Saturday, 13 August 2011

Shuttle, Bikes, Storage, Raytracing and 120Hz

Just a quick grab-bag blog post here of some cool stuff I have sitting in my open tabs.

Storage
There is something very cool about these budget red Backblaze babies that sport 134TB in 4U. Storage may feel cheap when we look at a little usb drive or a Drobo, but at bigger scales it gets trickier. I like both of these babies for different reasons, I can see a Drobo on my desk/shelf and would love to see UNSW with an army of Backblaze racks for all that research data.


[Backblaze data centre and Drobo box]



Shuttle
With the conclusion of the Shuttle Program, there were plenty of tribute posts out there in blogland. The Neatorama post features this gorgeous NASA image and I just love the lighting as well as the majesty of space travel that is invoked here:


[NASA Shuttle takeoff photo via Neatorama]

INgSOC
Yanko Design have created this concept bike called the INgSOC which looks simple spectacular. The idea of riding along with this is the equivalent of driving around in a Porsche concept car. The bike is hybrid electric as well as sporting this amazing look - see more images and info on the site.


[Yanko Design INgSOC bike via the official site]

120Hz
For gaming 3D goodness we need 120Hz monitors, have been looking at the new Samsung S27A950D 27" screens for the office.

Raytracing

Videos showing people create things are just plain cool, here we have a raytracer in 24 mins - inspiring to watch.


Screenwriting Intro Keys

Here is a short but focused little video talking about 5 Keys to Irresistible Openings on ScreenwritingU. Advice on getting the most out of those first 1-3 pages to get engagement from a reader or producer.

5 Keys to Irresistible Openings
  1. Commit to engaging the reader
  2. Give us white space
  3. Lure us into the story
  4. Deliver character in action
  5. Use interest techniques
ScreenwritingU has other fun things like their articles/tips with things like Send Your Character to Hell.

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While I have been spending time with 3ds Max tutorials and more sketching, I think some more attention on the scriptwork behind the characters will help MvB be stronger. At the moment the goal is still to concentrate on creating the environment, the place, the world - but through that world I would love to present the stories and characters, even though it can only be a preview of the fully realised story.

JW SSO SOH

Last night Alicia and I were at the Sydney Opera House (first time inside for me believe it or not). The Concert Hall is not only an architectural icon from the outside but I loved being in there as well. What looks in the photos like we would have needed a Hubble telescope to see anything is far from what it feels like. We were in H27 and H28 which gave us a great view of the whole hall and the orchestra etc. Lucky for us a little boy was in the seat straight in front of us which meant we could see the whole stage with no obstructions at all.


[Shot of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall interior via the SOH site]

We were there to see Shaun Micallef presenting the Sydney Symphony playing the music of John Williams. This meant we had his comic stylings before and after each piece which certainly added to the fun and energy of the evening. The 90+ orchestra was wonderful to watch, seeing that much musical talent all working together is superb. Guy Noble conducted this 2 performance set which included 17 full principles that did an awesome job of bringing these classic scores to life.

I have a greater appreciation of the music now, in just the same way as watching the special features on a DVD. Seeing the complex weaving of the instruments and musical themes is all the more impressive live, seeing as well as hearing.

They played these pieces:

ACT I
Olympic Fanfare
Theme from Lost in Space
Theme from Jaws
Highlights from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Adventures on Earth - Concert suite from E.T. (The Extra-Terrestrial)
Theme from Schindler's List
The Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark
Theme from Jurassic Park
Theme from Superman

ACT II
March from 1941
Hedwig's Theme from Harry Potter
Sayuri's Theme from Memoirs of a Geisha
Main Title from Star Wars
Imperial March from Star Wars
Princess Leia's Theme from Star Wars
Cantina Band Theme from Star Wars
Throne Room and End Titles from Star Wars

The little encore saw Shaun conducting (in his comical way) another rendition of Superman - super super stuff. All in all a wonderful night that will stay with me for a long long time and I hope the SSO are looking to do more similar events!

Event Link

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

DC New 52

The huge reboot of the DC universe is getting close now (start of Sept), the 52 #1 titles will see all the core DC heroes exploring their worlds anew. With the digital versions available at the same time I may be tempted. Batman's rogues gallery is awesome and less super characters like Green Arrow are fun as well. Check out the DC New 52 video on the site as well...

With giants like Jim Lee and David Finch at DC now there is some super art to look forward to as well.



[Some of DC's imagery for the New 52 via the DC site]

Monday, 8 August 2011

Cryart

First a little tribute to the artwork of Council using the CryEngine. I love seeing amazing worlds created in 3D, and am all the more impressed when they are delivered in a real-time environment! So here is a little inspiration and I hope to bring some of this depth into my Moths vs Butterflies work.


Link[Council Cryengine artwork via his DevianArt Gallery]

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More inspiration, cant go past the superb fantasy world creation by MadMaximus. I have looked as his work before - but wow it is still superb. The detail and complexity on top of such focused design is wonderful to see. There is alot of character to bring forward into MvB from this work - the environments of the Butterflies and the Moths should inspire a closer look in just the same way. See his InCrysis thread as well, more stunning imagery of the same world.


Link[MadMaximus Cryengine artwork via his DevianArt Gallery]

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Lastly the latest images of Eorzea by Ulysses182 which shows the epic scale possible with the engine. Having the mist of the waterfalls permeate the dreamy quality of the environment is beautiful.


[Ulysses182 Cryengine artwork via his CryMod thread]

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Tempted to get a reference book - maybe the CryENGINE3 Cookbook

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Artists Haven


[Johan Gustavsson's Artists Haven via the RonenBeckerman blog]

Just admiring this piece by Johan Gustavsson on RonenBeckerman because only the architecture is 3D and rest is a lovely piece of 2D compositing. The short video shows how some super photoshop work brings this Artists Haven to dramatic life.

Artists Haven - PS Breakdown from Johan Gustavsson on Vimeo.