RADAR is a series produced by WBPLabs -- a division of the WorkBook Project. The series is a timely, insiders view into the cutting edge of storytelling and creativity, and the attendant tools, tech, models and community.
There’s something pretty slick and trippy about HOTEL, the latest interactive Flash-based story from our friends over at SubmarineChannel. The story, now ten chapters deep, starts off some in sort of disjointed, Lynchian world, where each click of your mouse propels you deeper into the rabbit hole. With a story that sucks you in like HOTEL, just make sure you have some time on your hands when you check it out.
We’ve featured tunes from the Lymbyc Systym before, so we wanted to share their nifty video for “Narita,” a track off their Field Studies EP. The song is half hazy shoegaze, half Ben-Gibbard-inspired instrumental chugging, but the real treat is the video; it juxtaposes the schizophrenic music with shots of wildlife interspersed with urban sprawl. Even though it’s shot on video, the quick clip is a whole lot of cool.
If you have a pulse and a connection to the internet (you’re reading this, right?), you’ve heard the Gregory Brothers. The four-piece comedic troupe – that includes one woman – may not be famous by name, but you’ve definitely seen their videos. They’re the brains behind Auto-Tune the News (RADAR Ep27) and recent meme-cash-ins “Bed Intruder” and the “Double Rainbow” song. The group recently sat down with Wired to dish on everything from their process to making unintentional singers famous. We highly recommend it.
The Story Pirates (RADAR Ep30) Twitter bio really does sum them up best: “Kids write stories = We act them out = Kids write more.” For the unfamiliar, the Story Pirates are an improve group that perform for children, acting on the suggestions and reactions from the tikes in the audience. This month, the seven-person cast will put on musical numbers at the Downtown Community Center in Tribeca. Sounds like a good time even if you aren’t a parent or under twelve…
Sept 12th 2pm
Downtown Community Center
120 Warren St (between Greenwich and West St)
$18; Workshop and Show: $30 Event Info
Hark! A Vagrant is a cool little webcomic by Kate Beaton. Her latest entries have been a series of riffing on old Nancy Drew book covers and we’ve got to say, we’re fans. Check out the wit on display both on her website and on her Twitter. We know you’ll dig it too.
Christopher Brosius is a perfumer who designs scents unlike any you have ever smelled. In his shop CB I Hate Perfume, Christopher manages to capture very specific scents that use unlikely inspirations such as moss, dirt, grease, and mildew. His fragrances Albeit Wet Grass, Burning Leaves, Green Brier 1969, and The Library all conjure emotions we all know so well, yet never revisit, until we smell the scents that draw those specific memories back. I Hate Perfume provides an interesting look how scents can tell stories and connect people.
CREATED by Lance Weiler & Alex Johnson
DIRECTOR Lance Weiler
EDITOR Jawad Metni
DP Jeremy Saulnier
SERIES PRODUCER Josh Cramer
SEGMENT PRODUCER Janine Saunders
POST PRODUCTION House of Trim
FEATURED MUSIC by:
Lymbyc Systym “Bedroom Anthem”
Will Bangs “Dresden Mills”
Dragon Turtle “Causality”
Lewis & Clarke “Dead And Gone”
Indie Film Capitalism #9 Times are tough, listener-ship is down and Clarence Lindeweiler needs to come up with a plan to save his struggling alternative rock radio station, WTYT 960. Clarence’s plan is to host a billboard sitting contest, where four lucky contestants have the opportunity to win, “a beautiful mobile home and nine-sixty hundred dollars”. All they have to do, is be the… read more
New Breed LA: Engineering Serendipity [vid] For the community of working-class filmmakers at New Breed a constantly evolving creative process of telling our stories is the one thing we can count on in these changing times. Embarking on journeys through deeper methods of collaboration & engaging with fans across various platforms is certainly exciting – but one thing is for certain, the creative needs to be… read more
Transmedia Talk #21 – The Rodshire Archives Project Welcome to Transmedia Talk, a new podcast covering all things Story. Transmedia Talk is co-hosted by Nick Braccia, Dee Cook, and Haley Moore and looks to shed light on the topic of transmedia storytelling with commentary,interviews and tips on how storytelling is moving into the 21st century.
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“WHEN THIS VIDEO GETS OVER 10,000 VIEWS, BRIAN WILL ATTEMPT THE WORLD RECORD FOR ‘LONGEST TIME TO SPIN THREE PLATES ON FACE WHILE JUGGLING THREE MACHETES AND BALANCING ON A ROLA BOLA.” – URBD
One of the records highlighted by URDB (RADAR Ep4) include most fireballs blown in thirty seconds. This guy is for real, and has a knack for pulling off mind-boggling stunts in front of the camera. It would be a shame for him not to stand in front of a camera, spin plates, juggle machetes, and balance on a rola bola. The internet needs that video, as much as his other antics. Thanks to the great folks at URBD for bringing us Brian Pankey, and tons of other world records.
Whether they like to admit it or not, everyone thinks they can set a world record. People like to believe that they can be that one person that has the largest lip balm collection in the world (a record standing at 415), or that their fro can take more picks than any other for out there (101 for those of you wondering). These are just two of the records that are showcased on The Universal Record Database, a site where people from all over the globe get a chance to showcase their whacky and random talents. Not only do people get their abilities shown to the world, but the world gets a chance to upstage former records and/or create records of their own. Check out their youtube channel, for featured content, or their website, for a large of assortment of people setting records on camera.
Evenings – Free Album!!
We recently featured Evenings on our RADAR music page, but it is imperative to feature him once more because of his recent album release. Evenings’ album North Dorm is actually free to download on behalf Evenings at http://evenings.bandcamp.com/. This album is a low key, well put together, overall nostalgic romp, and it is essential for those that are in tune with relaxing electronic beats and genius use of samples of nature. North Dorm was recorded in and named after by Nathan Broaddus’ in his dorm room at UVA. This album represents elegant lo-fi electronic beats synched and layered delicately to weave an intricate wave of music that washes over the listener. Naturally relaxing and mellow the record flows into your ears nice and cool like a stream into the brain. Evenings is refreshing and accessible. Be sure to check out Evenings’ track Babe, featured in an upcoming Season 4 RADAR episode.
Let’s focus on Douglas Rushkoff’s new book, Program or Be Programmed. Douglas Rushkoff, of techno punk fame, is publishing his ninth work of nonfiction as we speak. For those of you unfamiliar with Rushkoff, his ideas about cyberculture and technology shaped the the landscape of the 90s, and later created a dialogue about the future of the social implications of the computer networks. Unlike Gary Hustwit (read below – FOLLOW) who focuses on the effects that technology has on society, Rushkoff advocates the empowerment of the consumer in matter of programming and software. In his new book, Program or Be Programmed, Rushkoff calls to arms consumers, and asks for them to take power over the way they interact with their computers. Heavy with early references to programming and the changing climate of computer software design, the book decries the power of huge companies over the way computer users interact with technology every day. Rushkoff is the champion for DIY programming and computer software design. He makes a interesting case by pointing out how since the early 90s, fewer and fewer people are creating their own cyber-realities, and more and more people now depend on corporations to create software that dictates use instead of bending to the will of the consumer. For the current times, where DIY is growing as a way of life, this book resonates with those that want a more personalized computer experience. If the name Rushkoff is ringing a bell, think back to any of the three PBS Frontline shows he did (Persuaders, Merchant of Cool, Digital Nation), or his famous books Media Virus or Cyberia and the comic book series, Testament. Take it from a pro…
Shantell Martin Live with Rad Pony – Album Release Party
Shantell Martin (RADAR Ep26) is no stranger these days. Her psychedelic live visuals are being paired with the rock, and subtly industrial, groove of Rad Pony for their upcoming CD release party. The combination is sure to be breathtaking because of Rad Pony’s sensual singing and combination of downtempo electronic instrumentation. The groups sumptuous, velvety music already has a sound that touches upon other senses, but to see their music enlivened live with crazy designs and lights should make for a great show. There is no alcohol served at this little shindig, but don’t let it discourage you from coming out. An event like this doesn’t really need any uppers, downers, inhalants, or whatever you get from your street corner vendor because it’s already chock-full of spacey music and trippy visuals. You can’t miss this sure to win combination.
Sept 4th 9pm – 12am
484 Union Avenue Brooklyn, NY
with w. Balls to the Wall, Hank and Cupcakes, VJ Shantell Martin and DJ Tikka Malsala (That’s My Jam) and DJ HOTTMOMZ (Anthems). Event Info
Gary Hustwit is a DIY media machine with twenty years of work behind him in both music and movies. Hustwit has his own indie record label and a filmmaking company, Plexifilm, which has worked on and released more than 40 movies without major financial backers. He has also spent some time creating documentaries that center around indie bands such as Wilco. Obsessed with design and consumerism, Gary Hustwit has produced and directed a few movies concerned with the way people interact with design and products. Hustwit seems to concern himself with the way that design and objects become essential to humans. In his film Objectified, Hutwist explores what makes us addicted to gadgets. In his film Helvetica, he explores how a font became synonymous with simple modernity. Currently, Hustwit is working on his film Urbanized which concerns itself with the layout of cities and the pros and cons of how they are laid out. His twitter feed reflects his interest on the impact that design has on people because it concerns itself with everything from playful airplane graphic to the design of urban sprawl.
Short Filmmaker Profile: Tim Hyten As part of the upcoming ‘One Hundred Mornings’ run at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles, Cinema Speakeasy, CineFist, Downtown Independent Theatre, and Slamdance Film Festival… read more
Unnatural History recaptures rare moments in time, both past and present. The project consists of still photos, taken of rebuilt miniature scenes. Some scenes recreate natural disasters while others capture a natural history seen within museums at time where history and science didn’t see eye to eye. The end result tricks the viewer into believing they are seeing life size scenes, instead of the miniature dioramas that they really are.
CREATED by Lance Weiler & Alex Johnson
DIRECTOR Josh Cramer
EDITOR Jawad Metni
DP Jarin Blaschke
SEGMENT PRODUCER Janine Saunders
TITLE SEQUENCE Jordan Gray
POST PRODUCTION House of Trim
ADDITIONAL MUSIC by:
Saxon Shores “This Shameless Moment”
Managing THE LOST CHILDREN Storyworld with WordPress: Part 1 This is going to be basically a four part series on how we are going to try using WordPress to manage the storyworld of our project THE LOST CHILDREN. I’m hoping to deliver these parts about once a week. Might be a little off, since things with the film are very busy, but in general I am trying to document… read more
Elan Lee: The “Rolling Stone” Interview, Part I Elan Lee wants you to be a superhero!
[More on that later. Part II and Part III]
A note of introduction: Through the good graces of Lee Sheldon (a game writer/designer and professor with whom I worked during my graduate program), the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics, and others at Indiana University, we were able to host Elan… read more
Seven Things I Learned from the Portal 2 ARG So, Portal 2 is out. You may have heard.
You may have also heard there was an ARG associated with it – or maybe you didn’t. While the game received some media attention right before the launch of Portal 2, it slid past ARG communities without making much of a wave.
The Portal 2 ARG project was a collaboration between… read more
Jason Polan is truly, the new wave of Renaissance Man. Michigan born, Jason moved to New York City and quickly made himself an institution. It began, with a New Yorker Cartoon that ran March 6th of 2006. By the next year, Jason had begun a multitude of projects. First, there was the Taco Bell Drawing club. This is where at first – Jason and a few friends would simply meet up and do some drawing at a Taco Bell restaurant. Now, this has spread all across the country. They even have tote bags. At the same time he started The Hand Project, a series in which he photocopied his hand in different positions which he then sold for 20 dollars a piece. However for a considerably larger sum Jason will come to your house, shake your hand, write up a certificate of authenticity for the encounter, and take a photo of the two of you with the certificate.
Now Jason has taken it upon himself to draw every single person in New York. A daunting task to most so Jason made it easier for all of us. Using a regular email account anyone can send a message directly to Jason listing what street corner they’ll be on, what you’ll be wearing, and a 2 minute window for him to arrive. In case he can’t make it there in time he doesn’t want you to wait. He has recently past 8300 portraits and threw himself a party . It was called the “One Tenth of One Percent Event” (as there are 8,363,710 New Yorkers awaiting him). The drawings are black ink on paper, and simple.
To the trained eye they resemble the work of long time New Yorker Magazine Cartoonist Roz Chast. Jason has also had a published New Yorker cartoon, bringing him to one of the highest planes of notoriety a New York artist can achieve.
Currently, Jason has 6 web sites operating covering all of his work. He also maintains a personal site. Not only is his work versatile, but also it is accessible. One day Jason walked through the Museum of Modern Art in January of 2005, and drew each and every piece in the building. This book is now sold through his website. The deluxe edition you ask? For $100 dollars, Jason will meet you at the museum, give you a personal tour, and buy you a hot dog or a pretzel afterwards. This is the new approach to art. Instead of cloaking himself in anonymity, Jason is readily available. Email him. He’ll write back.