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this is what the patent for a dinosaur suit looks like


ON-ART Corp., Tokyo (“a top artistic structure airbrush paint production company in Japan”) have just been granted their US patent (7,997,991 B2) for a “Costume suit of large size animal.” <read the full story here> @ <http://io9.com/>

Wow, have we come full circle and now the cg guys have to worry??  Everyone loves dinosaurs!

the sorcerer and the white snake

An overzealous application of CGI is the figurative boa constrictor squeezing the life out of “The Sorcerer and the White Snake,” a silly, derivative supernatural-action extravaganza that would have been better at a fraction of its f/x budget… <read full story here> @ <http://www.variety.com/>

Yikes, that’s not a very good snippet is it?  Still, really interested in tracking East/West created/distributed films…

some good tips for data wrangling on a budget

Evan Luzi, who runs the camera assistant blog The Black and Blue (and who also wrote a guest post here on NFS), takes a look at the crucial but unheralded position of data wrangler… <read full story here> @ <http://nofilmschool.com/>

You can’t underestimate this role on-set.  Growing more and more important as we go more digital as well.  This is a cool little look at the position.  mmmmmmmm data….

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…

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.

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”!

Inkling uses Sonar to turn doodles into vectors

Inkling, from graphics tablet titan Wacom, automatically turns inky sketches into digital vector drawings, bridging the gap between freeform doodling and computer artwork. It’s interesting to know how the whole thing actually works. Inkling takes it inspiration from sonar, by creating a stereoscopic soundscape of your drawing environment. The pen emits an inaudible pulse of sound, which is picked up by two microphones on the base unit. The receiver can then use this data to instantly log the exact location of the pen. <read the full post here> @ <http://wired.co.uk/>

Wow! Let’s dig a massive hole and fill it with every scanner in the world, and then catch a travelator to our flying car and zip home to a nice home cooked meal (prepared by robot servants). The future is now, and it’s sketchy.

the importance of a good trailer

Many times when independent filmmakers send a request for help to me, they attach a link to their film trailer. This is the video they have on Youtube and on their website as a representation of their film, a reason to see it or buy it. Often, they are terrible. They are too long, they are too slow, there is no sense of what the film is about or why I would want to see it. A trailer should not be… <read the full post here> @ <http://www.shericandler.com/>

There’s a lot of great info in here…  particularly the parts that get into making the trailer as a calling card for the project before financing.  That’s a big part of what we believe.  For spectacle films today it’s not just about selling a script, you need to show the world.  A great way to do that is with a trailer, or some sort of visual representative piece (along with what ever eye candy demonstrates the world and the tone of the project).  The problem becomes like anything else in development.  How can we pay for it…?  That’s where we have to get creative, and ultimately what will separate VisPop as we get films greenlit.

Should mention here that Sheri Candler’s blog is a great resource for film marketing and publicity!

(don’t miss the link to part 2 of this post in the upper right corner of the post)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

how amc’s zombie talk show could be brilliant

Rumor has it AMC is tinkering around with the idea of a post-Walking Dead talk show. But before you start eye rolling yourself in to a seizure inducing stupor, hear us out. This show could be the start of something brilliant, if they follow these simple guidelines…  <see full post here> @ <http://io9.com/>

Who’s rolling their eyes??  Love the idea of a zombie reality show!  I just have to work on getting over my as of recent zombie man-crush.  Not to mention I couldn’t resist posting it for the great zom-pics.  Me personally am gonna go check out walking dead right away.