Saturday, 21 July 2012

Giant paintings

Inspired by the giant Dark Knight Rises painting/mural on the side of a New York building, here is a post with a few more impressive works. These first images show off the vast poster recreation as well as all those tins of paint which look really pretty there with all the colours. The images are from Irene Gallo's post where you can find more of piece coming together.

[Dark Knight Rises NY mural via TOR.COM]

Continuing the Dark Knight Rises theme, here is a piece of 3D street art promoting the release of the film in Spain. This is the work of the masters 3D Joe & Max who also created the vast waterfall valley for Reebok and scores of others.

[3D Joe and Max street art via their site]

Now some more of those incredible 3D pavement art, bringing these simple optical illusions to our scale. A few amazing pieces from Edgar Mueller (metanamorph) where he has transformed some large areas into chasms and crumbling caverns.

[Edgar Mueller art via his site metanamorph]

While we are here you should check the Monumental Murals of John Pugh who works on the side of building or spaces to create the illusion of 3D space beyond. In the photos it looks convincing, the quality is very high and the effect would be great to see.

Friday, 20 July 2012

PianoGuys Fun

I couldn't resist posting on the creative cool that is The Piano Guys. They are a bunch of guys who wield pianos and other musical instruments in inspirational ways. They have gone to some effort to also package the videos nicely with nice editing etc and have even thrown in special effects for vids like Cello Wars. With the musical talent, lightsaber bows, force effects and Darth with an accordion = super stuff.

One of my absolute favourite soundtracks is Hans' Pirates of the Caribbean and seeing Jarrod Radnich play his arrangement for one speedy pianist is wondrous to behold. I hope they keep it up - below are some that are really really worth a watch, but see ThePianoGuys YouTube channel for lots more (WOW):

Thursday, 19 July 2012

VFX Breakdowns

With all the CG wizardry up there on the big screen these days and the complexity in layering up shots with digital characters, sets, extensions, masks, lighting and more it can be extra cool to see videos like these that break down all the compositing. Here are a few recent vids that show off this complexity and the sheer talent of the various specialists it takes to bring sequences like these to life with such quality. First one from Imageworks then a few from Rodeo FX.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012


Batman is a remarkable creation and the various TV and film adaptations all have their qualities that add to the phenomenon. One of the interesting design elements, which draws on all that sweet batiness is the mighty batmobile. With the exhibition of all the movie vehicles (and the classic from the tv series) on display at SD ComicCon it seems like a sane time to look a little closer, admire some concept art and check out some other designs.

The SDCC Exhibition - it would have been super to see this little treat, 5.5 batmobiles all together and showing off a suite of approaches to the Dark Knights transport needs. It really frustrates me how negative commenters can be on posts like the coverage from Collider - are people really holding that much disgust about the creative work of  these designers that they need to spew their words out there for all to see. I think it is very healthy to see things with a critical eye and to have things we like most, but these are batmobile designs and I believe all of them are very cool and are powerful contributors to the various aesthetics of each film/series.
Anyhow, check out the Collider article for more images etc and various batmobile stats, but here are the 5 batmobiles on display. I think my fav is still the 60's tv series one as I have fond childhood memories of the show and even had a die cast metal version of the car - who knows where that is now, but it was very cool.

[SDCC 2012 Batmobile Exhibition via Collider]

If we are looking at the Batmobile though, a nice resource is which has collected together information from the length and breadth of Batmobile appearances since 1941. There have been many batmobiles of course, as Jim Lee showcased in Hush. The Batman Wikia has a nice visual gallery of the various batmobiles from these sources as well. ComicVine's batmobile imagery is a wealth of fun as each persons take on the concept brings a different focus.

To wrap up, check out the 2011 Batmobile design competition entries on CarDesignFetish. Here are a few of the cooler entries from my perspective, but check the site for lots more. I like the extension of the intimidation idea in these ones, the batmobile isnt just about being a fast car, it is about expanding the persona, and projecting the menace that the batman brings to the criminal element of Gotham.

[Batmobile contect imagery via CarDesignFetish]