Monday, 12 March 2012

New Animation: Text choices Part 1.

The Gun by Philip K. Dick

"A small crew aboard a spaceship exploring planets are reluctant to land on a planet that show signs of fission. A planet likely destroyed by nuclear war. Mile after mile of unbroken ruin stretched out, blackened slag, pitted and scarred, and occasional heaps of rock. Before the crew can leave the atmosphere, they are struck by an atomic shell. Soon they are falling to the dead planet. But if it’s dead what fired that weapon?"

The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

"The first half of Gogol's "The Portrait" recounts the story of a young, poor but promising artist named Chartkov who purchases a striking portrait from an art dealer in a local market. The next day he miraculously discovers thousands of gold roubles hidden in its frame. Chartkov thereafter abandons his study of art and uses the money to purchase himself artistic fame, surrendering his brush to the popular fashions of the day. Later in life, Chartkov encounters a work of true artistic genius by one of his contemporaries. Seeing that his own youthful talent was lost, he realizes the portrait was to blame and soon after dies an agonizing death. The reader learns in the second half of this work that the portrait was of a notorious moneylender, done by a pious artist who, in painting this portrait, loses his own artistic ability. Only after living for years as a hermit in a monastery is he able to paint again. The artist asks his son, who narrates much of the second half of the story, to destroy the portrait should he ever come across it."