fxguide: The VFX of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Spoilers, methinks. But cool stuff within.
... And now we’ve lost Lauren Bacall too.
For most of my adult life, I’ve been a ‘brunette man’, but Lauren was always AOK by me.
Youtube: Top 10 Best CGI Moments from Last Century!
Cool. Notice how it just wouldn’t be the same without the music.
Tangential: I’ve been running across a lot of folks posting ‘how-to’ videos, using completely inappropriate music to intro their vids. Dynamic music, lots of aural ‘movement’ — to be followed by a person talking in a monotone against a blank background. The word ‘appropriateness’ comes to mind.
Atlantic/Video: The Pros and Cons of Living on a Sailboat in the Caribbean.
Appropriate for a summer Friday.
Mashable: A Yellowstone Tourist Crashed a Drone Into One of the World’s Largest Springs.
#^@#%$@$$ The hot springs in Yellowstone rely on very fragile geologic phenomena. It could just calcify over and become part of the spring, or, if heavy enough, could sink and destroy or plug ‘plumbing.’ Trying to fish it out of superheated water, surrounded by fragile calcification, is a major operation. The Yellowstone park service should put up signs with an IM/phone number to report drone sightings immediately.
Art of VFX: Donstroy “Heart of The Capital” - Making of by CGF.
Yeah, I know. But it’s cool. I spent a lot of time modelling in Strata and formz. I miss doing work in formz. I actually created a completely imaginary medical sampling machine that ended up being a prototype for a NJ company. One of my ‘other lives’.
PDN: Up in the Sky - New DJI Drone Ready for Pro Camera Work.
18 minutes of flight time on a breezeless day, six feet off the ground. Ain’t much. But when’s the last time you sat through a ten minute single-shot? Hmmm? 60 seconds is a very long time in the video editing suite.
Civil War Memory: The Problem of Southern Thinking From a Southerner.
DP Review: Hollywood studios strike deal to keep Kodak movie film in production.
Usually, you only see the perfect performances on video. So much painful.
Fire Engineering: Drone Causes Problems at California Wildfire.
Colossal: This Is What Happens When You Attach a GoPro Camera to a Moving Car Wheel.
Seattle.gov: Space Needle Still Standing After Reported Drone Strike.
Another dope. Good luck to the President’s EO; the FAA is the proper venue, no matter what others say. If that thing had broken its props against the Needle, it could have killed or seriously injured someone on the way down. In a “Me, Myself and I” culture, this can’t end well without regulations.
Colossal: Mesmerizing Studio Visits with Five South Korean Master Ceramicists.
Startin-Sport: Assassin’s Creed en parkour à Paris.
A blast. The pacing could have been picked up just a bit, and it needs to be watched fullscreen. But nicely done. Feels like drone footage, but it looks to be all Steadicam. Kudos for having good backs, guys.
Mashable: Officials Search for 3 Days; Drone Finds Missing Man After 20 Minutes.
Match point, FAA. What are you going to do about the very positive aspects of quadcopter/drones?
TechDirt: FAA Investigates Congressman’s Use Of Drone To Help Videotape His Wedding.
“That brings us to today, where we get to read news about the FAA investigating the use of a drone to take sky-recordings of the wedding of a US Congressman who sits on the subcommittee that oversees the FAA.” Oh, this one’s worth watching, just for the entertainment value alone.
Colossal: An Amazing Collection of Mechanical Singing Bird Automata.
Leave the volume up and drive your office-mates to distraction.
DP Review: Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio.
Oy. You’d damned well better use blade guards. You think a crash is expensive. Injure a model! The insurance costs vs. using an assistant may mitigate in favor of a physical person. Folks who own quadcopters tend to, after their first crash, replace with aftermarket parts. You know what knives through butter do; you really, really don’t want to see what aftermarket carbon fiber blades will do to fingers, eyes, etc.
Youtube: Weird Al, ‘Foil’.
Weird Al’s having a heck of a week. Perfect social fodder. I haven’t seen Al in ages, now he’s flippin’ *everywhere*.
SciAm: Kids on Screen-Time Diet Lost Weight and Got Better Grades.
“Parents are in a much more powerful position than they realize.” The ‘idiot box’ remains the ‘idiot box’ … or so it seems here.
Vimeo: It’s a plastic world.
As opposed to other videos on this subject, this one discusses some solutions.
EOSHD: A real world Sony A7S rolling shutter test vs the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
Anyone taken a How Design University Course?
Thinking of taking an FCPX course, because it’s project-based, instead of just Lynda.com’ing it. What do y’all think?