Movies

Reviewing Wonder Woman – Instant Appreciation, Delayed Appraisal

Reviewing Wonder Woman – Instant Appreciation, Delayed Appraisal

It happened, I finally saw Wonder Woman!

In order to see this movie, just so it would not be completely sold out, I had to go midday on a Saturday during perfect beach weather in L.A. 6 weeks after it premiered.

Hell’s Club Mashup by AMDSFILMS Answers the Question of How Many Famous Movie Characters Can Be in a Single Awesome Video

Hell’s Club Mashup by AMDSFILMS Answers the Question of How Many Famous Movie Characters Can Be in a Single Awesome Video

Al Pacino walks into a bar…and so do Ewen McGregor, Robert De Niro, Patrick Swayze, and many many others. This extraordinary edit introduces some of film’s most famous characters to a place called Hell’s Club.

Lucasfilm and ILM will Change how Movie Special Effects are Made

Lucasfilm and ILM will Change how Movie Special Effects are Made

Kim Libreri of Lucasfilm spoke at the Technology Strategy Board event at BAFTA this week, presenting a demo of their motion-capture stage. They are gathering the actor’s motion captured data and putting their virtual characters in fully rendered environments in real time. They are also manipulating the assets, buildings, weather, landscape on the fly.

Mirada Studios Before and After Visual Effects Reel Explains How Jaeger Mechas Are Made

Mirada Studios Before and After Visual Effects Reel Explains How Jaeger Mechas Are Made

Mirada Studios posted the following VFX reel to show the craftsmanship required to make monolithic monsters and machines into movie reality.

Christopher Nichols Showcases His Work on a 2013 Visual Effects (VFX) Reel

Christopher Nichols Showcases His Work on a 2013 Visual Effects (VFX) Reel

I was recently watching the movie Oblivion and wondering what scenes in the movie might be entirely 3D-based. Fortunately, UPT friend and short-film director Daniel Thron shared Christopher Nichols‘ 2013 VFX demo reel.

Why 16-year old Jackson Laverman Made an Iron Man Suit

Why 16-year old Jackson Laverman Made an Iron Man Suit

There is a fantastic blog post titled “Why Make an Iron Man Suit? A 16-Year Old Artist’s Story…” over at the website for the Stan Winston School of Character Arts. In the post, Jackson Leverman describes in great detail the process of pepakura and sculpting a suit for himself. Jackson originally planned to build a Halo suit but changed his mind after seeing an Iron Man 2 trailer.

Failure is never quite so frightening as regret.

- Actor Sam Neill as Cliff Buxton in The Dish -
Understanding our Future with Robots: ABB Frida and the Bot & Dolly IRIS

Understanding our Future with Robots: ABB Frida and the Bot & Dolly IRIS

Whether you’re a fan of R2-D2, Wall-E, Robocop, or the Terminator, one can imagine a future where we co-exist with intelligent machines. ABB’s FRIDA (Flexible Robot Industrial Dual Arm) and Bot & Dolly’s IRIS Robotic Platform are at the forefront of a new generation of industrial machines that illustrate the fascinating potential of articulated robots. FRIDA is designed to work alongside humans in a factory while IRIS is spending its time making movies.

Thoughts on Remaking The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I saw the original Swedish version of The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo a couple of months ago and really liked it. It’s a dark movie but it was strong in story and characters. The intro to the 2011 version is fantastic.
The new one came out and I recently went to see it with a friend.