Tags: film

SunshineDNA - Behind The Scenes

I remember reading Gia Milinovich’s reports from the set of the in-production Danny Boyle sci-fi film called Sunshine back in 2005. Then the film came out, exceeded my expectations, and became one of my all-time favourites.

Now the website—which was deleted by Fox—has been lovingly recreated by Gia. (And it’s responsive now.)

Unfinished Business special: Rumpus On The Planet Of The Apes with Brendan Dawes and Jeremy Keith on Huffduffer

This was a lot of fun for us. It might even be fun to listen to.

If you haven’t seen Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, then listen ye not—this is a spoilerific podcast episode.

Unfinished Business special: Rumpus On The Planet Of The Apes with Brendan Dawes and Jeremy Keith

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz by Brian Knappenberger

The Aaron Swartz film is available on the Internet Archive under a Creative Commons attribution non-commercial share-alike license.

Pumzi - YouTube

A short sci-fi film from director Wanuri Kahiu set in the aftermath of a worldwide water war.

2001: A Space Odyssey | Typeset In The Future

Okay, this might just be my new favourite blog:

This site is dedicated to all aspects of movie and TV typography and iconography as it appears in Sci-Fi and fantasy movies.

The first post is all about 2001, and the writing is just the right shade of fun.

I’m already looking forward to future posts. (See what I did there?)

Laser Age / The Dissolve

A great series of articles on the sci-fi films of the ’60s and ’70s:

The Laser Age examines a rich period in the history of science-fiction filmmaking that began in the late 1960s and faded away by the mid 1980s.

…all wrapped up in a nice responsive design too.

Screen shots of computer code

There’s something very satisfying about this televisual sleuthing:

Images of the computer code appearing in TV and films and what they really are.

WarGames Magazine Identified By Michael Walden

Now this is what I call research:

Through the use of my knowledge of computer magazines, my sharp eyes, and other technical knowledge, I have overcome the limited amount of information available in the video content of WarGames and with complete certainty identified the exact name and issue number of the magazine read on screen by David L. Lightman in WarGames.

Shinseungback Kimyonghun: Portrait

Beautiful amalgamations of film characters:

A custom software detects faces from every 24 frames of a movie, and creates an average face of all found faces. The composite image reflects the centric figure(s) and the visual mood of the movie.

The Pixar Theory by Jon Negroni

I like this theory!

scificorridorarchive.com by Serafín Álvarez, 2013

Corridors in science fiction films.

2001: A Space Odyssey

A really nice piece on Robert McCall, who was artist-in-residence at NASA and worked as conceptual artist on Kubrick and Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Thumbs and Ammo

Ay!

Science Fiction Film as Design Scenario Exercise for Psychological Habitability: Production Designs 1955-2009

A white paper that looks to sci-fi films as potential prototypes for habitats for humans in space, with an emphasis on dealing with the psychological issues involved.

There Was Once a Certain Kind of Cinema

A magnificent piece of writing from Michael, examining the influence of Sergio Leone on George Lucas.

Forty Years of Movie Hacking: Considering the Potential Implications of the Popular Media Representation of Computer Hackers from 1968 to 2008

An in-depth look at the portrayal of hackers on film.

The Creeping Garden

I, for one, welcome our slime mould overlords.

The slime mould is being used to explore biological-inspired design, emergence theory, unconventional computing and robot controllers, much of which borders on the world of science fiction.

The changing face of computers on screen

A look at the depiction of computer hardware and peripherals in sci-fi movies over time.

Squaremans | Gaming Culture Blog

Ostensibly about gaming (and written by Matt Colville who works in the games industry), this blog actually has a lot of interesting observations on sci-fi cinema. I like it.

Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold. - Slurtha

The best review of The Hobbit.

Upstream Color | Shane Carruth

I am giddy with excitement at the prospect of a new Shane Carruth film:

A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism.

Why George Lucas Is the Greatest Artist of Our Time - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Camille Paglia is apparently a Lucas apologist like me.

Sight on Vimeo

A well-executed sci-fi short film on augmented reality and gamification.

The Past 100 Years of the Future

This (free!) PDF looks like it could be a nice companion piece to Chris and Nathan’s recent book:

Human-computer interaction in science-fiction movies and television.

It’s a work in progress. You’ll notice a lot of placeholders where the images should be. That’s because the studios are demanding extortionate rates for screenshots.

Crazy Walls

Perfectly offset with red string.

Organized Wonder | Curated documentaries, interviews, short films, and other top videos from around the web.

This is like a video version of Huffduffer (without the timeshifting). It’s very nicely done.

Fictional magazine covers from Blade Runner - a set on Flickr

Magazine covers created by Tom Southwell for background scenes in Blade Runner.

Movie Mimic

Recreations of movie stills at filming locations around the world (like I did in Sydney for The Matrix). There’s something quite addictive about looking through these.

notcoming.com | Not Coming to a Theater Near You

A terrific site dedicated to the love of film, all wrapped up in a wonderful responsive design.

Thieves Are Your Best Customers in Waiting – Stuntbox

A great article from David with some concrete proposals for media companies.

By the way, how nice is David’s new responsive design? Very nice. Very nice indeed.

The Star Wars Saga: Suggested Viewing Order » Absolutely No Machete Juggling

This is an intriguing suggestion: watch the Star Wars saga in the order IV, V, II, III, VI (notice that Episode I is missing entirely). The reasoning is very sound and well worth a read.

Star Wars Uncut: Director’s Cut - YouTube

The final amalgam of Star Wars Uncut is an absolute joy to behold. I enjoyed every single moment of this.

Bureau of Common Goods | A creative film production company

You can now hire Mandy and Keith to make gorgeous films. Their website is, unsurprisingly, beautifully crafted.

Film on Paper

A blog that takes a detailed look at the art of the film poster.

CERN Document Server: Powers of ten

I should just have a recurring event in my calendar set for every week that says “Go watch this again to regain your sense of perspective.”

“You Just Don’t Get It, Do You?” - A Montage of Cinema’s Worst Writing Cliche on Vimeo

This whole “supercut” thing …you still don’t get it, do you?

Everything Is A Remix: THE MATRIX on Vimeo

An addendum to the excellent Everything Is A Remix series, focusing on the influences on The Matrix.

Gavin Rothery - Directing - Concept - VFX - Gavin Rothery Blog

This blog by the visual effects supervisor on Moon is packed full of wonderfully geeky sci-fi movie stories.

FAUXGO

Fictional logos.

oops on Vimeo

Accidental camera drops serve a purpose as part of a larger narrative.

THE COSMONAUT

A crowd-funded, creative commons licensed sci-fi film currently in production.

Beautiful People - home

A documentary about the weekly session in Dempsey’s pub in Manhattan.

Forty Fords | Arts | National Post

Have some fun by finding these four Harrison Ford quotes amongst the forty characters he has played:

  • “I didn’t kill my wife!”
  • “My family!”
  • “I’m looking for my wife!”
  • “Dad!”

Out of this World: China Miéville: what if?

China Miéville gives a rundown of some underrated classics of the alternative history subgenre …including Richard Curtis’s Notting Hill.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FUTURE on Vimeo

Just imagine the world we would be living in if it weren’t for the warnings given to us by these film-makers.

Access Main Computer File

Well, there goes my afternoon: here’s an endless supply of computer interfaces from films.

Famous Objects from Classic Movies

Match the MacGuffin to the movie. Like Hangman for films.

Everything is a Remix Part 2 on Vimeo

Part two of Kirby Ferguson’s series focuses on films. Creation requires influence.

Dark Star, sweded

A production of the Brighton Speculative Fiction group. It was simply wonderful.

YouTube - Hudsucker Proxy - Mailroom Orientation

“Sam! LOWERY!”

YouTube - Brazil (Terry Gilliam, 1985) - Ministry of Information

“Lowery? Has anyone seen Sam Lowery?”

YouTube - GET OUT OF THERE!

Acceptable variations include “Get the hell out of there!” and “Get him/her/them out of there!”

MODERN TIMES on Vimeo

A gorgeous sci-fi short film with some fine interface porn.

YouTube - Yogi Bear Parody: “Booboo Kills Yogi” ending

The Assassination Of Yogi Bear By The Coward Boo-Boo.

YouTube - Filmography 2010

A montage of this year’s films.

George Lucas Stole Chewbacca, But It’s Okay « Binary Bonsai

A fantastically detailed look by Michael at the evolution of the design of Chewbacca.

STASIS on Vimeo

A great sci-fi short story—yours to watch online.

Blade Runner: Hades Landscape | Douglas Trumbull - Immersive Media and Visual Effects

Douglas Trumbull reveals the secrets of the opening scene of Blade Runner.

Coudal Partners

Monana county fair, near the Iowa/Nebraska border.

The next film: Urbanized by Gary Hustwit

Soon the trilogy will be complete: a documentary on urban planning sounds like the perfect way for Gary Hustwit to follow up Helvetica and Objectified.

These Golden Books Are Not For Children - Humor - Kotaku

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin.

Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century (A documentary) — Kickstarter

Here's a Kickstarter project worth supporting: fund a documentary on crafting typefaces.

ride, rise, roar :: premiering in march at sxsw

Hillman Curtis's new film about David Byrne and Brian Eno will be premiering at Southby. Should be fun.

Talking Animal blug

This is the way to do an adaptable liquid layout. Media queries are your friend. Oh, and the content's good too.

Media: A world of hits | The Economist

The challenges of the long tail.

FUI Fantasy User Interfaces | Mark Coleran Visual Designer

A portfolio of imaginary interfaces as seen in the movies.

Mike Harvkey - Closely Watched – The 10 best long tracking shots ever filmed - True/Slant

I'll take any excuse to watch the opening of Touch of Evil — I don't think it'll ever be topped.

Minute44 » Blog Archive » Movie Recommendations: Web Designer Takeover! :: Dan Schonhaar's blog

Some web geeks recommend some movies. I am one of the web geeks.

In praise of the sci-fi corridor - Den of Geek

This is wonderful, just wonderful; an in-depth piece on corridors in science fiction movies. Swoon!

three frames

There is something utterly hypnotic and disturbing about these three-frame looping animations.

ephemera assemblyman: Film Poster Paintings from Ghana

A wonderful set of folk-art movie posters from mobile cinemas in Ghana.

the Movie title stills collection

Prepare to lose yourself in this collection of movie titles from the 1920s to the present day.

droidMAKER: DROIDMAKER book now downloadable, FREE!

A free PDF of the inside story of George Lucas, his intensely private company, and their work to revolutionize filmmaking. Discover the birth of Pixar, digital video editing, videogame avatars, THX sound, and a host of other icons of the media age.

Incredibles - The Chairs

All the chairs in Pixar's The Incredibles.

SPLENDOR CINEMA

The manager of Brighton's Duke of York's cinema has a blog.

Forever's Not So Long

Un film du Garrett Murray.

Us Now - Home

A film project about the power of mass collaboration, government and the internet.

Flickr: The New Frontiersman's Photostream

Background material for Watchmen.

IESB Sues Over Unauthorized Use of Spy Photo in Iron Man - Film Junk

Here's a depressing counterpoint to my feel-good story about Iron Man: someone else who's picture was used in the film (in good faith) decided to sic the lawyers on Jon Favreau.

The Screens Issue - If You Liked This, Sure to Love That - Winning the Netflix Prize - NYTimes.com

The Napoleon Dynamite problem at Netflix: basement hackers and amateur mathematicians are competing to improve the program that Netflix uses to recommend DVDs — and to win $1 million in the process.

Watchmen Feature Trailer - Trailer Addict

The new trailer for Watchmen is out. It's still looking good. Fingers crossed.

glossy

A startlingly lovely little short advertising the Getty Center.

2081 - Everyone Will Finally Be Equal

The classic Kurt Vonnegut short story Harrison Bergeron has been turned into a film. I hope it doesn't suck.

Judge Backs Fox on Rights to Superhero Movie - NYTimes.com

I hope this doesn't pan out: "The dark heroes of Warner Brothers’ “Watchmen,” set for release next March, have a new problem on their hands: A federal judge has ruled that they may belong to 20th Century Fox."

Seero - Steve_McQueen - Bullitt Chase Scene

Watch the best car chase of all time mashed up with a map of San Francisco to create geo-broadcasting. The added context gives an already perfect sequence added zing.

The Art of the Title Sequence -

A blog devoted to film title sequences.

Pharyngula: EXPELLED!

The story of Professor Myers' foiled attempt to see the creationist propaganda movie, Expelled.

Q&A: Ridley Scott Has Finally Created the Blade Runner He Always Imagined

A Q&A with Ridley Scott on the eve of releasing Blade Runner: The Final Cut.

Brighton Wok: The Legend of Ganja Boxing: New Movie Trailer on Vimeo

This looks like being the year's best Brighton-based ninja stoner movie.

Chattanooga Graphic Designer Helps Lead "The Invasion" At The Movies | WDEF News 12 | News, Weather and Sports for Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley

Leslie is on the telly! How freakin' cool is this?

Cloverfield

This nicely understated teaser site isn't going to dispel any of the mystery around the Cloverfield project.

Coudal Partners

Jim premiered this film at An Event Apart in Chicago. The whole room was in stitches.

Last Exit to Nowhere

Great collection of fictional locations—Summerisle, Overlook Hotel—and companies—Wayland Yutani, Tyrell Corporation, Hudsucker Industries...

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters | Official Movie Site | Picturehouse

The next Spellbound-style documentary is all about Donkey Kong. "A middle school science teacher and a hot sauce mogul battle for the Guinness world record on the arcade classic, Donkey Kong."

YouTube - 100 Movies, 100 Quotes, 100 Numbers

Here's an antidote to all those "100 best movie" countdowns that infest Saturday night television. Here's 100 movies with 100 numbers.

The Amateur Gourmet: "Ratatouille" & Jewish Assimilation (an essay, with spoilers)

The Amateur Gourmet compares Remy's trials and tribulations in Ratatouille to the quintessential story of Jewish assimilation in the 20th Century.

Manage This » Blog Archive » Helvetica documentary world premier haiku contest - The Extensis Community Blog covering Font Management, Digital Asset Management and info for Creative Professionals

Helvetica poster. It can be yours; Haiku required.

FO: film & TV: Children of Men

All those ambent background movie clips and adverts in Children of Men. There's a lot of attention to detail here.

MINUSCULE site officiel, official website

A very cute short film that mixes computer animation with live action.

How To Be A Successful Evil Overlord

47. If I learn that a callow youth has begun a quest to destroy me, I will slay him while he is still a callow youth instead of waiting for him to mature.