Wednesday, 2 May 2012

3 bits of Architecture

I like exploring sites like Dezeen which have articles with lots of photos, visualisations and plans of fascinating architectural and design projects. So I thought it would be nice to pick out 3 bits of architecture (photographed rather than rendered this time) just to share.

The Kilden Performing Arts Centre

This creation by ALA architects just looks gorgeous, the giant wavy wooden entry picks up the light and photographs with great beauty. But there are other parts like the more metalic interior parts that look great as well. Some of the worlds greatest architecture is in buildings for the Arts, this structure looks like it would certainly add to the ambiance of attending a concert/event - esp in this online world we are living. See more images in the Dezeen article:

 [ALA's The Kilden Performing Arts Centre via Dezeen]

Cutty Sark Exhibit

The restoration of the famous ship and its new exhibition hall by Grimshaw Architects has a dramatic feel that sets the ship up in a way that enhances its nautical nature while still being in 'dry dock'. More images and information in the Dezeen article.

 [Grimshaw's Cutty Sark Exhibition via Dezeen]

Alesia Museum Information Centre

This new French creation by Bernard Tschumi Architects brings elements of the history of the area to create a calm but impressive beginning to archaeological learning (Good 'ol Romans vs Gauls stuff). See the Dezeen article for more.

 [Alesia Museum Information Centre by Bernard Tschumi Architects via Dezeen]

Monday, 30 April 2012

CryEngine 3.4

The latest version of the free CryEngine 3.4 was released by Crytek in mid April and sports a suite of enhancements that make it even more attractive as a development platform, both graphically and programatically.

We get a suite of DX11 upgrades - will have to look for all of these in-game, the forest level already looked so good and probably looks even better now if I brought up both at once, it certainly looks beautiful. I am looking forward to seeing/trying the reflections and smoothing etc live on my machine. The quality of the character rigging and rendering (skin etc) is wonderful, hard to remember sometimes that this is all happening in real-time.

For a peek at even more CryEngine tech - this vid covers a wider spectrum of cool:

I will feature some of the projects covered in the forums on in other posts to come...

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Avengers Assemble

A few days now since we charged off on opening day to see Joss Whedon’s the Avengers (cinema 2D) on Australia Day (maybe Marvel, Stan and co should get some credit as well). We are still talking about it, to be truthful mostly about how awesome the Hulk was, Joss really excelled at bringing the big green guy to the screen. Mark Ruffalo was fun in both forms and was interesting to see how he evolved. The best parts of the film for me were the team fighting (verbally and physically) amongst themselves, Joss is clearly good at this sort of thing and with these big icons to play with he seems to have enjoyed it.

The stunning trailers:

All the characters are very watchable, they are big and all lovingly competing for our attention as the team slowly forms up to take on Loki (who is a great fun villain following on from his defeat at the hands of Thor). For those that haven’t seen the film yet, the now classic moment between Loki and the Hulk alone is worth the admission price. The film isn’t so much about this conflict though, that is just the backdrop for  bringing the superheroes together, so much so that the military don’t even figure in this conflict with the alien army.

The special effects are simply remarkable and demonstrate just how accomplished the 3D effects houses are at creating all manner of mayhem and characters for these films. A whole cabal of talented folk worked on the film (wikipedia ref): Cantina Creative, Evil Eye Pictures, Fuel VFX, Hydraulx, Industrial Light & Magic, Legacy Effects, Luma Pictures, The Third Floor and Weta Digital

The audio/soundtrack and production values are top shelf and with the mix of super and more down-to-earth characters, we have the whole super-hero-action-banter extravaganza. Alas, for a comic based film there is a real shortage of concept art for us to enjoy, but these promo images are still superb and bring the actors into the mix for us. These are the Avengers Desktop Backgrounds via ToysRus:

So, all up a truly super-enjoyable film that I look forward to seeing again, indeed it may be one of those films that grows on me even more after the repeats - Avengers Assemble!