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Inside the Magic Factory – The Untold Story of ILM

The amazing technological journey of Industrial Light and Magic was recently laid out by a very informative Wired article entitled: The Untold Story of ILM, A Titan the Forever Changed Film.

The article tells some of the great behind the scenes stories of how ILM went from models to some of the most realistic CGI ever created. Below is their history in photos. You can read the entire article here.

Darth Vader’s helmet from Star Wars: Episode IV
Darth Vader’s helmet from Star Wars: Episode IV
Ark of the Covenant from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Ark of the Covenant from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Dragonslayer (1981)
Dragonslayer (1981)

Muren: We had a miniature dragon Phil Tippett had made, and we programmed it at slow speed instead of having an animator moving one frame at a time. We got a Technical Achievement Award for that. We called it “go motion.” A lot of people still think it’s the best dragon that’s been done.

A model of the Death Star II from the production of Return of the Jedi (1983)
A model of the Death Star II from the production of Return of the Jedi (1983)
Prototype anamatronic head/performance helmet for Slimer from Ghostbusters II
Prototype anamatronic head/performance helmet for Slimer from Ghostbusters II
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic Park (1993)

Spielberg: The fluidity of the running cycles was such that there was no comparison—even with go-motion. I just said, “Well, stop-motion as a process is extinct.”

Casper (1995)
Casper (1995)

Aaron McBride (art director): I didn’t think much of Casper at the time, but it had the first digital star character of a feature-length film.

Pearl Harbor (2001)
Pearl Harbor (2001)

Spielberg: I always thought that if ILM had run the space agency we’d have colonized Mars by now.

ILM Mars Lander

Great Showdowns: Game of Thrones

The artist Scott C has been sketching out some of the greatest showdowns for years now. His most recent additions to his amazing collection hail from a little place called Westeros (and a few from Essos). He has a series of twenty of the great showdowns of Game of Thrones. Below are the first ten.

arya stark the hound sandor clegane Scott C Great Showdownsbrandon stark Hodor the three eyed raven Scott C Great Showdownscersei lannister margaery tyrell Scott C Great Showdownsdothraki viserys targaryen Scott C Great Showdownskhal drogo daenerys targaryen Scott C Great Showdownsoberyn martell the mountain Scott C Great Showdownspetyr baelish varys Scott C Great Showdownsramsay bolton theon greyjoy Scott C Great Showdownstyrion lannister joffrey baratheon Scott C Great ShowdownsWhite Walker samwell tarly Scott C Great Showdowns

The Leviathan – Short To Become Fox Produced Film

In the 22nd century, mankind has colonized many worlds and traveling faster than the speed of light has been made possible by the harvesting of exotic matter from the eggs of the largest species mankind has ever seen.

The Leviathan project, originally created by Ruairi Robinson and screenwriter Jim Uhls. The nearly four minute trailer is amazing. Hopefully, the big screen studio backed film can live up to trailer.

The Leviathan — Teaser from Ruairi Robinson on Vimeo.

MYST Scripted Drama Coming to Hulu

Last year, Legendary TV  & Digital Media made a deal with Cyan Worlds to develop a TV series and companion video game based on the popular PC franchise, MYST and the subsequent games. For years MYST was the best selling PC game ever until it was beat out in 2002 by the Sims.

Now, it seems the MYST tv show has a new home on Hulu. The team behind the project is producer Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man) and writer Evan Daugherty (Divergent ).

Written by Daugherty, Myst blends elements of science fiction and fantasy. It will explore the origins of the island of Myst from the game where a man wakes up on a mystery island with absolutely no idea who he is, where is, or how he got there.

The games are incredible detailed and immersive. With puzzles inside puzzles and a rich history. Let us hope those qualities are not lost in the transition from interaction and passive watching.

MYST TV Show Hulu

Doctor Who Plus Dominoes

I cannon imagine how long this took to set up. But we are glad someone had the patience to do it. Enjoy this impressive domino display dedicated to Doctor Who and specifically the adventures of the 10th Doctor, but be carefully don’t blink.

She’s Back – Original Trex to Appear in Jurassic World

According to Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow the original tyrannosaurus that terrorized children twenty years ago is back. In an interview he said, “The T. rex that’s in the film is the T. rex from the original Jurassic Park. She is 22 years older.”

And how did she hold up after twenty plus years? Trevorrow said, “… she’s not limping around.” He went on, “… it’s going to move a little bit differently, but it’ll move differently because it’s older. And we’re giving her some scars and we’re tightening her skin. So, she has that feeling of, like, an older Burt Lancaster. And this movie is her Unforgiven.”

Jurassic World Trex Robot PlungerIn the same interview, he also mentioned the original Visitor Center will make an appearance in the new film.

While it is great they are giving nods to the original film it seems a bit unlikely either the visitor center or the t-rex would still be around. After the incident on the original island it was said that Isla Nublar was completely destroyed probably by a napalm attack. Which would have no doubt killed all the animals on the island and incinerated any structures.

Although, the bombing event certainly occurs in the novels and in the Jurassic Park games, the event is not explicitly mentioned or seen in the films. However, in a deleted scene from the Lost World: Jurassic Park the character Peter Ludlow says, “… demolition, de-construction, and disposal of Isla Nublar facilities, organic and inorganic, 126 million dollars.”

So, if they did call off the air strike and the island went on untouched then why is no one talking about the other island full of dinosaurs in the Lost World or Jurassic Park III?

Even if somehow the island escaped being incinerated, is it possible the dinosaurs would have been able to survive? As explained in the Lost World they can over come the lysine problem, but what about other issues, such as food and breeding. As for carnivores we know for sure there is only one tyrannosaurus, a handful of dilophosaurus and three adult velociraptors, although those raptors were probably all dead by the end of the film. Of course, we saw at least the raptors had managed the breed in the wild. Though, one does question how, given there were no raptors “unsupervised” on the island. (Perhaps, they had originally let the raptors roam free in a paddock similar to the ones they kept the other animals in before putting them in their own enclosure.)

Jurassic Park Trex eating RaptorIn any case, there are very few carnivores on the island, which is good because there are very few herbivores on the island.  We know that Isla Nublar was only the “showroom” and would have only been home to a small number of dinosaurs at any given time. Hopefully, that small amount of herbivores, that didn’t get sick from whatever was ailing that triceratops, figured out how to change their sex and get busy before the hungry carnivores ate them all.

Does it really matter if the island was destroyed or not destroyed? Or, if the animals could have survived on their own or not? Probably not, because at the end of the day it’s only a movie.

 

Victoria Memorial, London UK (a TARDIS abroad)

TARDI Victoria Memorial  London UK England Doctor WhoThe TARDIS hanging out with the Queen at her Memorial in London just outside Buckingham Palace.

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Stargate Atlantis Home Theater

I for one am certainly missing the lack of Stargate in my life since the cancellation of Universe, but clearly not as much as some people.stargate-home-theater-1

Jacob Yarmuth, the homeowner,  spent $ 70,000 to make his custom Stargate Atlantis Home theater.

When you wave a hand at the Atlantis logo at the entrance of the theater, the air pockets doors automatically slide open to welcome you in. No word if you need the Ancient gene to access the room or not.

stargate-home-theater-2

Originally posted here.

Jurassic World – First Official Trailer

We have been teased by Jurassic World teasers for several months now. But now we are treated to a full length trailer. With some more major plot points revealed and some more Starlord, I mean Andy, I mean Chris’ humor. We also get to see the new dino baddy, some awesome raptors and  a sad veggiesaurus massacre.

“You got to be able to relate to at least one of those things.”

Whats gonna happen to the goat - Jurassic World

Big Ben, London UK (a TARDIS abroad)

A TARDIS Abroad London Big BenThe TARDIS taking in the sites on the back of the Thames looking back at Big Ben in the heart of London.

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