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Death and the Robot

Posted in animation, death, film, robots, skulls and skeletons, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

The other day I watched an animated short film about Death and a Robot. In this vignette, death is a lady…

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She meets a robot who longs to experience the world (and thus unplugs his power source to venture out).
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Together they transform a bare, grim cemetery into a beautiful garden.
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But Death does not know the robot is dying, and she blames herself when he ceases to function. In his memory, she tends to the beauty they created together.

It’s such a lovely film. Watch the whole thing here:

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Peter and the Wolf Stop Motion Short Film

Posted in animation, film, puppets, stop motion with tags , , , on January 20, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Over the weekend, I saw a stunning combination of good old fashioned stop motion animation and skillful CGI. This animated retelling of Sergei Prokofiev’s classic musical piece Peter and the Wolf, written and directed by Suzie Templeton, won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 2006.

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The characters and scenery are incredibly striking. Peter and the Wolf share the same piercing, mildly unsettling ice blue eyes, and this film captured and held my attention from the first frame. I highly recommend this for ANY fans of stop motion animation.

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(And if you feel like going down a stop motion rabbit hole, check out a list of previous great ones on the blog HERE)

Many thanks to Casey for showing this to me!

Halloween Countdown: They’re Coming to Get You, Barbara!

Posted in film, halloween, undead with tags , , on October 22, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’m keeping the vintage theme going today with an amazing series of screenshots put together by My Monster Memories.

I might make a lot of enemies by saying this, but I’m rather tired of zombies (I even stopped watching The Walking Dead!). However, the original Night of the Living Dead is a classic film. Barbara certainly has her melodramatic moments, and the following images display a single brief emotional meltdown (as she recounts how she and her brother were attacked by zombies).

I want to make a flip book out of these. Scrolling through, I’m enjoying this old favorite in a brand new way!
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Excellent job, My Monster Memories!

Halloween Countdown: 101 Horror Movies

Posted in film, halloween with tags , on October 9, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I’ve been trying to gather some potential films to set the proper spooky mood of the season. My lovely friend Bettie pointed me to 101 Horrors You Must See Before You Die. I must say, it’s a fine compilation.

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What’s on your viewing list this month? I’d love some suggestions for movies, shows, cartoons, etc.

“What is Fashion?” Amazing 80’s Student Film.

Posted in 80's, fashion, film, humor, quotes with tags , , , , on July 30, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

This student film is totally radical…tubular…clutch. I forgot how many kids had braces back then…or should have had braces. See some Breakfast Club runner-ups discuss their ideas of what fashion is and what it means to them!

My favorite line: “Ska is from England. It’s kinda like Duran Duran, sort of. But they’re kinda like, mediocre to this. They’re not as intense.” *headdesk*

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Henry Hargreaves: A Trip to the Moon…In Icing

Posted in antiques, craft, film, food, photography with tags , , , , on July 21, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Artist/photographer Henry Hargreaves has combined two of my favorite things: silent films and cake (well, technically cake frosting, but still). He recreated the iconic image from George Melies’s 1902 film Le Voyage Dans La Lune.

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The original:

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The Evolution of Visual Effects

Posted in film, video with tags , on May 20, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I dedicate this video to my amazing dad, special effects editor extraordinaire! It’s kind of neat to see a collage of these memorable movie moments, remembering that each one, in its own time, was a marvel of human ingenuity.

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