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totally random poster of the week: rubber

“In the California desert, a tire comes to life and embarks on a killing spree as an audience watches the events unfold through binoculars. The tire kills by vibrating intensely and psycho-kinetically causing people’s heads to explode.”… <See more posters here> @ <http://www.movieposteraddict.com/>

That’s pretty cool that this came up randomly.  On the site the second painted poster is by classic concept artist Boris Vallejo.  His stuff is classic.  He did a Barbarella poster, the original Connan, even some star wars art.  And of course that wicked poster for Vacation.  Funny, I do wanna check out this film!  Can’t wait to see the filmmakers get personality into a tire.

visual effects industry bill of rights?

43 of the top 50 films of all time are visual effects driven. Today, visual effects are the “Movie Stars” of studio tentpole pictures – that is, visual effects make contemporary movies box office hits in the same way that big name actors ensured the success of films in the past… <read the full bill of rights here>

I find this read incredibly interesting…  It directly relates to everything we stand for and all the reasons we’ve started up VisPop.

It’s well documented, the state of the union in vfx…  You can read about vfx becoming a commodity here and here.  Hard work, unfair conditions, pressure from clients in an industry with very few buyers, vendors undercutting each other and on and on…  We at VisPop spent many years on the front lines, in all roles on the vfx vendor side.  We fought and scrapped just like everyone else to make ends meet in a low margin ball game.  Sometimes we were successful, sometimes we weren’t… Just like everyone else. But we learned from our mistakes, we implemented processes, we got better, and we eaked out our living.

I like these descriptions of the  vfx industry in the VES’s bill of rights:

  • a central role in today’s feature films
  • visual effects are the “Movie Stars” of studio tentpole pictures
  • Visual effects drive the entertainment marketplace  which entertains billions of people across the globe, and earns billions of net profit dollars each year.

If those aren’t signs of potential I don’t know what are. So the question of the day then becomes, with all this potential where’s the leverage? With all this potential, where is the leverage? Repeat it a third time… With all this potential, where is the leverage. That is the question we asked when we started VisPop! I mean shit, this is the question that made us leave our good jobs in vfx, jump off the ledge, and risk everything we have on a new company.

The vfx industry is the most broadly creative department in filmmaking. When I say the word creative here, I mean true “creativity” – combining technology, problem solving, pragmatism, and heart. Some of the best artists of our age are working on vfx concept art, we have the understanding of storytelling through camera-work in previs, color theory and composition in digital lighting, performance through animation, programmers with PHD’s coding bleeding edge scientific tools… the industry creates ANYTHING imaginable, any scenario, any character – every single day! if we can create anything imaginable, we can tell any story imaginable… that’s a phenomenal concept! BUT if you ask studio filmmakers about vfx, they’ll tell you “oh yeah, they’re the guys with the chrome balls running around on set”. (To be fair, it is extremely hard to credit what you don’t understand, and vfx is a black box that very few outside the industry are able to invest the time needed to truly understand). Soooo, perception (chrome balls) isn’t matching reality (creative filmmakers).

Let’s go back to vfx being creative, techie, problem solving, pragmatic, and having ticker. Guess what folks, that’s a pretty good definition of Innovation. That’s right, we’re incredibly innovative people in an industry driven by innovation. BUT where the hell is our innovation in business models? In negotiations? In being the entrepreneurs of our projects? In management? Where are the industry’s “chrome balls” (this time I’m not talking about the ones on set). Hopefully you see where I’m going here… Where are our Film Producer skills as an industry? We have some very competent, excellent individuals in the industry that would/could/will make excellent feature film producers, but as a whole the industry is too overwhelmed with the business of innovating creativity and technology to be bothered with innovating business.

So, here we are managing %25 to in some cases %50 of a feature film’s budget and we’re not producers on the film??? Sometimes we’re credited as producers, but if %33 percent of the budget is vfx, where is the %33 percent of decision making across all the departments… casting, location, financing, distribution, production?

So what is VisPop doing about all this? We’re broadening our scope in the filmmaking process… we’re teaming with independent filmmakers to push the innovation of the entire filmmaking process. Through that we’ll change the perception of where vfx/spectacle fits into the filmmaking industry, and parlay that into leverage into more filmmaking negotiations. “We’re filmmakers not shot makers.” Scream it from the roofs!

So can a couple of dudes from VisPop make a difference? Can a couple of long-timers from the vfx industry change the way films are financed, made, distributed?? Hopefully we can help get things rolling. Hopefully we can get more people from the industry involved in the entire filmmaking process. Hopefully we can start the movement. So just ask yourself: “With all this potential, where is the leverage?”

Next time I’ll write about the difference between what VisPop is doing about it, and the many salvation cries throughout the industry of “create your own content”.

himatio: andrea petrachi

 

 

Andrea Petrachi a.k.a. Himatic creates cyber sculptures from things most of people simply throw away.  His work is based on the assembly of everyday items,  discarded electronics, gadgets and toys.  <see all the images and find out more here>

Stephan Geyer’s photostream

Ether Drift

I like…

Black and White Photography
Bokeh
Contrast-y photos
Landscape-Oriented photos, but not much into Landscape photography
My 85L
My 5D
My Cat
My Macbook (and Macs as a whole, for that matter)
Portraiture Photography
Primes
Aperture
Candids
Street Photography <see all his photos here>

Wicked photography!  Great vibe!

synectic

Synectic is an online creative showcase of freelance designer and illustrator Wojciech Pijecki. Wojciech’s been working for many clients worldwide, meanwhile constantly co-operating with Envato Network. He is a member of Slashthree art collective and a part Grapetree group. <see all the work here> @ <http://www.behance.net>

 

M-E-S-A’s photostream

Doesn’t say anything about him, but stumbled on this guy’s street work.  Insane!  <see all the images here>

art work of alexander jansson

I´m a freelance artist born in Uppsala, Sweden.
I live and work in Gothenburg.

Sleeping House is my design studio.
I specialize in cover art, illustration, character design, concept art and graphic design…  <see all his work here at his website>  <and here to check out his blog, which has some great material as well>

Great stuff…  again, love the tone and texture.  Great ideas here!  Truly original work, and between the site and the blog, the scope of the work is quite broad in a great way!  Definitely check out both links we’ve put above.

 

bwiti

Once again—the sky saturates us with is deluge—accompanied by its loud burst of thunder—we’ve grown accustomed to. How long has it been raining on this city? Mute and indifferent to what has become familiar—we are only sure that the storms have transformed our city and us…  <see all the photos and read about the work here> <particularly locations>

Unfortunately the pics are all locked up nice and tight so I can’t show you a sample that is the goodness of this photography.  So you’ll have to trust me and go check them out.  All the work is fantastic, but I mostly enjoy the moods of the location shots.  Very cinematic in tone…  love the vibe!

paco pomet updates

Paco Pomet Updates painting art

Absurdist painter Paco Pomet (previously) has updated his website with eight new paintings (my favorite three above). Many of the new paintings are enhanced with the addition of, well, Muppets…  <see more images and read full story here> @ <http://thisiscolossal.com/>

Love the style… click through to his link, it’s worth it!

giant cocoon made from packing tapes

The installations, which look like the work of horrifyingly large arachnids, grew in scale and scope as the year progressed, first deployed inside a small Croatian gallery, then an abandoned attic during October’s Vienna Design Week…  <see full story here> @ <http://www.neatorama.com/> 

Oh my god this is soooo cool!