God in 5 minutes and 6000 images

An impressive animated graduation film by Reza Dolatabadi, using 6000 painted images to create five minutes of running time.

Further information:

Director and art director: Reza Dolatabadi
Written by Reza Dolatabadi & Mark Szalos Farkas
Animation by Adam Thomson
Music by Hamed Mafakheri

Winner of the Best Animation Canary Wharf Film Festival (London) Aug, 2008
Award Nominee, Bacup Film Festival (Rossendale) Oct, 2008
Official selection for the “Best Short Film Program? at Waterford Film
Festival (Ireland) November 2008

Official Selections
16TH FILM FESTIVAL CONTRAVISION (Berlin) Sept 2008
Marbella International Film Festival (Spain) Oct 2008
Encounter Film Festival (Bristol, UK) Nov 2008
Exposures Film Festival (Manchester, UK) Nov 2008
Renderyard Short Film Festival (London)
Flip Animation Festival (Birmingham) Nov, 2008
Animated Dreams (Tallinn) Nov, 2008
Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival? (Toronto) Nov 2008

Anchorage International Film Festival (AIFF) (Alaska, USA) December 2008

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Comfortable in her skin

We have all seen the image and witnessed the controversy it has aroused in the Iranian online community during the past 24 hours. Well, that image is nothing compared to what you see in the related spot directed by Par Jean-Baptiste Mondino!

As you surely know by know, I am a hardline supporter of any step towards a sexual emancipation of women in our culture. Women, just like men, should be allowed to feel comfortable in their skin. So you know where I stand when it comes to Golshifteh Farahani choosing to exposing her body, specially when the nudity is tastefully displayed. I salute this young woman for her brave heart. What I can not understand however is why she is the only one whose nipples are shown?!! Or the only one who shows her nipples!?

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Mirror, mirror on the wall …

… who’s the busiest blogger of them all?

Posted in Miscellaneous, The Fitting Room

Cutting edge Club Electronica

The UK-based duo NERO have such cutting edge to their CLUB ELECTRONICA that they make DAFT PUNK sound decade old (even though it’s hard not to see and hear the Frenchmen’s influence)! The singles have promised a lot through the past year but I’m glad to hear that the album delivers exactly that and a lot more.

Its easy to get greedy when you are in the DANCE music industry and release an album full of sloppy fillers, but NERO are perfectionists who have polished the tiniest sound element and put the collection on the highest end. Its ambiently dark and sinister, yet lit up by flickering fluorescent POP.

This ambition plus clever music video and album cover concepts, together make “Welcome Reality” one of the best albums of the year. If not the best! The following song has no official video, to my knowledge, but it’s one of my favourites on the album. Perfect blend of retro and futuristic features.

Posted in International Music, Miscellaneous

RIP iCon …

If you have been reading my blog these past few years then you know what a source of inspiration Steve Jobs has been for me, needless to say I am truly sad this morning … he will be dearly missed but his legacy will always remain!

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Rest in peace iCon …

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Back in the bunny days

I have been so busy with work that I have managed to miss the premier of the new NBC drama series “The Playboy Club” which tries to recreate the golden days of Playboy. You know, the time when Hef still had some class and dignity and Playboy was about natural beauty and glamour.

Long gone are those days, unfortunately, but we have a chance to experience them through this Mad Men-style dramatization. Even starring my lovely Amber Heard. Which makes me missing out on the whole first three episodes even more unforgivable! Shame on me! Anyway, now you know how bizarrely busy I am these days … bizarrely busy, even for bunnies!

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The talented trunk

Did you know that elephants were talented painters?!

Here is another one at work …

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The magic board

The Cintiq 24HD is out and costs $2499. It’s an IPS monitor with 2048 pressure levels, which makes it possible to view from any angle with almost no colour gradation! I’m drooling!

Posted in Materialism, Miscellaneous, The Gallery

Pourya’s pick #24

I like the song, but what I like the most about this video is that female DJ! I have no idea whether she is an actual DJ or just someone pretending to spin on screen, but watching her in that position makes me hopeful about the gender aspect of our music. Unfortunately even our underground music scene has been dominated by male artists til this day! A sad cultural fact … I wrote this post four years ago, so far nothing has changed!

Posted in Iranian Music, Miscellaneous

Digital translation of your organic sketches

Wacom is releasing the Inkling digital sketch pen this month, which captures your work digitally while you sketch with its ballpoint tip on any standard piece of paper. Inkling also allows you to create layers in digital files while you sketch on paper. I consider getting one for rough sketching and concepting, I doubt that it will aid me in the fine and final stages of an artwork. It will cost around $200, a reasonable price as long as the ink cartridge wont cost much to replace or refill.

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