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25th Estate / This Is Where We Live update

This Is Where We Live from 4th Estate on Vimeo.
25th Estate, the film (above) created for 4th Estate’s 25th anniversary, has already had over 250,000 views, and been blogged about by Kanye West.
Whilst higher accolades are hard to come by, we do have some great news of increased recognition from the film world.
The [...]

Published: September 7, 2009. Read more →

Quietube: YouTube without the distractions

Hello! Here’s a little treat from the Apt Labs. We got bored with all the comments and crud on YouTube, so we built Quietube – think of it as Readability for your favourite videos.
A little bookmarklet lets you easily and quickly generate a nice, clean page – and a short URL from any YouTube page. [...]

Published: March 13, 2009. Read more →

Production Stills: Funnest

We’ve been working on an exceptional, frankly fairly nuts, project for the past couple of months. I’m not going to say much at this stage, other than (1) it’s for 4th Estate, (2) it’s a short done entirely in stop-motion animation (3) yes, we have built 6 sections of a city made entirely out of [...]

Published: September 10, 2008. Read more →

The end of The Wire

I’ve just watched the last episode of season five of The Wire. If you don’t watch or know the show, my apologies – but for me, it’s almost (possibly even) as good as seasons 1-4 of The West Wing – those written primarily by Aaron Sorkin. In fact, all I want to do now is [...]

Published: March 14, 2008. Read more →

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (200,000 times)

In 1999, I wrote a business plan for the company I was then working for, Canongate Books. The plan was for the Scottish Arts Council, and the idea I’d come up with was to make “pop promos for books” which would get a web and film festival showing, and drive traffic to the Canongate site [...]

Published: February 14, 2008. Read more →

Information R/evolution

A new video by Michael Wesch, whose film last year The Machine is Us/ing Us explained the new interconnectivity of the web so brilliantly.
This time he’s taken as his theme the new digital (dis)order, as described in David Weinberger’s excellent recent book Everything is Miscellaneous.
We’ve been talking a lot about tagging and similar strategies recently, [...]

Published: October 22, 2007. Read more →