Fantastisch onzichtbaar

We believe that the reason we think all CG (computer graphics) looks bad, is because we only see “bad” CG. Fantastic, beautiful, and wonderfully executed CG is everywhere – you just don’t know it. Truly great visual effects serve story and character – and in doing so are, by their very definition, invisible.

Begin en einde

Het eerste en laatste shot van 55 films, naast elkaar.

What can we learn by examining only the first and final shot of a film? This video plays the opening and closing shots of 55 films side-by-side. Some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different–both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. Some show progress, some show decline, and some are simply impactful images used to begin and end a film.

Muziek: “Any Other Name” van Thomas Newman

00:00The Tree of Life02:42Before Sunrise
00:09The Master02:47Nebraska
00:15Brokeback Mountain02:54Frank
00:23No Country for Old Men03:01Cast Away
00:27Her3:06Somewhere
00:30Blue Valentine03:11Melancholia
00:34Birdman03:18Morvern Callar
00:41Black Swan03:21Take this Waltz
00:47Gone Girl03:25Buried
00:53Kill Bill Vol. 203:32Lord of War
00:59Punch-Drunk Love03:38Cape Fear
01:06Silver Linings Playbook03:4512 Monkeys
01:11Taxi Driver03:50The World According to Garp
01:20Shutter Island03:57Saving Private Ryan
01:27Children of Men4:02Poetry
01:33We Need to Talk About Kevin04:05Solaris (1972)
01:41Funny Games (2007)04:11Dr. Strangelove
01:47Fight Club04:16The Astronaut Farmer
01:5412 Years a Slave04:21The Piano
01:59There Will be Blood04:26Inception
02:05The Godfather Part II04:31Boyhood
02:10Shame04:37Whiplash
02:17Never Let Me Go04:43Cloud Atlas
02:21The Road04:47Under the Skin
02:27Hunger04:512001: A Space Odyssey
02:31Raging Bull04:57Gravity
02:36Cabaret05:03The Searchers
05:23The Usual Suspects

Droids

Ze waren er op FACTS, de droids C-3PO en R2-D2.

C3PO

In het artikel Friend or Foe op Medium vond ik verwoord waarom ik R2D2 intuïtief steeds de sympathiekste van de twee vond.

R2-D2 excels in areas where humans are deficient: deep computation, endurance in extreme conditions, and selfless consciousness. R2-D2 is a computer that compensates for human deficiencies — it shines where humans fail.
C-3PO is the personification of the selfish human — cloying, rules-bound, and despotic. (Don’t forget, C-3PO let Ewoks worship him!) C-3PO is a factotum for human vanity — it engenders the worst human characteristics.

R2-D2 aspires to be a great computer.
C-3PO aspires to be a mediocre human.
We need great computers, not mediocre humans.

Interface galore

Een overzicht van de user interfaces die in de film Oblivion voorkomen.

Via bram.us stootte ik op dit filmpje. En ondertussen zijn alle F User Interfaces (met een F die staat voor Fantasy, Fictional, Fake of Futuristic ) teszamen gebracht in een IMDB-achtige database , Kit FUI.  Deze bevat gebruikersinterfaces of  zogenaamde heads up displays die in de talrijke films of tv-series te zien zijn.  Dankzij deze site kun je vergapen aan al het interface oogsnoep en gemakkelijk  de screenshots, de videos en de mensen achter de visuele effecten terugvinden.

Return of the Jedi.

30 jaar oud alweer. De terugblik zorgt voor enkele hilarische herinneringen aan het paleis van Jabba The Hutt, slavin Leia, Yoda, Ewoks, mijn favoriete Admiral “It’s a trap!” Ackbar, Palpatine en de onthulling van Darth Vader.
Het Star Wars Logo zag er in den beginne ook helemaal anders uit.  Het overzicht van de evolutie van het lettertype is best interessant om even doorheen te scrollen.