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Sita Sings the Blues (Full Film)

The 2008 animated feature film written, directed, produced and animated by Nina Paley (previously we posted Battle of Lanka, one of the musical clips which gave the start to the movie) Sita Sings the Blues is available online with a Creative Common license, that is free as in beer and as in speech.

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Kutiman mixes YouTube

Amazingly, the title actually says all you need to know.

Enjoy! (needs: Flash)

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Long Jump

Here’s the new film by Ian Mackinnon and Dominic Parker made for Short and Sweet and Getty Images.

The challenges aim was to highlight the breadth and depth of content available at the Hulton Archive, which offers a unique resource to filmmakers and creatives alike.

Watch it. (Flash Video)

More? Adjustment is Ian’s graduation film at the RCA.

The Time Sculpture Has You

What you get when a big company decides to spend $4.7million on a commercial campaign? Well, apparently over 20 Terabytes of video data shot with 200 Toshiba Gigashot HD camcorders, taking over 336 continuous hours to process.

Oh, and a washed out, cheap looking, meaningless, ready-made version of Tango. But people will love it because it’s, oh, soooo cool.

Watch it. (Flash Video)

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By day, Mooney is an over-achieving, six year-old girl living with her Grandparents at their junkyard in the forest. By night, Mooney is a member of a secret jazz band with a group of ex-convict animals.

A short film by Heui Won Jeong and Justin Murphy.

Read my review or just watch the short.

The Chronophage

Renowned scientist Stephen Hawking is going to unveil a remarkable clock that has no hands and shows time with the help of light.

Watch it. (Flash Video)

Post-it Love

Sticky notes document an office romance in this short film from directors Si&Ad.

Watch it. (Quicktime)

Ryan Larkin – Walking

From the creator subject of Ryan (it made our best of 2006 list). Another classic!

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Rocket Man

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A simple and entertaining short animated movie about aiming our own efforts in the right direction. Or perhaps it’s about talking with monkeys for advices.

Watch it. (MPEG-4)

Squeeze Me

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Lots of flipbooks (and a huge effort, and perhaps some swearing…) went into the making of this music video from Dutch directors duo André Maat and Superelectric.

Watch it. (MPEG-4)

My Paper Mind

Lovely. Coming to a television ad near you! Just kidding.

An experimental animation exploring the “Stratastencil” technique devised by director Javan Ivey. Inspired by the Stratacut technique, Stratastencil is an additive process. Stratacut removes material to reveal another layer, while this technique adds another layer while still showing the layer before it.

Watch itDirector’s Notes interview

Jay J. Armes, Private Investigator

Jay J.Armes is a person who as a young boy lost his hands in an explosion. Ironically (despite having lost the lower part of his arms as a boy) his name is Jay J. Armes. Later on he became one of th most succesfull private detectors of his time. The most distinguished achievement of his career being the rescue of kidnapped son of the acclaimed actor Marlon Brando.

Watch it. (Flash Video)

DVNO Reel

If I were a FX company, this is what I would like my reel to look like. Yes, it is old but the creative transitions hold up wonderfully.

Watch it – via Mr. Oakhurst.

The Future of PikaPika

The light doodles project that turned this technique into a widespread internet meme is about to come back. Check out the trailers and be prepared.

Watch! (Flash Video)

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Balloons to wire America?

Brilliant but crazy idea.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is considering either a partnership or a full-on buyout of Space Data Corp—a company that provides balloon-based wireless networks. If you think that seems a little strange, consider this: the balloons can help bring wireless service to individuals in rural areas and they can be launched on the cheap—about $50 to launch the balloon, $1500 for the receiver, and a $100 finder’s fee for recovery after the balloon returns to earth.

The one major problem is that the balloons only survive for about 24 hours before they are destroyed in the upper atmosphere. However, if that shortcoming can be overcome, Google could build wireless networks using a 700 Mhz spectrum in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of traditional cell towers. And as a BusinessWeek article from last month revealed, Space Data believes it can cover the whole country with a WiMax broadband network with just 370 balloons. Compare that with the 22,000 or so towers that would be necessary using traditional methods. It may be non-traditional but it is a dammed good idea. My mind has just been blown.

Watch it.

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