Daily Archives: 10/29/2011

“ParaNorman” – from the twisted minds that brought you “Coraline”

Did you enjoy “Coraline”?.  Of course you did. Sympathetically adapting the great Neil Gaiman, Providing another showcase for Henry Selick’s stop-motion animation, lightly handling a blissfully creepy tone and wonderful storytelling in the grand tradition of European fairy tales – what, in a very real sense, is there not to like about “Coraline”?

Like a snapshot from my life this is, let me tell you...

Eager for another slice of off-kilter animation with a ghoulish twist?  Laika and Focus Features are releasing “ParaNorman” in the Autumn of 2012, which pits an outcast child against spooks, spectres and clueless townsfolk in an effort to save his home town from disaster.  It’s not from the pen of Gaiman, but looks wonderful all the same – the hero exploring the haunted house with the light from a mobile phone, his emo sidekick with the distended earlobes, the Donovan song as underscore, the charmingly gruesome toothbrush at the end of the trailer mark this out in some ways as an antidote to the more twee fare which passes for family-friendly animation.

I'm getting a 'Limbo' vibe, peeps. That's a GOOD thing...

Directing the film are Chris Butler and Sam Fell, who’ve worked on the likes of “Corpse Bride”, “Flushed Away” & “The Tale of Despereux” between them, which bodes well.

The Film Stage have more, including the teaser trailer.

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Freddie W – YouTube’s FPS king

Pretty colours looks like ectoplasmz...

I love Freddie W’s YouTube videos.  He and his team make fantastic, frequently game-themed videos which show you just what semi-pro film-makers can do with some readily accessible software, cameras and a lot of talent.

Take a look at his newest, “Battlefield 4 trailer” video, for example.  Or his “Gamers commute” clip.  He’s a real talent and part of the reason that I watch more on-line content these days than traditional telly.

But he’s not alone – I found this “Doctor Who”themed video on Topless Robot this morning which amply illustrates why the Sonic Screwdriver’s multifarious abilities would well and truly break the quasi-realism of most action movies (a slight content warning – if mild gore is not your thing, you might want to avoid the video as it features a somewhat graphic, John Woo-style head shot).

This might help you in a gunfight, but wouldn't the Doctor want to avoid that kind of thing in the first place?

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