Brave New Old: Isolation, Loneliness and Change in the Modern City

Brave New Old: Isolation, Loneliness and Change in the Modern City

Brave New Old is an experimental 3-D animated short film created by the London-based motion-graphics designer Adam Wells. Despite its deceptively simplistic style, this little film is a clever piece of experimental filmmaking.

The film appears to take off from Aldous Huxley’s dystopian visions in his 1931 Brave New World, a frightening picture of the future with subjects like corporate tyranny and behavioral conditioning. Brave New Old is a contribution to the new body of experimental animated works that explores isolation, loneliness and change in the modern city. From chance meetings to poetic musings on lost loves, and from meditations on the decay and decline of industry, to the disorientating nature of modern urban living, this is a chance to explore the city experience through truly unusual animated cinema.

Brave New Old: Isolation, Loneliness and Change in the Modern City

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9: A Post-Apocalyptic Vision of the Future

9: A Post-Apocalyptic Vision of the Future

9” is an action-packed animated adventure by Shane Acker, a fantasy epic short film nominated for an Academy Award in 2004.  The animated short later became the 2009 feature-length movie of the same name, directed by Tim Burton.

9” presents us with a post-apocalyptic vision of the future of our human-technological civilization.  The Scientist had created the B.R.A.I.N. (or the Fabrication Machine) for peaceful purposes.  However, the “Leader of Mankind” took control of the Machine and used it to wage war on other humans.  Lacking a soul, the Machine was corrupted and turned on mankind, wiping them out.

However, the Scientist had also made nine rag doll-like”creations,” in order to ensure that some form of life would carry on, and created a Talisman which could be used to destroy the Machine.  The Scientist died shortly after animating his final creation, rag-doll 9.  The  group of small rag-dolls proved to have leadership qualities that may help them survive and possibly even thrive.

9: A Post-Apocalyptic Vision of the Future

9: The Feature-Length Movie by Tim Burton (Trailer)

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Photo of the Day: Feet-Red-Future-Unease

Photo of the Day: Feet-Red-Future-Unease

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

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Left Unsaid: The Tyranny of Eternal Silence

Left Unsaid: The Tyranny of Eternal Silence

The Twenty 120 Project: Left Unsaid

Left Unsaid is an experimental film that was created by Rob Chiu, who is an acclaimed English graphic arts designer and a producer of conceptual short-films. He created this particular live action film as one of twenty film directors invited to create short films of 120 seconds duration for The Twenty 120 Project. Left Unsaid addresses the general concept of “Change” and the particular theme of “Truth and Deception.”

Left Unsaid: A Tragic View of Childhood Loss

Left Unsaid centers upon the issue of loss, in particular Chiu’s personal interpretation of the feelings of loss experienced by the child upon his/her first major encounter with the self-limitations of the external world. At that point, the past quickly shades into memories of the past, which soon take on an unreal, dreamlike quality. Thus torn away from the past, the child loses connections with feelings for both home and loved ones. Looking toward the future offers no solace. The truth of the future, of a tomorrow, is a hollow and empty one, promising only existential doubt and loneliness. Ultimately, Chiu’s interpretation of the child’s conscious entry into external reality is a fatalistic and tragic one.

Living in the Present: Embracing Ambiguity and Uncertainty

The beauty of Chiu’s film calls out like the mythological Sirens of the sea, seducing the viewer into the tragic world of isolation and enternal silence. But it need not be. For example, if we look to the past for meaning, can we really gain such an understanding by tracing the little, seemingly trivial things in the particular chain of events in our lives back to our earliest years? Or, on the other hand, is existence and the course of our lives simply a matter of coincidence.

There is, of course, an alternative perspective about attempting to achieve some understanding about the meaning and course of our lives. If we focus on the present, rather than upon the past, we are faced with having to acknowledge that human choice always involves choosing one particular course of action while abandoning others, some of which may have turned out to be in some respects equally, or even more preferable. Furthermore, our choice of a particular course of action is always complicated by the unknowingness or ultimate uncertainty about where the path or paths not taken actually might have led.

While life’s ambiguity ultimately is irreducible, learning to embrace the ambiguous and uncertain nature of our lives can vitalize and enrich our experiences of surprise. In other words, focusing upon the present can expand our capacities to become engaged in depth with the ongoing, day-to-day events in our lives. This in turn calls for us learn how to become prepared to be unprepared for new experiences.

Left Unsaid: The Tyranny of Eternal Silence

A short-film by Rob Chiu

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