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The Centrifuge Brain Project (2012)

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Based on his childhood fascination for the strange atmosphere of amusement parks Till Nowak created the fictional documentary 'The Centrifuge Brain Project'. He collected footage and used digital animation to create a series of non-existing thrill rides. Dr. Laslowicz is convinced: Making his machines more powerful brings him comes closer to the solution for all our problems. An obvious mistake or just typical human? Written by Anonymous

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Impressive effects combine with real footage and an effective "documentary" tone
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When I started this film I wasn't sure at first if it was a real documentary because the tone and style is so well done. We start with Doctor Nick Laslowicz ("hey Dr Nick") telling us of experiments into the developmental effects on the brain caused by centrifugal forces and the rigs which he designed to further explore this. Very quickly we realize this is a mockumentary because the footage of experiences is essentially fantastically impossible fairground rides. The film continues the serious, scientific tone while at the same time each "clip" of the various experiences is really well delivered and becomes more fantastic.

The effects are one of the main things to come for and they are really good, using slightly grainy footage to help the blend between real footage and the tremendous machines. They look great and it is funny to see their impossible actions while also hearing them discussed by Dr Laslowicz. This additional layer is what sets the film apart from the many "look what my computer can do" short films that you'll find because this mockumentary style is engaging and funny. Laslowicz is well played by Barany and his delivery is good of some fine funny bits of dialogue. Throwaway lines about the Extender experiment working well apart from once being too near a building are great because they backup the distance of the experiment while also putting in our minds this machine hammering into the side of an office block; my favorite line in the whole piece was about one even more extreme ride, sorry – experiment, where it reportedly resulted in the "readjustment of key goal and life aspirations", which is a very scientific way to say that it terrified the life out of those on it.

The internet is full of short films that offer you great computer effects and style, so it is nice to find one that uses the effects as its starting point and not as the destination. A fun and well made mockumentary that works well on several levels.


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