November 30, 2010

The literal lesson

Nina Paley's Mimi and Eunice and the power of ideas:

Not a Good Idea
Courtesy Nina Paley.

How would you want to meet your next "good idea"?

See you again on the other side of the month, with a new Just One Story… episode.

November 23, 2010

November 17, 2010

Whatever happened to dignity? (NSFW)

Those of the Projectionist's followers living in the States will get this PDQ:



Methinks I should get an XtraNormal account — not for original works, but for rants that become full–flung dialogues like this.

You mean…?

Nina Paley's Mimi and Eunice (now available between two covers!) get it so right, which is why we love 'em:

Obscurity
Courtesy Nina Paley.

Tim O'Reilly has more on the subject.

November 12, 2010

Just One Story… Episode 8: Horse and Toad

Earlier this year, I gave you a live performance of the Haitian story "Horse and Toad" featuring Joy Kelly Smith and Diane Wolkstein (as Horse and Toad, respectively). That video was cut for Mme. Wolkstein's website and was made at a benefit for Haiti back in May.

Now we have the redux, recorded especially for you Just One Story… fans:


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.

That wraps our Haiti series for 2010. A Hans Christian Andersen story recorded back in September will be coming your way just after the U.S. Thanksgiving. Maybe just in time for Buy Nothing Day — that is, if you all can be as good as Santa (or the Three Kings) would want you to be.

Shall we all give it the ol' college try?

November 10, 2010

Sita sings the WHAT?!

Nina Paley's best–recognized character (to say nothing of mythological) is getting places, as this Yfrog–hosted image demostrates:



Uhh… "whatever."

Coming Soon: Conlang (updated — no embeddeable video)

Disney can keep their holiday video release slate — your Projectionist wants Marta Masferrer and Baldvin Kari's short Conlang this holiday season!

Unfortunately, the preview that used to be on the movie's Kickstarter page is gone, and I can't embed the replacement video. But waltz over to the project page and have a look around. If you're sufficiently tempted, you can help fund the home video release (via Amazon Payments, so have your credit card ready).

November 8, 2010

One New Year's resolution, already declared

The beginning Esperanto student, or komencanto, wants to make a comeback:

Courtesy La studio Konstelacio, k.t.p.

Translation: Stop buying movies. Start making movies.

Rest assured he will. Even if it means doing Esperanto–subtitled episodes of Just One Story… for starters.

By the way, the search is still on for the Malegaon–made movies in the previous post. And yes, I still want to see the finished Malegaon ka Superman (on a legal, original disc). For those wondering why, get FilmKaravan's disc of Supermen of Malegaon and pay close attention to the way the movie got made. It's very DIY, very I–can–make–this stuff, and it's why I want to see the complete, finished product.

November 6, 2010

Why should finding Malegaon–made movies be so hard?

Today, your Projectionist is on a campaign of his own making. And this poster should say all he needs to say:

With apologies to Krunal Music.

For anyone willing to help (seriously), you can also let me know in the comments. No span, virii, or counterfeit goods. Original VCDs only.

Subtitles (or the lack thereof) are not an issue.

November 5, 2010

So that's the secret of your success

Words (and drawings) of wisdom from none other than Nina Paley:

Start Where You Are
Courtesy Nina Paley.

If you like what you see, Mimi and Eunice's creator has a whole book to OD on.

November 2, 2010

An offer you can't refuse?

Oy. VEY:



The above is a video version of a radio advert that aired in Minnesota, bankrolled by the Election Integrity Watch (consisting of, among others, the Northstar Tea Party Patriots and the Minnesota Majority… of conservatives, that is).

A full rogues' gallery is offered by The Nation (and cross–posted at Common Dreams).

Read it, be forwarned, and then go out and VOTE.

November 1, 2010

National Pumpkins, Rolling (like cameras)

For those of you wondering why NPR dropped its full three word identity (National Public Radio), perhaps this piece posted on Vimeo will explain. Then again, maybe not.

At least it's useful for those who wanna do pinhole photography on the dirty cheap:


©2010 NPR.

Whether or not it will placate public radio and TV foes is another story.