Opsin: An Inspiring, Simple and Powerful Piece of Urban Visual Poetry

Opsin: An Inspiring, Simple and Powerful Piece of Urban Visual Poetry

Opsin is the new beautifully shot, pristine monotone short film/music video by Ivan Villafuerte, an inspiring and powerful piece of urban visual poetry. It can be viewed as a follow-up to Villafuerte’s Destello, a magnificent tribute to the city of Chicago that allowed us to rediscover the beauty of images that we have before us in everyday life.

Villafuerte is a Chicago-based videographer, who has been creating some great atmospheric, running visuals over the past few months. An important element in these projects has been the inclusion of progressive imaginative audio, which really precisely sets the tone of each piece. The music is combined with contrasting focus and a selective eye that captures some very unique viewpoints. Villafuerte seems to be making this imaginative and evocative style his own right now, and it’s vividly shown in an earlier short work that is also presented here, olololololololxl_l_l_l.

Opsins are trans-membrane proteins essential for the conversion of photons to biochemical processes; they can be viewed as the essential points of contact between outside reality and our interior world of visual perception and experience.  So I recommend putting them to work with the wonderful frames of these videos. And try to make sure you aren’t doing anything else when you watch them, so that you can just sit back and really enjoy the views.

Opsin: An Inspiring and Powerful Piece of Urban Visual Poetry

olololololololxl_l_l_l: An Imaginative and Evocative Visual Art Piece

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Memories of Stoop Sitting

Memories of Stoop Sitting

Stoop Sitting is a nostalgic stop-motion short film created by Will Hoffman and Daniel Mercadante, for the production company Everynone.  The film captures the magic of the age-old tradition of hanging out on your front porch.  Shot in New Orleans, Stoop Sitting reveals that sitting out on the stoop is deceptive to the casual observer, but much is happening while people are appearing to do nothing.

Memories of Stoop Sitting

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The Bloody Zombie Western: A Zany High-Powered Puppet Zombie Western

The Bloody Zombie Western: A Zany High-Powered Puppet Zombie Western

Zombie Western is an amazing stop-motion puppet zombie Western short film directed by the Danish filmmaker Tor Fruergaard.  The story line is fairly simple.  In an old-timey little saloon in the middle of nowhere, a young boy is picked on by the cowboys, even by his own father, for being weak and useless.  But when the first customer of the day ambles strangely into the saloon, the boy thinks that maybe this will be his chance to shine.

With the puppets in place at the saloon, what you end up getting when the Zombies attack is a load more gore and violence than you probably would see in a real live action film.  There are swinging cleavers, belts loaded with dynamite and a steam-powered chainsaw that is both ridiculous and inspired.  As the film hurtles toward its gruesome climax, it becomes a kind of insane Howdy Doody meets up with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Freddy Krueger.  This turns out to be one of the funniest short horror films you’ll ever see.

The Bloody Zombie Western: A Zany High-Powered Puppet Zombie Western

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Iron Tyke Fights Vicious Wild Bunnies

Iron Tyke Fights Vicious Wild Bunnies

Iron Baby is a zany one-minute stop-motion short film by Montreal’s quirkiest filmmaker, Patrick Boivin.  The film stars Boivin’s own baby daughter as Iron Tyke, following the brave full metal-jacketed infant as she fends off a trio of violent machine gun-wielding bunny rabbits.

Iron Tyke Fights Vicious Wild Bunnies

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A Matter of Loaf and Death: Big Trouble at the Mill

A Matter of Loaf and Death: Big Trouble at the Mill

A Matter of Loaf and Death is an award-winning, delightful clay-animated short film directed by Nick Clark, a four-time Academy Award-winning English filmmaker of stop-motion animation.  The film, starring the much-loved duo Wallace and his faithful dog Gromit, is a Best Animated Short Films Nominee for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.  A Matter of Loaf and Death played on BBC Television last year and was the highest-rated program of 2008 and the highest-rated non-sporting event in the United Kingdom since 2004.  In 2008, the film won the BAFTA Award for Best Short Animation and the Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject.

A Matter of Loaf and Death is a suspenseful, romantic high-action murder mystery, with Wallace and and the ever-trusty Gromit starting a new bakery business, Top Bun.  Gromit learns that a number of bakers in town have been mysteriously disappearing, and tries to solve the case before Wallace ends up a victim himself.  The mystery involves a new love interest for Wallace, Ms. Piella Bakewell, who is a bread enthusiast and former pin-up girl for the “Bake-O-Lite” bread company, as well as, for the first time, a cute sweetheart for Gromit: Ms. Bakewell’s charming little French poodle, Fluffles.  The very urgent question now is: will Gromit be able to discover the identity of the Cereal Killer before poor Wallace ends up becoming the next ghastly victim?

A Matter of Loaf and Death: Big Trouble at the Mill

The full-version of A Matter of Loaf and Death can also be viewed here.

Slide Show: A Matter of Loaf and Death

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Suddenly, Last Summer: A Place for a Moment, an End to a Dream

Suddenly, Last Summer: A Place for a Moment, an End to Dream

Suddenly, Last Summer is a 2-minute short film by the Italian filmmaker Leonardo Dalessandri, with music provided by Flashbulb’s “Alice’s garden.”  The film captures moments of lush beauty, as a tranquil ending to summer dreams.  The colors, the music, the angles, the light and the randomness of the captured imagery combine to produce a magical synergy in symphony.  At times, the film is whimsical and impressionistic, with evocative images that suggest an air of mystery. Suddenly, Last Summer is a quiet moment of Zen…leaving the viewer feeling at peace.

Suddenly, Last Summer: A Place for a Moment, an End to a Dream

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Train/Bed: Only One of Eight Million

Train/Bed: Only One of Eight Million

Train/Bed is a 2-min. stop-motion short film by Lam Thuy Vo. The film was created for a 2008 Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective screening. Set in New York City and Brooklyn, Train/Bed is a visual essay, a form of visual storytelling, about the feelings of anonymity, sadness and loneliness of life in the big city.

Train/Bed: Only One of Eight Million

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