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JIANG WEN’s “Gone With The Bullets” Oh yeah!!
姜文的《一步之遥》喔耶!

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PIXOMONDO is honored to work with Director JIANG WEN on his new feature film “Gone With The Bullets”

PIXOMONDO荣幸参与姜文导演新片《一步之遥》

Gone With The Bullets is set in 1920′s Shanghai. “It will be another action drama about contests of wits and power. It has a tense pace and is full of Jiang Wen’s playful imagination but on a grander scale,” says Marco Ma co-owner of Beijing-based Buyilehu Films.

《一步之遥》故事设定在19世纪20年代的大上海。“这将会是姜导另一个关于智慧与力量争夺的动作影片。这部影片富有紧张的节奏,并充满着姜文式顽皮的想象力。”北京不亦乐乎影视公司合伙人马柯提到。

Pixomondo is in charge of all Visual Effects works on the project and is tasked with the development of key visual effects sequences. Pixomondo Beijing’s Senior VFX Supervisor, John Dietz, is leading our international team and we look forward to further collaboration from pre-production (including previz and concept art) through shooting and in to post-production.

Pixomondo全权负责这部影片的视效内容,并参与重大特效场次的艺术创作。由 Pixo北京公司高级视效总监John Dietz带领这支国际团队,热情饱满,目前正加紧进行前期制作(包括前期预演和概念设定),随后将进入现场监理以及后期制作。

You can check out the full blurb on the Pixo website here.

It’s great to be working with Pixomondo on this project.  We’re doing some great things in Beijing.  For those of you in the west, Jiang Wen is the best and most famous domestic Chinese director.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out his films… Please, Please close your web-browser and go find one right now.  Here’s a link to his IMDB.  Check out Devils On The Doorstep and The Sun Also Rises.  He’s an amazing actor as well…  He’s cool & I’m honored to be working with such an amazing filmaker!  This is sure to be a special film!

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Best Books on VFX

最棒的视觉特效书籍

People have been asking me a lot lately about the best books for VFX.  Most of these requests have come from production people in China looking to learn the basics so they can have a better understanding how to work with vfx during pre-production and on the shoot.

There are thousands of books nowadays, so I wanted to keep it really simple and clear.  Below are to me the best books for both someone looking to learn the basics and how vfx fits into the overall film-making process both technically and production management wise.

Unfortunately none of them are translated into Chinese, but maybe we’ll start to see more vfx books coming to the mainland as the industry continues to grow here.

If anyone has more suggestions please leave them in the comments!

 

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Wisdom from the best and the brightest in the industry, this visual effects bible belongs on the shelf of anyone working in or aspiring to work in VFX. The book covers techniques and solutions all VFX artists, producers, and supervisors need to know, from preproduction, to digital character creation and compositing of both live-action and CG elements.

Buy the book at Amazon.com North America here.

Buy the book at Amazon.cn China here.

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Go behind the scene of the behind the scenes to learn how the business of producing the dazzling visual effects we see in movies and on TV works.  From pre-production to final delivery, this is your complete guide to visual effects production, providing insight on VFX budgeting and scheduling (with actual forms for your own use) and common production techniques such as motion control, miniatures, and pre-visualization.

Buy the book at Amazon.com North America here.

Buy the book at Amazon.cn China here.

 

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The Art and Science of Digital Compositing is the only complete overview of the technical and artistic nature of digital compositing. It covers a wide range of topics from basic image creation, representation and manipulation, to a look at the visual cues that are necessary to create a believable composite. Designed as an introduction to the field, as well as an authoritative technical reference, this book provides essential information for novices and professionals alike.

Buy the book at Amazon.com North America here.

Buy the book at Amazon.cn China here.

 

Project Cars

游戏车项目

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I hadn’t heard about project cars before seeing this video floating around on the web, but once I saw the quality of the vfx I decided to take a look at the project site.   It seems to be a crowd created and funded video game that has 80,000 members and has raised over 3.5million Euros.

在我浏览这个网页之前,我从未听说过 《project CARS》,但当有一次我看到了vfx的效果,我觉决定去看一下这个project site。这是一个 拥有80000会员,并由一批广大群众自主研发并斥资打造的一款视频游戏,其价值已经上升为3.5亿欧元。

Slightly Mad Studios is an award-winning game developer known most recently for its work on Electronic Arts’ Need For Speed franchise with the successful SHIFT series.

Slightly Mad Studios 是一间英国的独立电子游戏公司。它经由美国艺电发行《极品飞车:变速》。

 

Fantastic work to these guys!  They’re doing great creative and using a new business model.  The hard work is paying off, big kudos to the people responsible!  Best of luck!

非凡之作!他们有着很棒的创造性,并运用了新型的商业模式。不过真正实现上还是有难度的,希望大家有良好的反馈!祝好运!

 

Watch the video here on Vimeo in the west.

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‘NATA5’ A Triptych

My work dwells in a netherworld between urban fine art and contemporary graphics, A collision of real and digital media it is primarily illustration based with a firm foundation in drawing, I focus mainly on the human form particularly the face, interweaving elements from the animal kingdom often reflecting the absurdity of human nature… <see more artwork here> @ <http://www.behance.net/>

This work is great… lots of emotion in the faces and really pushed with the style.  It would be great for concept drawings for a film.  Definitely check out the full gallery at the bottom of the link.

Shout to Korea, Action!

Besides Korea’s well known cell phone, semi-conductor and shipbuilding industries, Korean film has also become globally renowned. The industry went through rapid growth in various areas over the last decade and achieved significant developments in its quantity.

The creative stories and dynamic images featured in Korean films have gained the world’s attention. Several films were shown to wide acclaim in major film festivals across the globe catching the eyes of both film professionals and the world audience. Therefore, Korea is becoming the first country film professionals look to when searching for new talent… <read the full story here> @ <http://www.biztechreport.com/>

We have some great connections in Korea and are actively sourcing work there.  Very interesting and creative country that we would love to do business in!

the art of the criterion collection covers

This is film geeky, but I’m totally into the Criterion Collection and movie posters…  so pretty much heaven of an image library!  This stuff is amazing inspiration, such different takes on all the stories.  You can still feel the movies tone, but the artist(s) take and style comes through so strong.  <See all the kick ass images here>

10 Ways Steven Spielberg Has Made the World a Better Place

This has been a big year for Steven Spielberg — he’s launched two TV shows, including last night’s Terra Nova, and produced countless movies. The Spielberg tribute Super-8 was a surprise hit, and it’s become fashionable for other film-makers to claim they’re paying tribute to early Spielberg. Still ahead this year: the huge motion-capture reinvention ofTintin, the Belgian adventure comic… <read the full story here> @ <http://io9.com/>

Spielberg is a legend…  When it comes to high spectacle story telling, he’s probably done more than anyone.  This is just a nice little kudo list of accomplishments that he’s not usually recognized for, so I thought it interesting and deserving.  Here’s a quick look at the list of ten, the article has full descriptions.  I’m counting at least 5 on the list as truly innovative, and having to drive Hight Concept / High Spectacle films.  So it’s no wonder we’re fans!

10 ) Being an early adopter and innovator of CGI

9 ) Keeping science fiction alive on TV

8 ) Taking on tough adaptations/re-imaginings, and making them happen

7 ) Showing that video games could be a viable storytelling tool.

6 ) Preserving and shaping the memory of World War II

5 ) Co-founding a successful new studio, and helping bring back animated films

4 ) Bringing back the Saturday morning serial

3 ) Helping to make robot uprising the new zombie apocalypse

2 ) Bringing back our sense of wonder

1 ) Helping to create the idea of the movie “blockbuster.”

big week for zombies…

First off the trailer for the Dead Island videogame is going to get a movie adaptation.


That’s what I said, the trailer, for the video game is getting a movie deal, from all reviews it’s not from the game itself.  And yes, it’s sounds of a decent size…  Lionsgate size.  Here’s what Lionsgate bossman Joe Drake has to say about it:

The film Dead Island will be an innovation of the zombie genre because of its focus on human emotion, family ties and non-linear storytelling.
Like the hundreds of journalists and millions of fans who were so passionate and vocal about the Dead Island trailer, we too were awestruck.
This is exactly the type of property we’re looking to adapt at Lionsgate – it’s sophisticated, edgy, and a true elevation of a genre that we know and love. It also has built in brand recognition around the world, and franchise potential.

It is a badass little trailer though… but a movie deal?  Zombies have serious pull!

<Read the full story here> and there’s another write up about it <here>

 Second, one of the most memorable zombies from ‘The Walking Dead’ is getting her own story. AMC will put a six-part web series online on October 3rd telling the tale of the infamous ‘Bicycle Girl.’  This is her:

The Walking Dead's infamous 'Bicycle Girl' will be the subject of special webisodes

It’s been a long and grueling wait for The Walking Dead‘s many fans – but the wait for new zombiefied action just got a little shorter: AMC will be airing six short webisodes next Monday, just two weeks before the season 2 premiere.

The short stories will focus on a character who’s infamous for Dead heads, the crawling, bisected zombie girl that Rick Grimes encounters just after leaving the hospital in last year’s pilot episode. Show writers calls the character “Bicycle Girl.” The forthcoming webisodes follow the life of the girl named Hannah leading up to her death, un-death, and finally the iconic meeting with Rick.

So this zombie basically got her own spinoff.   Serious, serious pull…

Here’s a little making of clip:

<read the full story here>

Ohhhh, as long as we’re on the track I just have to add this:

 

Third, comics creator Chris Moreno returns to horror with his new creator-owned comic book “Zombie Dickheads Are NOT Coming to Get You,” debuting in October.

“Zombie Dickheads” is a comedic look at the undead apocalypse from the zombies point-of-view. It follows four dysfunctional zombies who don’t eat human flesh, as they attempt to find a place of their own in a world where they don’t fit in amongst other zombies, humans, and each other.

<read the whole story here> and check out the website here <http://zombiedickheads.blogspot.com/> and the website has an 8 page preview that I totally recommend.

To sum up, maybe you need to go to the after life to get greenlit in this life.  Gotta go write my zombie film now…

 

new ‘prometheus’ synopsis offers a few more vague hints

The Alien xenomorph

The latest short description of Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’ reveals a bit more information about the film – and seems to align with certain rumors about Scott’s newest sci-fi flick…  <read the full story here> @ <http://screenrant.com/>

Ahhhhhh it’s about the very meaning of human existence…  cool!  I am sooooo ready to see this one!

listen to stephen king read a chapter from the sequel to the shining

At an awards ceremony at George Mason University last Friday, Stephen King regaled audiences with a chapter from Doctor Sleep, his upcoming novel about a grown-up Danny Torrance from The Shining…  <read the full story here>

I’m excited about this book.  I was never a big fan of Stephen King until a couple years ago when I read the Shining.  I was blown away about the economy of words, and the blatant description.  I plowed through the book in no time.  So I read a couple more of his books, and was thoroughly addicted.  It felt really cheezy, like I was selling out all my love for Dostoyevski and Hemmingway…  Then I read Steven King’s “On Writing”.  (if you haven’t read it, and are a writer of any kind, go out and buy it now!)  Man, that was it…  this guy is a genius up there with the all time greats.  His ideas are amazing, and his craft is impeccable.  I recon he doesn’t get the deserved respect because of the genre he writes in, but hey, what great things he’s done for the genre both in books and in movies!  redrum…