1. Deep in a barren, fantastical wasteland lays a dilapidated circus tent. Inside, an ominous ringmaster forces his prized act, a real live mermaid to perform for a group of grimy, working class spectators. The mermaid, though frightening, is but a lovesick, caged animal praying for release from her endless torture. Unwilling to surrender his meal ticket, the ringmaster rejects her pleas for compassion and continues to confine the mermaid to her stagnant holding tank. With nowhere to escape to, the mermaid must make the choice between holding on to the hope of freedom and putting an end to her abuse.

    World premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood Oct 2011.

    Best Short Film - Screamfest Film Festival
    Best Student Production - Yorkton Film Festival
    Best Makeup - The Leo Awards
    Athens International Film Festival - Official Selection
    Transylvania International Film Festival - Official Selection

    Directed by:
    Nicholas Humphries

    Produced by:
    Samantha Jewell
    Lindsey Mann
    Aliya Tarmo
    Justin Simon

    Grigori: Trevor Gemma
    Mermaid: Jovanna Huguet

    Director of Photography:
    Vince Arvidson

    Screenplay by:
    Meagan Hotz

    Edited by:
    Rehan Khokhar

    Music by:
    Kim Oxlund

    Little Mermaid vocals:
    Maya Saxell

    3D & Visual Effects by:
    Kim Oxlund

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  2. At the 2013 BAFTA LA Jaguar Britannia Awards presented by BBC America, we honored Benedict Cumberbatch with the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year presented by the GREAT Campaign.

    Here's his full, uncut speech from the event.

    Clip courtesy of BBC America

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  3. Hello again everyone. About a month ago, due to a mistake on Vimeo's part, the original posting of BLIND was removed and even my account got deleted. Vimeo has apologized so everythings fine now, sort of. Unfortunately the account couldn't be restored to its original state. All of the comments, links, number of plays, and such were all lost. I apologize to anyone inconvenienced.

    It's a real shame because there were over 1,000 comments lost and dozens of sites linking the original video. BLIND can be viewed elsewhere but I favored Vimeo because they track plays per day. The first day of release it got 457 plays on Vimeo. The next day it got 25,400 plays! The third day it got 248,000 plays! Ending up with over 1.6 million plays before deletion. I'm kind of proud of those numbers. Not bad for an unknown guy posting his first video online.

    Just to be clear so BLIND isn't mistakenly deleted again, BLIND is not a gameplay video. It's a rendered animation that's similar to many CG films and television shows. The animations were made by me in a 3D application. I used game assets so I guess you could refer to it as a machinima in that sense.

    Most likely few people will watch BLIND here since the old link went dead but I'm reposting in case someone comes back.

    update November 1, 2009

    Hey everyone, I thought I'd give an update since I still get plenty of people asking about future videos. Currently I don't have any plans to continue with The Craft of War. I've been delaying letting people know this because I didn't want to disappoint. I had thought people would forget about BLIND after a while but there seems to be a steady stream of new WoW players that see the video and ask about a continuation. Why won't I continue? It has to do with me being laid off from work earlier this year. I had to focus on finding a job so I quit WoW because, I'm sure you would agree, playing WoW takes up a lot of time, lol. Since my forced break from WoW I've lost my interest in playing although I still visit the WoW blogs and am still part of the officers mailing list for my guild. Maybe I'll find something that'll motivate me to play again. :) I think I'd have to start playing again in order to be motivated to make more The Craft of War videos.

    update - August 1, 2010

    Hey everyone. I've replied to a few emails about this but I figured others might want to know that I've been working on another animated short. Like before I'm working on it in my spare time so it's still a long way from being done. I'm attempting to create my own characters along with the animations so this is a more ambitious project than BLIND. This new animation may not be as popular as BLIND because it doesn't involve WoW but it will still be awesome. There will be action and there will be robots.


    song "Hide and Seek" by Namie Amuro
    World of Warcraft models, music, sounds by Blizzard Entertainment
    story, animations, editing, choreography by Percula

    # vimeo.com/5241163 Uploaded 358K Plays 32 Comments

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