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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 9:02 am    Post subject: Animation & deep politics - some videos worth watching Reply with quote

I'm a motion graphic designer by profession, so here's some work I really appreciate and I'd like to share. These fit in well with the discussions on BFN. Usually my craft is used to sell Coca Cola and the like, so it's great to see that it can be employed as a powerful communication tool for more vital messages.

"The Shock Doctrine". by Alfonso Cuarón. A promotional piece for Naomi Klein's new book "The Shock Doctrine: the Rise of Disaster Capitalism". Haven't read the book yet, but this short film caught my attention, because it emphasizes the role of the CIA as capitalist hitmen. Is this idea finally becoming real to the mainstream left?



4 animations from the film "Taking Liberties". animations by Simon Robson. I also have not seen this film yet, but I get the impression it's a "blame it all on Blair" message, but these animations are still amazing, regardless.

On protecting the citizen from the state


On surveillance, ID cards, and the Panopticon


On ID cards and totalitarianism


On Habeas Corpus


What Barry Says also by Simon Robson. On the subject of "War Corporatism"
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Eye for an Eye" by Shynola. This music promo can be read in a number of ways, but I think it's safe to say that it's theme is political (the planes and the flags suggest that, I'd say). It's a classic Trojan horse tale. A group of peaceful creatures are lured in by a false mother. Is this an anti-imperialist message? Is this a warning about the dangers of a parent-child relationship with your own government? Whatever the interpretation, it's a powerful short film.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Animated Soviet Propaganda" As morally ambiguous as I feel about making the claim, I can't deny that soviet mass media propaganda has produced some of the greatest graphic design and animation in the world. These films are being seen by the West for the first time, thanks to this documentary. They contain scathing critiques of American capitalism which are often on the money, but at the same time are obviously rife with incredible hypocrisy.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Somebody (Urban?) posted this previously, but I wanted to repost

post-WWII, 1946, by Encyclopedia Britannica Films (on behalf of the US govt)
seeds of despotism - how to spot creeping tyranny





Don't Be A Sucker - U.S. War Dept Educational Film about Fascism 1947
Don't gamble with other people's liberty or you might lose yours!





(I was going to remove the extra Param tags but apparently some browsers need these old school tags rather than M$oft tags.


One of the descriptions of the Soviet films says this about a film decrying:

decades of authoritarian rule by Generalissimo Franco, and the 1973
coup d’etat in Chile which toppled the socialist, pro-Soviet regime of
Salvadore Allende. (“Clear skies” was the codeword which launched
Franco’s 1936 coup, supported by the fascist governments of Italy and
Germany and opposed by the USSR and France).

of course, Clear Skies is the title of the Bush rollback on environmental regulation of corporations.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, those aren't animation!

That's okay, though, I don't mind those films being bumped to the top of the forum again. Yup, that was me who put them up.

I came across "Don't Be a Sucker!" about 5 years ago while collecting mental hygiene films. These are films you love to make fun of, with their bad acting and conformity=happiness message. I was ready to laugh at this one, but then thanks to the good acting of the old Hungarian, I was sucked into the message, and I couldn't find it funny at all.

I gotta wonder how this got put out by the War Department. I get the impression the film was so good, perhaps more strong than a client expected, that the War Department had to slap on the warning at the end. Maybe it was barely seen until the year 2000, who knows.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"River of Freedom" by Sam Weiss. An American parable, circa 1971. Those in power say, "Too much freedom causes disorder! People are not ready for the river of freedom. Perhaps...later. We will stop the river [of freedom] and start it again, when it is safe."

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2007 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Collision" by Max Hattler. An abstract animation about the west colliding with the muslim world.


"Letter to the President" by the Barnstormers. An amazing multilayered timelapsed motion painting.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2007 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'We Want Your Soul' by Happy. A music video promoting Adam Freeland. A great illustration of how it feels sometimes to want to run away from an overload of marketing and consumerism.
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