‘Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated’
You know how when you go down to Big Lots and see that bin of DVDs in flimsy cardboard sleeves going for a buck apiece? There’s a reason that anyone can just sell these movie: It’s because they’re copyright-free. It’s not that they never had a copyright. At some point, they all did, but somehow through the years those copyrights expires, and through clerical errors or people just plain not caring, the films ended up in the open market. And in the open market, anyone can sell the movie or edit the movie to whatever degree they want without the risk of some movie studio suing their pants off.
The most famous example is George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.
Now I have to warn you. Do NOT buy the version of Romero’s classic that you find in the bargain bins*. The image quality is going to look like somebody un-reeled a VHS tape, had a hobo poop on it, stuffed the tape back in and played it on a TV in a pawn shop, then filmed the TV with their Blackberry.
Now because of its public domain status, NOTLD has been re-edited and re-made countless times. And by most accounts, all of these reboots have positively sucked (although Tom Savini’s 1990 remake has its fans) but every now and then something kind of interesting comes along, like this new art project entitled Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated.
Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated is a mass collaborative artistic re-envisioning of George A. Romero’s 1968 cult classic, Night of the Living Dead.
International artists and animators were invited to select scenes from the film and reinvent them through their artwork.
Opened to all styles, media and processes the results ran the gambit with scenes created in everything from Puppets to CGI, Hand Drawn Animation to Flash, and Oil Paintings to Tattoos.
This cacophony of works was organized and curated across the original film’s time line in order to create a completely original video track made entirely out of art.
Now, I haven’t seen this project (and I can’t find anywhere on the official site that says when it’ll be released) so it may very well be terrible, but at least its interesting. It kind of puts a whole new spin on the notion of the re-working of previous works of art (something that Girl Talk could probably have a conversation with you about).
After the jump, I’ve included the latest trailer for the project but if you head over to the official site, you can see two additional trailers plus some of the artwork that was used.