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Crown Casino launches Busby Berkeley-styled promo

22 July 2012 10:37 PM, PDT | Encore Magazine | See recent Encore Magazine news »

Melbourne’s Crown Casino has launched a new campaign promoting its program of events, Carnivale.

The kaleidoscopic animated piece directed by Curious Film’s Syd Garon by agency Clemenger Bbdo is reminiscent of 1930′s Busby Berkeley films.

Garon teamed up with Carlos Florez, a La-based director and animator for the 30-second spot.

Garon said: “The ’Crown Carnivale’ spot was a challenge and a joy to work on. That being said, compositing thirty separate 5K Red Epic files in one continuous take is an experience I’m in no hurry to repeat.”

Garon was last week nominated for an Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Graphic Design & Art Direction for his work on the HBO documentary about real-life superheroes, directed by Michael Barnett simply titled Superheroes.


- Colin Delaney

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Superheroes (2011) Movie Review

2 May 2012 3:24 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Comic books have been with us for decades, but no doubt it took the power of Hollywood and movies to convince people to dress up in a costume and go out to “fight crime”. For better or worst, Hollywood has a major impact on how we view ourselves and our lives and the world around us. When anti-American individuals cite our “cultural imperialism”, let’s face it, they have a point. Hollywood, and the entertainment industry as a whole, is that influential in the world. I have no doubt that if you were to ask the participants of Michael Barnett’s documentary “Superheroes”, 9 out of 10 (if not the entire 10) would tell you they decided to become superheroes because Hollywood made it acceptable. I could be wrong, of course, but I’d be willing to put money on this. “Superheroes” is a documentary that spotlights real-life superheroes. In essence, guys and »

- Nix

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DVD Review: Superheroes

15 April 2012 3:01 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »


Features: Mr. Xtreme, Zimmer, Super Hero, T.S.A.F., Apocalypse Meow, Master Legend and more | Produced by Theodore James | Directed by Mike Barnett

A journey inside the world of real-life caped crusaders from all over America, Superheroes follows a handful of (extra)ordinary citizens who use homemade costumes and elaborate utility belts in an attempt to bring justice to evildoers everywhere.

Ever wondered what would happen if the events seen in Kick-Ass occurred in real life? Look no further than Superheroes, the Slamdance Award wining documentary from director Mike Barnett which introduces us to several of America’s most famous masked heroes, including Mr. Xtreme, a security guard by day and superhero by night who defends the streets of Orlando, and the New York initiative – a fearless foursome who live together and protect together, the streets of Brooklyn.

Whilst many will watch Superheroes and laugh at the expense of those represented within, »

- Phil

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