Mary Jane

The November 2nd ballot in California includes Proposition 19, which if passed would legalize various marijuana related activities in California. Here is some history…

…and a great animated short by Haik Hoisington (Blackmustache) that is a call to end marijuana prohibition.

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Trailer for Papercraft: Design and Art with Paper

Papercraft is an extensive survey on the insatiable trend of innovative art and design work crafted from paper. It explores the astounding possibilities of paper and gathers the most extraordinary creations – from small objects and figures to large-scale art installations and urban interventions as well as three-dimensional graphic sculptures from a vast spectrum of artistic disciplines ranging from character design, urban art, fine art, graphic design, illustration, fashion, animation and film.

James Cameron’s Avatar

Here are the latest trailer of the upcoming James Cameron movie. I wasn’t impressed watching the online versions, but seeing the same trailer in 3D in the cinema made me really excited about this movie.

The long awaited new movie by Cameron shot with new technology…

I can’t help, but it looks more like a (great) computer game to me than a movie I want to watch. Anyway, I didn’t want to see ‘Titanic’ because of all the things I heard about it and avoided it as long as I could, but was deeply impressed with the story telling and the effects. Hope that this will be a positive surprise too. This director is truly a maniac, I just can’t tell if in a positive, creative or devastating way.

A very good and long article about this movie and Cameron’s work in general is here in The New Yorker:

Man of Extremes

The Return of James Cameron.

by Dana Goodyear October 26, 2009

The director James Cameron is six feet two and fair, with paper-white hair and turbid blue-green eyes. He is a screamer—righteous, withering, aggrieved. “Do you want Paul Verhoeven to finish this motherfucker?” he shouted, an inch from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s face, after the actor went AWOL from the set of “True Lies,” a James Bond spoof that Cameron was shooting in Washington, D.C. (Schwarzenegger had been giving the other actors a tour of the Capitol.) Cameron has mastered every job on set, and has even been known to grab a brush out of a makeup artist’s hand. “I always do makeup touch-ups myself, especially for blood, wounds, and dirt,” he says. “It saves so much time.” His evaluations of others’ abilities are colorful riddles. “Hiring you is like firing two good men,” he says, or “Watching him light is like watching two monkeys fuck a football.” A small, loyal band of cast and crew works with him repeatedly; they call the dark side of his personality Mij—Jim backward.

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Machu Picchu Post

A very fine 3D Animation from three students at the 3D school Supinfocom Arles in France, in advanced computer graphics classes: Clement Crocq, Margaux Durand-Rival and Nicolas Novali.

machu picchu 01

I had my doubts at the beginning of the movie, because the pictures didn’t reflect my memories of Peru, but after the first minute the good storyboard and beautiful pictures got me into the story. I like especially the that the airplane is not going smooth as in so many animations, but is shaking and making rattling sounds. Have a look at the nice making-of story and pre-prodution pictures at cgsociety.org.

makingof

‘Machu Picchu Post was made with 3ds Max 2008, rendered in full base Scanline render except for the titan’s jewels which had some V-Ray passes, and composited with Adobe After Effects.’

COMBO a collaborative animation by Blu and David Ellis (2 times loop)

This is the result of a collaboration between Blu and David Ellis.
After some years watching and appreciating each other
works they realized this video together in 10 days during the FameFestival2009.

Click on the link below and have a look at this amazing work!

blu

COMBO a collaborative animation by Blu and David Ellis (2 times loop)

Check out more artworks by Blu and David Ellis on their websites: blublu.org and davidellis.org.

The Parachute Ending

Surrealistic Clip for the Song The Parachute Ending from Birdy Nam Nam.

looks like the french 70’s comics in Heavy Metal.

100 Years of Special FX

Nice clip about SFX.

Of course there are lots of movies missing, but for a 5 minute clip it’s ok.

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