Beautiful paper animation of Star Wars

I’m always on the lookout for videos that combine originality, beauty and a gorgeous soundtrack. This video by Eric Power does just that. The paper based animation depicts the original Star Wars Trilogy accompanied by Jeremy Messersmith’s delightful Tatooine. Enjoy.

 

“I’d like to think that there’s a star for me and you,
Spinning round, falling for one another…Twin suns of Tatooine”

25 Years of Mario

So it’s been over 25 years since Mario first picked up a wrench and started doing his thing. I thought I would share this video and a few of my experiences of Nintendo’s favourite son.

The video is something I came across a couple of years ago and had me wishing I could either beatbox or play the flute. Nevermind both at once. Check him out. He’s done loads of great things along the same lines. Properly awesome. There’s just something about that theme tune!

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As for Mario, I first got involved back in 1982 on a trip to New York where I spent my entire visit there with my head in an original Donkey Kong Jr Game & Watch.

Donkey Kong Jr. Game & Watch

This is the view of New York I had as 6 year old

Mario had captured Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr was tasked with rescuing him. I was hooked and saw none of New York, much to my parents’ chagrin.

Some years later, I was introduced to the NES and subsequently the SNES, with Super Mario and eventually Mario Kart all but responsible for less than perfect A-Level grades. On to university and the N64 brought me back to Mario during my 4th year (once again, Nintendo contributing to my grades…) following a brief flirtation with a Sega Megadrive. Mario featured highly although it was James Bond in Goldeneye who got the majority of game time. I have a DS and a DSi in my house now and my kids love them. They love to play the Wii at other people’s houses and constantly moan that I bought a PS3 and not a Nintendo console. Sorry guys!

So, Nintendo and more importantly Mario really have been around and a part of my life for pretty much as long as I can remember. Great effort guys, you really are part of the family.

Lissie in Belfast

Had the pleasure of seeing Lissie twice this week. She supported Mumford and Sons on Monday night and then had her own headline slot at the Black Box in Belfast on Wednesday night as part of the Open House Festival.

Lissie

Lissie - Black Box, Belfast, 8th September 2010

Having listened to her album a fair bit there were no doubts about her talent but live, she is an even better experience. Her voice is simply incredible and having the pleasure of photographing her, perched as I was on the edge of the stage, was such an intimate experience.

Finally, it would be remiss of me not to mention Napoleon, who provided superb support (and were well supported – nice to see a big crowd down early). Starting off quite gently with country flavours, the energy soon ramped up and despite a couple of tech issues, delivered a superb set. You can check them out here.

Napoleon

Napoleon - Black Box, Belfast, September 2010

Get out of my face! – Lost Prophets – Belsonic 2010

Stuart Richardson from Lost Prophets gives me something to work with at Belsonic 2010.

Supporting Biffy Clyro in Belfast, the show started well but dipped quickly before managing to regain some serious momentum and have the crowd really going for it towards their last few songs.

View all my shots from Belsonic here

Simon Neil goes blonde – Biffy Clyro – Belsonic Belfast

Belsonic 2010 – Biffy Clyro, originally uploaded by nico fell photography.

Simon Neil from Biffy Clyro with his new bleach blonde beard and hair, playing in Belfast at Belsonic 2010.

Great night, supported by Lost Prophets, Fighting with Wire and Twin Atlantic. View all my shots from Belsonic here