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paradoxes-de-bunuel-04-gLuis Buñuel was a creature of the 20th century. Born in 1900, he died in 1983, and February 22nd would have been his 114th birthday. It is almost impossible to overestimate his influence on cinematic surrealism, though ironically, his biggest contribution to the movement was made without its official “blessing.” No matter, along with a group of artists which included famed visual artist Salvador Dalí, his contributions to motion picture surrealism are still shocking young filmmakers today, and his works, along with his later cohorts, friends, and enemies, are required viewing for anyone who wants to understand how cinema became more than a record of life, but a rendering of the dream. On the occasion of his birth, we look back at the Spanish-Mexican filmmaker’s life and work, including his best known film, the silent 1929 short Un Chien Andalou. More »

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stainlessAnyone who’s taken at least one trip on the underground will know by the beligered faces of their fellow travellers slogging to work or elsewhere that, buskers aside, there would seem to be little creativity to be found in underground transit. However, in his Stainless series of photographs, evolved into slow motion urban portrait films, Hungarian artist Adam Magyar demonstrates the hypnotic beauty that can be found in an everyday moment stretched out over a high-speed eternity. Watch an excerpt of how the denizens of New York’s Grand Central station make their commute after the jump. More »

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Here at NFS, we’ve covered experimental films from time to time, sharing details on how they’re made and things of that nature. Last month we even shared a delightful, albeit brief, history of experimental cinema that touched on a few of the core concepts and definitive filmmakers of the genre. Despite these brief forays into the avant-garde, however, we’ve never actually talked about making experimental films. Until now, that is. In our new series, “Experimental Filmmaking for Dummies”, we’ll explore not only the multitude of reasons why every filmmaker can benefit from experimental filmmaking, but also how to get started with making shorts in all of the most popular experimental sub-genres. Stick with us on this one. It’ll be a fun ride. More »

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The Kinect isn’t just for learning how to do the “jerk” on Dance Central anymore. It’s quickly becoming a tool that artists working with all sorts of mediums are harnessing for its marker-less motion capture power. NFS sat down with Private School Entertainment’s Andrew Gant to talk about how they used a Kinect, a DSLR camera, a projector, and the RGBDToolkit for some out-of-this-world filmmaking. Continue reading to find out how to access the cinematic capabilities of the Kinect. More »

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Influenced by the existentialist and surrealist movements, designer turned director Greg Barth’s ongoing series of video art installations Essays On Reality draws inspiration from the global economic and social-political events which shape our lives. The first two chapters from the series tackle these larger event from the point of view of “the american idiot” and “Generation Y” respectively: More »