Blank on Blank: Animated Interviews

Happy Thursday!

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Google Imaged “Identity Cartoon” (source: Christian Topan)

A few weeks ago I did a write up for a cartoonist I found on instagram, Talon’s Treehouse, and I got in touch with Talon and told him how funny I thought his stuff was and we got to talking and which lead to me asking if he wouldn’t mind doing an official interview with me for OBOP and not only did he agree, but he proposed a totally tublar idea: he was gonna animate reading off and answering the questions I sent him.  No commitment but we might be ready next Thursday.  Here’s the teaser trailer:


This idea was really cool and reminded me of another channel on youtube called “blank on blank”.  Their youtube description reads,

Vintage interview tapes. New animations. We transform journalists’ unheard interviews with cultural icons. The future of journalism is remixing the past.”  (source: “blank on blank” about page, youtube)

 

I really like the last sentence “The future of journalism is remixing the past.” I think that’s really inspiring, in the way that there were always be an audience for good content even if it is old or lost or once rejected.  Then remixing re-introduces cultural icons to a young generation and probably reaching new audiences by turning interviews into animations unique to each personality.   

Blank on blank is a PBS Digital Center productions and celebrated their 6th year on youtube and have almost 100 videos of stars from all over the spectrum with playlists organizing their videos into writers, actors, musicians, plus a bunch of other categories.

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Cyberpunk Music Videos (NSFW)

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Continuing this week’s Cyberpunk theme, I put together some cyberpunk themed music videos (no repeats from yesterday’s list, no worries).  One thing is should note, the NSFW tag is new here and mostly just a minor warning.  Most of the videos are pretty tame but Brut Carpenter’s remix of Tech Noir is pretty gore-tastic.  Nothing realistic-graphic, more cartoony-funny-graphic.

Cyberpunk Music Video Set list (link to playlist):

Tech Noir – Gunship

Shut em Down – Celldweller

Tomorrow People: A music video novel
This Means War – Volker X

Into the Night – Nero

Shock to the System – Billy Idol

Sentient – Perturbator [UNCENSORED]

Black Earth – Reminor

Tech Noir (Brut Carpenter Remix) – Gunship

 

I don’t have too much to say about these videos, I mostly just like the sounds and the feel of the videos.  I’ve mentioned before my love of animation, I really love claymation style, which is why Tech Noir (original) is the first in the list.  

Tomorrow People is a really interesting idea of making an interpretive graphic novel from found content and I really liked the song.  

This Means War has a really interesting 16-bit art-style I really really like.  The style reminds me of other modern games that use a similar style like Uncanney Valley and, what seem’s to be EVERYONE’S favourite right now, Undertale.  As Ross from Accursed

Farms says “I will take good pixel art to crappy 3D anyday”, and I agree with that statement because to me it speaks both to an artist’s vision and priorities when they choose to make an intentional “compromise” of not using the newest tools they can afford but may not be able to skillfully wield and preferring a more classic style that they can more fully ulitilise.  

When my friend posted the Tech Noir music video, I was impressed.  It had all the elements of the 80’s I like to remember including the synth and the robo-cop stylized character, the hero’s journey trope, and the “at the time cutting edge” claymation which today looks so enduringly beautiful and I was pretty skeptical about a remix music video from some Brut I’d never heard of.  I was so wrong and I’m so glad about it.  

Brut Carpenter’s remix is a live action reimagining of the story of “boy-saves-girl” story

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Easily my favourite in the “toys come to life” movie genre.

told in the original.  The cartoon violence and the goofy costumes are completely on point striking that same tone that b-movies, such as the original.  The cartoon violence and the goofy costumes are completely on point striking that same tone that b-movies, such as Full Moon Features(1), managed to have where it’s just serious enough to make you feel but so over the top that it becomes a borderline comedy at times.  This is why I choose to end the list with this remix (and how i could justify a repeat on the same list).   

 

 

 

 

Tune in tomorrow because 12th May is  Offbeat On-point’s first birthday!  Tomorrow I will be posting the 2017-2018 Manifesto and posting a special comic featuring our newest contributor: Brad Evans.  

 

Footnotes:

 

  1. This reference probably dates me but I have many many fond memories growing up watching Full Moon movies including the Puppet Master series (think Toy Story, but more violent and sexual), Dollman, Demonic toys (I’m starting to see a pattern here that I didn’t see before, maybe there’s a reason why I still like toys/cartoons…).  I had no idea Full Moon continued to be a thing until as reciently as 2013, I honestly just assumed they died in the early 2000’s but if I was to catch up on their releases I have a feeling that’s probably where things went down hill anyway.  Another Thursday, someday, I’ll have a Full Moon Features post.  

 

Talon’s Treehouse (youtube, animation)

 

Happy Thursday!

I’ve mentioned before my love for adult cartoons, specifically lately Rick and Morty, and I’m looking forward to catching up on Bojack Horseman season 3 hopefully this summer, and last night I was looking at a cartoonist I’m following on instagram called Talon’s Treehouse and learned he has a youtube channel.

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This might be one of my top favourite comics by Talon.

Talon’s humour in his youtube shorts range from the hyper obscure, to the strangely brilliant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, what I found most interesting on his channel was his “Digital Chapbook,”

The first chapbooks appeared in 16th century Europe and were notable for 2 main reasons: they were cheap to produce, thus they were cheap to buy. Originally, chapbooks were constructed out of low-grade paper and often illustrated with wood-cuts that had nothing at all to do with the text. They were marketed by traveling chapmen (merchants of trinkets & odds ‘n ends), sold to the working class and spread little ballads and short tales of comedy, tragedy, romance and adventure far and wide. They were, quite literally, the first pulp fictions.

Chapbooks mostly faded away once newspapers arrived and only retain a sparkle of life thanks to poets, who sometimes test their work in small amounts before reproducing them for wider audiences. Occasionally those who explore bookmaking as a hobby create their own chapbooks. Overall, however, chapbooks are by and large a relic of the past. Maybe…

My name is Talon and I write and illustrate the little stories that fall out of my head. As a kid, I fell in love with old radio shows, comics and Read-Along Books. This Dapper Rook Digital Chapbook is my way of blending all those elements together and creating something that really has just one purpose–the same purpose the original chapbooks had way back when–nothing, but to amuse.

So sit for a minute. I’ve drawn you some pictures to look at as I tell you a story that you’ve never heard before…

-In description for “A Dapper Rook Chapbook” series (link to playlist here)

The stories Talon tells in his chapbook are all very short (1 or less minute each) and so very strange.  Sometimes they’re violent, like Old Lady Head, some are nostalgic, like Smolders of the Masquerade, but they’re all surprising and strange leaving one satisfied, despite his style borrowing the convention of unsettling endings from dirty realism more often than not.  The effect that is left on me is a certain wanting for more, not just more because it’s strange (nor because you can easily binge watch all his videos in under half

I think the Old Lady Head kinda looks like Carrie Nation.  It would be suiting, I think.

hour) but also because I’m particularly interested to see the evolution of Talon as an animator. His growth in skill and scope is apparent but I’m also interested to see where the Digital Chapbook idea goes and how it will effect the future of digital story telling.

 

 

This idea of the Digital Chapbook reminds me of an app I have been looking into called “Hooked” which is an experimental medium for fictional storytelling in the form of text messages.  I downloaded the app and will be writing about it on an upcoming Mystery Monday.

Anyway I love experimental fiction in all its different forms.  If you have an experimental fiction story to recommend, feel free to leave a comment below.