In the summer of 2000, the top executives in charge of the basic-cable network FX—which was mostly known for showing reruns of The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer—were eager to make a change. They believed that in order to be relevant, they needed to present audiences with an original, prime time scripted drama that would be so provocative it would completely alter the way the network was perceived. Good Cop, Bad Cop: An Oral History of The Shield
posted by Ghostride The Whip
on Sep 10, 2013 -
One of the most radically original TV shows in recent memory is Louie
. It's written, directed, edited, and produced by comedian Louis C.K.
, who stars as a (thinly) fictionalized version of himself. The A.V. Club
recently sat down with Louis C.K. to talk through the show's second season, episode by episode. He sheds light on many aspects of the show, including the much-discussed Dane Cook episode
. (Louis C.K. previously: 1 2 3 4
posted by naju
on Sep 22, 2011 -
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.
posted by spitefulcrow
on Sep 12, 2010 -
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
posted by jonson
on Feb 7, 2006 -
Ability vs. Guile.
If you've seen the latest Gatorade commercial where 39 year old Michael Jordan plays against himself circa his 85 - 86 Bulls era and wondered "how'd they do that?", here's
a very cool description of one of the neatest tricks I've seen recently.
posted by jonson
on Jan 16, 2003 -
Industrial Light and Magic
has released a new plugin to After Effects that may finally bridge the gap between DV post production and film post production. Of course, DV Cameras
are just the less expensive counterpart of their film brethren. With such technology at the hands of amateurs, does this mean the home camcorder will no longer be used for just remembering birthday parties? Will amateurs be able to finally express themselves in ways only professionals
have done in the past? This is certainly being set up as much a revolution
for the amateur artist as the web was.
posted by geoff.
on Apr 9, 2002 -
is your source for on-line sound effects. Their search engine has found and catalogued sounds in several formats. You can search by name, and their spectral analyzer can help you find sounds similar to your search results.
posted by ewagoner
on Oct 15, 2001 -
Am I the only one
who can't stand the testosterone driven crap that's proliferating cable? As a sensitive, new age man, I wish FX would just play M*A*S*H reruns ALL the time.
posted by aladfar
on Jul 3, 2000 -