February 01, 2008
Justin Norman, of Shrieking Tree, has created two "Resplicery" films (as he calls them) set to the Myst/Riven soundtracks: "Escape from Comatose Mansion" and "A Weathered Dream Sequence". All in all, he's put together five of them, but I have to admit, "Escape from Comatose Mansion" is my new favorite (spooky!). You can watch all of them at his Resplicery page (but don't go there expecting to see something that looks like Myst... his work is wholly different).
July 31, 2007
The Darth Vader design is a cheat? Stolen from history? It can't be!
Ever since I was a kid, I've always loved the way that our favorite bad guy looked like a Samurai knight. During a recent visit to a weapons museum, I spotted a Samurai helmet that almost had me joining the dark side! (yes Darth, we can rule the galaxy as father and son!!!)
click helmet to enlarge
More Vader Fun:
January 04, 2007
The Bicycle Ballet
This video's an unexpected gem. Performed in what looks like a high school gym, it can best be described as a ballet-on-a-bicycle.
(via: Blue Tea)
Having been born and raised in Texas, where anyone (even a visiting artist from New York) can inexplicably find himself standing around, shooting a shotgun at a dirt embankment (or a couple of cans), I just couldn't help but post this short video. Emil and Hiri (its creators) jokingly call it a Texas advertising campaign for Starbucks. Weird thing is, I think it might actually work!
While you're at it, you might want to check out this Myst styled walk-through of their apartment!
December 31, 2006
Easy Steps to Stunning Success
Justin Norman of Shrieking Tree does it again! Through the magic of cinema, he brings us another delightful little episode in his ongoing Re-plicery series: Easy Steps to Stunning Success! It will warm your heart. It will comfort your soul. And you will be replenished for the New Year!
September 08, 2006
Six Years of Noah
The picture on the left is Noah. The picture on the right is Noah. What's the difference? Six years... and tons and tons of photographs (of himself).
He's just put all of them into an extraordinarily moving film. We watch Noah grow right before our eyes!
August 28, 2006
Re-Splicery Strikes Back
I love seeing Myst user-created work. To me, these creations are an expansion of the Myst universe. Myst has become much larger than the strictly controlled ideas upon which it was designed and, in this sense, Myst is weirdly out of control.
Every once in awhile, one of these Myst-offsprings really stands out. Such is the case with Justin Norman's latest installment in his ever expanding Re-Splicery series: Dismissive-Complacent Disorder. You simply must watch this... it really hits home.
August 02, 2006
Persistent Disparate Interchange
Justin Norman contacted me a few weeks ago. He and his brother Wesley were curious to see if they could creatively transform the Myst or Riven music into something very different from either Myst or Riven... using visuals.
Of course I told them to shove it up their collective asses.
And just when I was getting ready to call my hotshot lawyers and sue them for even considering such a thing, I settled down and suddenly warmed to the idea. I'm glad... because they ended up doing something that's just plain weirdly great. They decided on Catherine's Theme from Riven. I provided the music but their (very) short film is their concept and implementation.
And afterwords, stop by the brother's Shrieking Tree site.