April 27, 2008

Lost Films is the project of a single photographer, but spans the work of many. He acquires old cameras that still have film in them, or comes across exposed but undeveloped film. The film is developed and what prints can be salvaged are made. Though they're mostly family snapshots, there's something fascinating and lovely about these glimpses into the lives of ordinary people and the decades they lived in.

April 23, 2008

Forget the Film, Watch the Titles "On SubmarineChannel, we love a good main title. That's why we started this online collection in 1997 of the most stunning and original film title sequences. Some are engaging and wildly entertaining, some are funny, exhilarating or simply deadly beautiful. Some are oozing with visual treats, while others hit you hard with their bold and audacious style."
A game of universal inebriation, teamwork, clones as pets, and sex0r in space, sprinkled liberally with teh funnay. more inside

January 07, 2008

Nick Brandt depicts the animals of East Africa with an intimacy and artistry unmatched by other photographers who choose wildlife as their subject. Wildlife photography has become a holiday and adventure cliche: have telephoto lens, will snap view up rhino's nostril -- so uninteresting, so blah. And then there's Nick Brandt. Brandt eschews the telephoto lens in favor of patience combined with a rare courage, determination and an artist's eye to photograph wildlife. The results are animals so accustomed to Brandt's presence and so untroubled by him that his pictures are breathtakingly beautiful and touching in their honesty and emotion.

October 31, 2007

Exmortis is a Flash game with some excellent atmosphere. The opening premise is rather familiar in games of this type - you wake up in the woods with a lump on your head, no memory, and a creepy old house ahead of you. Turn the lights down, the sound up, and get ready for a decently spooky atmosphere as you explore the mysteries of the abandoned building. The sequel is a good followup to Exmortis. Though the game can stand alone, it really picks up where the first one left off, as you deal with the aftermath of events in Exmortis. Squeamish be warned: graphic content and profanity to be found in the Exmortis games. more inside

October 30, 2007

bsimple is the gallery of conceptual photographer Misha Gordin (some images NSFW). Gordin's work often makes abstractions out of the human form, sometimes photographing multiple models together to create intricate patterns. Some images hint at the darker side of life, such as conformity and isolation even within a crowd. more inside

October 29, 2007

The Endicott Studio is dedicated to the support and creation of mythic arts. Their online journal explores myth, folklore, fairy tales, and their use in modern art. Their blog presents news, musings, and reviews on arts that have been inspired by mythic themes, and has recently been counting down to Halloween with tales, poems, art, and photography based on the mythos associated with the approaching day. more inside

October 28, 2007

La piedra de Anamara (The stone of Anamara) While running from the police, you find what seems to be a perfect hiding place. It's not long before you must deal with supernatural forces and mysteries hidden in the mental asylum for children. more inside

October 27, 2007

The DM of the Rings is an excellent webcomic. Though it's created entirely from movie stills, it hits comedic notes that anyone who's played D&D will recognize. Imagine a gaggle of modern hack-n-slash AD&D roleplayers who had somehow never been exposed to the original Tolkien mythos, and then imagine taking those players and trying to introduce them to Tolkien via a D&D campaign. The gamers are easily distracted, obsessed with loot, and have a tendency to quote Monty Python at the drop of a d8. The frustrated DM tries to keep the party on the rails, and the players fight against the railroading. All in all, I think I've gamed with all these people before. more inside

October 26, 2007

The Four Rooms of Kharon is another escaper game, though this time there are four rooms instead of one. The game has a dark, gritty atmosphere with high tech/genetic engineering themes. The game is meant to inform as well as entertain, and has lots of information packed into it for those interested in genetic concepts and famous geneticists. Some commenters on the game had problems with the camera angles. I did not, but thought it worth mentioning that some camera angles are not appropriate for all Monkeys. Player discretion is advised. Stuck? Frustrated? Want to give the poster a good kick for mentioning this thing in the first place? Don't worry! We has walkthrough. more inside

October 25, 2007

The Nocturnes Gallery is a collection of the night photography work of a number of photographers who are serious about evoking images from the dark. Each photographer has a small gallery, each gallery has a link to the photographer's website. Their styles vary, from moody black and white to use of lighting effects, and much between the extremes. more inside

October 24, 2007

Indy Mogul, a site by and for amateur movie makers, produces Backyard FX. A new episode goes live on the site every Monday, and there's a Weekend Extra episode every Friday. Indy Mogul firmly believes that cool-looking effects can be had in amateur movies for a minimal outlay of cash, whether you need to tear off limbs, stage a fight, cook up your own sugar glass, or get a gunshot squib effect on a budget. The episodes show the creation off the effects and a short test-run. The Indy Mogul blog gives more detailed instructions and shopping lists. Some of it could also be useful for costuming and decorating for Halloween. more inside

October 23, 2007

Daniel Essig creates book-based art. He uses a binding style known as Ethiopian-style Coptic bookbinding, which dates from the fourth century. His sculptural books are mixed media, incorporating handmade papers, unusual woods, fossils, mica, and found objects. more inside

October 22, 2007

Al Magnus is a photo montage artist whose work has a surreal, lovely, dream-like quality. He plans his scenes, photographs the elements and scans them, and composites them into his montage digitally before printing. His images are planned in advance, some of them taking as much as two years to assemble all the photographic elements before work on the montage begins. more inside

October 21, 2007

Vincent is a short animation by Tim Burton about a young boy who wants to grow up to be Vincent Price, and is narrated by Mr. Price himself. Classic Tim Burton story and animation. "She danced in her mother's womb and she was dancing when she was born. As God is my witness and the devil her father, she will dance your dead back to their grave..." So says the grandmother in El Despertar, an animated short film about zombies and Flamenco. Halloween's not far away. Are you prepared with Candy?

October 20, 2007

Nightmare Escape You're in a sealed room. In front of you, bloody footprints lead to a message written in blood: You are the next. Looks like it's time to find a way out of here. For the terminally lost, a complete walkthrough is behind a spoiler tag here at Jay is Games. more inside

October 19, 2007

A Kyoto geisha preparing by putting on her makeup. (This and all other links here are YouTube) It's a little long at a bit over 12 minutes, but it seemed a good inspiration for those who might be looking for last-minute costuming ideas for a Halloween shindig. Further inspiration: Low-budge zombie, Budget zombie/ghoul makeup, Showgirl makeup, Flapper makeup, A tiger face, and applying basic latex prosthetics. more inside

October 18, 2007

The Art of Mourning is a collection of memorial and sentimental jewelery, funeralia, and art, ranging from hairwork to mourning brooches to miniatures. It also has information about the symoblism used in these forms of memorial art. more inside

October 17, 2007

"The Surnateum is far more than a website designed to entertain and enlighten you. It is the virtual front-end for one of the most astonishing collections of authentic magical artefacts and strange stories gathered from around the world by the Collectors and Curators for more than a century." The museum is divided into departments, such as Cryptozoology and Teratology, Sacred and Secular Relics, and Demonology. more inside

October 16, 2007

The Merchant of Venice hand-sculpts lovely masks from leather. Each mask is a work of art. more inside
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