Headphones optional. Supposedly better in Chrome or IE, but I had no problem in FF.
“One day, we looked around and realized that almost no one is making tokusatsu anymore,” said Shinji Higuchi, one of a handful of Japanese directors who still have experience in the genre, having directed three movies in the 1990s featuring the giant fire-breathing turtle Gamera. “We don’t want this technique to just quietly disappear without at least recognizing how indebted we are to it.”
- The last days of the rubber-suit monsters.
“What I wanted was for kids to see a movie where they don’t need to aspire to be in an army to aspire for an adventure. And I used very deliberate language that is a reference to westerns. I don’t have captains, majors, generals. I have a marshal, rangers . . . it has the language of an adventure movie. I want kids to come out of the movie and say, I want to be a Jaeger pilot! I really think that would be my dream come true.”
- Guillermo del Toro on being a monster loving pacifist
. Designer Wayne Barlowe
talks about Pacific Rim's creatures. But has maneuvering at Legendary doomed the film
before it has even opened?
- a nostalgia wormhole into the golden age of model work and practical effects and the odd piece of early CG
via backissues of the quarterly magazine of motion picture visual effects
. The latest issues covered
touches on Young Sherlock Holmes's Stained glass knight
- mainstream cinema’s first fully-rendered CG character created by Industrial Light & Magic's Pixar group.
provides real-time vintage photo effects for websites, with five presets: toasted, lo-brow, tool shed, parchment and vinaigrette. If you'd like to stick with filtering photos, Pixlr's O-Matic does just that
, with tons of preset filters, photo "aging" effects, and frames. If you have Photoshop handy, here are 16 tutorials, two tutorial videos, 14 vintage/grunge texture packs, and 16 action packs
Spaceships that became other spaceships: The Millennium Falcon
, The Colonial Viper
, The Eagle Transporter
- from the blog of Gavin Rothery
, visual effects designer on Moon
100 Free Photoshop Podcast Tutorials
— While many Photoshop instructors focus on features and tools, Richard Harrington
covers both the specific skills and techniques you'll need. [requires iTunes]
Donald Thomas "Tom" Scholz (born 10 March 1947) is an American rock musician, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, inventor, and mechanical engineer, best known as the founder of the hard rock band Boston. He is also the inventor of the Rockman guitar amplifier. [more inside]
"This just blew my mind out of my nose and onto my keyboard."
A spectacular show of 3D mapping light projections on 3D surfaces at the last Mobile World Congress
presented by Alcatel-Lucent
Originally found via this blog
Behind the opening scenes of Blade Runner.
“Doug and his Entertainment Effects Group team created thousands of acid-etched brass miniatures lit from below with hundreds of bundles of fiber-optic lights, shot in forced-perspective through layers of smoke to create layers of light refraction, creating depth.” The first of a three-part series on the making of Blade Runner
’s unforgettable opening sequence.
opened in 1989, and has been doing visual effects for some the most successful tv shows of the past few years such as Heroes, Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy and 24. Green screens allow them to artificially blend and create scenes that you wouldn't expect. Their official website
has more on their Virtual Backlot
and other Tech Demos.
You know that guitar sound at the start of "Touch Me I'm Sick"
? Or when Keith plays the big riff in "Satisfaction"
? That's fuzz.
I love fuzz, and I was very happy to stumble across this fine documentary about fuzz pedals and their makers.
, Part 2
, Part 3
, Part 4
, Part 5
, Part 7
, Part 8
Should be enough there to sustain your interest for a while...
Looking to boost your mad Photoshop skillz? Here's a trio of sites that offer the latest in PS tips and tricks. Best Photoshop Tutorials
has vectors, icons, and free brushes. PShero
works with effects and shapes, and Photoshop Girl
features photograph enhancement. That should get you started.
Legendary special effects artist Stan Winston
has passed away
from cancer at the age of 62. From Mr. Roboto
to the Terminator
to Iron Man
, he leaves an almost unparalleled body
Shoegazing (also known as shoegaze or shoegazer; practitioners referred to as shoegazers) is a genre of alternative rock that emerged from the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. It lasted until the mid 1990s, peaking circa 1990 to 1991. The British music press (notably NME
and Melody Maker) called this genre "shoegazing" because the musicians in these bands often maintained a motionless performing style, standing on stage and staring at the floor while playing their instruments; hence, the idea that they were gazing at their shoes. The shoegazing sound featured extensive use of guitar effects, and indistinguishable vocal melodies that blended into the creative noise of the guitars. Some notable bands are Ride
, and American bands Lilys
and the Swirlies
. [more inside]
A world of sounds.
Despite their difficult URL, The Freesound Project
has grown at a rapid pace over the last year, arguably surpassing archive.org's audio library
when it comes to sound effects, field recordings, site design, and usability. Now Freesound is combining their sound library with geotagging and Google Maps, allowing users to navigate the world by sound too! (previously on mefi)
The Steam Tank
is a brief visual effects reel by Chris Paul, from the Vancouver Film School. It begins with a somewhat mundane steam powered tank attacking a mounted gun in a downtown building, but then replays the event shot by shot, showing the original filmed plate, and adding on each cgi component, to give a good idea of how cg & reality interface in an effects piece. warning: link goes to direct download of 56MB QuickTime mov
- Holy power to thrash
creator of Winamp,
is up to new tricks.
Videohelper.com sells music and sound effects to film/video producers. Here's their FAQ.
It's the most fun FAQ I've ever read when I wasn't even trying to have fun. Though they are a serious business, their entire site is in this style. I want to work there!
Will we ever know what is real anymore?
The making of the Matrix sequels. After these movies, will we ever be able to tell what is real or not on the small and large screen?
Not that I'm into that sort of thing, but PillReports
- apparently a spinoff of BlueLight
(wonder how much KMart offered for that one) - offers moderated discussion about Ecstacy
, so you might be able to get some idea of what that pill you just paid $20 for is likely to do to you. Things there aren't verified by actual lab tests like they are at DanceSafe
, but it's better than being completely