FUTURAMA 3.0. THE CREDITS THAT COULD.

It’s the 3D test shot that’s going viral at the moment, and it’s not hard to see why. Futurama may have had its bookends bound shut by FOX, but the animated series, created and moulded by the people who brought us the Simpsons, is still a cult fave. Many people (myself included) want the show back and would have revelled in one more series. Instead we’ve been teased with a little unknown animator and his test shot conceptualising the Futurama title sequence in 3D. Ironically this version would have fitted well in the shows tradition of remixing their title sequences now and then. More importantly – it’s a stunning remodel of an already vibrant introduction.

Futurama 3d (test shot) from seccovan on Vimeo.

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AWAY WE GO.

A friend and his partner chose to document their incredible journey around South America last year with over 2,000 photos cut and pasted together to make one beautiful film. If you’re not halfway to booking that flight by the end of it – then you’re crazy…. or more likely have other commitments.

ESSENCE MAN | A SHORT FILM BY OLAN COLLARDY

I found this beautifully shot film the other day. I swear, Vimeo, Soundcloud and Medium are like a daily must for me. I always find great work by up and coming writers, filmmakers and musicians. Watch and read the directors synopsis below. Then why not check out more of his work? Good for the soul. 

Essence Man (a film by Olan Collardy) from olan collardy on Vimeo.

Synopsis: Like his Spartan predecessor, the Essence Man leaves no room for error neither compromise on the battleground. He awakes early in the day, focused and contemplates the battle at hand. He searches his armoury for the most suitable tools and weaponry that will give him a competitive advantage over his opponent in the heat of battle. He is also aware that the battle isn’t only won with physical strength but more so with a sound mind. He prepares mentally and strategies. When the battle cry rings in the city, he is holistically ready and proceeds to his awaiting chariot to be transported to the battlefront.

The narrative develops in a symphony of four movements | Introspection: Man awakes and contemplates the task ahead of him; the Power Lunch | Preparation: He meticulously peruses his wardrobe for the most appropriate attire that would put him in good stead for the power lunch | Mind Growth: Once physically prepared, he puts his mind in gear and strategizes | Procession: In the final movement, he proceeds to his awaiting vehicle in orderly fashion, to be transported to the battle at hand.

Camera: Canon 5DmkIII (with Magic Lantern RAW hack) | Lens: Canon 24L, Canon 35mm f/2, Samyang 35mm T1.5, Canon 50mm f1.3, Canon 100L | Graded in Davinci Resolve | Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

CREDITS
Written/Directed by Olan Collardy | Creative Direction by Ade Udoma | Produced by Lucas Bitencourt | Styled by Essence London | essencelondon.com/lifestyle

BRON || BROEN

We need to talk about The Bridge (Bron | Broen). My love for Scanda crime drama is reignited with the second season of this Danish/Swedish collaboration that has spawned not only one but TWO English speaking adaptations.  Though the US version was expected, I was surprised to see that the UK had one too. I don’t begrudge it – because the British version (The Tunnel – the channel tunnel between England and France) basically follows the story of the first series to a T: In the original Denmark and Sweden – divided by a bridge – sets the scene and the locations after a dead body is found between the borders . Law enforcers from both sides work together to crack the case.  The original is a perfectly fantastic show in its own right, but I understand that adaptations are great exposure and recognition for Scandinavian productions on a whole; also the original is strictly Scanda. When Borgen (Danish political drama that, considering its subject matter, has no choice but to speak to a wide audience) brought in an English cast member in its third season, the language barrier and the shows attempts to accommodate was jarring. As a result the show lost some of its isolated charm. The beauty of The Bridge is there are no allowances made to please potential audiences on the outside, and why should it? If you have a general appreciation for good storytelling, beautiful production and common sense to keep up with the subtitles, then you’re winning; and how quiet it all is, almost in the vein of Swedish crime series Wallander. It’s also incredible to look at with its clean framing and vast stark landscapes I had to share the photos from both seasons: The first season is more dark in tone, personal in theme and tragic in outcome. Set mainly in the ominous, quirky streets of Copenhagen, we’re treated to cul-de-sac suburbs, wood panelled houses and cosy interiors. In Season 2, Malmö’s stark ports take centre stage. The industrial, minimal landscapes and neutral colours (arguably a style mass-produced by the country’s biggest export, IKEA) is juxtaposed against the vibrant blood splattering and dark suited killers that emerge in various scenes. The two leads, Martin and Saga are a brilliant contribution to the long-standing odd couple cop convention. Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) is fast becoming a favourite TV character of mine. She is the heroine of this series. Her social ineptitude, android-like movement and logical behaviour are the ingredients for a truly unique female character in a lead. Unlike awkward detectives such as Monk or crazy scientists ala Walter from Fringe, there are no eccentricities to Saga. She’s a character without any charismatic traits and yet slowly as the first series goes on, her oddities become refreshing. She gets things done, and has little or no reaction to the conventional obstacles thrown at female protagonists. Instead the family woes and heartbreak are reserved for her flawed, male colleague – Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia).

the TELEVISED: ARE YOU WATCHING…?| ADULT WEDNESDAY ADDAMS.

Adult Wednesday Addams

HAPPY HALLOWEEN WEEKEND! Or if you prefer not to celebrate or even acknowledge the once spiritual (and morbid) day, now replaced with the Americanized tradition of donning an ill-fitting witch costume or, dare I say it, dressing up as pop star – (pray tell, what is so scary about leaving your house dressed as David Bowie the 70’s era?) then let’s just call this a Friday, and let  me direct you to my new fave mini web show:

Adult Wednesday Addams!

The Addams Family movies, circa late 80’s early 1990’s, were box office hits. One of the most iconic cinematic characters in pop culture is the wonderfully dry Wednesday Addams. She may have ignited a few budding feminist fires back then, and she’s in my list of favourite characters of all time (right between Melvin Udall in As Good As it Gets and Bogotá from The Royal Tenenbaum’s), she’s that special to me. When I found out that there was a tribute of sorts to what Wednesday would be like as an Adult, I knew I was already won over.

Created and starring comedy writer and actress, Melissa Hunter, Wednesday Addams is reborn! I have to say, it’s a bold move, considering how popular the character (a role portrayed at its peak by Christina Ricci). Hunter is brilliant as the forever pigtail-ed porcelain skinned oddball. If Wednesday was to grow up, this is exactly how I would picture her to be. 

Follow Adult Wednesday and her quest for independence, as she settles into her new life in LA, doing all the monotonous things normal people do, such as looking for a new home; interviewing for a job; meeting blokes; walking the dogs… and doing the walking dead of shame (I’m not sorry). 

Ironically, it will leave you smiling, even if you’re Wednesday doesn’t have a special place in your heart. Quick catch New episodes of ADULT WEDNEDSAY ADDAMS every Wednesday until Halloween.*

*Ok so the internet is eternal, so I guess you don’t have to rush, but you should definitely check it out. 

follow Melissa here @melissaftw

the TELEVISED | West, One Way by The Solitaire.

Browsing one of my inspired go-to blogs the other day, I came across a beautiful time-lapse film called ‘West, One Way’.  

The short was shot and directed by The Solitaire, who also happens to be the eldest son of the lovely blogger behind Vastly Curious‘; it’s a collection of vignettes from his journey driving cross-country in the US and the results are stunning.

I can’t stop playing it. It’s so simple, but cut to the gorgeous music perfectly. It reminds me of the Yosemite film that went viral last year. I think I need to pack a bag and head out west very soon. 

West, one way. from The Solitaire on Vimeo.