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VisPop in Cannes 维斯泡泡在戛纳电影节

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!

Film Financing’s Global Future

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…

<see the full story at the NY Times here>

 Halle Berry takes direction from Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) in Glasgow earlier this year.

 

 

 

 

 

Louie Schwatzberg @ TEDx SF

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.

A robot that flies like a bird

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

See the talk and others at TED here

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?

 

9 indie pics with enough buzz to become next year’s sleeper hits

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 BloodApocalyptoCity Of EmberZombielandGentlemen Broncos andTimecrimes all premiered there.

Here’s a selection of the must-see movies from the Festival you’ll be sure to hear more about in the coming months. Article sourced from Blastr.com

 

Lionsgate scores ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy, hopes for next ‘Hunger Games’

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 GoThe 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?

The Tao of Filming in China


By Mark Roberts, 2007

“… 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”.

Wise words from a HK based sound recordist with a long history of working in China. <see the full story here >

And  for more information on the brilliant BBC series Wild China <see here >

 

 

 

 

 

Evangelista Art

Ninja Turtles

“This is a fan art I did to one of my favourite cartoons of all time. I love drawing them and will be uploading more Turtles in the future. All done in Photoshop” – George Evangelista

Some awesome work from a Melbourne based concept artist – love the Thundercats concepts! see the rest of his gallery on deviant art < here>

Could a robot be conscious?

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>

Meteorites delivered gold to Earth

Meteorite impacts
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>