Short of the Week

3 Dreams of Black by Chris Milk

A new interactive music video for the concept album Rome—a collaboration between Danger Mouse and composer Daniele Luppi inspired by the music from old spaghetti westerns. An HTML5 project for use in Google Chrome

Director Chris Milk follows the success of The Wilderness Downtown with a new interactive music video for the concept album Rome—a collaboration between Danger Mouse and composer Daniele Luppi inspired by the music from old spaghetti westerns.

The video is broken into three different dreams. The first, a first-person dreamy video (similar to Milk’s Last Day Dream)—the second, a ride through an ever-shifting landscape—and the final dream, a soaring flight through sky structures. The interactive part is being able to control your path through these environments. But I must say, I was a little underwhelmed with the amount of control—it felt closer to QuickTime VR than Grand Theft Auto.

Milk steps up both the visuals and the technology with a video built mostly with WebGL—an HTML5 technology capable of rendering realtime 3D inside a browser. It’s powerful technology that can truly change how filmmakers tomorrow may tell their stories. What do you think?

[ Requires the Google Chrome web browser ]

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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.
  • Jason Sondhi

    Ah yes, you are always intrigued by the interactive films. Do you ever check out the NFB ones? Pine Point won a bunch of awards.
    http://www.nfb.ca/interactive

  • John

    Got this error message:

    “We are sorry, but it appears that your browser does not support WebGL. “3 Dreams of Black” is an experiment that was designed with the browser Google Chrome in mind. Please try launching this site again on a computer with up-to-date graphics drivers. Though not the full experience, you can also watch a video trailer, access the rest of the ROME album site, and learn more about WebGL technology.”

  • Short of the Week

    @John, the project was funded by Google to promote the WebGL technology in their Chrome browser. WebGL is likely to see adoption in other major browsers (Firefox, Safari) later this year, but it also requires a modern graphics card that supports hardware acceleration. The project has the same problem that many new technologies have in that the best way to understand its value is to see it in action, only… this requires you to already have the tech—catch 22.

  • Jason Sondhi

    Cool behind the scenes discussion of the project is on YouTube thanks to Google Chrome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReH7zzj5GPc

  • Jason Sondhi

    More behind the scenes info for you all captivated by this experiment: Q&A thanks to Michelle Higa at Motionographer.
    http://motionographer.com/theater/mirada-3-dreams-of-black-interview/

  • Mr.Thrasher

    This Is So Amazing. Words can’t describe how this made me feel. so inspiring. I gotta work harder for sure!