Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Old School

Here's a tiny gem of full bodied 100% film making genius. Micro Mayhem was produced by the same studio that makes Robot Chicken. This huge action setting was constructed small but treated big.

The links take you to the League Of Buddies studio website where you find all the handcrafted inspiration. That should keep you occupied for a bit.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

My Pretty. I wait for thee.

This is the camera I want to buy. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera from Blackmagic Design is yet to be released. I hope that means it will be a better camera because of the delay.

Pretty ain't she. Neat,compact and sporting a LUMIX lens for the picture here, however you can put any lens on it. The BMCC is not a stills camera, it is designed for shooting video with 13 stops of dynamic range, that gives you a lot to play with in grading terms, kind of appropriate since Blackmagic is the company that make Davinci Resolve. The thing that attracted me is the stripped down design, there's not a ton of buttons on it and that's a big plus from my point of view. Unfortunately since no one's really using it yet it's hard to get any information from users, but we'll wait and see. Some time this year is the word but the company is not saying anything definite yet.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

The Pixel Painter

Just found this by total accident. it's so inspirational and well made I had to put it up here. Hal Lasko, a retired ex-typographer went digital and started producing amazing pixel art. The credits are also juxtaposed against some of his art and it all looks quite wonderful.

Directed by Josh Bogdan and Ryan Lasko
Photography by Topaz Adizes
Music by Jarod Pedone and Tyler Brown

Quantum Levitation

I discovered this video at Whitley Strieber's blog of all places (I don't believe in alien visitations but this guy has always fascinated me). Anyway, it's not new or ground-breaking technology, just a cool demonstration of what is called "Quantum Locking", which is a pretty kickass name when you think about it.

Of course the icy fog makes it doubly cool. Science is just cool period.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

SCALE by Anna Celarek

This is a brilliant piece of work by Anna Celarek. It purports to be about scale, but what is the scale?

She totally avoids the slick smooth motion of CGI and uses a handcrafted stop motion technique. More information can be found here.

Another little self made film document

Well, I thought I'd post up a second little film experiment using Adobe Premier, not because it's exceptional but simply because it's part of my slow progression into actual film making using the new tools of the digital age. It amazes me that a single person can shoot stuff and then wrap up post production so quick and easy, that used to be the killer for short film making back in the day, most of my own projects fell apart at the editing stage. Thank god I can do it all myself now.

This latest effort is just to document something my brother is up to at the moment, I could go back and shoot more material to make it more rounded, but I left it short and rough, no color grading, no dissolves and just camera sound. Good enough for what it is