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RADICAL OPENNESS: The Power of Ideas

Filmmaker and forever optimist Jason Silva loves ideas. It amazes him how a tiny spark in an excitable neuron gives life to an idea and how that idea can spread through the vector of language.

Inspired by other forward thinkers of past and present, Silva’s rather psychedelic, inspirational short film RADICAL OPENNESS pays homage to the imaginable and unimaginable power of the idea.

[via Holy Kaw!]

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Cute, Optimistic Illustrations by Lim Heng Swee

Illustrator Heng Swee Lim from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is a “glass half full” type of person. His wonderfully cute and quirky artworks are a welcome change in a world where optimism and inspiration are not necessarily that easy to come by. They brightened my day and maybe they will do the same for you. Have a look at his some of his illustrations after the jump.

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Thought of You

Ryan Woodward, the director and animator of this piece, has magically captured the essence of style versus emotion. He portrays his characters in a surreal sense which draws the viewer deeper into the film.

Thought of You was born out of Ryan’s desires to connect several of his passions into one art piece. Figurative works, 2D animation, EFX animation, and contemporary dance. The theme revolves around an intimate relationship and it portrays this exceptionally.

“Rather than creating a narrative animated piece that communicates a well defined story, this piece allows for each individual who views it to to experience something unique and personal that touches their own sensibilities.”

You can also check out the “making of” from Ryan’s site listed below.


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Super Mamika!

I’d like to think that there is a super hero in each of us, lying in wait for the right time to burst out and rescue humanity for evil. 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother Frederika Goldberger showed great courage in World War II when she helped to hide her Jewish friends from a life of forced labour or worse, death in a concentration camp. Under threat of death herself, she had to leave her home town of Budapest and move to France.

A few years ago, Frederika’s grandson and photographer Sasha Goldberger found her in a lonely depressive state and to cheer her up, he suggested that they play dress-up. At first the grandmother was reluctant but as the shoot progressed, Sasha reports that she even started suggesting unusual, comical poses of her own. More uplifting is the fact that she has not shown a hint of depression since then. Sasha titled his series Mamika.

Have a look at his shots of Mamika, the caped crusader after the jump.

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Montage Time – Inspirational Movie Speeches

The people at Overthinking It are on a mission to save the US economy with a 2-minute montage of 40 inspirational speeches from the movies. Good luck with that.

Click play to watch the video or go to Youtube.

This is the transcript:

Shame on you. This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you’re going to let it be the worst. And I guarantee a week won’t go by in your life you won’t regret walking out, letting them get the best of you. Well, I’m not going home. We’ve come too far! And I’m going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause. A day may come when the courage of men fails… but it is not THIS day. The line must be drawn HERE. This far, no further! I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. You’re going to work harder than you ever worked before. But that’s fine, we’ll just get tougher with it! If a person grits his teeth and shows real determination, failure is not an option. That’s how winning is done! Believe me when I say we can break this army here, and win just one for the Gipper. But I say to you what every warrior has known since the beginning of time: you’ve got to get mad. I mean plum mad dog mean. If you would be free men, then you must fight to fulfill that promise! Let us cut out their living guts one inch at a time, and they will know what we can do! Let no man forget how menacing we are. We are lions! You’re like a big bear, man! This is YOUR time! Seize the day, never surrender, victory or death… that’s the Chicago Way! Who’s with me? Clap! Clap! Don’t let Tink die! Clap! Alright! Let’s fly! And gentlemen in England now abed shall know my name is the Lord when I tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our Independence Day!