Adam Savage visits Weta Workshop to get up close with some of the practical props the effects studio made for the upcoming film Ghost in the Shell. Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor shows Adam the mechanical geisha masks and animatronic puppets his team created, and how Weta Workshop used new fabrication and design technologies to make these props possible — via Youtube
A look at the fundamentals of hybridising animation with live action film — via Youtube
White trash washer band with a classic — via Youtube
On a visit to effects studio Weta Workshop, Adam Savage meets and chats with artists who bring their own obsessions and passion projects to work. Sculptor Johnny Fraser-Allen, who is working on miniatures for Jim Henson’s Labyrinth board game, shares with Adam his own intricate maze miniature, which will end up being the size of an entire room — via Youtube
Up, up and away! Take off to the sky for some aeronautical adventures. Sky B Plane is a bed inspired by Disney movie Planes, in which Leadbottom is a puttering old biplane and a grumbling taskmaster. He has too many crops to spray and not enough hours in the day to spray them. For Leadbottom, it’s work first, then… well, more work.
Bring a little aviation-inspired magic to the little pilot’s bedroom. With a creative and playful design, the Sky B Plane makes the crib-to-bed transition as painless as possible. The decorative suitcases are storage compartments and allow the kid to climb up and down the airplane.
It has secret storage compartments on both sides of the bottom wing and in the staircases. The top wing is a shelf — via Circu Magical Furniture
The Narrow World is the story of a gigantic alien that crashes to Earth and takes up residence in Los Angeles. Contrary to expectations, when the alien is neither hostile towards the tiny humans around it, nor communicative in any way, it falls on the populace to decipher what, exactly, this visitor wants and what it means for them. One man sees more to it- a message, perhaps, that may tell us less about the alien, and more about our deepest inner selves, about the mysteries of the soul — via Vimeo
If you could move through any solid object, what would you do? An office drone (Napoleon Ryan) finds a mysterious piece of paper that allows him to pass through solid objects, so he takes advantage of this new power — via Youtube
This song is a tribute to the glorious creatures of the bird kingdom. Written and Performed by Christiaan Van Vuuren — via Youtube
Riding on the open road with Steppenwolf’s
Born to be Wild playing in your head. How do you make this experience any better? Hint: The legendary Peter Fonda might have an idea. Watch Peter Fonda come back for one more epic ride — this time with The Coen Brothers — via Youtube
It feels good to do another plush again! I liked the look of the Wampa Plush from a while back so much that I thought I would make another with a similar shape — Cthulhu seemed like a nice fit. I just love how I’ve made a big scary elder god into a pudgy little thing. He comes complete with face tentacles and wings on the back as well — via Choly Knight
Veteran actor Sir John Hurt has died aged 77, his agent has said.
The Bafta-winning star, known for his roles in Alien and The Elephant Man, continued working despite being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015.
He recently starred as Father Richard McSorley in Jackie, the biopic of President John F Kennedy’s wife.
US director Mel Brooks described Sir John as
cinematic immortality, as tributes poured in for the star — via redwolf.newsvine.com
Sophie lives alone with her mother on a desolate farm in the middle of nowhere. A place that hides a secret far worse than she could have imagined — via Vimeo
Each member of the squad brings their unique set of skills — via Youtube
Adidas is one of the largest athletic shoe companies in the world, so they have plenty of funding for their advertising campaigns and don’t need to go looking for free submissions from film students.
But Eugen Merher, a 26-year-old student film maker from Germany, decided to submit the ad he’d made for Adidas to their communications department anyway — and found his submission completely ignored.
During the Christmas season, two sisters (Caleigh Le Grand, Jorja Cadence) throw a house party, unaware that a deadly invader will be crashing the proceedings. Written/Directed by Justin McConnell and Serena Whitney — via Youtube
A comedy short film from director Morten Forland celebrating Vikings, LARPing (Live action role playing), and finding the hero within. When Viking role player Vidar is sidelined to “the land of the dead” he seeks help of the god Odin, who agrees to teach Vidar the ways of the Vikings if he takes him to a mystical Runestone. Together they embark on a journey that will test Vidar’s wits, bravery and his ability to go completely berserk — via Youtube
Actress Carrie Fisher, who found enduring fame as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars, has died aged 60, according to a family statement.
Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, released a statement through her spokesman saying Fisher died on Tuesday just before 9.00am (4.00am AEDT on Wednesday).
It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55am this morning, read the statement from publicist Simon Halls.
She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.
Fisher had been hospitalised since Friday when she suffered a medical emergency on board a flight to Los Angeles.
She made her feature film debut opposite Warren Beatty in the 1975 hit Shampoo and also appeared in Austin Powers, The Blues Brothers, Charlie’s Angels, Hannah and Her Sisters, Scream 3 and When Harry Met Sally.
But Fisher is best remembered as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars in 1977 with her now-iconic braided buns, who uttered the immortal phrase,
Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.
Fisher played a part in which she was tough, feisty and powerful, even if at one point she was chained to Jabba the Hutt.
— via Vimeo
An OSCAR qualified
shot-in-one-take slasher film about a teenage girl who lures a masked killer by committing horror movie sins — via Vimeo
A young mortician learns that not even death can stand in the way of true love. A whimsical, gothic bedtime story filled with love, loss, taxidermy, Kung Fu, and biker werewolves — via Vimeo
Sidekick starring Josh Dallas, Emily Bett Rickards, Tom Cavanagh and Christian Michael Cooper. Directed by Jeff Cassidy.
Sidekick is a short film about a struggling father who uses a bedtime story to convey an important life lesson to his son — via Youtube
Andrew Bird: Live From The Great Room presents
Perfect Day (Lou Reed cover), featuring Matt Berninger. Filmed live on 25 August 2016 in Los Angeles, California — via Youtube
Canadian singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen has died aged 82.
The news was announced on his official Facebook page, but no details about the cause of death were given.
It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away, the statement said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau led tributes to the singer, who was known for hits including Hallelujah and Dance Me to the End of Love.
It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of the legendary Leonard Cohen, Mr Trudeau said in a statement.
He will be fondly remembered for his gruff vocals, his self-deprecating humour and the haunting lyrics that made his songs the perennial favourite of so many generations — via redwolf.newsvine.com
From American Bandstand. 13 October 1964. Bobby
Boris Pickett — via Youtube
Live at the Lyceum, London 1984 — via Youtube
X performing Your Phone’s Off The Hook on the short lived CBS show No Holds Barred — via Youtube
Paris, 2002 — via Youtube
Moonlight Sonata (3rd Movement) Ludwig van Beethoven, arranged for electric guitar by Dr Viossy, played by Tina S — via Youtube
I’ve painted a response to being a Pop Icon. After thirty years, I’ve become Pop Art, something that people look at, recognize, and remember. I’ve tried to respond with art. I hope you enjoy it. Please subscribe, like, or share. See all the paintings at www.tomwilsonusa.com Thanks. Thanks — via Youtube
Paris, 2002 — via Youtube
Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1961 — via Youtube
British rock band Queen are not happy with Donald Trump’s
unauthorised use of one of their songs during his campaign to try to become the US President.
Their hit We Are The Champions was used to introduce Trump on stage to cheering crowds at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
In a statement, the band said:
An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes — Queen.
The song was played again when Trump’s wife Melania stepped on stage to give a speech, which was later mired in controversy over claims that parts of it were plagiarised from Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2008 — via redwolf.newsvine.com
What makes dialogue work? Let’s explore the power of dialogue in film and take a look at the offensively named
Dead Parent Test — via Youtube