Two physicists, François Englert and Peter Higgs, won the Nobel Prize on Tuesday for their theory explaining how particles acquire mass. One of the most significant scientific discoveries of the early 21st century is surely the Higgs boson, but the boson and the Higgs Field that allows for that magic particle are extremely difficult to grasp.
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Animation created in Flash and After Effects looking at mans relationship with the natural world.
From the 1920s to the 1930s the Soviet regime ordered the production of dozens of animated propaganda films. Their target audience was the Soviet Union itself and their goal was to win over the hearts and minds of the Soviet people. While many of these films are sharply anti-American anti-Capitalist and anti-Fascist they combine with their harsh political themes a striking originality and beauty in graphic design that is reminiscent of famous Russian poster art from the 1920s. The ambitious collection is divided into four parts, curated not simply by chronology but by recurring themes.
1. American Imperialists features 7 films from the Cold War era, depicting Westerners as money-hungry industrialists who inevitably collapse under the weight of their own greed.
2. Fascist Barbarians is a 17-film reaction to the Nazi invasion in the beginning of WWII. Here, the Nazis are dehumanized and frequently portrayed as undesirable animals — pigs, vultures, warthogs.
3. Capitalist Sharks is a 6-film assault on the bourgeoisie, weaving sci-fi narratives to envision dystopian scenarios for capitalists’ world domination.
4. Onward to the Shining Future: Communism features 11 films that romanticize the state and promise a utopian future of universal well-being.
One of cinema’s most extraordinary talents, he has had a colossal influence on contemporary animation. His imagery, full of unexpected, outrageous conjunctions, comes from a consistent philosophy of militant Surrealism that underpins his work, in which he remains absolutely committed to the themes of dream, eroticism, revolt and freedom.
The Last Trick (1964)
JS Bach – Fantasy in G Minor (1965)
A Game with Stones (1965)
Punch and Judy (1966)
Et Cetera (1966)
Historia, Naturae, Suita (1967)
The Garden (1968)
The Flat (1968)
Picnic with Weissman (1968)
A Quiet Week in the House (1969)
Don Juan (1969)
The Ossuary (1970) (Both versions)
Leonardo’s Diary (1972)
The Castle of Otranto (1979)
The Fall of the House of Usher (1980)
Dimensions of Dialogue (1982)
Down to the Cellar (1983)
The Pendulum, the Pit and Hope (1983)
Virile Games (1988)
Another Kind of Love (1988)
Meat Love (1988)
The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia (1990)
Johannes Doktor Faust (1958)
Nick Carter in Prague (1977, excerpts)
The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer (1984)
Les Chimeres des Svankmajer (2001)
Czech TV Interview (2001)
Lunacy trailer (2005)
‘Suur Tõll / Toell the Great’ is undoubtedly one of the most unusual animated short films I have ever seen. The story was based on an Estonian folk tale about of the gigantic hero, Tõll, who lived on the island of Saaremaa (Oesel) in the Baltic Sea. Though he was king of the island, Tõll often worked as a common farmer, tending to his crops and returning to his loving wife, Piret. He was a good king, often quick to anger but always kind and willing to help his fellow man. Tõll’s greatest enemy is a devil by the name of Vanatühi (“Old empty one,” “Old vile one”), the god of the underworld who specialises in sly, cowardly mischief. In this film, when War comes to Saaremaa, Tõll arrives to aid his dying army, but the evil Vanatühi takes advantage of his absence to wreak havoc on Tõll’s home.
The inspiration of this video comes from Todd Alcott’s poem, Television.
The goal of giving form to a complex situation like the credit crisis is to quickly supply the essence of the situation to those unfamiliar and uninitiated.
SpaceFiles is a visual compendium of space and astronomy – 26 ten-minute episodes presenting, in a uniquely flexible format, the Solar System, our Galaxy, and the Universe beyond – each programme or “file” offering a crisp, intelligent, picture-driven story.
Volume 1 – The Universe
Volume 2 – The Solar System
Volume 3 – Man & Space
“Cosmic Voyage” takes on a similar format as the National Film Board of Canada’s “Cosmic Zoom”, and IBM’s classic “Powers of Ten” educational video. The film takes viewers on a journey through forty-two orders of magnitude, beginning at a celebration in Italy to zoom to the edge of the observable universe. The view descends back to earth, and later zooms in upon a raindrop on a leaf, to the level of sub-atomic particles (“quarks”).
After hovering over Mount Everest and the gorges that plunge to the Ganges, you are pulled through the Earth’s atmosphere to glimpse the inky black of space over Tibet’s high desert. So begins The Known Universe, a new film produced by the American Museum of Natural History that is part of a new exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.
A scientific film essay, narrated by Phil Morrison. A set of pictures of two picnickers in a park, with the area of each frame one-tenth the size of the one before. Starting from a view of the entire known universe, the camera gradually zooms in until we are viewing the subatomic particles on a man’s hand.
It is a rare artist who can proudly analyse the hopes, fears and anxieties of a civilization in crisis, but Phil Mulloy has achieved this with his brilliantly subversive satire. A prescient and viscerally emotional film, unflinching in its examination of the more sinister motivations of our time.
Intolerance I (2000)
An object is found deep in outer space. The censequences are catastrophic.
Intolerance II – The Invasion (2001)
Only Dwigth Hokum knows tha the Zogs have invidet Earth. Only he can save the planet. Watch as poor old Revend Hokum goes insane.
Intoletance III – The Final Solution (2004)
Do the Zogs realy exist? Two thousand years in tehe future the answer to this question is finally revealed.
The provocative work of multi-award-winning animator Phil Mulloy stands as a model of satiric grotesque unparalleled in British animation. The antidote to all that is kitsch and sentimental, these direct, witty and acerbic fables, drawn in brush and ink, perceptively comment on human nature and challenge contemporary values. Definitely not for the squeamish or prudish, this definitive compilation of 24 films contains sex, violence, and scenes calculated to outrage horses!
The History of the World (1994)
The Invention of Writing
The Discovery of Language
The Ten Commandments (1994-1996)
Thou Shalt Not Adore False Gods
Thou Shalt Not Commit Blaphemy
Remember to Keep Holy the Sabbath Day
Honour thy Father and Mother
Thou Shalt Not Kill
Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery
Thou Shalt Not Steal
Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness
Thou Shalt Not Covet thy Neighbours Goods
Thou Shalt Not Covet thy Neighbours Wife
Intolerance II: The Invasion
The Wind of Changes (1996)
The Chain (1997)
The Sexlife of a Chair (1998)
The Sound of Music (1992)
Although children aren’t entomologists, when they take a trip to the country and start roaming through fields and meadows, they do spend an incredible amount of time observing insects. Unlike grownup specialists, our knee-high observers with scabby knees have a peculiar perception of these tiny creatures, readily imagining them in utterly weird, surrealistic situations. Such an offbeat, and often comic vision provides the basis for how MINUSCULE will be showing insects in their day-to-day existence, “at grassroots level,” as if we were right there with them. So forget everything you’ve ever learned about segmented, winged or wingless little creatures, because you’re about to discover bug reality. MINUSCULE revolves around the day-to-day existence of insects. Although the series calls to mind a wildlife documentary, it’s a documentary in which the insects are presented in burlesque situations, with a fair amount of philosophical contemplation thrown in. You might call it a cross between Tex Avery and Microcosmos, or grassroots slapstick. Or a docu-cartoon series.
A newlywed develops a strange lump on his neck that gives him the ability to transform people or objects at will. His wife is very upset. Meanwhile, the CEO of Smilecorp learns of this man and his ability and sees a way to achieve world domination if only the man can be taken alive.
Six outwardly average individuals have elaborate fetishes they indulge with surreptitious care. A mousy letter carrier makes dough balls she grotesquely ingests before bed. A shop clerk fixates on a TV news reader while he builds a machine to massage and masturbate him. One of his customers makes an elaborate chicken costume for a voodoo-like scene with a doll resembling his plump neighbor. She, in turn, has a doll that resembles him, which she whips and dominates in an abandoned church. The TV news reader has her own fantasy involving carp. Her husband, who is indifferent to her, steals materials to fashion elaborate artifacts that he rubs, scrapes and rolls across his body.