No Commentary Necessary — Docter’s “Next Door”

Next Door

Just in case I “buried the link” a bit too deeply in yesterday’s Pixar post, I wanted to make sure everyone saw this. It’s called Next Door, and it’s a student film from Pete Docter. You know, Pete “The Guy Who Directed Up” Docter? Which makes perfect sense once you see this. (Especially when you compare [Read More...]

What a Pixar Story Meeting Looks Like


This clip’s been floating around the InterWebs, and I finally clicked on it. Story has long been Pixar’s calling-card (though they’ve been criticized for losing a bit of their momentum there in recent years; and fairly, I think), so I’m sure the more story-anemic among us were hoping for some quick pointers. Plus, I’m not really much of a collaborative creator myself, and Pixar is famed for their creative collaboration. [Read More...]

Suddenly, For No Reason, Sting


Here (with a touch more Today Show and advertising than one might want): Good people give ear to me story, Pay attention, and none of your lip, For I’ve brought you five lads and their daddy, Intending to build ye’s a ship. Wallsend is wor habitation, It’s the place we was all born and bred. [Read More...]

The Red Beaches of Panjin, China


These look fake. They’re not. That’s Red Beach in Panjin, China. It’s famous for its vibrant and unusual color, caused by Chenopodiaceae, “a unique variety of alkali-tolerant seaweed that changes from green to red in the fall.” (This particular branch might be known as Suaeda salsa. I hope that’s right; it sure would be fitting.) I’m having trouble remembering when and [Read More...]

Fun with ReCut Trailers


Recut trailers are great. You know, those YouTube vids where someone takes footage from a particular film and creates a trailer that is radically at odds with the source material? I love ‘em. Such great editing exercises, and the grasp their creators’ manifest when it comes to the beats and moods of particular genres often [Read More...]

Everything’s a Remix, German Expressionistic Version


The dances I attended during my college years provided me with some of the fondest musical memories I own. Among those memories, Bobby Darin’s lilting “Mack the Knife” holds a place of particular prominence. (I’m not quite sure why; I suspect it’s equal parts unusual rhythmic construction and the strange dichotomy between the song’s easygoing [Read More...]

Mark O’Connor, Gypsies, and a Whole Mess of Fiddles


For years now, I’ve been searching for a readily-available version of the legendary Mark O’Connor’s highly unusual Fiddle Concerto. It’s a really fun piece of music, and one that deserves to be much better known. The downside to my long-suffering search? I’m regularly demoralized by my inability to find a YouTube link (or playlist) to share [Read More...]

A Tangled and Beautiful Tale


Here’s a mesmerizing short film that floated across my radar this morning, courtesy of Corrie Francis Parks, “a freelance animator and photographer based in Montana.” (Montana, huh? So, as we say here in the Wide Open Spaces of Wyoming, “a next door neighbor.”) Somewhat unsurprisingly given her location and interests, this short deals with fishing. But that’s only [Read More...]

Free Association on a Friday Afternoon


This afternoon, I find myself with an inexplicable hankering for “Touch of Grey.” So, here. Because Internet. Which, of course, makes me think of Spider Man. Obvious, right? …or perhaps not so obvious. My mind can be a bit labyrinthine at times, even to me. So I had to tease it out a bit. J. K. [Read More...]

Maria João Pires and The Wrong Concerto


My feedreader’s been sadly neglected over the past few days — a condition produced primarily by my vacation, but perpetuated by a rising terror at the thousands of unread posts that would doubtless assail me upon opening its “pages” — so I’m coming to this story a bit later than the rest of the InterWebs. (Actually, the [Read More...]