10 items from 2011
"Not so well disguised."
Guard dog requiring too much lawsuit money for child maiming? Try this option. Mechatron is a 50 pound security drone with a 360 rotating turret, 8 range finding sonar sensors, and the capability to shoot plastic or brass bullets...in simple terms, it'll f*** something up.
Whether it be protecting your house from intruders, or your back yard from raccoons, Mechatron will get the job done. The creators, the father-daughter team that is Beatty robotics made Mechatron and said it is capable of remote and fully autonomous control, and no plans have been made to mass produce the robot for sale...but it wouldn't hurt to harass them to motivate them right? Check out the video of Mechatron in action below
Mechatron Robot from Robert Beatty on Vimeo.
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Source: Hack A Day (http://hackaday.com/2011/09/18/mechatron-industrial-looking-security-bot/)
Source: Beatty Robotics (http://beatty-robotics.com/?p »
- Robot Reagan
Here’s an interestingly animated music video for the song “No Room to Live” by indie rock band Times New Viking. While a live-action sequence was co-directed by Pelham Jonston and Brandon Reichard, about 40 artists from Ohio were asked to contribute a few animated frames to be laid over the live action. While many artists took a rotoscoped approach to their frames, several went off and produced wholly unconnected images. The end result is a cheerful, colorful video that zips by at a breakneck pace, which is somewhat at odds to the pace of the actual song.
This video was brought to my attention by artist Michael Neno, who contributed 12 frames that start at the 1:00 mark. Michael is an old pal of mine who introduced me to world of comic book fandom way back when I was a wayward youth. Actually, Michael’s approach to creating and critiquing art »
- Mike Everleth
On April 22-23, Asbury Park, NJ will once again be taken over by the most toxic film festival in the world! (That’s a good thing.) The 12th annual Tromadance is two days and nights filled with depraved cinematic abuses that will leave you a shattered, emotional wreck. (That’s a good thing, too.)
This year, the fest will screen three feature films, a buttload of shorts, plus two mini-retrospectives.
The features are: 1. Drew Bolduc and Dan Nelson‘s gonzo The Taint, a social satire filled with so much gore and sexual degeneracy you might want to wear a raincoat to the screening; 2. Joshua Grannell‘s horror spoof All About Evil, starring Natasha Lyonne and Cassandra Peterson about a psychotic film auteur who kills people on camera; 3. Miguel Angel Vivas’ brutal assault film Kidnapped.
Some of the short film highlights include Victoria Cook‘s triumphant return to Tromadance with Devil »
- Mike Everleth
I truly am a lucky guy! I got to hangout with Troma head cheese Lloyd Kaufman this past weekend at HorrorHound in Indianapolis and he's frakkin awesome! Check out the latest PR on Tromadance which is coming up on April 22-23.
Tromadance Film Festival Announces
Official Feature Film Selections For 12th Tromadance Film Festival
March 28, 2011 (New York, NY)- It was announced today by Tromadance Program Director Jonathan Lees, that the feature film selections for the Tromadance Film Fesitval (April 22-23, Asbury Park NJ) will be Drew Bolduc's The Taint, Joshua Grannell's All About Evil, and the East Coast premiere of Miguel Angel Vivas' Kidnapped.
Also, TromaDance will host a special block of New shorts from Academy Award nominated animator Bill Plympton, who will present Guard Dog Global Jam, The Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger and The Flying House. These films represent the eclectic mix of »
It was announced today by Tromadance Program Director Jonathan Lees that the feature film selections for the Tromadance Film Fesitval (April 22-23 in Asbury Park, NJ) will be Drew Bolduc and Dan Nelson's The Taint, Joshua Grannell's All About Evil, and the East Coast premiere of Miguel Angel Vivas' Kidnapped.
Also, TromaDance will host a special block of New shorts from Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton, who will present "Guard Dog Global Jam", "The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger", and "The Flying House". These films represent the eclectic mix of innovation and independence which makes Tromadance a truly visionary festival. You can learn more about the features and shorts at TromaDance.com.
TromaDance is the first film festival wholeheartedly devoted to filmmakers and fans. Unlike every other film festival, TromaDance does not charge filmmakers to submit their films. Entrance to all screenings is free and open to the public. »
- The Woman In Black
This was a piece of last week's news that we're getting to late - but is worth highlighting. It’s been reprinted 163 times, sold over 100 million copies and translated into over 40 different languages, so it comes as no surprise that, in an era of Hollywood producers scraping the bottom of the barrel for new ideas, a hugely popular book like Khalil Gibran’s masterpiece The Prophet will be adapted for the big screen. Deadline is reporting that Salma Hayek, operating under her Ventanarosa Productions banner, has partnered with Clark Peterson and Ron Senkowski to produce an animated feature based on the book of 26 poetic essays. Hayek’s producing partner, Jose Tamez, will executive produce along with William Nix and co-financing from Steve Hanson. As each essay deals with such differing topics as joy to death and religion to beauty, The Prophet will get produced along the same lines as Fantasia and Paris, »
“And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.”
According to the latest reports, the intention is for different directors to helm each chapter, with “an interconnecting theme and a musical through-line.”
And we have quite interesting team on board, or, should we say that these are just expectations from this project at the moment?
“It is well to give when asked but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.”
So, here are filmmakers expected to participate so far: Sylvain Chomet (“The Triplets of Belleville”), Kunio Kato (“Tsumiki no ie”), Oscar-winner Chris Landreth (“Ryan”), Tomm Moore (“The Secret of Kells »
SXSW Film Festival Announces Midnight Features & Shorts
Austin, TX – Today the SXSW Film Festival revealed their Midnight Features & Shorts program.
The Midnighters section of SXSW is known for premiering the work future stars of the horror genre. Filmmakers Eli Roth, and Ti West, are a few notable directors who have had their films screened during the Midnight Features.
”Our midnight programs are the bloody, beating heart of SXSW,” said SXSW Film Conference & Festival Producer Janet Pierson. “Since the beginning, midnight films have been an essential ingredient to what makes SXSW so exciting and fun, and this year’s selections are no exception.”
Out of over 3000 short films submitted, only 150 were chosen, and will screen as part of twelve overall shorts programs.
“After months of reviewing a record number of submissions, we’re tremendously happy to share the final program,” said Shorts Programmers Claudette Godfrey and Stephanie Noone, “The short films »
- Albert Art
Following the unveiling of the fantastic 2011 feature line-up last week, the South by Southwest Film Festival has announced the films selected to play at midnight throughout the nine-day event, as well as the complete list of short films.
Insidious, a haunted house flick from Saw director James Wan, is among the midnight program, along with Xavier Gen’s sci-fi thriller The Divide, Sundance favorite Hobo With a Shotgun, Argentinean entry Phase 7, and Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block. In previous years, the midnight and SXFantastic programs has helped launch the careers of Gareth Edwards (Monsters) and Eli Roth (Hostel).
Spike Jonze returns to the festival with another short film titled Scenes from the Suburbs, his second collaboration with (and about) the band Arcade Fire after his moving feature Where the Wild Things Are.
For those of you attending the festival, the schedule will be released on February 15 along with details about film-related panels. »
- Jeff Leins
Today the midnight features and short sections were announced for SXSW 2011.
This year the midnight features section has some awesome films, including Hobo With A Shotgun, James Wan’s Insidious, Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block, Xavier Gens’ The Divide, and Ben Wheatley’s Kill List. This years shorts include 150 films including, Spike Jonze’s Scenes from the Suburbs and a doc short from Jay Duplass.
Here's the full list of SXSW 2011 midnights and shorts:
Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.
Films screening in Midnighters are:
Attack The Block (UK-England)
Director & Writer: Joe Cornish
A funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of alien monsters. It turns a tower block into a sci-fi playground. It’s inner city versus outer space. Cast: Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard, »
10 items from 2011
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