Steven Severin (bassist for Siouxsie & The Banshees) will be performing “Music For Silents”, his score for the 1926 silent surrealist classic film “The Seashell & the Clergyman” at The Independent in San Francisco on Monday, April 6th. Tickets go on sale at TicketWeb on Feb 15th.

Below is a review from a recent performance of the same show in the UK:

When Germaine Dulac premiered her film The Seashell and the Clergyman in 1928, playwright Antonin Artaud, who penned the half-hour short’s original scenario, is said to have heckled the screen, going so far as to call its director a “cow”. If such confrontational behaviour sounds like a precursor to punk’s assault on culture half a century later, a new score to the film by former Siouxsie and the Banshees bassist Steven Severin is all too appropriate.

AppleInsider reports that Apple is developing an on-demand video service that would allow users to stream their purchased iTunes movies and TV shows from Apple’s servers for playback on personal devices. The service, to be called “iTunes Replay”, would eliminate the need for users to provide significant storage space for their libraries of purchased digital video.

In particular, devices with limited storage capacity, such as the iPhone/iPod touch and Apple TV, could benefit from this service, removing the need to sync with a host computer to load desired video files and circumventing storage capacity constraints of the portable devices.

Established reality/non-scripted tv production company is developing a show about a group of special effects/pyrotechnics experts who have tons of on-screen presence and who love to prank each other.  Think “Punk’d” or “Jackass” with special effects.

We’ll follow them as they use their special effects/pyrotechnic skills to prank the hell out of each other and have fun doing it. Ideally we are looking for a group of successful special effects,pyrotechnic technicians who are all friends.

Qualifications of Ideal candidates:
–Between the ages of 18-34,
–have a sense of humor and LOVE the concept of this show
–have a demonstrated ability in one or more special effects

Most everyone’s heard of Bollywood, the burgeoning Indian movie industry. If not, the success of the recent film, “Slumdog Millionaire,” should do the trick. As the nation’s imaging technology grows, the film industry grows with it, becoming more fascinating and attractive.

The state of technology in the many Indian VFX and Animation studios varies but, says Laura Dohrmann, Digital Film Group Marketing Director for NVIDIAD, they have a very strong understanding and know what is to be used. “In July, we did a class on mental ray (software rendering) with guys who have worked with it for years. They said it was one of the best they’ve ever conducted and that the schools and studios blew them out of the water in the scope of that they could do and achieve. The people are so responsive. To take five days out of a production schedule to attend a training class [shows just how responsive they are].”

Time to indulge your inner animator. Home animation site GoAnimate is officially announcing tomorrow that they have obtained the rights from CBS to allow you to create your own Star Trek animated stories. Sounds pretty cool to me.

From the press release:

Go!Animate is a free online animation tool that enables everyone — no artistic ability required — to create their own animated stories and share them with the world.

And now, after signing a licensing deal with CBS Consumer Products, Go!Animate is giving users the ability to create their own STAR TREK animated adventures. This is the first ever officially-sanctioned use of STAR TREK material for the purpose of user-generated content within an online medium.

[Editor's Note: The more interesting applications are near the end of the video]

Students at the MIT Media Lab have developed a wearable computing system that turns any surface into an interactive display screen.

Like most Hollywood kid flicks, the big-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline boasts a big star (the voice of Dakota Fanning), an armada of digital tools, and millions of dollars in advanced animation. But that’s not what makes this stop-motion, 3-D take on the dark novel so eye-popping (and possibly Oscar-worthy). It’s the stunningly inventive DIY visual effects that director Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) used to bring the story to life. A quarter-million pieces of popcorn are transformed into cherry blossoms, superglue and baking soda are whipped into snow, and black fishing line becomes creepy chest hair.

The Register reports
on comments from Intel executives about the upcoming “Nehalem” Xeon EP processors due at the end of this quarter. During a briefing with reporters, Intel’s vice president and director of operations at Intel’s digital enterprise Group said that the new Nehalem EP chips are “currently in production, and we expect to have a system introduction later this quarter. So it is imminent.”

The Nehalem Xeon EP processors are widely expected to power the next generation Mac Pro that has not seen updates for over a year. The Xeon EP processors should offer substantial performance boosts over existing models despite comparable clock speeds.

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