Hot off the back of attending the Hong Kong and Beijing film markets and our recent speaking engagement at FMX in Stuttgart we’re back in transit and in the thick of it at Cannes 2012. Deals are being negotiated on our slate of high spectacle independent films – watch this space for more news soon!
Andy and Lana Wachowski have been busy working on Cloud Atlas, a film that spans the globe in it’s narrative, and in the way it was independently financed. Even though the siblings brought in $1.5B in revenue through their Matrix trilogy, this $100m project was seen as too risky for a single studio to back. Will WB rue that decision? Time will tell…
Nature’s beauty can be easily missed, but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.
TED Talks Plenty of robots can fly — but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings. A soaring demo fresh from TEDGlobal 2011
I love human ingenuity! How clever are we…. 450 grams?! So simple. Unfortunately it’s only a matter of time before the military get their hands on it and find some way of using the tech to deploy incendiary devices across enemy lines. No! Lets dare to dream of better applications. How about we augment the head with a camera and biomimic chicken head image stabilization to one up the brilliant work of BBC’s Life of Birds?
Several sci-fi, fantasy, and horror films worth watching made their world, North America, U.S. and/or regional premiere at this year’s Fantastic Fest. The largest genre film festival in the U.S., Fantastic Fest features horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world.
In years past There Will Be Blood, Apocalypto, City Of Ember, Zombieland, Gentlemen Broncos andTimecrimes all premiered there.
EW has confirmed that Lionsgate has obtained worldwide rights to develop, produce and distribute films based on Patrick Ness’s hit Young Adult trilogy “Chaos Walking.” Like Lionsgate’s other hot property, The Hunger Games, the “Chaos Walking” books (The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, andMonsters of Men) are set in a dystopian future, feature a young savior, and are marked by dark tone and thrilling action. <see the full story here > on http://insidemovies.ew.com/
Dystopian future, dark tone… interesting pitch. It works for Nolan time after time, and I guess everyone would love to have another Batman franchise on their hands, but is that what puts bums on seats? What do you guys think?
“… I’m currently working on a BBC natural history series in China (Wild China), with the collaboration of CCTV. It’s proving to be a rapid learning curve for both sides, as the Brits have to learn about cultural differences while the Chinese have to learn about natural history filmmaking. The good thing is, CCTV is keen to support BBC as much as possible”.
“In the Far East, Taoist philosophy encourages people to go with the flow, like a river running its course, accepting the way ahead even if it might not be easy. It’s an attitude that I’ve learned to embrace when working in China–tolerance, respect and politeness”.
If a robot is produced that behaves just like one of us in all respects, including thought, is it conscious or just a clever machine, asks Prof Barry C Smith, director of the Institute of Philosophy.
Human beings are made of flesh and blood – a mass of brawn and bone suffused with an intricate arrangement of nerve tissue. They belong to the physical world of matter and causes and yet they have a remarkable property – from time to time they are conscious. <see the full story here>
A burst of meteorite impacts around 3.9 billion years ago delivered precious metals to Earth.
Scientists have shown that the Earth’s surface became enriched with precious metals by impacting meteorites. The Earth’s crust and mantle has considerably more gold than expected from favoured models of planetary formation. <see the full story here>