Monday, June 05, 2006
Thank you YouTube!
YouTube is one of the growing host of online video um... hosts allowing people to share video, either home-made or captured from elsewhere. A lot of peeps are just "Video blogging", basically gossiping into their camcorders and posting it. But some are using it as an opportunity to share rare, otherwise unseen gems like Ident, an early-ish Aardman effort directed by Richard Goleszowski (or "Golly" as his friends and the memory-challenged like to call him). This is as different as can be from Wallace and Gromit... it has a strong eastern european flavor to it, dealing as it does with the nature of personnae.
Also, I recently discovered someone has uploaded a bunch of clips from Svankmajer and other eastern european/czech animators: Ceska Animace. Scroll down to where it says Ceska Animace (which is Czech for Czech Animation). There are several pages of clips. I think the poster is Japanese or Asian, judging by the characters he types with. Yet another example that the Japanese are lovers of small imaginative worlds and puppetfilm.