David Bowie reminisces about childhood Christmases eating Mr Frosty and Knickerbocker glories as he introduces the animated short Gelato Go Home.
See the original, and one of the film’s biggest inspirations at thesnowman.com
Directed by Alasdair Brotherston & Jock Mooney
Producer: Richard Barnett
Voiceover Artist: Christopher Green
Sound Design & Mix: Marty O’Brien @ FONIC
Director of Photography: Andy Hague
Compositing: Alasdair Brotherston
Production Company: Trunk Animation
Directed by Alasdair + Jock
Produced by Trunk Animation for Channel Four
Producer: Richard Barnett
Production Company: Trunk
3D Animation: Luca Paulli
2D Animation: Francisco Puerto Esteban, Layla Atkinson
Composer: James Orman
Sound Design & Mix: Barnaby Templer @ Fonic
Merry Christmas to all LGF readers, each and every one! Here’s a Yuletide open thread to kick off the day.
(I have to admit it doesn’t feel much like Christmas in Los Angeles — the temperature’s going up to 80º today!)
Oh, please. Really? We can’t even get away from this lunatic defector on Christmas? Edward Snowden to Broadcast Channel 4’s Alternative Christmas Day Message.
Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who prompted a worldwide debate when he leaked a cache of top secret documents about US and UK spying, has recorded a Christmas Day television message in which he calls for an end to the mass surveillance revealed by his disclosures.
The short film was recorded for Channel 4, which has 20-year history of providing unusual but relevant figures as an alternative to the Queen’s Christmas message shown by other UK broadcasters. It will be Snowden’s first television appearance since arriving in Moscow.
In excerpts from the address released by Channel 4, Snowden says George Orwell “warned us of the danger of this kind of information” in his dystopian novel, 1984.
Snowden says: “The types of collection in the book - microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us - are nothing compared to what we have available today. We have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go. Think about what this means for the privacy of the average person.
“A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves an unrecorded, unanalysed thought. And that’s a problem because privacy matters; privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.”
Snowden says: “The conversation occurring today will determine the amount of trust we can place both in the technology that surrounds us and the government that regulates it. Together we can find a better balance, end mass surveillance and remind the government that if it really wants to know how we feel, asking is always cheaper than spying.”
“We have sensors in our pockets?” What the hell?
Here we are, suddenly a week away from Christmas, and if you’re anything like me you’re not done shopping for friends and family yet. If that’s the case, and you don’t want to fight the crowds, may I suggest Amazon via the LGF Associate link? This way you can take advantage of their excellent holiday bargains and support Little Green Footballs at the same time (at no extra cost).
Amazon gift cards are always good last-minute stocking-stuffers:
But you do still do have time to get something delivered too; here are some links to other Amazon departments you might be interested in: