October 30, 2003

Nothing so strange

NOTHING SO STRANGE has taken the limelight as "the world's first open-source movie".

In practice, what you get is a 70 minute low budget mock-documentary video (for US$5) and a handful of short clips (US5cents each).


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October 22, 2003

Big Screens Open Windows on World

Wired News: Big Screens Open Windows on World suggests a new opportunity for massive media content creators.

"a giant video-conferencing system that will be deployed in public spaces in London and Vienna next year, allowing people in the two cities to meet and talk eye-to-eye."

," said Felker. "There is currently no opportunity to see real three-dimensional, 360-degree images. My clients are very excited about it."
Felker said he's seen a demonstration of a prototype system, which wasn't as impressive

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October 21, 2003

iTV over IP seminar

"Following a very successful conference on the theme last June, the National Computing Centre plan to run a series of events which respond to people's interests in ICT and regeneration. The first of these will be in November on the use of local TV (interactive digital TV and video streamed over the internet) in regeneration. We expect this to be relevant to people working in regeneration whether on the ground or at a strategic level, whether technical or community focussed, whether in the public, private or voluntary sector . The attached link should provide full information."


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October 13, 2003

Remind Me

“Directed by the design duo H5 (Herve de Crecy and Ludovic Houplain), Royksopp's "Remind Me" may just be the most depressing video ever made.”

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October 06, 2003


Here's for indie distribution. Even the web site is crap...


… For the past two years we have held the festival at ‘The Zoo’ in Fortitude Valley Queensland, in 2004 though, we shall be taking the festival to many other towns around Australia in a Short Crap National Competition.

The festival will start in Brisbane and then travel for about 3 weeks. Each town will vote on a winner, the winner for that evening will then be announced and awarded many goodies. On the final evening we shall award the national winner simply by adding up all of the votes taken from each town. Wow!

The festival is looking for films of a comedic nature, so if your film has made people, or even a person laugh, then please feel free to send it along.

This is not a festival about mocking short works, but rather to provide a further life for them and to recognize potential talent working underground within the Australian & International community. Plus to have fun!

Some Short Crap Statistics:

Length - Under 10 minutes, films must be no more then 3 years old
Genre: - Laughable
Format - Please send only VHS PAL for previewing.

Entry Fee - Between AU $9 - $12.50, you decide!
Deadline - July 15th, 2004

Address - Fully Flared Films
ATTN: Kelly West
The Chocolate Factory
144 Cleveland St. Chippendale, NSW 2008, Australia

For further details and an entry form please contact Fully Flared Films on

shortcrap@fullyflared.com – as we become more in-touch with this modern world,

entry forms shall be available from our website www.fullyflared.com – under

*Crap - defined - there are many definitions of what crap is; vulgar slang -

something which is of poor quality, nonsense, rubbish or excrement.

The definition of Crap for this festival is the following: What could be one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure; what might not meet the standards of some meets the standards of others; What might not work in some ways works in others; Australian humour, not funny to some, hilarious to others!"

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October 04, 2003


TurboSquid is one of the highest profile online marketplaces for digital assets. The site provides a wide variety of digital media files ranging from 3D models and meshes, shaders and sound effects, through to texture maps and tutorials.

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The upcoming release of Valve Software's Half-life 2 is driving gamers into a frenzy of anticipation. With considerably less hype, but perhaps destined to be even more of a milestone, Valve have already released a distributed file system, Steam, which claims to pioneer the much vaunted online distribution model. If there is any merit to their claims, this could be the first commercial sign of infrastructure for re-mixable film.

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October 02, 2003

Pattern Recognition

Gibson's latest, Pattern Recognition is about a a footage fetish and the dreaming that accompanies it. I wonder if the Man in a coma web marketing idea described on the Dreamer site was any inspiration.

The book is a change from Gibson's sci-fi, the first to be set in the present, but he's still nailing concepts that most are still grappling with. We've come full circle when Gibson describes one of his characters as looking like someone out of The Matrix. His take on online subcultures, constantly monitored and manipulated by unseen and largely unknown forces, is also bleak but realistic.

There is one pattern that I recognise. VJ culture is one form of footage fetish, with clearing houses like the VJ Loop Server.

Now is Netochka Nezvanova the inspiration for "the Maker"?

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