Sita Sings the Blues + MonkeyLectric + Creative Commons = Win!

I work at MonkeyLectric, and one of the things I’ve been doing is trying to find good Creative Commons-licensed/free use images for MonkeyLectric’s POV bike wheel demos, so that we can make and publish videos showing what our bike wheel display can do, without fear of litigation, and it’s been a bit tough to find good images that work really well on our wheel.

UNTIL! I learned of the animated movie Sita Sings the Blues (previously posted).

It’s gorgeous.  It’s high-contrast.  The characters look great.  It’s perfect!

Here are the first test images, a couple of stills.  By the magic of shutter speed, these photos make the display look almost as good as they do in real life.

When I can find a tool to convert movies to GIFs, I should be able to upload moving excerpts to the wheel as well!  (More pictures coming soon). Click pictures to see the large version!

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PS, Nina Paley’s (who created the movie) dilemma/reasons which led to creative-commons licensing Sita are pretty interesting — there’s a good interview with her here at the internet archive. (“How Copyright Restrictions Supress Art”, ~25 mins)

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  1. Wow! what a great project!!