Living and working in New York City, Canadian writer and producer Christopher Moloney walks past many locations used as settings in movies. This past summer, he began documenting those spots with an awesome “photo in a photo” project. Using a simple black-and-white printer and a cheap digital camera, Moloney visits the exact locations where famous scenes were filmed at, and shoots a photograph of a printed movie still from just the right perspective so that it blends into the background. His website, titled “FILMography” (film + photography) has hundreds of these creative images so far.
While most of the photographs were shot in the states, some of them were made during an overseas trip Moloney went on last month. He somehow managed to find the locations of shots in The Hangover Part II and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in Thailand and Cambodia, respectively.
Think you’re a movie buff? See if you can identify the movies seen in this sampling of “filmographs”. Hovering your cursor over the photos reveals the answers.
It’s amazing how many of the locations have remained relatively unchanged in the decades between when the movie was filmed and when Monolney’s photo was shot.
Head on over to the FILMography website to check out all of Moloney’s snapshots.
Action Figures stop-motion
Filmmakers Derek Kwok and Henri Wong of Parabucks created this ridiculously awesome stop-motion short film titled “Batman: Dark Knightfall” using highly-realistic 1/6-scale collectible action figures by Hong Kong toy company Hot Toys. Be sure to turn on HD when you watch it.
The cinematic lighting and sound effects give this film a realism that you’ll be hard pressed to find in a stop-motion video — at times you won’t believe that what you’re seeing isn’t showing real actors.
If all that isn’t enough, here’s another crazy fact to shame you: this is the duo’s first attempt at making a stop motion film.
Check out these screenshots for a taste of the realism:
Browsing around on the Hot Toys website, we find that the action figures are so fancy that they have what’s known as PERS (Parallel Eyeball Rolling System) built-in to allow you to control the eyes. The bodies are also equipped with 32 distinct points of articulation. No wonder the movements in this film are so crazy!
Batman Themed Wedding
These are just ideas, not an real wedding, but it would be great to see someone actually make this ideas become real and celebrate a marriage in a Batman costume.
Superheroes usually do their world-saving work in big cities, but what if they lived lives that were as mundane as the civilians they’re sworn to protect? Photographer Chow Kar Hoohas a creative series of photographs that show well known superheroes living rather ordinary lives in Hong Kong. Batman is seen strolling a night market, Wolverine is found making a living slicing up meat at a butcher shop, and Hellboy is spotted enjoying some late night hot pot.
You can see the rest of this project over on Chow’s website.
(via Lost In A Minor)
Secret Identity, a photorealistic comic painting series by Simon Monk
With the new addition of Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Tim Drake (Robin), Simon’s series has gone on display at theGewerbemuseum for their Oh, Plastiksack! exhibit in Winterthur, Switzerland until Sunday October, 7 2012.
Placed in carrier bags and hung on a hook in a domestic space they become recently purchased objects, robbed of their enormous power they wield in their narratives, their dynamic energy stymied.
images via My Modern Metropolis