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Short Film Showcase - Destino (2003)

11 June 2011 1:24 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Destino, 2003.

Directed by Dominique Monfery.

Written by Salvador Dali, John Hench and Donald W. Ernst.

Destino is an animated short that first began as a collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali in 1945, with Dali and Disney artist John Hench working on storyboards and producing 15 seconds of animation before the project was put on hiatus due to the studio's financial concerns. The short was later discovered by Roy E. Disney during production of Fantasia 2000, and French animator Dominique Monfery was brought in to direct the short based on the original storyboards and using traditional hand drawn animation and CGI in addition to Hench's original footage.

Described by Disney as "a simple love story", Destino is a surreal and experimental work that features classic Dali imagery set to a haunting melody from the Mexican composer Armando Dominguez. The short premiered at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in 2003 and went »

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I Dream Of Dali

11 May 2011 10:20 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

May Flowers In Bloom

Ja from Mnpp here. Today would've been the 107th birthday of the flower man-child seen above, Salvador Dali. While he's best known as a painter - the melting clocks, the over-abundance of inappropriately-placed eyeballs - he of course made several well-known and loved contributions to the cinema too. And no, not just that movie with Robert Pattinson doing the gay stuff uncomfortably. Where would we be without Un Chien Andalou's edit from a razor at a woman's face to a cloud slicing through a moon?

He and Luis Buñuel wrote that script in a cafe in 1929 while Buñuel directed; they would go on to work together on L’Âge d’Or the next year, where they supposedly had a falling out over some of the anti-clerical content in the film, which was an attack on religion and politics alike. And so a pattern was set »

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Featured interview with Damian Byrne, winner of The Hollywood News sponsored Reelshow Film of the Month student competition

6 May 2011 2:33 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

For the past couple of years, The Hollywood News has been working closely with international film student and filmmaking website Reelshow, contributing and sponsoring their film of the month competitions. Each month, a short film is picked from the many that are submitted to the website and given the front and centre spotlight. We also feature an interview with said winner of each monthly contest, and this past month is no different. Here, our good friend Mary Lou Brown catches up with March 2011 winner Damian Byrne, who won the prize for his short Lament.

For more shorts, interviews and superb coverage, head on over to Reelshow.

Hi, tell me a little bit about your background. What got you into filmmaking, and who do you draw your inspiration from?

Hello. Well I would be considered a traditional & digital artist, from Dublin, Ireland. There I initially studied at The Irish School of Animation. »

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[DVD Review] Fantasia & Fantasia 2000

5 January 2011 10:20 PM, PST | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

There’s a group of films, I’ll call them “Unimpeachable Classics”, that show up constantly on critics’ best-film lists, films that have achieved canonical status despite serious flaws or being hopelessly dated. These films get canonized because they A) accurately embody a moment of zeitgeist, B) overflow with pathos, or C) have been so well-loved by past critics that modern ones (a cowardly lot) refuse to dethrone or declaim them. The “Unimpeachable Classic”, not to be confused with an actual classic film, is always overrated, but the individual films vary in quality. Some are good but not great (Chinatown, The Graduate), some are mediocre (Rebel Without a Cause, Ben Hur) and some are just plain bad (Gone With the Wind.)

Fantasia is definitely an “Unimpeachable Classic”, although it is one of the better examples from the list. A series of animations by Walt Disney set to and inspired by eight different classical music pieces, »

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