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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…

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.