Arcade Fire have created another interactive video for Sprawl II from their Grammy-winning 2010 album The Suburbs. Directed by Vincent Morisset, the video lets viewers use a mouse to loop, fast forward and reverse footage of dancers in (sur)real time.
I've said it before and I'll say it again - there will come a day when passively watching video will seem as hopelessly outdated as gathering around the radio for the latest Buck Rogers serial, or how we used to wait for letters to arrive in the days before e-mail. We won't just watch TV or listen to music, we'll interact with our entertainment in fun, meaningful, natural ways.
Canadian indie wunderband Arcade Fire has been playing with these ideas for a couple of years now, most noticeably with TheWildernessDowntown.com, an interactive music video for their single We Used to Wait. (If you've never seen it, check it out. Note that the video is designed for the Google Chrome browser.)
The Montreal musicians are at it again with an interactive video for Sprawl II, also from their Grammy-winning 2010 album The Suburbs. Directed by Vincent Morisset, the video lets viewers use a mouse to loop, fast forward and reverse footage of dancers in (sur)real time. It's a bit difficult to explain; you should just go try it out. If you're feeling really energetic, you can allow the video to access your computer's webcam and use hand or body movements to affect the speed of the looping clips. It doesn't work quite as well as using a mouse, but it's an interesting experiment either way.
I didn't learn a great deal about Abraham Lincoln in school, which could explain why I never realized that in addition to abolishing slavery and winning the American Civil War, he was also a vampire hunter. This trailer for the upcoming movie, directed by the guy who did Wanted and based on the novel by the guy who wrote Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, looks surprisingly cool.
SCARED DOG NEEDS A HUG
This dog-lover's tear-jerker is two years old, but only recently went viral. It's the tale of Edie, a California shelter dog who was scheduled to be put down but was rescued at the last minute by pooch saviour Bronwyne Mirkovich. Edie had been deemed too aggressive to be adopted, but it looks like all she really needed was some love. Six days later she was taken in by a caring new owner.
BOYFRIEND WENT VEGAN
When are people going to learn that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals does stuff deliberately to rile folks up? Surely PETA knew this ad would anger women's groups with its cheeky suggestion that rough vegan-powered sex bashes women up. And geez, why didn't the guy at least drive his girlfriend to the doctor? Apparently being vegan also makes you a d-bag.
There's no CGI trickery in this beautiful video. These are simply time-lapse exposures (or "temporal distortions" as creator Randy Halverson calls them) of the rural sky, taken in such a way to draw out all the vivid detail of stars, nebulae and auroras. And really, there's nothing simple about it - a heck of a lot of work went into making this amazing video happen.
It stands to reason a cruise ship would have billiards tables to entertain passengers, but it never occurred to me that this might be impossible due to the rocking motion of the ship. Unless, that is, the tables have sophisticated electronics, gyroscopes and motors to keep the table surface level no matter how much the ship is rocking. Try to wrap your head around what you're seeing.