Here's a preview for a new video series we're starting on Tested! In a weeks time, effects artist Frank Ippolito will guide Will and Norm through the beginnings of clay sculpting. We've included links below to materials so you can follow along--the first video will be available for everyone and the rest for Tested Premium Members. To watch the whole series, sign up for a Tested premium membership here. (Supplies listed in the comments below).
You may have seen the new short film "He Took His Skin Off For Me", the story of a man who literally removes his skin to live with his girlfriend. The striking look of the main character was done all with practical makeup effects, and this 23 minute behind-the-scenes video is an excellent look at how the makeup was accomplished. The director and effects supervisor explain why they chose to go with a practical makeup--which required over a thousand sculpted and cast muscle applications--instead of CG, and how it serviced the performance. The short's website also has a step-by-step walkthrough of the makeup design and application process. Amazing.
We open a package that arrived over the holidays! It's a lovely gift from our friend Bill Doran, a prop maker who builds custom replica items from science fiction and fantasy games. Check his Punished Props projects out! Thanks, Bill!
Director Steven Soderbergh isn't shy about his experimentation with other directors' works. After previously recutting Psycho (as a mash-up of Hichcock and Gus Van Sants versions), Heaven's Gate, and releasing a black and white version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the prolific director has turned his attention to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Soderbergh's explains in-depth why the task was so daunting, the role of technology in enabling his editing compulsion, and why he thinks Kubrick would've embraced digital filmmaking. I haven't watched the 110 minute cut in its entirety yet, but a Kottke reader reports on what tweaks were made and how the film feels different as a result.1
Last year, Major Pop visited the studios of makeup artist Kazuhiro Tsuji, whose hyperreal portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Andy Warhol, and Dick Smith have been popular around the internet. Tsuji has worked in Hollywood on films like Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes and more recently on Joseph Gordon Levitt's makeup in Looper. His large-scale portrait sculpture work appears to be his real passion, and his pieces are on display at the Copro Gallery in Los Angeles.
Put the word miniature and papercraft together and you're going to perk my ears. Artist Charles Young has been working on a really neat ongoing miniature papercraft project called Paperholm, in which he builds a new house, tower, castle, farm, or other city structure every day using white cardstock. His buildings--many of which he animates for short looping videos--are apparently inspired by the photographs of industrial structures by Bernd and Hilla Becher. Young's papercraft creations also occasionally go on sale on his Etsy store. (h/t Wired)2
I ran across this and it is a fantastic reference. Everything you would ever wanted to know about rope design.5
"I Will Maintain" is an artistic interpretation of Netherlands' Coat of Arms created with elevated papercraft. The project, which its creators say took six months to complete, is condensed in this time-lapse video showing the careful assembly of hundreds of individually cut pieces of paper mounted on the board with shortened matchsticks. The Behance gallery of photos documenting the project shows how intricately each of those pieces of paper are arranged so that the image of lion and sword look like it's floating. Beautiful!
I missed this over the holidays, but the latest SoundWorks Collection profile is a lengthy 45-minute conversation (read: podcast) with the Sound Designer and Sound Editor of last year's Godzilla. It's a much more in-depth than the chat the two had with NPR last year, and uses a lot of footage from the movie and behind-the-scenes clips of foley recordings throughout. Really interesting stuff!
One of the shelves in Adam's cave is home to his collection of props and prop replicas from various Quentin Tarantino films. In today's visit to the Cave, we chat with Adam about each of those objects and their origins. How many do you recognize?
Will and Frank both have the same problem: the cosplay options for big bearded dudes is a little limited. They don't want to dress up as a Barf from spaceballs or Kevin Smith, and need your help choosing a costume to wear for this year's Comic-Con and Dragon*Con. Place your suggestions in the comments below and we'll pick the best one to make into a costume!
Industrial Light & Magic's effects reel for the latest Captain America movie breaks down several of the big (and small) effects in the movie. I was especially impressed with the Black Widow reveal from the end of the film. Obviously, this video contains spoilers for The Winter Soldier. (via @asuter)
After learning about the world of FPV quadcopter racing, we couldn't wait to build our own. With the help of Lumenier and FPV quadcopter flyer Charpu, we learn about all the components needed to build a solid mini racing quadcopter for under $850, camera and FPV goggle kit included. Charpu helps us assemble the quadcopter and gives useful tips for first-time builders. It's really not that difficult!