Moving Paintings From Inside

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  1. wolfiesma says:

    These still images are very beautiful. To see that animated would be amazing. The story and the writing are really interesting as well. I like the sound of these sonorous rhythms…

  2. stridulate says:

    goddamn! its about time! im a huge fan of john bergin…. he’s an amazing artist, writer and musician (trust obey, C17H19SO4) it is time he became more well known! i bought this graphic novel in college, and have been waiting years to see this actualized! :^)

    BUY THE GRAPHIC NOVEL! it is dark, dark dark stuff!

  3. ArghMonkey says:

    So when is it coming to Vancouver B.C.?

    Anyone know where I can find the torrent for the video if its not coming to Vancouver?

  4. Enormo says:

    Sorry Gareth. There’s a part of me that’s still a 13 year old so. cal punker in 1981. If you saw me now I’d probably just come off as some mean corporate douche bag.

  5. fistula spume says:

    I loved that book. I can’t recommend it enough. It was so visually powerful and stunning. And very dark. lol at Amazon’s “I’d like to read this book on Kindle” link. Somehow I don’t think it would translate.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Re: Gadget the video game

    That’s what I thought at first too.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadget:_Invention,_Travel,_%26_Adventure

    But comparing them there’s less of a similarity than I initially thought.

  7. Anonymous says:

    the train image looks suspiciousl like somethig from “Gadget”– almost verbatim? And they aren’t really moving paintings are they– they are animations using paintings. A moving painting would be actual oil, acrylic moving, like Perry Hall’s Livepaintings.

  8. Scuba SM says:

    The image of the train caught and held my attention for a very long time. That image alone makes me want to read the original book, and see the movie. Not really sure what that says about me, but I know what it says about his art: it’s amazing.

  9. Tom Hale says:

    OFF Topic: sorry -

    Takuan, since you have such a good recall of trains, maybe you can remember a painting of a train that I saw years ago. The painting is of an old train at night, with a dark snowy background. I think two children were in the painting also. The children were dressed in old timey clothing with hats and scarves I believe. I’ve searched for this painting many times on google image search to no avail. Again, sorry about the off topic comment

  10. Takuan says:

    steam locomotive? What style of stack?

  11. GRINDERX says:

    As Gareth posted re DVD: It’s in the works. Watch the From Inside blog or site for news…

    Takuan: YES they did have more fun. The engine is the J3 Hudson. Just a regular steam engine under all that art deco stuff. I think the engineers didn’t like the covering very much — it was heavy which slowed the train and the plates made it difficult to access the engine for maintenance. Incredible, though, to imagine this GIANT MACHINE was powered by hot water. You can read a few of my notes about it here: http://johnbergin.blogspot.com/2007/02/engine.html

    -
    John, director From Inside

  12. Enormo says:

    I find that the beauty of his art uplifts me, while its devastating message crushes me to dust

  13. Tom Hale says:

    “what style of stack?” I think it was like one from late 1800s or early 1900s – larger at the top I believe (I’m going from a mental image from years ago) – the painting also had a European setting – the train was all black – I’ve seen it online before.

  14. Tom Hale says:

    Takuan – yes, a steam locomotive.

  15. Gareth Branwyn says:

    I think I just laughed out loud at my own expense.

  16. minamisan says:

    In general I try to avoid movies that make me want to put my head in an oven, but I just watched the preview for this and I’m interested.

  17. Sc0tts0 says:

    It looks intriguing, but when can *I* see it? I guess its not out on Blu-Ray or DVD. Is this meant for theatrical release? There didn’t seem to be much info beyond a bunch of festival awards.

  18. Tom Hale says:

    Jim – that’s close – no blue though and the painting has much more detail.

  19. Jim O'Connell says:

    It may be from the book then – I imagine there are lots of train pictures in it. I haven’t seen a copy in years though.

  20. Gareth Branwyn says:

    Under the News section, there’s a screening schedule through April. I get the impression from John that it’ll eventually be released on DVD.

  21. Takuan says:

    She stood a moment in the falling snow, mitten in mitten with sister, and looked up at black mass of the idling engine before her. The throb and irregular puff of white crystal echoed the brief moments ago of the team drawing the sleigh to the station, away from the snug farmhouse – never to be seen again. Clothes on back and hasty valise, they had fled west, mere minutes before the white-clad men had skied east, rifles bobbing on backs with each grim kick and pole stroke.

    Now they filed aboard with the others from the outlying farms, the village folk already gone ahead. Last looks over the shoulder and stepping up into the light and warmth of the car, already muggy with many bodies. Settling where they could, she nestled next to Mother as the train pulled out, whistleless. The few dim bulbs overhead went out soon after and they gently rattled and swayed into the limitless winter. She dozed.

    A timeless nap later, her eyes opened onto the crowded, stable-like scene. The car fair stank of close pressed flesh by now and she felt then just how long and far away the privy behind the farmhouse had been. All was darkness outside the rimed and fogged windows. Moving softly she made her way to the small door marked “Water Closet”.
    She gathered her long, heavy skirt in one hand and leaned gingerly against the wooden wall, balancing with the other hand and the tiny stall exploded. The door flew open and Mother, her face a rictus, tore her from the seat as shards and flinders of white porcelain spun around their heads. The staccato slap of the heavy machine-gun bullets hammered through the roof and shredded the paneled walls all about her even as Mother clutched her tight and threw them backwards into to the tangled mass of fear behind her.

    The faint drone of the fighter sounded over the rail noise for a few heartbeats and then faded into the night.

  22. Coxswain says:

    If one were to want to read the graphic novel this was based on, say, is it possible to obtain it still, or is it now out of print?

  23. EscapingTheTrunk says:

    This looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Tom Hale says:

    Jim, I think you’re right

  25. CharlieCoats says:

    Wow! This looks incredible, I love that the creator did so much of the work himself.

  26. Mantari says:

    Dear Boing Boing, I AM EATING, THANK YOU!

  27. Anonymous says:

    http://www.amazon.com/Inside-John-Bergin/dp/0878162399/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1234421781&sr=8-1

    I was a heartbeat away from ordering this graphic novel until that price hit me like the economy in the face. Next paycheck for sure. Assuming it is out of print at that price, but goddamn, i MUST read this before the DVD comes out. Will be keeping a close eye on this one, and showing it around my sides of the internet to people that may be quite interested. I could use something like this ‘feel good hit of the summer’ to put my own feelings on my life into perspective. Fantastic write up, this movie looks amazing.

  28. FoetusNail says:

    And to think someone spent a year of free time editing together all the cursing in the Sopranos.

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