I had the pleasure of reading a new book by Central Texas author Stina Leicht. And Blue Skies from Pain is the second in a series beginning with Of Blood and Honey, which I have not read. I normally do not like second books … but this one stands on its own, and I enjoyed it. It is a rather gritty, noir tale, set during the IRA conflict in Northern Ireland. It is, however, a Northern Ireland with a few more sides, for both the fey (the Sidhe) and the Fallen (those of demonic descent) are in the mix.
We all know that Bohemia is a real place in the Czech Republic. One of my photography teachers from MCC was from the Czech Republic. She introduced me to an amazing foreign film from her country called Krysař, directed by Jiří Barta. It is based on the story of the Pied Piper. Basically it is about a town corrupted by greed and filth, which is then taken over by rats. This movie enhanced my fascination with rats and what they symbolize. The movie is animated with actual mice and rats, but don’t let that scare you away from its beauty.
Here is a short clip:
Hello my fellow Bohemians! I know it’s been quite awhile for me to post an animated short. And I’ve FINALLY found one! To coincide with the upcoming issue & its theme of “Dreams”, I’ve found this whimsical take on the Sandman mythos called “Dream Giver”. It centers on a magical being who must rescue a young boy from his own nightmare. The film is written, produced, & directed by Tyler Carter & is animated by 46 classmates from the Brigham Young University’s Center for Animation. Through its perfect fusion of 2D & 3D animation, the film has impressed many industry professionals. As a result, the students received a Student Emmy last year. I hope that you enjoy this STUNNINGLY ANIMATED story. SWEET DREAMS!
I’m baaaccck! After being on a quest of sorts for the COOLEST things on the Internet, I’ve FINALLY hit the jackpot with yet another AMAZING animated short called Fur . De François Barreau, Marion Delannoy, Claire Fauvel, Rachid Guendouze, Vincent Nghiem and Benoit Tranchet from the Gobelins School of Image in Paris are responsible for this 4-minute masterpiece. Like The Monk & The Monkey, Fur is a moral fable— one that focuses on the issue of prejudice. The main character is a wolf man who challenges the segregation his town has imposed on his therian kin. He embodies the film’s message of embracing who you are. Throughout the film, our hero conveys this message to both the characters & the audience. For anyone who feels like an outcast because they’re different , Fur is the perfect film to celebrate your uniqueness.
Long time, no see fellow Bohemians! Yours truly is back with something REALLY cool. Its a animated short called The Monk & The Monkey , a senior thesis by Ringling College Computer Animation students Brendan Carroll and Franscesco Giroldini . The funny, heartwarming film is a moral fable that centers on a young boy named Ragu, whose given one final task by his master. However, he has to contend with a mischievous monkey while on his quest to become a monk.
The film is quite the visually, stunning masterpiece with its lush colors, charming characters, & picturesque settings. In some ways, the short reminds you of a Dreamworks Animation film. Both casual viewers & hardcore animation fans will be entertained by this touching tale.
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