The newest Kirby Ferguson video looks at remixing through the lens of the newest Star Wars film.
Absolutely brilliant stuff from Mandy (again). A long hard at today’s tech industry’s narrow approach to bots and artificial intelligence compared to some far more interesting and imaginative approaches in fiction:
- Ann Leckie’s superb Imperial Radch series,
- Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora, and
- Alex Garland’s Ex Machina.
So in addition to frightening ramifications for privacy and information discovery, they also reinforce gendered stereotypes about women as servants. The neutral politeness that infects them all furthers that convention: women should be utilitarian, performing their duties on command without fuss or flourish. This is a vile, harmful, and dreadfully boring fantasy; not the least because there is so much extraordinary art around AI that both deconstructs and subverts these stereotypes. It takes a massive failure of imagination to commit yourself to building an artificial intelligence and then name it “Amy.”
The thesis: any film is improved by playing Walk Of Life by Dire Straits over the ending.
The proof: this website.
(this is absorbing and brilliant)
A film about Tim Berners-Lee and the World Wide Web. Details are scarce right now but watch this space.
Everything you never knew you wanted to know about the Millennium Falcon, wrapped up in one unsurprisingly insanely detailed essay from Michael.
A terrific analysis of industrial design in film and games …featuring a scene-setting opening that delineates the difference between pleasure and happiness.
Gavin Rothery’s wonderfully grim and atmospheric short film.
The best description of Mad Max: Fury Road. Read.
This web series is better than most big-budget hollywood films; witty, entertaining, and perplexing in equal measure.
A beautiful sci-fi short from the European Space Agency, inspired by the Rosetta mission.
A short documentary on the wonderful Grace Hopper.
Dropping our films down the memory hole. Welcome to the digital dark age.
Tim Carmody on James Cameron’s meisterwerk (and technology in sci-fi films in general).
Scenes of space from sci-fi films.
Sounds like a cute idea, right?
In fact it’s the best thing you’re ever likely to read on Peruvian ursine immigration.
Typeset In The Future is back with another cracking analysis. This time—following on from 2001 and Moon—we’ve got Alien.
In her final recorded message before hypersleep, Ripley notes that she is the sole survivor of the Nostromo. What she forgets to mention is that she has not once in the past two hours encountered any Eurostile Bold Extended.
Queen of science fiction.
I’m not quite sure why this is funny, but I am quite sure that it is.
I remember reading Gia Milinovich’s reports from the set of the in-production Danny Boyle sci-fi film called Sunshine back in 2005. Then the film came out, exceeded my expectations, and became one of my all-time favourites.
Now the website—which was deleted by Fox—has been lovingly recreated by Gia. (And it’s responsive now.)
Unfinished Business special: Rumpus On The Planet Of The Apes with Brendan Dawes and Jeremy Keith on Huffduffer
This was a lot of fun for us. It might even be fun to listen to.
If you haven’t seen Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, then listen ye not—this is a spoilerific podcast episode.
The Aaron Swartz film is available on the Internet Archive under a Creative Commons attribution non-commercial share-alike license.
A short sci-fi film from director Wanuri Kahiu set in the aftermath of a worldwide water war.
Okay, this might just be my new favourite blog:
This site is dedicated to all aspects of movie and TV typography and iconography as it appears in Sci-Fi and fantasy movies.
The first post is all about 2001, and the writing is just the right shade of fun.
I’m already looking forward to future posts. (See what I did there?)
A great series of articles on the sci-fi films of the ’60s and ’70s:
The Laser Age examines a rich period in the history of science-fiction filmmaking that began in the late 1960s and faded away by the mid 1980s.
…all wrapped up in a nice responsive design too.
There’s something very satisfying about this televisual sleuthing:
Images of the computer code appearing in TV and films and what they really are.
Now this is what I call research:
Through the use of my knowledge of computer magazines, my sharp eyes, and other technical knowledge, I have overcome the limited amount of information available in the video content of WarGames and with complete certainty identified the exact name and issue number of the magazine read on screen by David L. Lightman in WarGames.
Beautiful amalgamations of film characters:
A custom software detects faces from every 24 frames of a movie, and creates an average face of all found faces. The composite image reflects the centric figure(s) and the visual mood of the movie.
I like this theory!
Corridors in science fiction films.
A really nice piece on Robert McCall, who was artist-in-residence at NASA and worked as conceptual artist on Kubrick and Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Science Fiction Film as Design Scenario Exercise for Psychological Habitability: Production Designs 1955-2009
A white paper that looks to sci-fi films as potential prototypes for habitats for humans in space, with an emphasis on dealing with the psychological issues involved.
A magnificent piece of writing from Michael, examining the influence of Sergio Leone on George Lucas.
Forty Years of Movie Hacking: Considering the Potential Implications of the Popular Media Representation of Computer Hackers from 1968 to 2008
An in-depth look at the portrayal of hackers on film.
I, for one, welcome our slime mould overlords.
The slime mould is being used to explore biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot controllers, much of which borders on the world of science fiction.
A look at the depiction of computer hardware and peripherals in sci-fi movies over time.
Ostensibly about gaming (and written by Matt Colville who works in the games industry), this blog actually has a lot of interesting observations on sci-fi cinema. I like it.
The best review of The Hobbit.
I am giddy with excitement at the prospect of a new Shane Carruth film:
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism.
Why George Lucas Is the Greatest Artist of Our Time - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Camille Paglia is apparently a Lucas apologist like me.
A well-executed sci-fi short film on augmented reality and gamification.
This (free!) PDF looks like it could be a nice companion piece to Chris and Nathan’s recent book:
Human-computer interaction in science-fiction movies and television.
It’s a work in progress. You’ll notice a lot of placeholders where the images should be. That’s because the studios are demanding extortionate rates for screenshots.
Perfectly offset with red string.
Organized Wonder | Curated documentaries, interviews, short films, and other top videos from around the web.
This is like a video version of Huffduffer (without the timeshifting). It’s very nicely done.
Magazine covers created by Tom Southwell for background scenes in Blade Runner.
Recreations of movie stills at filming locations around the world (like I did in Sydney for The Matrix). There’s something quite addictive about looking through these.
A terrific site dedicated to the love of film, all wrapped up in a wonderful responsive design.
A great article from David with some concrete proposals for media companies.
By the way, how nice is David’s new responsive design? Very nice. Very nice indeed.
This is an intriguing suggestion: watch the Star Wars saga in the order IV, V, II, III, VI (notice that Episode I is missing entirely). The reasoning is very sound and well worth a read.
The final amalgam of Star Wars Uncut is an absolute joy to behold. I enjoyed every single moment of this.
You can now hire Mandy and Keith to make gorgeous films. Their website is, unsurprisingly, beautifully crafted.
A blog that takes a detailed look at the art of the film poster.
I should just have a recurring event in my calendar set for every week that says “Go watch this again to regain your sense of perspective.”
This whole “supercut” thing …you still don’t get it, do you?
An addendum to the excellent Everything Is A Remix series, focusing on the influences on The Matrix.
This blog by the visual effects supervisor on Moon is packed full of wonderfully geeky sci-fi movie stories.
Accidental camera drops serve a purpose as part of a larger narrative.
A crowd-funded, creative commons licensed sci-fi film currently in production.
A documentary about the weekly session in Dempsey’s pub in Manhattan.
Have some fun by finding these four Harrison Ford quotes amongst the forty characters he has played:
- “I didn’t kill my wife!”
- “My family!”
- “I’m looking for my wife!”
China Miéville gives a rundown of some underrated classics of the alternative history subgenre …including Richard Curtis’s Notting Hill.
Just imagine the world we would be living in if it weren’t for the warnings given to us by these film-makers.
Well, there goes my afternoon: here’s an endless supply of computer interfaces from films.
Match the MacGuffin to the movie. Like Hangman for films.
Part two of Kirby Ferguson’s series focuses on films. Creation requires influence.
A production of the Brighton Speculative Fiction group. It was simply wonderful.
“Lowery? Has anyone seen Sam Lowery?”
Acceptable variations include “Get the hell out of there!” and “Get him/her/them out of there!”
A gorgeous sci-fi short film with some fine interface porn.
The Assassination Of Yogi Bear By The Coward Boo-Boo.
A montage of this year’s films.
A fantastically detailed look by Michael at the evolution of the design of Chewbacca.
A great sci-fi short story—yours to watch online.
Douglas Trumbull reveals the secrets of the opening scene of Blade Runner.
Monana county fair, near the Iowa/Nebraska border.
Soon the trilogy will be complete: a documentary on urban planning sounds like the perfect way for Gary Hustwit to follow up Helvetica and Objectified.
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin.
Here's a Kickstarter project worth supporting: fund a documentary on crafting typefaces.
Hillman Curtis's new film about David Byrne and Brian Eno will be premiering at Southby. Should be fun.
This is the way to do an adaptable liquid layout. Media queries are your friend. Oh, and the content's good too.
The challenges of the long tail.
A portfolio of imaginary interfaces as seen in the movies.
I'll take any excuse to watch the opening of Touch of Evil — I don't think it'll ever be topped.
Some web geeks recommend some movies. I am one of the web geeks.
This is wonderful, just wonderful; an in-depth piece on corridors in science fiction movies. Swoon!
There is something utterly hypnotic and disturbing about these three-frame looping animations.
A wonderful set of folk-art movie posters from mobile cinemas in Ghana.
Prepare to lose yourself in this collection of movie titles from the 1920s to the present day.
A free PDF of the inside story of George Lucas, his intensely private company, and their work to revolutionize filmmaking. Discover the birth of Pixar, digital video editing, videogame avatars, THX sound, and a host of other icons of the media age.
All the chairs in Pixar's The Incredibles.
The manager of Brighton's Duke of York's cinema has a blog.
Un film du Garrett Murray.
A film project about the power of mass collaboration, government and the internet.
Background material for Watchmen.
Here's a depressing counterpoint to my feel-good story about Iron Man: someone else who's picture was used in the film (in good faith) decided to sic the lawyers on Jon Favreau.
The Napoleon Dynamite problem at Netflix: basement hackers and amateur mathematicians are competing to improve the program that Netflix uses to recommend DVDs â€” and to win $1 million in the process.
The new trailer for Watchmen is out. It's still looking good. Fingers crossed.