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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”!

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.

clouds photographed through an open plane door 4 miles up

For his project “Cloud Collection“, photographer Rüdiger Nehmzow went about four miles off the ground and photographed clouds through the open door of the plane. With no glass between Nehmzow and the sky to muddy up the shots, the resulting photographs are absolutely stunning…  <read the full post here> @ <http://www.petapixel.com/>

Two words:  Badd-ass clouds pics!

concept art shows the disturbing evolution of batman: arkham city’s harley quinn

We love pin-up art as much as anyone, but there’s something weird about this newly released concept art showing the evolution of Harley Quinn in Batman: Arkham City. Maybe it’s just that it shows how formulaic these sorts of female characters have gotten… <read the full post here> @ <http://io9.com/>

Cool little look into some character design.  Gotta say that it’s one of the hardest skills, and most underestimated processes in film-making.  We’ve done it a bunch, and you learn to be prepared for the effort.  All that being said, it’s one of the most fun, most creative, and rewarding jobs when you get it right.  The thought process needs to be so critical visually, that in my opinion it’s right up there with developing a character as you write the script.  In a perfect world the artistic development can work hand in hand with the written development.  That’s the way we like to work when we do our characters.

Just take a look at all the reply-posts on this blog-page and see how character design raises the heat in people!

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.

the inspiration of ten iconic spaceships

An iconic spaceship should have a cool name and the history of scifi on the big and small screen is littered with great examples. The inspiration behind these amazing ships are varied, often literary, historical, visual or just plain out there…  <read the post here> @ <http://www.lvjmovie.com/>

Some cool bits of insight into ship design… and lots of names from some of the great designs.  Great reference as a place to start your search in designing space-crafts.

 

goddesses and demons: some thoughts

ferocious demon/goddess Rangdo

A somewhat damaged Rangda in her most ferocious pose, her foot on a stone carved with sea waves. Time has removed some of the paint, and her left hand has lost its long nails. Painted stone or wood (?). Bali, probably in the Archaeological Museum. Drawing © S. Beaulieu, after Charlé 1990: 119

There is no ignoring Rangda.[1] Her appearance is shocking, terrifying. Her huge eyes protrude, her large breasts are pendulous, and her long red tongue hangs down her body almost to her knees…  <read the entire post> @ <http://www.matrifocus.com/>

There is some pretty good backstory of the mythology of our Balinese antagonist on this site…  She’s such a good character, it’s what’s going to make this film!  We’ve got a great villain for us to build our hero up against!  What do you think?  Wanna see a horror film with an ancient Balinese goddess who’s gone off the rails and is now a Demon Queen looking to kick some serious ass?

What’s great about this webpage is you’ll also get some bonus info on some other famous and interesting goddess-demons.