Can We Change our Behavior to Make Us Happier?

This is a fun and creative title sequence for “The Happy Film” (scheduled to be released in 2012). It was directed by reknown designers Stefan Sagmeister and Hillman Curtis, produced by Ben Nabors, and cinematography by Ben Wolf.

Notes about the movie (from official website):

The Happy Film takes a look at the strategies serious psychologists ‘recommend to improve one’s personal well-being and overall happiness. Questions such as ‘Is it possible to train our mind in the same way’ that we train our bodies?’ and ‘Can we change our behavior to make’us happier?’ will be put to the test in this highly visual documentary.

Designer Stefan Sagmeister will attempt a long list of various strategies – ‘from the sublime to the ridiculous – and report back on the results. ‘The documentary’s experiments and explorations are loosely based on Stefan’s book Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far. Though the focus will be on the ability of meditation, cognitive therapy, and pharmaceuticals to significantly alter well-being – the maxims from his book will ‘serve as access points to a larger exploration of happiness, it’s cultural’ significance, our constant pursuit of it, and its uniquely ephemeral nature. Throughout these experiments, our team will work closely with a group’ of health professionals to properly define and assess Stefan’s happiness.

Links via: Film stills © The Happy Film Link via Boooooom  &  

Illusion.com

Augmented Reality Cinema App Brings Movies to Real Life

via (Gajitz)

True movie lovers know that there aren’t many things more thrilling than visiting the very locations where your favorite movies were shot. Call it cinematic tourism or just giving your movie experiences a brand new layer; either way, it can be a fun and interesting way to enhance both your movie experiences and your vacation. A new smartphone app called AR Cinema will use the power of GPS along with augmented reality to actually bring you into your favorite films.

Visit a street corner or landmark where a movie was filmed, hold up your smartphone and the app will show you the scene(s) shot there. The demo video shows films set in London, but the developers want to add additional cities. Of course, the people who live in those cities might not be thrilled with the cinema tourists holding up their phones in the middle of the street to watch movie clips, but this awesome idea could add a whole new layer to the tourism trade in cities like London, New York, Toronto and other frequently-used shooting locations.

via read more here: http://gajitz.com/augmented-reality-cinema-app-brings-movies-to-real-life/

Great Stop-Motion Video

The animation is made from coins : painstakingly made frame-by-frame by Daniel Larsson and Tomas Redigh.

Film stills © Daniel Larsson and Tomas Redigh
Link via: http://www.bitrebels.com/geek/world%E2%80%99s-most-kick-ass-insert-coin-animation-with-real-coins/

Sintel: Stunning ShortMovie created with Free OpenSource Software From Blender Community.

“Sintel” is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. With initial funding provided by 1000s of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology as for independent animation film.

This 15 minute film has been realized in the studio of the Amsterdam Blender Institute, by an international team of artists and developers. In addition to that, several crucial technical and creative targets have been realized online, by developers and artists and teams all over the world.www.sintel.org.

If You haven’t already seen this beautifully created ShortMovie : Sintel, created by artists from the Blender OpenSource Community, You should go watch it immediately. 

A ShortMovie, Brilliantly created and possibly with the most emotions displayed in just under 14 minutes.

The end soundtrack (oh, sigh)Soundtrack from “Sintel” Short Movie, by the Durian Open Movie Project.
Composed by Jan Morgenstern, Lyrics by Esther Wouda, performed by Helena Fix.
All Credits go to the Composer/Writer/Performer(s) and the Durian Team.

Blender is an OpenSource 3D Software programme, you just have to try:

Go Over here to download it or just satisfy your curiosity first: http://www.blender.org/

http://blenderartists.org/cms/content/view/12/30/

A few of the best, Must-See, short Animations around

(for info about the Artists, click the titles)

 

THE PASSENGER

Sebastian’s Voodoo

The Monk and The Monkey by Francesco Giroldini

francesco giroldini

THE PEARCE SISTERS

pearce sisters

http://www.atom.com/funny_videos/the_pearce_sisters/