Shane Acker’s ’9′ Short Film (2005)
9 is also an upcoming computer animated feature film adapted from the short film, is produced in part by Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov, and Jim Lemley and is scheduled for release on September 9, 2009. The film will be released by Focus Features. To see the trailer for the film click: www.youtube.com The short film took four and a half years, on and off, to create. Acker used Maya 1.55.5, Photoshop for the textures, After Effects for compositing, and Premiere for editing. Summary; 9 is a sentient rag doll who appears to be the last of his kind, living in the ruins of a decaying parallel world, and is hunted relentlessly by a twisted mechanical beast that has killed eight of his rag doll kindred by stealing their souls with a canister-like talisman. 9 was formerly accompanied by his friend and mentor, the one-eyed 5, with whom he scavenged the ruins of their world in search of tools that would help them survive. However, the monster attacked 5 and stole his soul with its talisman, though 9 narrowly escaped with a similar, glowing talisman given to him by 5. In an attempt to destroy the monster, 9 prepares a trap and lures it into an old building where it is briefly subdued, allowing 9 to steal its talisman. The monster breaks free and chases 9 through the building, cornering him on a wooden plank elevated high above the floor. Just as the monster crawls along the unstable plank and approaches him, 9 leaps to safety and knocks the plank down. The monster plummets to the …
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[Short Version: Song Only - a remix of the tune can be found here tinyurl.com ] On June 14th, 2009 – Northwest Airlines baggage handlers damaged Bing’s Folkcraft double-neck mountain dulcimer on flight 2363 from Detroit, MI to Ft. Wayne, IN. Many people requested that Bing write a song about the situation, much like Tom Paxton did in his tune “Thank You Republic Airlines.” When Dave Carroll released the video for “United Breaks Guitars”, Bing saw an opportunity for even more awareness in the area of baggage handling guidelines for airlines, not to mention perhaps an opportunity to have Northwest finally hear his story out and pay for the damages inflicted by their ground crew. “Only A Northwest Song” was written and recorded on Friday, July 10th with the video following later that night.
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