I think we all need at least one
really nice positive thing about the entertainment business every single
day of the year, including weekends. Sometimes it may be something
simple, like a video that showcases something fun and sometimes it may
be a movie poster that embraces the aesthetic we all want Hollywood to
aspire to. Sometimes it may be a long-winded diatribe. Sometimes it’ll
be from the staff and extended family of CHUD.com. Maybe even you
readers can get in on it. So, take this to the bank. Every day, you will
get a little bit of positivity from one column a day here. Take it with
you. Maybe it’ll help you through a bad day or give folks some fun
things to hunt down in their busy celluloid digesting day.

By Renn Brown
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What I’m Thankful For

Perry Bible Fellowship

I’ve showcased my love for a specific webcomic before in a Thankful, but I was inspired to return to the subject once again thanks to something that was shared with me today. Before I get to that, I should introduce you to the Perry Bible Fellowship, a delightfully absurd, surreal, often disturbing, and always brilliant web-comic that was published by Nicholas Gurewitch for a number of years. The last few years have seen the comic on hiatus, but the collection of strips has been published twice [BUY FROM CHUD], and a BBC show was even developed (though apparently stalled out? Info is scarce, so much as I can find it). Gurewitch did participate in some animations that matched the PBF style, and those can be found here.

Besides the edgy tone and subject matter, the wonderful thing about PBF is the wide swath of illustration styles that Gurewitch has employed in the strips. Sometimes extremely linear, sometimes very detailed, sometimes shaded, sometimes painted… there are a ton of beautiful aesthetics that good jokes about suicide, war atrocity, and dinosaurs have been delivered in. A few of my favorites [click to see originals]….

And my absolute favorite…

In any event, I was just forwarded a short film today made by a few friend of mine that remain at my alma mater. The short is based on a PBF comic called “Mime City” that you can see below, and it was adapted into a brief short for a delightful lady’s Directing the Narrative final. I’ve generated one of these finals before and you’re given very little time to pull together a project, crew, and get everything made, and yet there’s a great deal of care attention in this short. I can say that all of the folks involved represent a talented batch of folks.

The comic is this one:

…and the film is here. I hope you enjoy!

Mime City from lauren adams on Vimeo.

Wanted to wish everybody out there reading a Happy Thanksgiving.