Friday, January 20, 2012

Hugo Projection Botched, New Images Emerge


Recently a movie theater in New York accidentally projected commercials over the final thirty minutes of Hugo, and naturally it was recorded on a cell phone and uploaded to YouTube for all the world to see. Ironic, as others have pointed out, for this to have happened during a film that's a tribute to film preservation. (And of course this was only able to happen in the first place because it was being projected digitally.)

I actually found the video to be somewhat interesting, though I plead guilty to enjoying superimposition for its own sake. Sometimes the images created something serendipitous: the Minority Report-esque opening; a man from a Méliès film doing a backflip at just the moment a car from an advertisement drives by, as if he'd been hit; the trailer for War Horse superimposed over a horse and chariot from a Méliès short; something reminiscent of the opening to a James Bond film recreated by a pulsating circle forming around Hugo (who happens to be wearing a tuxedo and holding up a playing card); or the automaton from Hugo sitting like a homunculus on a guy's shoulder...

Here's a selection I made.

Special appearance by Adventure Time's Jake the Dog.


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