Early Muppets (Kermit + Bert)

What have the Muppets (by Jim Henson) been doing before they became the famous show for children?

– Ultra Violent Commercials:

A ONE AND A TWO AND A CHICKA BOOMA CHICK!

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How to boil an egg

Two funny movies I found on youtube around the question that mankind works on for centuries.

(this one is actually about water:)

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.

exciting trailers

Based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, and directed by Peter Jackson from a screenplay by Jackson & Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens, “The Lovely Bones” centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family – and her killer – from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal. The Lovely Bones hits theaters on December 11th 2009.

alice

The Alice in Wonderland trailer also looks nice, but I’m not sure about that. The best movie I’ve seen recently was ‘Moon‘ by Duncan Jones with a great performance from Sam Rockwell and tomorrow I’m going to watch ‘The Box‘ directed by Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko).

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.

more…

2012: This is a disaster

There are some very funny spoof versions of the upcoming Roland Emmerich movie ‘2012’ on the web. A real masterpiece is this one:

made by Garrison Dean who does amazing stuff with After Effects.

Much more simple is this one, but it proofs (again) that everything is funny with the theme music from the Benny Hill Show:

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.’

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