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Mr. Go International Trailer
《大明猩》国际预告片

No matter where you are in the world, sometimes you just wanna have fun at the movies!  Good on em’, I’ll bet this thing does huge business world wide…  I’m rooting for that CG Mr. Go!

 

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HONG KONG — “Mr Go,” which releases today in South Korea and on Thursday in China is a big bet by any standards.

Costing some $25 million to produce, the film is a hybrid live action/CGI comedy-drama about a Chinese gorilla who becomes a super-sized hero in Korea’s professional baseball league.

It necessitated amounts of motion capture and digital effects that are unprecedented in a Korean movie – the gorilla Ling Ling, initially animated by an actor wearing crutches strapped to his forearms, appears in about 1,000 of the film’s 2,000 shots. And it was filmed in native stereoscopic 3-D.That all required director Kim Yong-hwa to set up an off-the-shelf company, Dexter Film, and to employ 150 CG professionals.

On top of that the movie is structured as a full Korean-Chinese co-production, involving Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex and China’s Huayi Bros. There’s a growing tide of these co-operative ventures, but it is still rare for Chinese companies to put up hard cash and take a minority position. Huayi is understood to have invested some $6 million as well as its p&a commitment. The Chinese studio named it as one of its four key movie releases of 2013.

With obstacles and ambitions of that scale, the film also needed some inbuilt advantages. It is based on a popular cartoon series “The 7th Team,” penned by Heo Young-man, which gives it an inbuilt audience awareness in Korea, though Kim has been free with his adaptation of the story. Second, Kim has a strong track record as director of hit “200 Pound Beauty” and sports comedy “Take Off.”

Kim says he was inspired by the empathy between characters in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” whereas FX supervisor Jung Sung-jin says he watched classic gorilla movies including “Congo,” “Rise of The Planet of The Apes” and “King Kong.”

Kim and Jung also report that they had to pick their VFX team very carefully and painstakingly help the animators to unlearn much of what they had previously established as working practice. Making the CG invisible was their biggest challenge

Rest of the Variety Article here:

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platt: bigfoot boom in banff?

Bigfoot

That’s the assertion of a dedicated bigfoot research organization based near Calgary, which claims not only to have video and photo evidence of the mythical beast, but DNA proof as well… <read the full story here> @ <http://www.calgarysun.com/>

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<see the oragami photostream here>

Oh my god, how cool.  Wicked oragami, and they are designed by him/her.  Definitely go check them out, and peruse through the older ones as well!  Very worthwhile!

 

the paper fox project

The Paper Fox Project

I’ve just started a new project with the working title of “The paper fox”. My aim is to create an interactive storybook on iPad and Android tablets… <see the full story here> @ <http://creattica.com/>

What a visual way to tell a story.  Very clever technique, I’d love to see an animation with these characters.  Could be a great exercise to rig these things up and make their performance feel as good as their look.  You just naturally love these little guys, people can’t underestimate how well these characters have been designed.  Great work!

ultra-realistic futurama replicas creep us the hell out

Sometimes we forget that the awesome animated series Futurama is a collection of lobster aliens and cyclops women… <see images and read full story here> @ <http://io9.com/>

Go check these out, there’s some really good sculpting/character work there.  Well done!

the pentagon’s beetle borgs

Researchers create what may be the perfect scout: a bug controlled remotely through a chip implanted in its optic lobes and flight muscles…  <read the full story here> @ <http://discovermagazine.com/>

Awesome title!  Awesome pic! Awesome article!  AWESOME!

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.

chicken powered steadicam

Here’s a great reference of a chicken using it’s internal image stabilization for the locking of it’s head in space:

How insane is that??? It’s something called vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) which is a reflex eye movement that stabilizes images on the retina during head movement by producing an eye movement in the direction opposite to head movement, thus preserving the image on the center of the visual field.  (wiki)

People have been talking about how chickens are able to do that in the context of designing a better steadicam.  This guy didn’t talk about it, he did it…. well sort of:

It’s funny and all, but there really is something to that.  The concept of tracking a camera through the lens in real time, then feeding the data back into a motion control rig of some sort is very interesting.  Seems like it would work, just an engineering/speed problem to solve.  I’m sure people are out there working on it!  Until then strap up your chicken-cam.

we found the original blog posts <here> and <here> at petapixel.com

new works from edouard martinet

French sculptor Edouard Martinet uses myriad discarded parts from old bicycles, cars, and mopeds to create these astonishingly anatomically correct representations of sea life, birds, amphibians, and insects…  <full blog post> @ <http://thisiscolossal.com/>

vispop comment:

This guy’s work is amazing.  Love the character design… love to get him designing some robot concepts for VisPop.  You out there Edouard?  Let’s work on a film together!

Anyone else wanna see a film with these robo-animals?