24.09.14 by Jeff

Steven Soderbergh’s Silent B&W Version of Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark”


This is likely only going to interest film nerds but director Steven Soderbergh has released a silent black and white version of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. Actually, the film isn’t silent, Soderbergh has stripped the dialogue and replaced it with music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ scores for The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

It’s obvious Soderbergh holds the film in high regard, and his idea here is to strip away elements of the film to analyze the staging, and the way Spielberg’s shots build. On his blog he quotes David Fincher, saying “there’s potentially a hundred different ways to shoot something but at the end of the day there’s really only two, and one of them is wrong”.

This is not so much a new version of the film as it is an analysis of visual storytelling. How much of the story can be understood without relying on dialogue? I hadn’t seen it for a long time, I forgot how beautifully it was shot (the director of photography was Douglas Slocombe).

It doesn’t seem like the video can be embedded but you can watch the full film on Steven Soderbergh’s blog.


Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Joe

    Stephen Soderbergh is the coolest.

  • fizzle

    I did this temple of doom last year and subbed in Flying Lotus albums. It was awesome and kitschy and a great saturday night.

26.11.15 by Staff

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Illustrator Spotlight: Mi-Kyung Choi


Works by Korean illustrator Mi-Kyung Choi, who makes work under the name Ensee. More images below.

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Artist Spotlight: Brittany Nelson


Creating photographs without a subject or a camera may sound ridiculous but the resulting large-scale images by photographer Brittany Nelson speak for themselves. “Alternative Process” is the result of various experimentations with historical photographic processes like Tintype, Daguerrotype, Mordancage, and Halochrome. More images below. Also, video of Nelson talking about the chemistry processes behind her work!

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26.11.15 by Staff

Cool Video of the Day: Guy Hacks Turntable to Create Techno Music


Artist and experimental musician Graham Dunning’s Mechanical Techno Demonstration is exactly what it sounds like! Dunning demonstrates his incredible hand-made method for making techno music: layering locked records, analogue synths, even mechanically triggered percussion. Watch how it all comes together below!

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26.11.15 by Jeff

Artist Spotlight: Andrew Hem


Paintings by the god, Andrew Hem. More images below.

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