Saturday, August 25, 2007

Broken Saints

Just finished watching a DVD set featuring what is essentially a graphical novel set to music using Flash technology. The story is called Broken Saints and came out several years ago. Initially it was just Internet-based; circa 2002, after it developed a considerable following, it was put on DVD with a voiceover. It won the Audience Award at the 2003 Sundance Online Film Festival.

It's an interesting story with a strongly political and spiritual outlook. It so happens that its developers are Canadian ... Anyway, given what has transpired since the beginning of this century it makes very interesting watching, especially in view of the ethnicity and beliefs of one of the four main protagonists.

The Internet version of Broken Saints is still available. It can also be downloaded to the iPod and the Sony PSP. These versions are free though the developers would probably appreciate a donation. (Donations are what enabled them to pay for the data streams on the website during the early days.) This is quite generous as the story is several hours long. The DVD is available for sale.

You can visit the home of Broken Saints here.

Enjoy the story. It is told at a very stately pace so it is best to watch it when you have time to do so in a relaxed manner. Brook Burgess, the writer and director, says the episodes function almost like meditations.

1 comment:

Thamesis said...

Hey there, I came across your blog, and I thought I'd let you know about a project I am promoting. It's called, as you can see, Thamesis. We've released it onto Newgrounds and it's been getting some substancial support...and lots of comparisions to Broken Saints. It's art is not as directly influenced by manga, and it has more of a sci-fi bent, but Thamesis still has the dramatic themes and allegories that appear in Broken Saints. Please contact me if you would like any more information :)