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  1. New Projects Are Live Action!

    Our favorite new projects this week seem to share a common thread. They’re all about creative people pushing themselves to the limits (of dignity, of sanity, of physical endurance) in the spirit of their art — whether their art be sci-fi fandom, demolition, or doodling. Check ‘em out below, then push your own limits by discovering new projects all your own.

    Live Action Skyrim Trailer — by Blake Armstrong

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    If the date 11/11/11 means anything to you, then it’s likely you’re already of fan of the Elder Scrolls Series. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, feel free to let your eyes glaze over until you reach the next blurb). When Bethesda released the official game trailer for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim a few months back, fans of the series were teased with images of a great Nord warrior battling a giant dragon atop a snow-covered mountain. With the sonorous Elder Scrolls theme piping in the background, the trailer was all sorts of epic, which made the November release date all the more unbearable. What’s a fan to do in the meantime? Make a live-action version of the trailer, obviously. That’s exactly what Blake Armstrong is doing, and from the looks of it, he’ll do it right:

    From the original trailer:

    Blake’s DIY Dragon-born armor:

    Pretty awesome! — Cindy A.

    Molly Crabapple’s Week in Hell — by Molly Crabapple

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    What better way to celebrate your 28th birthday than to lock yourself in a tiny room for five days on a mission to make nothing but art? Just ask artist, designer, Dr. Sketchy’s founder (and three time successful project creator, hellllooooo) Molly Crabapple, who plans to be doing exactly that, while documenting the entire thing for her backers via live stream. Although I haven’t quite decided yet whether I should feel worry or wonderment at Molly’s commitment to unpacking the creative process, what I do know is that I am really, really curious to see what happens. Her work, which I’ve found consistently incredible under what I assume to be “normal circumstances,” can only get crazier, zanier, and better from here. Color me seriously impressed. — Cassie M.

    Derby Kings — by Valerie Bischoff

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    I always figured Demolition Derby’s were just a piece of fictional Americana I was never going to experience. Then, I moved to Wyoming when I was 22 and found out first class that the derby was not just a wonky event for crazed mechanics, but a true way of life. Valerie Bischoff found out the same thing when she visited a few derby’s in California and Nevada. What followed next was a documentary on the sub-culture. Yet, Bischoff felt there was more to tell about the reckless, no pun intended, life of demolition derby dudes. And so, she decided to make a feature film on the topic, which will contain amazing one liners like, “Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight. Remember that. Always bring a gun to a gun fight.” — Mike M.

    Prepared Televisions for Voice — by Galen Richmond

    Prepared Televisions for Voice's video poster

    Galen Richmond’s work lives at the border between art and performance — he crafts pop songs from videogames, rewires Casio keyboards, and now makes haunting, audioreactive television installations. That is, later this month he’s bringing a bunch of teevees to the Bent Festival in New York, which is a festival for people like him — “circuit benders, audio experimenters, synth builders, and DIY electronics enthusiasts.” For “Prepared Televisions for Voice,” Galen will link fifteen TVs together that create a visual display that will react to the sound in the room. The result is a sort of Brave Little Toaster meets Frankenstein, with your TV talking back to you, just the way you feared it might. For sixty bucks you can even get one of these things for your very own. I imagine it would really take dinner parties to the next level. — Meaghan O.

    Paper craft warrior mouse! Pre-cut and mailed to you — by Tyler Tinsey

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    Was anybody else really obsessed with the Redwall series as a child? That delightfully British, totally charming series of books by Brian Jacques wherein Victorian-style dramas, wars, feasts, and loves were played out by a cast of animal characters? Yes? Well, then this project is for you. Toy designer Tyler Tinsley has created his cut-out, DIY assembly, paper mice as ” an homage to the great genre of rodentia youth literature.” His mouse-sized project offers a paper mouse kit for just five bucks! And if the project is a success, he promises to expand into other genres of rodent, like Samurai and Roman. Don’t miss out! — Cassie M.

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  2. Life Before Kickstarter? 100% Funkless.

    The Funklet — by Jack Stratton

    For his Kickstarter project The Funklet Jack Stratton dissected the stone-cold rhythms of percussion heros Bernarnd Lee Purdie, Zigaboo, Clyde Stubblefield, and more, translating their funk drumming into superfly visual graphs that depict how these beat masters crafted their grooves. As Jack says, “Drummers can dig the accurate transcriptions. Cats who don’t read standard notation can gain a better understanding of the classics. Beat-makers can program with these nuggets. Design cats’ll dig it.” Jack just posted the above nugget as his first Project Update, a “video from the vault” of Jack trying to raise funds in a pre-Kickstarter world. Seems like a pretty rough break.

    You can grab a copy of Jack’s booklet, aka The Funklet, for 20 bones. And you can watch Jack dance, aka funk the funk out, for free. (Spoiler alert: 2:30-2:53 is The Jump Off.)

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