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  • Made for Play: Board Games and Modern Industry

    Made for Play: Board Games and Modern Industry 2013

    ★★ Watched 07 Jun, 2016

    Like an episode of How It's Made only then weirdly obsessively detailed.

  • Duet

    Duet 2014

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 05 Apr, 2016

    FInally watched this short in its "interactive" form. Being able to follow one of the two main characters does limit the emotional oomph of the non-interactive version, it is a fascinating and expertly crafted experience. Duet has always struck the right chord with me, so here's to hoping that they make the interactive version available on VR headsets like the Rift...

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  • Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

    Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Mar, 2013

    Essential viewing for those interested in (the history of) special effects, but nevertheless a rather straightforward documentary. The most poignant part comes near the end, where directors and sfx artists influenced by Harryhausen discuss (lament?) the current state of CGI, which through overkill is in danger of removing the “special” from special effects. To quote Harryhausen himself, “you can’t have an explosion every five minutes in Greek mythology”.

  • The Painting

    The Painting 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 28 May, 2013

    Another film I will retroactively place in my top 25 of 2012 - a beautifully realized existentialist work of animation about the class(/race?) struggle among characters in a half-finished painting, which drives some of them to search for their painter for answers.