The dymaxion projection
October 19, 2010 9:46 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for some free library shorts or documentaries that I can find online about architecture or Buckminster Fuller or space travel or any of the sort from the 60s through the 80s that are very graphical and would be good to project onto a wall on a short loop as a backdrop for a party. Can you point me to some of these?
posted by setanor to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Stuff with fly-over animations and wireframes and odd shapes is a particular interest of mine.
posted by setanor at 9:48 PM on October 19, 2010 is your friend.
posted by pompomtom at 10:05 PM on October 19, 2010

NFB is another source, browse around.
posted by saucysault at 10:25 PM on October 19, 2010

I can't help with your question(sorry), but I just wanted to pop in and say that I think that's a really cool idea for something to have running in the background at a party. Now I'm bummed I won't be able to see both it and how people react to it. Best of luck!
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 12:52 AM on October 20, 2010

The Prelinger Archive at is an incredible resource.

Possibilities you could check out -
American Look Part I PartII and Part III

To New Horizons

Not precisely what you're looking for, but golden for weird ambient visuals - A Touch of Magic

You get the idea. There are many more films that might fit your criteria, and it will be fun to find them.

My general advice is to stay away from pieces with a lot of static shots of talking heads or a lot of titling, unless you really feel like editing. Try watching the video with the sound off and music playing in the background, to get the feel of whether it will be visually compelling out of context. Movement and compelling graphics are good. Keep an open mind as to what visuals might be worthwhile - I often find that I scrap some of my original plans if I have something that's working out better.
posted by louche mustachio at 1:25 AM on October 20, 2010

The Biosphere in Montreal has a lot of material on Buckminster Fuller. I recall seeing a short film loop on his work and ideas when I visited a few years ago. The museum staff may be able to help you locate specific material on Bucky.
posted by thatdawnperson at 4:50 AM on October 20, 2010

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