Posts Tagged ‘Anime’

 

 Watch this excellent Star Wars anime style short film Tie Fighter. http://youtu.be/PN_CP4SuoTU

Paul Johnson’s seven minute short movie with an amazing guitar track is a dialogue free battle in space, set a longtime ago in a galaxy far far away, between Imperial and Rebel forces. 

It was made by Johnson over four years worth of weekends. The Tie Fighter is film is packed with dogfighting action, wonderfully drawn and smoothly animated, it impressively captures the original Star War magic I felt as a kid. 
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A small band students escape the post-zombiefication of their school to discover their families fates while battling some unsavoury survivors and zombie hordes.

The teen focus for the most part works, although it plays a little awkward for viewers given the abundance of up-skirt and cleavage shots. Still it’s an interesting perspective. Some of the scenes granted are childish and overly comedic but these are few and those familiar with the anime style wont bat an eyelid. The interplay between the teenagers and adult protagonists are handled well and the highschoolers especially Psycho and Takashi come across older than they are.

There’s cursing, violence, action, blood and gore aplenty, the slow moving zombies are perfectly realised, gruesome and scary which gives the show the required edginess to hold its own. High School of the Dead is designed and drawn skilfully with the sound design and soundtrack as equally pleasing.

Yes, it suffers from the all zombie genres clichés and stereotypes but it’s fulfilling, exciting and fun.

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I’ve been almost off the grid for the last two months. Although you probably think I’ve been immersed in Commedia dell’Arte, The Voice, Hannibal, Bates Motel or Maimi Vice tee hee – I’ve been handling production of a music video. (Video and set snaps below).

Promotional music films predate the 1930’s and 70s TOTP deserves a mention but it was MTV that popularised them new heights in the 80’s. There was money to be made and new talent emerged and careers were launched off the back of a music videos. Like everything else these it’s now saturated, exploited (oh such a pessimist), times have changed but the purpose still remains not just to promote but to entertain. Although there are many great and innovative video’s out there I personally feel ‘Thriller’ is still thee music video, er or maybe that’s just because of my association with horror.

I digress, I’m a little like Billy Connolly at stand up gig sometimes.

Filmed over two days (20-21st April, with Mark Lysons and Vicki Macgregor) while I didn’t have the 1983 $500,000 budget (not adjusted!) of Thriller, or want to produce another short film I couldn’t pass at the chance to Direct/Produce this little offering… “Say My Name” – I hope you enjoy.

Just for fun – see how many film references you can spot.

For information on the rock band V0iD visit: www.v0idonline.com