By lance weiler, December 21st, 2007

This edition of DiF is brought to you by IndieFlix and Breakthrough Distribution – In this edition of the Design in Film podcast, we take a look at Michael Haneke’s remake of his own 1998 film “Funny Games.” Both brutal and thought provoking the film takes an interesting minimalistic approach towards the design of its trailer, poster and site. Scroll down to listen to the podcast.






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lance weiler is the founder of the WorkBook Project and also a story architect of film, tv and games. He's written and directed two feature films THE LAST BROADCAST and HEAD TRAUMA. He's currently developing a number of transmedia projects


  • There is a big difference between incorporating Flash into a site and having a flash site. I think Brian is talking about purely Flash sites. Basically not HTML, all .SWF maybe embedded into an HTML page. The kinda of sites that are difficult to update.

    If they are inserting dynamic text into the flash program and making it easy to update I don't think that's a pure flash site and not what he's talking about...

    Though I think Caspar is right that Flash shouldn't be demonized, it is something that should be used judiciously. It can be a cpu and memory hog for the user's computer if it's not done right and it's VERY EASY to NOT do right.

    I love Flash, but it should be a tool. Not an end.

  • hey lance,

    as a rather long in the tooth website designer i just wanted to point out that for the last 2-3 years a great deal of the issues you have with flash have been resolved. RSS feeds, deep linking, reduced loading times (if any), good performance (even on slow machines), owner updatable content, searchable content, right clicking ... it's all a very real possibility, even in film websites.

    therefore i think your article should not be attacking flash as a medium, it should be attacking the designers who have been employed to put the piece together, and the film makers who commissioned them. all i see when i look at the sites you've provided as examples is a great lack of ambition & foresight.

    that said i've been asked myself to produce sites that suffer the limitations you speak of, but often the client doesn't understand when i try & explain just WHY the piece will be lacking if we don't restructure it to be more open ended. they too just see flash as doing one thing only & aren't thinking of the people who want 'more' from it.

    all in all i'd say people just need to be educated better on what flash can do and designers need to be more proactive in learning their trade better & educating their clients on the potential of the platform. let's not spread untruths about flash, but rather learn how to actually use it properly & to the best ends.



  • I've been saying this for a while. If for no other reason, flash isn't search engine friendly.

    Check out Lutz and Balls, Paranormal Investigators:

  • Ironically enough, this was excatly the way we set up our production blog for the Bloodwine movie project. Check out our little web space here:

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