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first digital 3d rendered film

40 Year Old 3D Computer Graphics (Pixar, 1972) from Robby Ingebretsen on Vimeo.

This is really neat. It’s a very very early digital 3D rendered film (family lore is that it’s the first, ever). It looks old because it is. It was created in 1972 by Ed Catmull<read full story here> @ <http://nerdplusart.com/>

I’m gonna come clean and put out to the world my man-crush on Ed Catmull…

this abandoned tomb in belgium would be the perfect set for a horror movie

In the nineteenth century, this Belgian tomb built beneath a church was a fashionable place to bury your dead… <read full story and see more images here> @ <http://io9.com/>

Awesome location!  But why do all these pics look so illustrative??  Moss, moisture, lighting, camera filter??

 

enormous cows made from recycled car parts

Enormous Cows Made from Recycled Car Parts sculpture recycling cows cars art animals

The education section of Helsinki-based sculptor Miina Äkkijyrkkä’s CV is very telling… <read full story here> @ <http://thisiscolossal.com/>

So many animal robots…  none as cool as the robo-panda t-shirt I picked up yesterday in downtown, but all very cool in their own right.

the all-time scariest moments from found footage horror movies

Yet another found footage movie, Apollo 18, hits theaters tomorrow. The found footage genre has become a mainstay of horror, with its flickering video and shaky cameras...  <see the videos here> @ <http://io9.com/>

Couldn’t resist putting this great top ten list up in the name of us working on Rangda.

 

train your brain to generate ideas when you need them!

Walking, pacing, staring at a blank page, tearing at your hair, and wishing you could be just about anywhere that isn’t this place…  <read the full story here> @ <http://www.successful-blog.com/>

“Everyone has plenty of what they need to get ideas growing.”

 

the human future remains unchosen: an exegesis of deus ex: human revolution

 

Progress is not guaranteed. Be it moral, technological, scientific, or social, there is no reason to assume human civilization marches forever forward in step with time. Understood this way, we can realize that progress is a choice and something we as a species will to happen through the concatenation of our decisions.  <read full story here> @ <http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/>

Thought I’d put this one up on the site because I’m really into the half human and robot thing at the moment.  The design bits are awesome, but to me it’s the questions it raises.  They touch on it here in this article for the game.

I also recommend a book called “Machine Man” by Max Barry.  It’s one of those books you read in 24 hours.  I was pounding through it telling James “Man, we gotta make this one into a movie!”.  Got to the end, looked it up and sure enough Aronovsky is attached.

There’s still a wealth of ideas behind the idea of human choice to go droid…  we may be working something up ourselves here in the background…  more to come!

a guide to recognising your trolls: concept art from the troll hunter

They’re big, they’re ugly and they smell like the inside of a vegetable drawer in a student flat, but how much do you really know about trolls? <read full story here> @ <http://www.bleedingcool.com/>

Been hearing a bunch about this film, missed it when it showed here at the Sydney film festival.  So I dug seeing some of these sketches.

 

pico dolly: pint-sized wheels forcameras

Since we wrote about CineSkates last week, the tripod-on-wheels project has already raised nearly $200,000 in preorders…<read full post here> @ <http://www.petapixel.com/>

I’d take one for Father’s Day.

cross-cultural leadership: how will china influence the world?

Photo: Julian Mason/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Recently I had the pleasure to travel around in China for a few weeks. Visiting a fair deal of the country, north and south, the big cities and a part of the country side. I came back with a truck load of impressions…  <read the full post here> @ <http://leadershipwatch-aadboot.com/> 

This is a really good take on China.  I find it even more interesting, because he’s echoing a lot of my thoughts after shooting a film there last year.  I really like this little insight that pertains to collaboration between east and west:

“We believe that the worst thing that can happen to you is losing face. Therefore we carefully define our objectives upfront. Once defined we will not easily let go. We will always look for ways to guarantee both parties win something, so nobody will lose face. But we will only do that if we respect our opponent. If not, we will not hesitate to take what we want without taking into consideration the other. (He gently smiled at me.) And we never show our emotions in public, like Westerns often do. By doing that you reap nothing but contempt from your opponent.“ – chinese business man

 

so many screenwriters, so few produced movies: amc’s ‘malkovich’s mail’


In 2003 AMC aired, as part of a series of docs about movie production, an hourlong episode entitled “Malkovich’s Mail.” Screenwriters all across the country were submitting unsolicited material to Mr. Mudd, a production company John Malkovich was associated with, and the doc is a look behind the curtain at what happens to the vast majority of these submissions… <read the full post and see the other 4 parts here> @ <http://nofilmschool.com/>

Everyone has ideas, everyone has stories and everyone has dreams…  Now that’s  “Vision of the People”!