Category: Film

The Beautiful Math Behind Hollywood’s First Computer-Generated Sequence


You might think about big Hollywood movies these days not just as stories, but increasingly as attempts to tackle tough problems. I don’t mean how to fix our educational system or our foreign policy. I mean how to make maximum returns off a multimillion dollar investment—and how to make magic look real. For the VFX whiz kids, this is actually a math problem. The movie is a kind of solution, and we decide if it’s right.

The modern search for better solutions arguably began in the 1970s, with Hollywood’s special effects heavyweights turning to computers for the most cutting-edge film scenes—like the light bike races in Tron, which, as I wrote back when, gave rise to Perlin noise, which allowed the kind of computer-generated natural-looking surfaces that trick us into thinking that we’re really hunting the Opposing Force or visiting Pandora.

Read the complete article at The Creators Project.

‘Jurassic Park 3D’ Trailer Will Leave You Feeling Rapturous


Prepare to see dinosaurs like you’ve never seen them before — which shouldn’t be difficult. It has been almost 20 years since Steven Spielberg first amazed audiences with authentic looking Brontosauruses, Velociraptors and a giant T-Rex. Now the original Jurassic Park is coming back to theaters, this time in 3D.

Read the complete article at Mashable.

Man of Steel converted to 3D

While I couldn’t recall hearing or reading anything about the new Superman flick, Man of Steel, being up for a 3D conversion, it would make sense that the movie would be on the fast track for 3D treatment.

It’s DC’s big daddy franchise along with Batman, and it’s hopefully going to be the big superhero reboot next summer.

So the news indeed hit that Man of Steel will be converted to 3D, and again, it’s not a surprise. As we’ve reported previously on TG, China won’t play a big American film unless it’s in 3D, and even with a blockbuster that’s destined to make big bucks, the foreign market these days is crucial for a movie that costs a ton of money to make their money back.

Read more at TG Daily.

Silent hill is back in 3D

Where a lot of video game adaptations have been action / adventure heavy titles, like Tomb Raider and Princeof Persia, Silent Hill was an adaptation of a game that was arguably as scary as a real horror movie.

One fan of Silent Hill even told me he liked to turn out the lights at home, turn up the sound, and scare himself playing the game like he was watching a horror film.

Read the complete article at TG Daily.

Marvel goes 3D

It may not be here to stay, but 3D is still going to be around for while – whether you absolutely love or hate the format.

It seems like every day there’s a new 3D film shot, or a movie converted to 3D, and it turns out that an American film has a hard time playing in China if it’s not in 3D. These days, the foreign market is crucial to a movie’s success.

So it’s no surprise to me to read that the next Iron Man and Thor movies are going to be in 3D. 3D certainly did wonders for the Avengers, it made quite a difference in its enormous box office take because 3D tickets are more expensive, and it also could have made a difference in The Dark Knight Rises, although it certainly made plenty of loot regardless.

Read more at TG Daily.

Top Gun sequel on hold, 3D version moves forward

Whether you liked his work or not, the late Tony Scott was where every director wanted to be with his career – at the top of his game, and heavily in demand.

His filmography has many big hit movies, including Top Gun, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Man on Fire, Déjà Vu, and Unstoppable, just to name a few.

At the time of his death, Scott was also reportedly meeting with Tom Cruise about a sequel to Top Gun, and it’s also remarkable how much current nostalgia there is for the original Gun, which is set for a 3D re-release sometime in the near future.

A 3D version of the movie will be shown at this Thursday at the 3D Entertainment Summit as a tribute to its late director, and we at TG will keep you posted as to the crowd’s reaction. Whether you love or hate the format, it is pretty damn clear that a 3D iteration of the film will blow everyone away.

Read the complete article at TG Daily.

What to Make of Google’s Decision to Block the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Movie

Wednesday morning must have been a nightmare for the people who work at YouTube. Late the night before, angry demonstrators had attacked the U.S. missions in Cairo and Egypt, killing four Americans, purportedly provoked by an American-made video that villified and mocked Muhammad. That video, like pretty much all videos these days, was available on YouTube, a site where Google (which owns YouTube) has the power to block access to content on a country-by-country basis. By midday Wednesday, the company had decided that that was just what it was going to do.

A YouTube spokesperson explained via email:

We work hard to create a community everyone can enjoy and which also enables people to express different opinions. This can be a challenge because what’s OK in one country can be offensive elsewhere. This video — which is widely available on the Web — is clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube. However, given the very difficult situation in Libya and Egypt we have temporarily restricted access in both countries. Our hearts are with the families of the people murdered in Tuesday’s attack in Libya.

YouTube is in a tough spot here. It certainly doesn’t want to play any part, even an indirect one, in fueling violence that has already resulted in four American deaths. But censoring the video also cuts against Google’s stated ideology, which has a “bias in favor of free expression — not just because it’s a key tenet of free societies, but also because more information generally means more choice, more power, more economic opportunity and more freedom for people.” Google’s top leaders have championed the power of the Internet to make society more free by making the Internet more free, and the company has been a vocal and constant critic of China’s efforts to control what people do and say online. In certain instances, Google has prominently defied a government’s request to remove content, such as when it protected videos documenting police brutality here in the United States.

Read the complete article at The Atlantic.

Godzilla is back in 3D

It’s been in the works for quite some time, there was even a teaser trailer shown at Comic-Con, but now it’s official: Godzilla will be back in 3D on May 16, 2014.

Legendary Pictures, which produced the Christopher Nolan Batman franchise, is making the latest incarnation of the big G, along with Warner Brothers, with Gareth Edwards (Monsters) directing.

Some time back, Deadline wondered if the world really needed another Godzilla film, and we at TG say yes for several reasons. As I’ve said before, America has never done a Godzilla film right, and it would be great for today’s generation to learn the joys of Godzilla. And even if you’re sick to death of 3D by now, a Godzilla film in 3D could be too much fun to resist.

Read the complete article at TG Daily.

Fox to release movies as digital downloads first

In the past few years, the way we’ve watched movies has drastically changed. Sure, there’s still theaters and DVDs, but now people download them from torrent sites, iTunes and a variety of other places. Fox has decided to take things into its own hands.

The network has decided to release movie downloads several weeks before those films arrive on disc and video-on-demand. And it’s using a major motion picture to kick it off: Ridley Scott’s big Alien prequel, Prometheus.

Read the complete article at DVice.

Not a Remix–Nor a Sampling: Why Fareed Zakaria’s Plagiarism is Unacceptable

Image: Huffpost

By Eduardo Navas

Note: This entry was updated on August 19, 2012 with an extra commentary at the end of the main text.

As an educator in higher education and researcher specializing in remix culture and authorship, when I first learned about Zakaria’s admission to plagiarism, I was very disappointed in him, and thought that there was no way around it, that his admission of plagiarizing parts of Jill Lepore‘s work on gun control written for the New Yorker puts into question his intellectual integrity.

I thought that his apology was quick and to the point, but that somehow it was not enough. I thought that it was necessary for Zakaria to come forward and explain in as much detail as possible the reasoning for his behavior. And I thought that I wasn’t alone in hoping for this to happen–that if an actual explanation was delivered, it would all serve the constructive purpose of discussing the seriousness of plagiarism with students while providing a concrete example of a public intellectual who committed such an unacceptable act.

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