Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mediaseminar i regi av Noroff Oslo

Litt i seineste liten her men here goes

Det er arrangert Medie-seminar idag for mediegymnas Noroff. Det er også åpnet for alle som vil komme

Det starter 0900 og varer ca til 1400. Det er gratis og det kommer en del flinke folk som har jobbet mye inne pr/showcase sektoren. Alt ifra fotografer til designere

Vel møtt!



Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Gesture vs Lip-sync

Here’s evidence that proper acting and gestures are more important than lip-sync.

It works really well and makes me laugh every time.
So make sure your character’s body sells the line before you go crazy trying to get the lip-sync right.

from speakingofanimation

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Tekken: king of the Iron fist trailer!

Trailer from the upcoming Tekken movie.. Great! Wait, why is Jin Kazuma white? Noooo!

Love the plot: Set in 2039, the film promises non-stop high flying action as the greatest fighters from around the world come to compete in the last and greatest sporting event of all time – the Fist Tournament. After World Wars destroy much of civilization as we know it, the remaining territories are no longer run by governments, but by corporations the mightiest of which is Tekken. In order to keep the masses down, Tekken sponsors the Iron Fist Tournament in which fighters compete to the death for ultimate glory and receive a lifetime of stardom and wealth.

Ohh well, at least it cant be worse the Dragonball Z, DOA and Street fighter Chun Li? Right...? RIGHT?!?!

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Friday, January 15, 2010


I found this very interesting article about the script for James Cameron`s Avatar that I wanted to share with you all.


This summer I wrote an article about the development process of Terminator Salvation and how it led to a movie that, in the end, didn't go as far as it could have. While I still think Salvation is a more or less okay entry in the franchise - much better than Rise of the Machines - the decisions made along the way still intrigue me. For that column I had access to original scripts and some insider info; when it comes to Avatar I don't have that. All I have is the 114 page scriptment that Cameron wrote after Titanic, a scriptment known at the time as Project 880. This scriptment is very similar to the final movie in broad strokes, but in the details it's quite different. Much has been lost from the original scriptment, and much of what has been kept was abridged. I don't have much behind the scenes info on this - I don't know why Cameron made the changes that he made - but I think a film closer to the original scriptment would have been noticeably different and, in my opinion, much, much better. Some of this would be added depth of the world - a friend who read the scriptment compared it to seeing a Harry Potter movie and then reading the book upon which it was based; all of a sudden things are richer and make more sense - but some of it would have added depth of character and emotion.

I hope you find comparisons of different phases of a movie's life as interesting as I do; I'd like to do more articles like this in the future, tracking the changes that have been made on long-in-development projects.

In the meantime, if you're sick of reading about Avatar or any of my thoughts on Avatar, please feel free to skip this article. Comments complaining about another Avatar article will be immediately deleted.

For those who don't want to read this all, some bullet points. Read the entire piece for in-depth description and analysis, but these bullet points are the main, stark differences between Project 880 and Avatar:

- Earth and its environmental problems are explored
- We see Josh Sully's Avatar being born
- It's revealed the Avatar program exists to train Na'vi to be an indigenous workforce for the Corporation, since it's so expensive to send human workers
- There are more humans, including a bioethics officer on the take, a video journalist, a head of the Avatar program and a second military dickwad
- There is an Avatar controller who is burnt out because his Avatar died with him in it. He committed Avatar suicide because he had fallen in love with a Na'vi girl who had been killed by the military
- The Avatars have a Na'vi guide named N'Deh, who is sleeping with Grace
- Grace survives the soul transfer
- Josh Sully gains the Na'vi trust by being a member of the community. He also excels in a major hunt
- Josh Sully shows his leadership not by taming a dragon but by leading a raid on Hell's Gate to rescue prisoners
- Josh Sully isn't the only Na'vi to ride a big dragon
- Pandora is a living entity and it sees the humans as a virus; it has been mobilizing the plants and animals to attack all along because it wanted to force the humans out
- There is no unobtainium beneath Hometree. The military just wants to wipe out the local Na'vi to send a message to all the tribes that they must be obeyed.
- Some of the humans and the Avatar controllers rise up in the final big battle
- Josh Sully tells the Earth that Pandora will give any humans that return a disease that will wipe out humanity

Read the whole thing here:

"Project 880" is more Cameron then "Avatar" finally became in my opinion. Its way more layered and give much more to delve on then "the heroes journey" that is now. Its also more dark and heavy. I totally get why they went with a more "light" script. This movie cost a fortune to make and this must be covered box office wise so its understandable. Pluss had they gone ahead with 880 then then the movie would have been at least 5 hours long =P

Ohh well at least they are in the processes of making the sequel AVATAR 2.. because I do think that we all want to see more of this magnificent universe

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Thursday, January 14, 2010


Skhizein (Jérémy Clapin,2008) from Bertie on Vimeo.

Having been struck by a 150-ton meteorite, Henry has to adapt to living precisely ninety-one centimeters from himself.

Beautifully done animation from france this time. Great concept,gorgeous and compelling visuals. And a great story about "distance" yourself

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Movie review Sherlock Holmes

Plot: Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

I had no expectation for Guy Richie's version of Holmes going in to the cinema, and I came away the same. The movie in its own was fun, quick, and had strong characters but it bump into tempo issues, and somewhat pointless character arcs. I almost forgot it 10 minutes after I saw it.

It lack the spark that Richie is known for. Its there, but its a bit to conveyorbelt with Robert Downey Jr driving the whole thing. Its to safe and by the book/suits if you ask me. Also I was a bit sadend to see guy Richie making such a bland frame to work with.. Slow-motion aside. Was there really any scenes that stood out? Don't get me wrong. It was nicely shot and edited but the whole thing seemed so artificial and quick.

CGI also stands out alot in this one. This might be because we have been overexposed to it the last years. It gave me the same feeling that Steven Summers have (Director of Mummy series/Van helsing/GI JOE) Maybe this was intended but it stood out alot in booth good and bad ways. Everything is dirty and I think the closest thing to a clean Holmes we get is in the poster. He looks nothing like it in the movie. His character was a little two sided for me as he`s scruffy, drugged out looking drinker at one point and then he has to sharpen up and become the master detective, three min later. These two sides of his performance collided to much for me and left me thinking that the writers wanted Downey's rough shenanigans as well as the traditional Sherlock that we all know. It became just to much of a mix.

The strongest "character beat" for me when Holmes had "agreed" to go to a dinner with Watsons fiancée. This is a sequence where you can really see Holmes struggle to work within a social environment as he is obsessed with details. Also strong is the sequence right after where he dissects the fiancée. The way this is delivered was spot on perfect and really explained alot between Holmes and Watson relationship

Granted the bromance between Holmes and Watson was fun and well developed but it came out of such a weird angle that I was more baffled to why the hell do this characters like each-other? This was semi-saved by Holmes "planting" objects for Watson in order for him to get intrigued but it didn't ad up and left a strange rhythm between the two leads. Holmes was a real douchebag in certain scenes and while the audience was laughing I got the feeling that it got underplayed. Like the setting and characters where just there in-order to make a certain joke. I cant really explain it but it took me out of it.

Rachel Macadams is a good actress but here she is just the plaything/instigator for Holmes to follow a "plan" She might have been designed inorder to work for a franchise perhaps? She was kinda interesting since we are told nothing of this character in advance and she totally owns Holmes (twice) but then the interest for her fades as we are given (a bit to obvious) clues about her and Holmes history and she gets reduced to a plot device unfortunately

The mystery was also way to undefined for me to follow. Its almost as if you weren't supposed to figure stuff out on your own as well as it feeding you way to much of what to believe just to snag it away at the last act. I was left cheated and after a while I didn't really care what was going on since it was going to be explained anyway at the end. It didn't really have a overall impact on what was going on. Its way to much all over. Plus at the very end, your introduced to another thing

The one thing that got me intrigued was how Mark Strongs character Lord Blackwood had survived the hanging. That was really the only thing that got me trough the movie. Plot wise that is

Bottom line:
The movie is fun and quick and it pulls most of the mysteries together so that most plot holes are covered before the ending. It got a little to "da vinci code" at times where you got flashbacks to something that would act as a much stronger act device if left alone.

I might be overreacting for a "fun" movie, but the movie is highly forgettable which is really sad. Its a lot of fun and its style is great but it feels nutated and done quick. If at all at least Guy Richie is making movies again.



Timelapse Reel# 5 by 599 Productions

Timelapse Reel# 5 from 599 Productions on Vimeo.

I love time-laps videos. They show the world in a whole new "light". They tell us about the buildings blinking and breathing, the skies dancing and moving, the traffic in the stars and just how small we all are.


Great consept! Now people just need to learn photoshop

Sometimes the Internet gets it right. Someone have set up a site enabling people to upload their photos of "The Cage" as everyone.


Every MMO theme you ever played in LEGO style

Now I dont really care for MMO`s but this is really a good idea! Its stacked full of charm (if you played any of the old Lego games and IF the game doesn't get toned down or anything) and its got every possible scenario ever conceived as shown in the trailer. Western, Middleages, Fantasy, Pirates even Space! How are they going to top this?

It also makes the updates quite easy since its just adding more bits of pieces! haha Get it.. BITS of pieces... Ohh lord.. hmm.. ok Ile stop now =P

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Indie game lookout: VVVVVV

Taking its graphical inspiration from games of the Spectrum/C64 era, VVVVVV is based upon a gravity-flipping mechanic. Instead of jumping, the stranded hero of this game is able to reverse gravity at the touch of a button, immediately falling upward into the ceiling.

Creator Terry Cavanagh has released a downloadable demo for both Mac and PC, as well as a browser-based Flash version on Kongregate. The full game is around $15.

This game is hard, so expect a lot of replay. Luckily the creator has incorporated this trial end error gameplay to its full extent. Simple and mindbogglingly cool

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