WATCH: Cruising Electric (1980), year's best action figure parody

Cruising Electric (1980) is both 2014's best gay-themed comedy, and a pitch-perfect homage to 1980s movie toy merchandising. I was honored to have this hilarious short by Brumby Boylston play before my new film in New York last summer.

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VIDEO: Hallucinatory NARCOSE captures free diving's beauty and danger (NSFW)

Thalassophobes and NSFW-phobes will want to skip this beautiful short about deepwater free diver Guillaume Néry and the kinds of hypoxia-induced hallucinations he experiences when free diving to depths beyond 100 meters. Thalassophiles who love beautiful underwater cinematography and trippy dream sequences will find the underwater footage hypnotic.

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Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: New episode and book

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On returns for a third episode in celebration of a new book, The Most Surprised I've Ever Been.

We covered creators Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate when they won the AFI prize for the first episode back in 2010. Here's the 2011 sequel for you completionists.

Projection mapped animation on screens held by giant robot arms

This dramatic video from Bot and Dolly shows off their robotic camera systems by projection mapping a 3D animation onto two screens as they're waved around by one and a half ton robotic arms. In July, Boing Boing co-sponsored the Robot Film Festival held in their incredible studios. There I learned that while this film appears to be shot from a hand-held camera, it's probably made with a camera on a robot arm following a recorded path made by motion tracking a hand-held camera to a tenth-of-a-millimeter precision. Bot & Dolly had no comment on whether or not that's the case in this film.

Path of Blood: Eric Power raising funds for cut paper animated feature film

Eric Power is an independent filmmaker based in Austin, TX, who is best known for intricate, cut-paper animated short films. He created two such shorts as channel IDs for the Boing Boing in-flight entertainment TV channel on Virgin America Airlines, which you can watch while flying in their planes starting in about a week (channel 10!). I'm a big fan of Eric's work, and am always amazed at how obsessively, intricately genius his craft is. Eric has a Kickstarter up to raise funds to do his first feature-length animated film in this cut paper style, "Path of Blood." Knowing how much time and crazy obsessive effort goes into his creative process, I can only say: I fully support this Kickstarter. And I'm not alone: it is endorsed by Ninja and Yeti as well. The earlier short film version of "Path of Blood" embedded above was mostly silent, but Eric explains the feature film will involve a "large cast of interesting individuals" and "plenty of engaging and bloody action."
The film will also push my cut paper animation to new heights. The level of detail the finished film will showcase is going to be staggering. Everything you've seen of my cut paper work so far has only been a precursor to what I feel is possible within the medium and I am very excited to put my skills to the test.
Pitch in here, even if it's only $5! If you have any doubt of this guy's awesomeness, watch his wonderful vintage-video-game-themed "Mario on Paper" short below, which we've also featured on the Boing Boing Video Virgin America in-flight channel. What's not to love? (via Joe Sabia)