word photomation to point out those shorts that use this same technique, like PEN Story and Photo Finish.

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A Bicycle Trip

Basel, 19 April 1943. Dr Albert Hofmann, a chemist, is cycling home after a day’s work in the laboratory. This episode has passed into legend, associated with the discovery of the effects on the human psyche of LSD.

A Bicycle Trip is the amazing short film by Lorenzo Veracini, Nandini Nambiar and Marco Avoletta, three students of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia.

Sound Design: Thomas Giorgi. Music: O’zittre nicht mein lieber sohn from W.A.Mozart’s The Magic Flute, re-elaborated by Roberto Boarini.

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Codatronca: This is not Gotham City

Director Kobayashi has been contacted by Paolo Spada, one of the owner of Spada Vetture Sport, to develop an online campaign for Codatronca, a super car with amazing performances and a unique design.

To emphasize the beautiness of its design, the vehicle (with the surrounding environment) has been rendered with two different styles. The result is a clash between photorealistic 3D and painted 2D images.

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Sara’s Secret: Cucumber

O vegetarian, thou hypocrite, why beholdest thou the specism that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the kingdomism that is in thine own eye?

This spot has been directed by Carlos Tourné and produced by John Costello and Justine Marengo at Dieste. Animation (by Dariush Derakhshani) and post production (by Derek Johnson) made at Radium. Music: Listening Chair.

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Central Office of Information: Breathe

“Shot in a water tank four meters deep in Pinewood Studios,” this PSA for COI “compares the experience of death by smoke inhalation to that of drowning in a bid to convince Brits to regularly test their smoke alarms.” (Source: ‘boards)

The ad was produced by Tim Page at creative agency Rainey Kelly and Matt Fone at Blink; MPC provided the post production.

Directed by Dougal Wilson. Editor: Joe Guest at Final Cut. Directors of photography: Mark Silk (underwater) and Alex Barber.

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Olivia Broadfield – Don’t Cry

The sun mostly shines on TV, even though sometimes it rains. Tears. From heaven.

Olivia Broadfield is an English singer-songwriter from Leicestershire. Her debut album was first released in 2008. The record, entitled Eyes Wide Open, has been re-released in 2009 for Vagrant Records, with Don’t Cry being the first single released.

The music video is the work of Kurt Nishimura.

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Samurai Jazz Quintet – Pico

Not a great fan of generative arts (works generated through computer software algorithms or other autonomous processes), but this piece is an exception. The video, at least, whose structured abstractness manages to make sense of to the music too.

The Samurai Jazz Quintet (SJQ) is an experimental band from Japan. Members are: Yuta Uozumi, Tadashi Yonago, Isao NKGT, Shuhei Otani, Wataru Asada. And the sixth element being Gismo, an “Autonomous Music Software with Artificial Life”.

Pico is a track featured on their latest album, entitled Animacy and released in 2009 for Cubic Music.

The music video is the work of Takafumi Tsuchiya at Takcom™, made, if you’re curious, using mainly Cinema 4D.

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Dragon Age: Sacred Ashes

For those who use to think that the Sean Connery voiced beast from Dragonheart was the dumbest dragon ever (this could be an idea for a Facebook group…), here’s finally a serious new candidate for the title.

Dragon Age, is a computer role playing game developed by BioWare. It will be published by Electronic Arts on November 2009.

The cinematic animation should be the work of Blur Studio, even though at the moment I can’t be 100% sure of this. Will update when possible.

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Double A: Robot

Commercial directed by Kanin Chandrasma. Special effects: Julien Vanhoenacker.

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The Crown Jewel

Food is the Key to Survival

“Becoming less dependent on what the government decides to feed us, becoming more self sufficient and supportive of our independent growers and local farms.”
The Crown Jewel is a short movie by Babe Elliott Baker and Greg Herman, made to promote We Are Green TV. The film was an entry in [...]

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Guerre Naïve

Guerre Naïve is an outstanding short films by four students of Supinfocom: Bruno Mayor, Wei Bi, Rémi Danneels, Rémy Dubois. Sound by Yann van der Cruyssen AKA Morusque.

The movie has obviously all been made in 3D, despite of the stop animation look and feel. In fact, the style the authors achieved has really a peculiar quality, that actually reminds of East Asian animation.

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Magnus Moriarty™ – No Tale for a Ferry

Revenge is a dish best served.

Magnus Moriarty™ is an Norwegian indie pop act. No Tale for a Ferry is featured on the album Perhaps Interior Heart Politeness released for Metronomicon.

The music video is the work of Kristian Hammerstad.

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LEO CAMPASSO – Wild Wind

As I said, I oughta be lucky guy, since I never cared about my hair, short or long that it was. But if you do, then you might easily empathize with the guy in this short film.

Wild Wind is a Flash movie, directed by Leonardo Campasso, who is part of the Vurup collective which brought us Insert Coin.

The music comes from Mario Bros and Pac-Land. Additional music by Queshi and Eddsworldtom, from Newgorunds.

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Playground Festival 2009: Trailer

This trailer for Playgrounds Festival has been directed by Onesize and produced at Revolver Films.

The alternation of slow motion and fast paced editing has been achieved with the camera mapping technique in 3D combined with still photography. No slow motion footage has been actually shoot. For more information, check out the Credits.

Photography: Jasper Faber. Sound design: Studio Takt. Fighters: Jeroen Roos, Cesario di Domenico.

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Aeroplanes

A short film by Bastien Roger and Stéphane Levallois with music by dDamage. Produced at Wizz.

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Meebo Functions

The Meebo Me widget is working again. Many thanks to the Meebo support for promptly solving the problem. Obviously, the pending messages are gone forever.

Il coso di Meebo Me funziona di nuovo. Un grosso grazie allo staff Meebo per la pronta risoluzione del problema. Ovviamente, i messaggi in giacenza sono andati perduti.

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Sorriso Maroto ft. Ivete Sangalo – E Agora Nós?

Sorriso Maroto is a Brasilian band, from Rio de Janeiro. “E Agora Nós?“, featuring Ivete Sangalo is a song from their latest album, entitled Sinais.

The music video has been made by Visorama.

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Mestre Film Fest: Kids for Kids

The video is a special project of the fifth grader kids of the Primaria Marconi di Roncaglia, directed by Raffaella Traniello.

Il cinema fatto dai bambini (Cinema made by kids) is a special section of the Mestre Film Fest, featuring, well, films made by kids.

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Sans Gallagher the Younger

The short film has been directed by Ryan Rothermel at Decoy and Sean Pecknold at Grandchildren for the F5 Festival. Director of photography: Michael Ragen. Stop motion: Britta Johnson. Music: Robin Pecknold. Sound Design: David Kamp.

The name, Sans Gallagher the Younger, actually came from the comedian Gallagher and the painter Frans Francken the Younger.

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PATRICK BOIVIN – Jackson vs Bean

The short film has been masterfully animated by Patrick Boivin. Could you imagine Transformers 3 entirely in stop animation and directed by this guy?

The missile visual effects is the work of Strob. The song is Cause is the way by DJ4Joy.

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KIRSTEN LEPORE – Dancy Dance

Some abstract claymation from Kirsten Lepore. Makes me want to try myself at it too. One day, maybe.

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Meebo Malfunctions

The Meebo Me widget is working bad, if at all. I’m not getting messages, I don’t even see people online. (Even when nobody’s online, I should at least see me…)

I’m leaving it online for the support staff to test, but you’d better not use it. You can get in touch with me in dozens of other ways (Twitter, MySpace, Vimeo…) I’ve never used Twitter a lot, but I just installed Echofon, a Twitter client for Firefox, so feel free to tweet me.

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Tom Fun Orchestra – Bottom of the River

For how many rocks you put in their shoes, they won’t stay sleeping with fishes. It’s just a matter of time.

Bottom of the River is another song from Tom Fun Orchestra’s 2008 album entitled You Will Land with a Thud. Previously here: Throw me to the Rats.

The music video has been directed by Alasdair Brotherston and Jock Mooney. Produced at Trunk.

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Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks

Take a ride in the tunnel of love and see what’s there. If you expect to find the place full of love, you’ll leave disappointed.

Two Weeks is a song by Brooklyn based indie rock band Grizzly Bear, and the first single (released on June 2009) from the band’s third studio album, Veckatimest.

This unofficial, fan made music video is the solitary work of Gabe Askew.

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Cage the Elephant – Back against the Wall

Finally, all those damn dwarfs will get what they deserve. But wait, weren’t they only seven? Gotta ask Snow White…

Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Kentucky and originally known as Perfect Confusion. Members: Matt Shultz, Brad Shultz, Jared Champion, Daniel Tichenor, Lincoln Parish. Back against the Wall is a single from their self-titled debut album, released in 2008 for Relentless.

The music video has been directed by Isaac Rentz and produced at Draw Pictures. Director of photography: Marc Ritzema

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ROBERT GLICKERT – Road to Moloch

While on a mission to locate three missing soldiers, a team of reconnaissance marines (Erik Fellows, Westley Thornton, Manny Montana, Naama Kates) encounter a blood-spattered Iraqi (Iyad Hajjaj) stumbling through the desert. After following the distraught man into the depths of an insurgent cave, the marines make a horrifying discovery bringing them face-to-face with an ancient evil.

The film has been directed by Robert Glickert. Director of photography: Jeff Dolen. Editor: Dylan Highsmith.

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Password? WTF?!?

If you’ve been asked for a password when trying to view credits, previews or Vimeo videos, that’s my fault. I’ve mistakenly activated authentication on the directory where the Automaton resides. Fixed now.

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KENNETH SHOFELA COKER – Iwa

Iwa is a short animated film, loosely on West African tree of life myths and legends that emphasize the cyclical nature of life and the universe. In Yoruba [language] Iwa means strength of character.

This animation was completed for Kenneth Coker’s graduation show at the Memphis College of Art in April 2009. Story boarded, animated, composited, and scored over a four month period using 3DS Max, Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, and Logic Pro.

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All that is Solid Melts into the Air

Under a violent irruption of forms and structures, everything flows towards a constant evolution. All that is Solid Melts into the Air is a visual and poetic journey influenced by art, design, architecture and photography.

Directed, designed and animated by Marco Vinicio Morales at Kult Nation. Sound design: Gavin Little at Echo Lab.

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JEAN-JULIEN POUS – Drift Away

A gracious and ethereal figure glides through the streets of the city. Her eyes catch everyhing, but nothing can catch her eyes. Nohting but the camera.

Drift Away is a beautiful short film directed by Jean-Julien Pous and produced by Sophia Shek.

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Justice ft. Lenny Kravitz – Let Love Rule

Have you ever wondered what happens to action movie heroes during the end credits? Well, you’re about to find out.

Let Love Rule is a song originally released by Lenny Kravitz in 1989, on his debut album, which has now been republished for its 20th anniversary.

The music video has been directed by Keith Schofield and produced by Steve Buchanan at El Nino.

Director of photography: Damian Acevedo. Editors: Keith Schofield and Alan Capriles.

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OneDreamRush: China

One of the 42 short films, each on 42 seconds long, made for the One Dream Rush online exhibition sponsored by Below 42 vodka.

Directed by Maxim Zhestkov and Matt Pyke at Universal Everything. Sound design by Simon Pyke at Freefarm.

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FLYING V – Virgile

Virgile is a very shy guy who’s trying to date a charming girl by turning himself into funny and manly characters.

This is the first movie from Flying V, the directing duo comprised of Clément Soulmagnon and Gary Levesque, two classmates from the 2008 Supinfocom promo. Produced at Wizz Design.

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Alfa Romeo Mito: Space Invaders

The spot is a nice way to show how the car saves on fuel and reduces pollution. Even though it could also be used to show the exact opposite…

Produced by Stefania Odero at Buddy Film and directed by Alex & Steffen, via Spy Films. Post production: Unexpected. Music by Flavio Ibba. Creative agency: Saffirio Tortelli Vigoriti.

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Killola – Cracks in the Armor

A “relatively nice girl” is kidnapped, kept under the water in a fish tank and forced to sing for an audience of aquatic creatures. Tiny men in black come to rescue.

Killola is an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles, consisting of Lisa Rieffel, Mike Ball, Dan Grody and Johnny Dunn. Cracks in the Armor is a bonus track from their 2008 album, entitled I Am The Messer and available as a free download.

The music video has been directed by Hank Friedmann and produced at Rank + File.

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Kelpe – Microscope Contents

Supposing that in the video there’s a creature who travels from mouth to mouth. How does he/she changes body when is inside? No, wait, I don’t want to know…

Kelpe is Kel Mckeown, an electronic musician from Loughborough, England.

Microscope Contents is the first single from his forthcoming third album for DC Recordings, entitled Cambio Weschel, which is released on October 12th 2009.

The music video was directed by Kel Mckeown and features the work of Ross Adams and Ernst Haeckel.

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VIFF 2009: Sexuality

“The following film may contain scenes of sexuality. Or scenes that make you question your own sexuality. Or the sexuality of the person who recommended the movie. Or sexuality altogether…”

A weird spot directed by Tim Godsall and produced at Biscuit and OPC. Creative agency: TBWA. Editor: Geoff Hounsell at Arcade Edit. Visual effects: Airship. Telecine: Company 3. Audio: Beacon Street Studios and Pinewood Sound.

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The Orange Strips – Song Without A Hero

In the night, two lost creatures, searching for something. They will find each other.

The Orange Strips is a Croatian band, from Labin. Members are Valdet Luboteni, Borjan Batagelj, Tedi Mirkovic, Vedran Gergoric, Goran Nalic and Goran Brezac. Song without a Hero is a single taken from their album Follow LP.

The music video, starring Ali DelVacchio and Caleb Ransom as the creatures, is the work of Tobias Stretch.

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Protest Obstacles: Grocery Shopping

When those annoying shopping bags get in the way between you and a healthy dose of skating, there’s only one solution: the toilet paper! The spot has been directed by André Maat and produced by William Griffioen at Pool Worldwide.

The video is part of the Protest Obstacles campaign, created at the KesselsKramer agency. Creatives: Ewoudt Boonstra and Zack McDonald. Audio by Massive Music.

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NIGEL UPCHURCH – Gigantik

Here’s the cycle of life, according to Nigel Upchurch. The song is Cha Cha by the Heliocentrics

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Chop Cup: The Making of

As they say, seeing is believing; so, as they say, see for yourself. Then, take the chance to watch Chop Cup again.

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Fruitless Efforts: Fruit of the Womb

Directed by Andrew Chesworth and Aaron Quist and produced at Minneapolis based studio Make, Fruitless Efforts is merely a modest window into humanity’s evolving understanding of the meaning of life. Yeah!

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Ford: King Kong

A funny spot from Thailand directed by Thanonchai Sornsrivichai and produced by Piyawan Mungkung at Phenomena. Editor: Monop Boonvipas.

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Mamiya

Winner of the Vimeo five second film contest. A full length version can also be seen online. The work of Art Bronko Gui.

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Harder, Better, Faster, Weaker

Hey there! A strange case of flu forced me to bed in the last days, but I’m up and running again (mostly I run to the bathroom, but still running…)

In other news, Pedro López posted (on Facebook) about No Fat Clips!!! being shown on Spanish television. Awesome!

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Joshua James – Weeds

And the moral of the story is that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Not necessarily of this story, that is…

Joshua James is an American folk singer currently based out of Provo, Utah. Weeds is a single taken from his latest album, entitled Build me this.

The music video has beed directed by Julian Costa. Director of photography: Cole Webley.

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ANDREW CHESWORTH – Born in Captivity

Here is told the twisted story of a twisted mind who had the bad luck of living in a twisted world.

Born in Captivity is a short film directed by Andrew Chesworth and produced at the MCAD College under the coordination of Tom Schroeder.

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Bored on 9/26/09

A video made on a boring day by Russell Huettner at Make and Send. Being this the result, I wish you many other boring afternoons, Charles! Song by Matt Cragle.

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