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Mar 082014
 
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When you’re that far away from somebody you really care about, sometimes it feels like they might as well be on another planet.   Today’s video of the day is their music video for Jupiter, a song by Your Favorite Martian about long distance relationships and how hard they can be.

In this video, by the way, “Jupiter” is the name of the alien girl, not the planet she lives on.

Your Favorite Martian, a virtual band created by Ray Williams, isn’t making new music or music videos anymore, but there’s still a goldmine of great geek tunage in their body of work, and fortunately for us, a lot of it is pretty well timeless.

Enjoy.

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Lyrics

There’s nothing left to say.
I’m not with you.
You lie so far away from the truth.

Jupiter you’re on my mind.
The clock will turn the gears of time.
I only want to be with you.
Symmetry can lean askew.

It’s gripping on my mind.
I’ll stay impossible to define while you’re away.

There’s still nothing to say.
I’m not with you.
Sometimes the path least traveled is the avenue.
The stranger in your life you thought you knew.
How can I be yellow and still so blue?

Jupiter you’re on my mind.
The clock will turn the gears of time.
I only want to be with you.
Symmetry can lean askew.

It’s gripping on my mind.
I’ll stay impossible to define while you’re away.

Jupiter you’re on my mind.
The clock will turn the gears of time.
I only want to be with you.
Symmetry can lean askew.

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Jan 132014
 
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In this humorous short by FinalCutKing, Mega Man comes to life and decides that what’s wrong with the world is that the pixels are too small to see – so he goes about fixing it.  This animation was created by shooting 10,000 individual still photos and hot-gluing over a thousand little hand painted tiles together in various configurations.  We present here not only the animation itself, but the making of video for it as well, which we think is at least as fascinating as the actual animation.

FinalCutKing has been producing these amazing animated shorts for years, some of which have gotten nearly ten million views. 

Enjoy.

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FinalCutKing’s YouTube channel
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Dec 072013
 
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There is so much good stuff in this clip that it’s hard to know where to begin.  The expressiveness of Disney animation is world renowned, but nowhere is it more evident than in this sequence.  Every tiny nuance of emotion can be plainly read in Elsa’s face, in her stance, and in her movements.  Elsa as an animated character delivers the goods. Everything is exactly – exactly – perfect.  And Idina Menzel’s performance as Elsa’s voice is breathtaking, astonishing and thrilling all at once.  If this doesn’t make you want to go see Disney’s Frozen, then nothing will.

You may have heard Idina’s silver voice before.  She originated the role of Ephelba in 2004′s Wicked  (she won the Tony Award that year for that one), and she’s a singer and songwriter with more than half a dozen albums to her credit.

This latest release from Disney animation is a long way from Valiant, an awkward misstep in an otherwise fine tradition of wonderful animated motion pictures.  In fact, it just may be the most beautiful film Disney has ever made.  We have to say Tangled is still right up there, though.

Go see the film if you can.  And especially, see it in 3D. Unlike a lot of movies where the 3D is a spare tire afterthought, Frozen was designed for 3D and it shows in every single scene.

Enjoy this gorgeous musical sequence.

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Nov 032013
 

Stan-Lees-Comikaze-ExpoLos Angeles (November 2, 2013) – At Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles today, A Squared Entertainment, Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment and Archie Comics unveiled the all-star cast of Stan Lee’s new comic book-based animated trilogy Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 (SLAM 7), starring the legendary Stan Lee himself.

The all-star cast includes Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger, J. Edgar, Social Network) as Strong Arm, the superhero with super strength; Christian Slater (Breaking In, True Romance) as Lazer Lord, the superhero who hurls balls of laser energy; Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory) as Lady Lightning who possesses super speed; Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives) as Silver Skylark, the superhero who flies; Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Big Lebowski) as Roller Man, who rolls into a big ball and launches at high speed; Darren Criss (Glee) as Micro, who shrinks in size; and Sean Austin (The Lord of the Rings) as Kid Kinergy who’s superpower is telekinesis. Additional voices include Jim Belushi as Mr. Cross, the leader of a covert operations military division assigned to investigate UFO sightings; and Michael Ironside as Xanar, the leader of the warring aliens from the planet Taegon who enslave other planets and raid their natural resources.

The cast introduction included a sneak peak of the trailer for the upcoming movie trilogy and the official launch of the SLAM 7 dedicated website.  The presentation was made by Stan Lee as both the creator of SLAM 7 and CCO of POW! Entertainment, and Andy Heyward, CEO of A Squared Entertainment.

SLAM 7 is the first reality style comic books series and the first superhero project from Stan Lee Comics. We’re combining fantasy and reality, comedy and adventure for a superhero series unlike anything I’ve created before,” said Lee in his introduction of the cast.  “These incredible actors have brought these alien superheroes to life even better than I could have imagined…if that’s even possible!”

The SLAM 7 trilogy begins with three feature-length films, a monthly comic book and an animated television series thereafter, to debut in 2015. The Hub Network has the world premiere of all three movies starting with the first movie, Beginnings, in early 2014. Cinedigm will release a DVD and Digital release in the U.S. in summer 2014.

For more information visit www.slam7.com, featuring a trailer from the first film, synopsis and character profiles. Additional information will be added in January preceding the release of the film.

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Nov 012013
 
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We didn’t catch this in September when it first came out, but we were so excited about this when we finally did have a look at it that we had to share it with you.

What the hey, we were busy planning for this year’s blowout Halloween programming! (Missed Christopher H. Baum’s War of the Worlds?  Don’t worry, it’ll be back, and soon, we’re doing a special show on The Event Horizon all about it.)

We know what you’re thinking.  This looks like it’s modeled closely on the breakout hit of 2010, Disney’s Tangled.  There’s the fresh, unpretentious pretty girl with a heart, the handsome male guardian/adventurer, and of course, the preternaturally intelligent horse sidekick.  But while you could be forgiven for thinking this, that’s where the similarities end.

There’s no real villian the way there was in Tangled – instead, there’s a sister who really desperately needs to be saved from herself before she destroys everything.

But the music is there, and it’s soaring and beautiful and uplifting.  The dialog is spirited and clever, the film is visually brilliant from what we can see, and of course, it’s got the Disney design sensibilities.   And just tons of charm.

The film is directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and Jennifer Lee (screenwriter, “Wreck-It Ralph”), and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”). Featuring music from Tony®-winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit”), “Frozen” journeys into theaters November 27, 2013, in Disney Digital 3DTM in select theaters.

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Sep 272013
 
Stages of progression of the "Box" in the film by the same name.

Simply titled, Box explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera.   The phrase “cutting edge” is overused, but Box truly is. What you’re seeing actually happened in front of the camera, and had you been in the studio at the time, you would have seen this performance exactly as it appears in the film.  No compositing was used in the making of the film.

Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering. They believe this methodology has tremendous potential to radically transform theatrical presentations, and define new genres of expression.  We’re inclined to agree.  It pushes the limits of what’s possible.

Tarik Abdel-Gawad, Creative Director at Bot & Dolly explains the setup: “Through large-scale robotics, projection mapping and software engineering, audiences will witness the trompe l’oeil effect pushed to new boundaries.”

For the animated content, Bot & Dolly brought on  Bradley G Munkowitz.   The music and sound design was by Keith Ruggiero/Sounds Red.

Enjoy this unique performance.

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