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20 FEBRUARY, 2012

ABCinema: A Famous Film for Each Letter of the Alphabet, Animated in One Minute

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Dial M for movie trivia.

If you crossed the best treats for film buffs with the most creative alphabet books, you might get something like Atlanta-based motionographer Evan Seitz’s ABCinema — a 58-second motion graphics gem, mapping a minimalist representation of a famous film onto each letter of the alphabet to test your movie knowledge.

The fine folks at Buzzfeed have diligently distilled the answers:

A – Amelie
B – The Big Lebowski
C – Citizen Kane
D – Dr. No
E – Edward Scissorhands
F – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
G – The Godfather
H – The Hobbit
I – Inception
J – Jurassic Park
K – The King’s Speech
L – Lawrence of Arabia
M – My Neighbor Totoro
N – Night of the Living Dead
O – Once Upon a Time in the West
P – Pulp Fiction
Q – The Quick and the Dead
R – Rocky
S – Star Wars
T – Titanic
U – Up
V – Vertigo
W – The Wizard Of Oz
X – X-Men: First Class
Y – Yojimbo
Z – Zodiac

Where to next? Try 25 iconic Saul Bass title sequences in 100 seconds or a brief motion graphics history of the title sequence.

HT Open Culture

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16 FEBRUARY, 2012

David Brooks on the Dangerous Division Between Reason and Emotion, Animated

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The false division of the self, or what’s wrong with using physics to assess human behavior.

Yesterday, we marveled at a fantastic short film that captured Michael Pollan’s classic Food Rules in animated stop-motion vegetables. Another wonderful motion graphics entry from the same RSA film competition by Tomas Flodr is based on an RSA talk The New York Times’ David Brooks gave about his newish book, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement, which echoes an older RSA sketchnote animation about the divided brain and the dangers that lurk in modern society’s propensity for prioritizing the left brain over the right. (Something at which Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Anne Lamott would all have raised an eyebrow.)

We have inherited a view of ourselves that we’re divided selves. We have reason over here and emotion over here, and if anything, they’re on a teeter-totter — that if reason is up emotion is down or vise versa, and society advances to the extent that reason can suppress the passions. So this has created methodologies of studying human behavior that try to use the methodologies of physics to do social science, which emphasize the things we can count and measure, and which amputate all the rest.”

For more, see Brooks’ TED talk and, of course, the book itself.

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15 FEBRUARY, 2012

Michael Pollan’s Food Rules Animated in Stop-Motion

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182% of brilliance, three weeks in the making.

The fine folks at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, known for their brilliant sketchnote animations of talks by prominent authors and scientists, recently launched a competition, inviting emerging filmmakers to bring RSA talks to life in fresh ways. This fantastic stop-motion entry by Marija Jacimovic and Benoit Detalle, which took more than three weeks to create, is based on Michael Pollan’s iconic Food Rules and is the most refreshing take on the classic since Maira Kalman’s illustrated edition.

You can give this gem your vote here and help the talented duo win £2,000.

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