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chrysippvs
post Mar 18 2012, 10:57 PM
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I found this really amazing Absinthe (Verlaine and Rimbaud) themed automaton and thought it would be up folks' alley:

http://www.artomic.com/automata/ghost%20bo…stboxvideo.html



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post Mar 18 2012, 11:20 PM
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That is just too cool, makes me want to give up my hammers.


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post Mar 18 2012, 11:59 PM
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What an amazing piece of engineering and art. Thanks for sharing that.
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post Mar 19 2012, 01:17 AM
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It's fine in its own right, but it's amazing that in an age of computer graphics, anyone took the trouble to do the engineering and construction required to pull that off.


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post Mar 19 2012, 01:47 AM
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A thing of beauty from another time. Makes me remember how well cast were Rimbaud and Verlaine in "Full Eclipse" (or was it "Total Eclipse"?)

Qaint and adorable at a time of CGI.

Kudos!

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post Mar 19 2012, 02:07 AM
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Chryssipus, are you Chryssipus the Achemist? All the old names keep appearing. What is this, a new Fellowship of the Ring? Snow-undisturbing Fairies I'm quite sure we can get in the large Domain past the Golden Gate. Not that some may want to volunteer from our midst.

I cannot fathom how I can help., but next week I'm visiting my dad in Argentina, he has a metal lathe. sp if you need a part, contact me.

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post Mar 19 2012, 03:55 AM
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It's the long and challenging process that makes this kind of work what it is. It took me back to the days when I was an animator, often working in stop-motion. Countless hours experimenting, closing the doors to the world, and burying ourselves in creative madness. Damn I miss those years. As magical as computer graphics can be (and I'm not making light of the creative vision of people who work in this field) something in art is lost when a hand is not holding a brush or bleeding from a splinter. What this guy did is nothing short of greatness…blood, sweat, sawdust and sparks, all for an idea. The tactile feel of real-world materials, and the process of seeing it in one's head, then giving it life…this took a staggering amount of vision and dedication. It is a form of worship to create something like this.
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post Mar 19 2012, 04:44 AM
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I built animated Christmas displays back in the 80s for a time.

Imagine being trapped under a large animated set, repairing a mechanism, while having to endure the same tape loop of Christmas songs, over and over.

And I was was the most well adjusted member of the display shop…


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post Mar 19 2012, 06:18 PM
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Animated sculptures were not uncommon in the late 19th century though they were the playthings of the wealthy. Some survive and are highly valued by collectors. The engineering is indeed impressive and ironic considering its relation to a lost liquor recreated from old writings.


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post Mar 20 2012, 12:03 AM
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I don't know if anybody saw Scorsese's Hugo (I thought it was great), but here's an article about the Automaton that inspired the one in the movie:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/27/science/…?pagewanted=all

What's amazing is the poem and drawing of the ship it made. The sheer skill required to design something so precise blows my mind. As sbmac said, worship is a good analogy. You have to be monastic to pull something like that off.
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post Mar 20 2012, 01:36 PM
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"Hugo" was beautiful.
Causing an arm to write or draw seems easier than making an arm look like an arm, or a face look like a particular person.


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post Mar 21 2012, 03:29 AM
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I saw Hugo with my teen son a couple weeks ago. I was deeply moved, despite wishing it had a slightly more indy vibe. It was a beautiful story, and touchingly acted by Kingsley. Scorsese did a good thing here. George Melies was one of my inspirations as a teen to get into film…I had no idea he was part of Hugo's story. I came home from the theater, dug out my old super-8 projector, scraped layers of grime and dust off of the thing, plugged it in, and it worked! Stunned, I crawled into the attic and found the old Blackhawk Films A Trip to the Moon I bought at 15, and threaded up the projector. How I managed to save these things after move upon move through the decades, I'll never know. 37 years melted away, with my son at my side. He shared part of my life when I was his age. An ultra-rare moment. I forgot the coolness of old projectors…the clicks, flickers, the hum, the smell from a bulb as hot as the sun as it burns the dust and nearly melts the film itself were it not moving quickly though the gate… Finally, the slapping of the film after it rewinds on the reel. Connections like this mean the world to a Dad. It's magic, like Melies'. Funny, I remembered every frame of that film…I can't remember my cell phone number though.
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