Saturday, 12 May 2012

Iron Sky

When I first found out about this little film (not that long ago) it had the feel of an internet piece - armed with a cool premise that they ran with to extremes and some gorgeous special effects, where could Iron Sky go wrong. This is no big budget epic, but if you go in with the right mind-set it is a fun ride chock full of ideas from zany through cool to ridiculous.

OK, so we have Nazis invading from the dark side of the Moon with Sarah Palin presiding over the US in 2018. The ensuing battle is on multiple fronts is certainly fun with the US (and others) coming in for lots of satirical carnage. I went in (Cinema) with the idea that even if it felt like a long long trailer then it would be worth every minute. The film is actually much slower in pace than that, taking its time with things. For the most part it works and there are enough memorable moments to make it a talking piece which is more than many films can boast. All up, a cool ride overflowing with ideas.

The CG work is impressive for a film of this magnitude, As detailed in the CGSociety Feature, they use Maya, Lightwave, Nuke, Creative Suite and RenderPal at the core of their pipeline with just 20 people creating all the wizardry we enjoy up on the big screen. To think that CG has stabilised to the point where effects work of this quality can be done with only a small group of humans and computers is impressive. The space battles are great to see, both for the design of the craft as well as the quality and dynamics.
These 2 vids show off the CG/VFX work in the film:

Here are a few images including some concept illustrations that would have been so fun to do, great material to work with.

[Iron Sky images via the official site]

Friday, 11 May 2012

Mutation Chairs

Here are some fun chairs - empowered by our advances with foam, Maarten De Ceulaer has created his Mutation series of nice blobby furniture. I just thought they had a nice almost alive feeling as though some sort of furniture chemical reaction was taking place that we could sit in...

[Maarten De Ceulaer Mutation Series via his site]

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Shellrazer Dev Blog

One of the cool spots I came across the other day, I think via twitter (thanks to whoever that was) is the Dev Blog for SLICK and their current game in the works: Shellrazer. The blog with superb concept art and illustrations by Jesse Turner (Jouste) which really makes popping in there worth the trip over and above reading about the gameplay and other elements. The game itself looks extra cool with Jouste's artwork bringing to life the goblin fighting giant armoured snails. I like the concept art images the most, though the new screenshot imagery that is starting to appear is pretty fun as well.

I wish I could see how he actually creates these pieces, the workflow (gleaning SketchbookPro and Photoshop from one of his pages). The images have such nice dynamics while remaining crisp and clean.

Check out the Dev-Blog for more, but here are a handful of images to show things off:

[Shellrazer artwork by Jouste via the Dev-Blog (actually Jouste's DeviantArt Gallery]

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

LEGO Supers and Cuusoo

Lego, what is not to love about all those wonderful little bricks hailing from far off Denmark since the 1940s. Apart from existing franchise sets like those for Harry Potter, Pirates and Star Wars (which are super, even if hard to afford) we have new things like the upcoming Lord of the Rings and the new Super Hero stuff for DC and Marvel now to tie in with the Avengers.

Here are some of the Superhero sets that are luring us into toy sections:

[LEGO Superhero sets, images via the official site]

Plus to see some superb creativity, go to the Cuusoo site where talented folk are creating designs for sets they would love to see officially released. Here are images of some of the ideas, it is clearly challenging to do more than build something, but build something that could actually be a viable product for LEGO. A design would need to have a sane number of bricks, enough broad appeal, good structural integrity and build-ability and then just look good:

[LEGO Cuusoo sets via the official site]