Animator and director Mikey Please of Parabella Animation Studio just released his latest stop-motion animation project, Marilyn Miller. The film screened at numerous festivals like Sundance and SXSW over the last year, picking up plenty of accolades along the way, and is now available online for the first time. Marilyn Miller is a followup to Please’s BAFTA-winning animation The Eagleman Stag, and makes heavy use of tediously sculpted styrofoam models and complex long-exposure lighting to tell a story of creation and destruction. The film was photographed and animated by Mikey Please and Dan Ojari. And you can see a bit of behind-the-scenes footage here. (via Colossal Submissions)
Update: There’s a great writeup by Jason Sondhi about Marilyn Myller over Short of the Week.
Last fall Comcast began tinkering with a new bundle that offered HBO, basic cable, and 25 Mbps broadband. While Comcast offers the bundle initially under promotion for $40-$50 a month (depending on your market), though it doesn't include HD content and the price jumps to a less sexy $70=$80 a month after one year. Not to be outdone, last April AT&T aimed a similar HBO broadband bundle promotion at their own customers -- with similar caveats.
HBO now says they're planning on expanding these streamlined TV and broadband bundles at customers through additional, unnamed ISPs. The fear has long been that by offering HBO streaming only they'd cannibalize their existing traditional paying TV base, and insiders note those fears continue:
quote:While a standalone streaming HBO product is certain to arrive eventually, it's going to arrive at a glacial pace.
We re just trying to figure out how to do this in a way that enhances rather than subtracts from our business, that supports the distribution infrastructure that we need, whether it s the TV one that goes to your house today, or whether it s the broadband one, Bewkes said at the May conference.
Plepler is trying to convince HBO s major pay-TV distributors that marketing the premium network in a more affordable way would benefit cable systems as well, said the people, who asked not to be named because they weren t authorized to speak publicly.
Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore photographed by Annie Leibovitz, 1995
Night Dive Studios brought the likes of Putt-Putt, Freddi Fish, Pajama Sam, and Spy Fox to Steam earlier this year, and here they are again in this flash sale from Humble Bundle.
If you want to go on a nostalgia trip and come out relatively unscathed monetarily, you can name your price for Putt-Putt Joins the Parade and Freddi Fish and the Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds.
Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon, a personal favorite of mine, and Pajama Sam, Freddi Fish 2, and Spy Fox in "Dry Cereal" can also be yours if you beat the average price, around $13. Or, at $20, you can just get all 28 Humongous games. Offer's good until tomorrow morning.