Short of the Week

The Wilderness Downtown (Arcade Fire)

Take a trip down memory lane in this interactive music video that draws imagery from your own childhood experiences of suburbia.

You can’t miss the latest flurry around a new experimental online film experience by Chris Milk (director of Who’s Gonna Save My Soul). I shouldn’t say too much for chance of spoiling it, but you begin by typing in the address of your childhood home, hit play, and enjoy a personalized film experience that doesn’t disappoint. Chris uses popup windows to reveal different shots in a magical way with real-time animation and an interactive intermission to boot. It’s a beautiful blend of filmmaking and interaction design with a deep understanding of the web environment and how it’s boundaries can be stretched and manipulated in unexpected ways.

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Andrew makes no attempt to hide his love for the magic art of animation. He appreciates compelling visuals but never forgets that in this modern age, a strong story always reigns supreme. You can see his work at andrewsallen.com or his latest film The Thomas Beale Cipher.
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  • http://.. Hans j. Eiðisgarð

    Brilliant. I liked this one a lot better than the newer 3 Dreams of Black.

  • Donnarobertson

    wow love this wee site, well done chris

  • http://twitter.com/kurodragon Kurodragon

    Phenomenal!

  • http://twitter.com/kurodragon Kurodragon

    Phenomenal!

  • Fdsfs

    Wow just great

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  • Abdulgqs

    amazing!

  • Abdulgqs

    amazing!

  • ShamanOrange

    Aucun intérêt. Désolé d’aller contre le courant, mais je ne trouve pas ça très esthétique voire intéressant. La techno en vaut le coup, les idées aussi, mais l’utilisation qui en est faîte au final… moins.

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    [...] We can’t know what making and watching films will look like in 10 years, but whatever becomes the dominant model, it’s likely to make its first appearance in a short film. Always a testing ground, short films are where the most interesting new models are being explored today. Filmmakers like Spike Jonze and Chris Milk are experimenting with new formats and distribution models with shorts like We Were Once a Fairy Tale, I’m Here, and The Wilderness Downtown. [...]

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  • Florencia

    That was pretty insane. Loved it!

  • fivepercentmilk

    Wow! So cool!!!!

  • http://mediafactory.org.au/prani-harrison/2014/04/08/interactive-film-the-wilderness-downton/ Interactive Film – The Wilderness Downton | Prani's Blog

    [...] of the other interactive films I’ve seen. It’s a music video for Arcade Fire’s The Wilderness Downtown, directed by Chris Milk. It’s different to the other films in that it is not interactive as [...]

  • Lindsey Bundel

    Wow, no words for this. Amzazing!