Thursday, 25 December 2008

CGSociety Year in Review

A fun way to close off is the CG Society CG Retrospective for 2008.
The countdown of some of the coolest pieces of CG news and creations is lotsa fun.

[Kung Fu Panda is one of the elements and this image is from the CGS article]

Holidaying and Games Workshop

Well - it will be a little quiet here on the Oinkfrog Blog for the next week as I enter more remote locations - Armidale. I thought it worth mentioning that I have been assembling and painting various Games Workshop model forces with the kids over the last week. I am enjoying the physical nature of the game - there is something great about tabletop gaming that really appeals to me. There are growing forces of Tyranids and Orks and now some Glade Guard on horses to round things off :-)

[Tyranid Carnifex model WIP from the Games Workshop site]

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Star Wars at the Powerhouse

The Powerhouse Museum is playing host to the Star Wars Imagination exhibition at the moment and I took the kids yesterday to see the fun. To be honest I was a fair bit more excited than they were as a fair amount of the exhibit was made up of the original costumes, models and props used in the creation of all six films. This is an amazing thing for any fan of the films and in particular the creation of them.

Seeing the original models from things like the opening scene from Ep IV in all their detail is something I love. Even though I am largely buried in digital tech these days, I still adore the physical models, made just well enough to carry themselves on-screen. The original Millenium Falcon and plenty of other ships were on display with running footage of the films creators talking about them, the sounds and effects deployed in various sequences.

To support the spacecraft models, there were props like the light-sabres which shows their evolution from the original films through to the class of the most recent versions for Palpatine and Mace Windu. There were droids of all shapes and sizes and costumes to admire. Seeing the huge size of Wookies in the flesh (or should that be fur) is very cool, esp when combined with their weapons and other gear.

There is plenty of real-world science and engineering along for the ride as well, with a look at maglev trains, robots of various types and more. I liked the little helper robot designed to float around the space station helping astronaughts there. When you combine all that with all the other neato things at the Powerhouse - you cant go wrong! So here are some of the pics I took (in trying conditions for my little Canon camera):

Arty Flasks

For some presents this year I quickly created some unique thermos flasks. The first is a rendered tracing of my hand holding on. It was feeling a little grim, but some of the dots are little smilies and that makes all the difference. The second is a more cartoony piece which plays with the idea of clouds and trees being one and the same in this little world - cool.

Lotsa films, even a Clash of Titans

As it is kinda holiday season I have been watching plenty of little bits and pieces, from my very few Blu-Ray films to a plethora of others on DVD from Tomb Raider to Spy Kids... Plus there have been fun things on TV like Clash of the Titans, a real throwback to stop motion effects - awesome!! Way back in 1981 I remember thinking it was pretty cool, bringing the fantasy world to life.

[Clash of the Titans poster via the Wikipedia entry]