July 22, 2010

Feature Presentation: The Story of Cosmetics

It's been two years since ex–Greenpeace staffer Annie Leonard and the creative team at Free Range Studios brought the world The Story of Stuff, an amazingly quick analysis of our shabby consumer habits. The collaboration has since resulted in separate pieces about "cap and trade" strategies and bottled water — and a Story of Electronics is now in the planning stages. (Oh, yes: Free Range also brought you What is the Meatrix. Can't forget that one.)

So without further adieu, brace yourselves for… The Story of Cosmetics:

©2010 Annie Leonard / Free Range Studios — The Story of Stuff Project.
Produced and released under a Creative Commons Attribution–Non Commercial – No Derivative Works 3.0 license.

Maybelline execs, you've been warned.

July 15, 2010

Just One Story… Episode 4: One, My Darling, Come to Mama

Just in time for the weekend... another helping of good ol' Just One Story…

This time, Diane Wolkstein offers the world a poignant Haitian folktale in which the most amazing thing is the fourth — and intentionally neglected — daughter's capacity to forgive her mother for the injustice done to her as a child.

Watch what happens:

Story ©1978, 1997 Diane Wolkstein.
Video ©2010 Diane Wolkstein/Philip David Morgan —
Promenade Digital [Mediaworks].

Creative Commons License
This work is released under a Creative Commons Attribution–Noncommercial–No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.

This is our last 4:3 (or "academy" ratio) episode. We'll be going 16:9 widescreen next time.


July 11, 2010

Just One Story… Episode 3: And now, Dianne R. Carr

Last month was a busy Just One Story… month, with three Saturdays devoted to recording the celebrated Diane Wolkstein at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Central Park. You will soon see these episodes posted here, and I will hopefully have something in place soon that will let you download the episodes in MP4 and XviD (perhaps via the Internet Archive and/or ClearBits, so stay tuned).

In the meantime, with our first episode hosted on Vimeo, here is Dianne R. Carr offering her 1973 story (with a 1990 Copyright), "Dragon Days and Rabbit Ways," our first non–Buddhist episode. Something nice for the kids in your family — or just the kid in you:

Story ©1990 Dianne R. Carr.
Video ©2010 Dianne R. Carr / Promenade Digital [Mediaworks].

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This work is released under a Creative Commons Attribution–Noncommercial–No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.

For the record, Dianne describes her opus as "a story about a dragon who finds what no flaming fury has ever revealed — his heart and his imagination."

It was recorded at the Central Park Dairy (a coffee shop inside the park), so please excuse the patrons.

Just press play and enjoy.

Wakey, wakey! Chop—OOPS!

A little I Can Have Cheezburger? action for your Sunday morning:

Courtesy Pet Holdings, Inc.

Because not every one is a morning… er, creature.

Horse vs. Toad — and may the best critter win

Do you like to watch a race? Wanna hear a good story about one race that will live on in the heart of humanity?

Splendid! Press the play button to bring yourself trackside for the already–classic match of "Horse and Toad," brought to you by your color commentators Diane Wolkstein and Joy Kelly Smith — themselves recorded live at a Mother's Day Benefit for Haiti (Sunday, 9 May) at New York City's Scandinavia House.

Oh, and did we mention that it's the Princess' hand in marriage to the victor?

On your mark… get set…

©2010 Diane Wolkstein / Cloudstone Productions.


Oh, and get ready for more Diane Wolkstein goodness this month!

(P.S.: "Already–classic," because the story appears in Diana's must–have collection The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales, which you can get at the link below.)

Thanks, Google, for the post date fix!

Just when your Projectionist was about to give up and abandon (or even delete) his own blog, Google has managed to fix the post date bug on their end, meaning that the post dates on this blog have been restored!

Plus… they've added a new template tool in their Blogger Dashboard which has helped make the blog a little more attractive. (I never did like the standard issue templates save for one I used to use but which wouldn't quite serve my purposes here.)

Just one more change is coming to the blog: Now that Promenade Digital [Mediaworks], my own little net–studio is spreading its ever growing wings (stronger, always stronger), you will be seeing more PD[M]–related posts — most featuring new Just One Story… episodes, yes, but hopefully there'll be other attractions to keep you glued to your monitor. Not to mention the occasional "behind the scenes" piece to show you what's going on in the video making process.

And, of course, when there's something too good to resist on YouTube, rest assured it will eventually wind up here for your viewing pleasure.

So with all that said, I apologize for the long and needless silence. We will now return you to your normal blogging at the point where it was interrupted.

On the hope that we won't be interrupted again. ;-)