Atlantic Experiments

Oct 30, 2015 | 14-part series
The Atlantic

Fear and film go back to the beginnings of cinema, but the ways filmmakers harness our emotions can often be traced to the ethos of a particular period. In this video, Atlantic senior editor Sophie Gilbert lays out the history of movie monsters from the dawn of film to the present.

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Multimedia experiments and explainers from The Atlantic

This short documentary by Rhys Edwards about a sheep-farming family in Wales is an uplifting and charming profile—not to mention the lush Welsh countryside is simply beautiful. “The next generation, they’re very keen to follow in our footsteps,” says the red-headed matriarch. For more of Edwards’ work, visit his website.

“The first time I saw the Aurora my stomach churned like a thousand butterflies,” writes Puneet Gupta, known as The Film Artist, on his Vimeo page. He travelled to Iceland with fellow filmmaker Henry Jun Wah Lee to document the Northern Lights at Borgarfjörður. As the winter months prove to be the most popular time for tourists to see the incredible light display, stunning time-lapse videos will have to suffice for those of us who won’t make the journey.

Life for children on the autism spectrum has many challenges, parents testify in this excerpt from Animating Autism, by Mt. Carmel Films. The documentary follows seven children as they collaborate to create a short animated film. “The way to unlock any child’s brain, autism or no autism, is through using creative expression of some form,” says the therapist Maude Leroux. “The child’s job is to play in whatever medium is available.” You can watch the entire film through Vimeo on Demand.

A lot of people didn’t want John Lennon to enter America, he told a teenage fan in 1969: “They think I’m going to cause a violent revolution, which I’m not.” 14-year-old Jerry Levitan had snuck into Lennon’s Toronto hotel room with a tape recorder and probed the English singer about the state of the Beatles, their dwindling American fan base, and the meaning behind his music. In 2007, the conversation was animated by James Braithwaite and turned into a short film, I Met the Walrus, which went on to win an Emmy and be nominated for an Oscar. 

Braithwaite is represented by Machas, a creative consultancy based in London.