Japanese media artist couple Mika Miyabara and Tatsuo Sugimoto's new concept for movie editing helps children understand the process of editing which has become too abstract since losing the actual film itself.

Movie Cards
turns digital, abstract film material back into something tangible: paper cards.

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1. Film your story with a digital camera.
2. Connect your camera to a computer with Movie Cards software installed.
3. The software will print out the movie cards. These small cards show the first image of each sequence taken from your camera.
4. Lay your cards on the table and arrange them in which ever order you want them to be.
5. Each card has a little QR-code or bar-code, so you can use a scanner or bar-code reader to beep-in your movie cards in the order you decided.
6. Preview on your monitor! Done.

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The advanced concept of Movie Cards, enables you to print out each frame of your movie clips. The result looks very close to actually holding a film in your hand.

Since every frame has an individual bar-code printed next to the image you can edit the length of the clip by scanning the start and end frame of your sequence instead of cutting the film.

The developers also suggest to cut all of your desired frames and create a little flip-book.

Check also Cati Vaucelle's brilliant Moving Pictures : Looking Out! Looking In!.
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This morning i ran into this super outlandish trailer of Deadly Weapons, with Chesty Morgan and Harry-Deep Throat-Reems. I first thought this trailer showing an assassin who kills men with her 73-inch bust size was some kind of joke. A quick look at imdb and i got fascinated by Doris Wishman, often referred to as the "female Ed Wood."

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Most of her 30 films were sexploitation films. Her directing, editing and marketing skills were self-taught and almost all of her films were self-produced. They often featured hand held tracking shots that would be interrupted by cutaways to shots of ashtrays, bric-a-brac, and characters' knees, hands, and feet.

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In 1958, Wishman started directing nudist films such as Blaze Starr Goes Nudist (1960, with burlesque star Blaze Starr) and Nude on the Moon (1962), the story of a nudist civilization on the moon and two Earth astronauts who discover it. When changes in legalities created markets for sexploitation films, Wishman made sassier films such as Bad Girls Go to Hell (1965), Another Day, Another Man (1966), Deadly Weapons (1973), and Double Agent 73 (1974). But when hardcore pornographic films went mainstream, her output dwindled, although she tried her hand at X-rated features such as Satan Was a Lady (1975). In 1978 she directed Let Me Die a Woman, a pseudo-documentary about transsexuals, featuring rather gruesome footage of actual sex-change operations.

More information of about Doris Wishman in Senses of cinema.

Just arrived in Berlin in Transmediale after 2 fabulous days in Geneva at the LIFT06 conference organised by Laurent and Nicolas. Updates will follow, slowly. In the meantime...

Each weekday in February, BBC is featuring a classic public information film from the past 60 years.

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Yesterday´s pick Jobs for Young Girls dates from 1970.

The animation was produced to highlight the dangers of girls leaving school without thinking about further education or training.

Thanks a lot Rory.

Don't miss UnitedVisualArtists's new video for Colder. They used the same technique as in Mirror UVA (for which they worked with a Bumblebee camera, not a Digiclops!) and the result is both enthralling and poetic.

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Singer, band and subject are revealed as fragile, paper-thin digital facsimiles, distorted and corrupted by the machine but rendered from unusually intimate perspectives.

Related: In the mood for clubbing which features the works UVA made for Kabaret's Prophecy and Massive Attack.

My second post on Japan Media Art Festival is about Flipbook! by a Colombian artist Juan Carlos Ospina Gonzalez. (BTW, an English summary of the festival with the list of winners can also be found at Anime News Network.)

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[Flipbook.]

It's a web application that allows people to easily create frame animation by simply drawing on screen and publish it online (yeah, it's that simple - and works well). There are over 180,000 animation clips contributed by the visitors (including me) and the number is increasing. This work's value would be not only in the web application itself but also in the media space that is rapidly expanding through end-user contributions -- and the simple and inclusive user interface that invites people from many countries in the world to create and contribute.

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[the latest contribution at the time of writing.]

A cool feature you might not want to miss: you can download a PDF version of an animation clip, print it, cut & bind, and create a physical flipbook of animation. My first time to print animated web contents so easily.

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