Trancendence v. Howard Nimh

February 19, 2014 § 1 Comment

So, when you watch that Johnny Depp movie about the first person to download his mind into a computer, just remember that I made mine first.

Okay, I know there’s no way that this Johnny Depp movie copied my movie, but I’m claiming the similarities as evidence of the Transmorphic Field (a kind of “telepathic-type” field that everyone’s a part of.  Watch Torchwood).

Check out The Unlikely Mind of Howard Nimh!

The Unlikely Mind of Howard Nimh from Lewis Manalo on Vimeo.


Howard Nimh

April 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

A viewer has pointed out that there are no more ads on Howard Nimh‘s Youtube page!  Whoo-hoo!  Please share my sci-fi short, winner of the 2012 ConCarolinas Neo Sci-Fi Award, and spread the word: it’s a sad and beautiful singularity.


And be sure to check out my horror comic MetaMorphosis, inspired by Franz Kafka’s short story!

Don’t Watch My Video on Youtube

February 8, 2013 § 1 Comment

So, I realized that ads were somehow covering up my short film “The Unlikely Mind of Howard Nimh.”  A little bit of investigation showed some ridiculousness going on in the world wide webiness, specifically in the realm of copyright claim.

The Harry Fox Agency, “the premier mechanical licensing agent and provider of rights administration services in the U.S.” placed a copyright dispute on “Howard Nimh” due to my use of “Nocturne No. 4 in E Flat” by Frederic Chopin – not the performance, but the actual composition itself.  Chopin died in 1849, and if somebody still has a copyright on that piece, there needs to be some serious review of copyright laws.

Basically, somebody used HFA to claim copyright on a Chopin composition and license it to Youtube.  So whenever anyone uses that composition on that website, even if it’s a recording of them playing it themselves, ads appear, and that ad revenue goes to Youtube, Harry Fox Agency and whomever had the gaul to say he’d written “Nocturne No. 4 in E Flat.”

Bottom line: somebody other than the creators of “Howard Nimh” has been making money off of the film.

I’ll keep the short up for now, but I’m going to stop posting on Youtube; and I want you to watch my video on Vimeo.

“The Unlikely Mind of Howard Nimh” is Live On Youtube!

December 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

Our short film “The Unlikely Mind of Howard Nimh,” winner of the 2012 ConCarolinas Neo Sci-Fi Award, is live on Youtube Vimeo!NimhOneSheet

A nerdy romance about the end of human history, “The Unlikely Mind of Howard Nimh” is a science fiction short film about the first person to download his mind onto a computer.  Eschewing the flash of special effects for the power of raw ideas, “Howard Nimh” is a humorous ride through the cutting edge science and concepts of the Technological Singularity, the theorized emergence of a greater-than-human intelligence.

Preview the trailer below, and view the film here!  Thanks for watching, and spread the word on our film!

Nimh is headed to Charlotte, NC!

May 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

We’re pleased to announce that The Unlikely Mind of Howard Nimh is headed to the ConCarolinas Short Film Festival!  A part of the sci-fi convention ConCarolinas, the short film festival is “dedicated to the art of the short Science Fiction film and the expression of independent filmmakers.”

The festival is June 1st through 3rd.  We’re really looking forward to heading to Charlotte, and if you’re in the area, we hope to see you there!

Clip from The Unlikely Mind of Howard Nimh

October 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Just a short (low-resolution) clip from our sci-fi short, “The Unlikely Mind of Howard Nimh”.

Trailer for The Unlikely Mind of Howard Nimh

September 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

The new trailer for The Unlikely Mind of Howard Nimh, Princess Revolver’s science fiction short about the first person to download his mind into a computer.

Thanks for watching, and please share!

Howard Nimh Production Stills

August 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

Here are a few stills from the set of The Unlikely Mind of Howard Nimh, Princess Revolver’s short film about the first man to download himself into a computer.  Sunday’s shoot went shockingly well, and we even ended ahead of schedule.  Perhaps the two babies who visited the set brought good fortune.  Everyone had a really great time, and knock on wood, post-production goes half as well.

These stills are all from the re-enactment scenes.  Above is Josh Kashinsky as Howard Nimh, micro drive installed and plugged in.

Erozan Kurtas as Dr. Martin Papier, Michelle Kashinsky as Helen Papier, and Josh Kashinsky as Howard Nimh.

Erozan tickling Josh’s brain.

DP Juan Vallejo and director Lewis Manalo.

Thanks again to everyone who took part in the shoot!  We were really lucky to have you.  Hopefully, a presentable cut of The Unlikely Mind of Howard Nimh will be ready by the end of October.  We’ll see you in a couple months when we’re out of the editing room!

Howard Nimh Props

August 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Here are a couple of the props we’ve put together for our short film The Unlikely Mind of Howard Nimh:

This is the micro drive we’re putting on the side of the head of the actor playing Howard.

A micro drive is basically a flash drive on steroids.  For the short film we’ve envisioned one that can be jacked into a person’s brain.  There’s a USB port on one side so the micro drive can be linked to a computer.  I guess the wi-fi model was too expensive for Howard.

The above is the NIMH II, a hybrid computer that’s central to the film’s story.  The liquid is supposed to be the analog component.

 The computer case we built on is an old heap from the 90’s or something.  It’s beige.  (We need to thank Melissa’s tech support for the donation of that antique.)

We just have a couple more production meetings and we’re ready to shoot.  Production is scheduled for one day, Sunday, August 7th.  We’ll post some stills in the coming weeks.

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