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What you see below is an example of Cinemagraphics, which use moments from movies created using a format called gif (Graphics Interchange Format). This one was created by Gus Mantel and you’ll find more (as well as some great still images) at www.gusmantel.com. Very cool!

George C. Scott in "Dr. Strangelove"

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Apparently Andy Hendrickson, Disney’s chief technical officer, told a SIGGRAPH audience, “People say it’s all about the story. When you’re making tentpole films, bullshit.”

As an example he cited Disney’s Alice in Wonderland,which was very successful at the box office. Hendrickson said, “The story isn’t very good, but visual spectacle brought people in. And Johnny Depp didn’t hurt.”

“Mr Hendrickson, I have a Mr Burton for you on line one.”

It’s what we in England call a “Ratner moment.” In case you’re not familiar with the term, a few years ago jewellery store chain Chief Executive Gerald Ratner mentioned that one of items in their store sold for some paltry amount and reason was that “it’s total crap.” The next day all the papers blared, “Ratner says We Sell Crap!” The stock plunged, he resigned and the company changed its name.

Not that I’m suggesting that anything of that magnitude will happen to Hendrickson; maybe we should applaud his candor. Anybody who has seen most of this summer’s films will know that this is not an unusual attitude.

What’s depressing of course is that it’s possible to have both a good story and great spectacle but so rarely do they come together.

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Keith Moon

Parodies of children’s books seem to the flavor of the month—first “Go the f**k to Sleep!” and now it’s “Good Night, Moon,” which says good night permanently to the dead Keith Moon, drummer for “The Who.”

AnnArbor.com interviewed the two writers, Bruce Worden and Clare Cross. Considering the nature of their book, I was surprised to read that, “The authors explained that their children had a large influence on the book. Worden said he is usually motivated to produce something when he sees gaps in the “kinds of media that are out there” for his son’s age group and feels that he should fill in these gaps. On the other hand, Cross explained that she writes to leave something for her children. “I like to think of my work as a part of me that my kids can hang onto after I’m gone,” she said.”

I wonder whether this will lead to a feature film that is a parody of a kids’ movie. There have been lots of parodies of horror films and some other genres but to my knowledge there’s not been one of children’s films (although some elements of films like “Tangled” might qualify). Failing that, it could be a great genre for a short.

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