In League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, legendary comics magus Alan Moore imagined a Victorian England in which all of the most fantastic people, places and events in fantastic British fiction had actually happened, from the death of Sherlock Holmes to the invasion of the Tripods. advertisement What would America look like if you gave it the same treatment? You’d have this: the utterly bizarre Altered States of America. The finished result of a successful Kickstarter, The Altered States of America is a retro-tastic five color print that maps all of the improbable happenings of science fiction, fantasy and horror upon our nation’s proud soil on a state-by-state basis. Let’s take a look. In the Altered States of America, my home state of Massachusetts is correctly identified by its association with Jaws, although apparently not for its Lovecraftian connection with Arkham and the Miskatonic University. Massachusetts is bordered to the east by New York, the King Kong … [Read more...] about The Monsters And Aliens Of America’s Best B-Movies, Mapped By State
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While Bollywood is known to not welcome its actresses after long breaks, it looks like the heroines of the industry are changing the trend. Be it late Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Kajol, Aishwarya Rai and now Rani Mukherjee all are strongly signaling that they may not have been around for some time but the film industry is their home ground and they will do their best to get their strong foothold back in the industry.After a four year hiatus, Rani is back on the big screen with her latest release Hichki that hits the theatres on Friday. The film has created a lot of buzz both in the industry and amid audience but will it take a flying start at the box office and be Rani’s best comeback?Hichki released on 961 screens in India, 380 screens overseas, taking the worldwide total to 1,341 screens. The film’s cost of production comes to about Rs 12 crore and publicity expenses is at around Rs 8 crore, taking the overall budget to Rs 20 crore.Close Rani’s last release Mardaani had … [Read more...] about Is Rani Mukherjee’s new movie ‘Hichki’ going to be her best comeback?
The woman’s husband is cheating on her, but she does not know this yet. She stands alone in their dark bedroom. On the floor is her husband’s coat, and a photograph of him with his lover peeks out, just barely, from a pocket. The woman turns, and her eye is caught by the photograph. advertisement advertisement Or is it? With Turbulence, an Israeli interactive film directed by Nitzan Ben-Shaul, the choice at that moment is up to the viewer. Turbulence is one of several recent experiments in interactive filmmaking, given new life by the advent of devices like the iPad. (See our series on Touching Stories, a set of interactive iPad films, from June and July.) Turbulence, an 80-minute thriller, is about three Israelis who meet by chance in New York 20 years after they were arrested together at a protest in Israel. At various moments in the film, a glowing light will surround an object, indicating that the viewer can interact with it in some way–to choose to … [Read more...] about “Turbulence,” an Interactive Movie, Coming Soon to an iPad Near You
Documentary films usually aim to bring the viewer into the lives of a person–to really show a story through the subject’s perspective. What’s a better way to do this than to let the subjects themselves do the filming? advertisement advertisement Project 2×1, which premiered this week, is one of the first films to be shot largely with Google Glass, a device that isn’t available to the general public yet. Made by a group of young filmmakers, one of whom had been picked as one of Google’s early “Glass Explorers,” the 30-minute documentary focuses on telling the story of Crown Heights, a unique neighborhood in Brooklyn that’s the center of both New York’s large West Indian and Hasidic Jewish communities and home to two of the filmmakers. I live in Crown Heights and went to the premier in the neighborhood this past Sunday. The diverse crowd of more than 100 people–some in dreadlocks and others with big beards and … [Read more...] about What It’s Like To Watch A Documentary Made With Google Glass
advertisement advertisement I get asked this question all the time: “How do we make our video/post/content go viral?” The honest answer is that you can’t. You can’t make something go viral. You don’t decide, I don’t decide, the audience does. Asking for something to go viral is almost as absurd as calling your newest launch a “viral marketing campaign.” Really? Your campaign is to get people talking to other people about your company? What campaign isn’t about that? Viral isn’t a campaign, it’s a result of a good or really bad one. Someone recently sent me their viral video. They actually called it that. It had 2,000 views, which is more than a lot of videos out there, until you realize that they sent the video out to a subscriber base of over a million people. That’s not viral; that stinks. However, that same video being emailed to 10 people and getting 2,000 views, that’s something that has started … [Read more...] about Why No One Will Watch Your Crappy Corporate “Viral” Video, And How To Fix It