Concrete World creator and writer Gavin Hignight had the chance to take legendary filmmaker John Carpenter into a Virtual Reality dreamscape. Teaming up with filmmaker Ben Verhulst, the two produced the video below.
The video is for the song NIGHT which is from John Carpenter’s first album of non soundtrack work LOST THEMES which is available on Sacred Bones Records as digital download and also on gorgeous vinyl.
I watched Chappie last night. It was such an uncomfortable film experience. But I think that is very much the point. The world we have made, and the monsters it makes… or that we make. So many important themes are touched in this sci fi film. Honestly, maybe not the best film. Maybe not Neill Blomkamp’s best… but just so incredible on so many levels. And frustrating. But as said, I think that was the point. It’s a sociology lesson, a noir and a very realistic glimpse into a near future.
I don’t want to oversell it. But I recommend it. There is a real void, a vacuum if you will, of true science fiction films hitting theaters. And this film is truly science fiction. We need more movies like this.
A spectacular cast, playing a variety of characters… none of which I’m sure I even cared for. But once again, kind of the point of the film. If we are to create AI, and that AI learns from us… well, heaven have mercy on us all.
You can see many of the films influences. But that doesn’t take away from the strong message and original thinking behind it. The near worship of Die Antwoord in the film is also distracting at points, but they are as much part of the cyberpunk story-telling in the film as the directors script or Chappie himself. I couldn’t help walking away from the film pondering them as much as I pondered the message.
If there was one director I could choose to make a Concrete World film it would be Neill Blomkamp, he continues to amaze the hell out of me.
Hello Everyone! The bad news first… We have to go on a two-month hiatus. While we don’t want to do this… especially as we enter into the final chapter of The Concrete World, we need to step back for a couple months. Art is being completed for the comic. At the same time Gavin, the writer and creator, is going into production on a TV project he’s been developing the last couple of years… and since there are so few hours in the day already to get this work done, we made the choice to do one final hiatus of The Concrete World before we bring you the FINALE!!!!
Thanks for your patience and more importantly thanks for your readership!
Hello Everyone, in addition to writing comics and animation I have been playing with some live action projects this last year or so… which leads me to FIST.
FIST is… for lack of a better way to put it, Sci Fi, Horror and Animal Rights all wrapped up into one little short film.
We produced it this last year and its about to start making festival rounds. Like The Concrete World, it deals with the human price that can be paid due to the forwarding of technology for “human benefit”.
The film will also soon have an online premiere. Please stay tuned.
FIST on IMDB
It just so happens that one of my favorite artists working out of the Los Angeles art scene also happens to be a former coworker and friend. Liz Brizzi! Here are some images from her solo show at Thinkspace last night! I should really, really get a piece of her art before I can’t afford it! Hope these urban fantasy-scapes light your imagination as much as they do mine. Would love to work with her on something for The Concrete World one day.