While flipping through my Flipboard app, which I usually do to pass the time, I came across some images I thought were real then after scrolling down – I realized that they were perfectly constructed dioramas.
Matthew Albanese creates these small, very realistic worlds by using everyday household objects, i.e. spices, cotton, colored paper, ink, steel wool, and others. He started building what he calls the “Strange Worlds” project after he spilled some paprika on the countertop. “I had spilled paprika in the kitchen and instead of cleaning it, I was playing with it. It was the color and the texture and I just had the inspiration to create Mars out of it.”
Amazing detail in all of his pieces. Click ahead to see more of the amazing Strange Worlds, and a video on Matthew from his Flickr moment.
There’s just some things that I want to do in my life before I am too old, and one of them is go on a motorcycle road trip…either with friends or by myself…I’d take both.
That’s why I am so intrigued by this short documentary film from Clement Beauvais titled “Long Live The Kings,” it shows 3 friends enjoying a motorcycle road trip on some pretty sweet rides (courtesy of Blitz Motorcycles) around the French mountains and not really caring about when it ends or what happens. Just enjoying life in the present.
I feel like trips like this let you come to better understanding of who you are and let you experience life differently then at home. I’m in the perfect place in life right now to do it, and I still am bogged down by the thought of money. That’s what it always comes back to for me – which is a bummer – but I’m always torn between experiencing life or making more money. Hopefully someday they’ll be one in the same.
Love that they shot this on 16mm film and took all the pictures on 35mm. It doesn’t make me hipster that I like film, just nostalgic and awesome.
Check out Behind The Scenes video & pictures after the jump…
We’ve all seen the trailers, and now some legitimate behind-the-scenes pictures for The Avengers have hit the internets which feature Joss Whedon in full-out director mode, as well as the majority of the stellar cast. [via /Film]
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As a kid, I used to love the shows like “Movie Magic,” that documented the practical “how-to” of some of the biggest special effects films. When DVD’s started coming out with the behind-the-scenes featurettes, I ate it up… I still do. I love knowing how movies are made. Not just the computer graphics, but the practical effects and tricks of the camera just fascinate me. You can see a number of blog posts that we’ve posted on the subject here. That’s part of why the website /Film has become part of my daily blog regiment.
Last year, Black Swan came out to critical acclaim and it remains a film that, while beautiful, is quite haunting. The perfect balance of the two is the reason why Natalie Portman won an Academy Award for her performance. I had seen a couple of the featurettes highlighting the process and the visual effects, but these photos from the on-set photographer Ray Lewis, are art all by themselves. [via /Film and Behance]
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Seeing as Transformers: Dark of the Moon is now the 5th highest grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation), and considering the vast technical achievement each of the films acquired, I was anxious to see some behind-the-scenes material for the third and by far most intensive of the Transformers series.
While I may have to wait for a detailed and revealing documentary to come out with the DVD/Blu-ray release, for now, director Michael Bay has posted photographs taken by renowned photographer Robert Zuckerman which offer glimpses into what was actually shot in-camera physically as well as views of the cast and crew hard at work (or not). Incredible photography no matter what your opinion of the films are. [via /Film]
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[Jack Nicholson / Stanley Kubrick & Daughter on the set of The Shining]
It’s probably no secret – but I love getting a look at behind the scenes of movies. Being a movie buff and an aspiring filmmaker – I love to see the people behind the camera just as much as the people in front of it. I wore out the special features on the Lord Of The Rings extended discs, and watch every Making-Of featurette that I can. So maybe you can say that I’m obsessed ;).
I love these compiled images of “The Best Of” BTS’s pictures of older movies.
[James Dean / Natalie Wood / director Nicholas Ray on the set of Rebel Without A Cause]
[On the set of Metropolis]
Check out a bunch more BTS pictures after the continuation….
Probably like most of you…I loved TRON: Legacy. I was super excited for it to come out, almost “JJ-Abrams-has-a new-movie-out!!” excited. If you’ve been following this blog for a while…you’ll remember how many TRON posts we had before the movie came out. We were geeking out just a little bit on here, since me and Ricky used to play the computer game when we were younger and couldn’t get enough of it. Before we went to see the movie – we watched the very first Tron (I recommend it to those who haven’t) which was hard to get through in the beginning because of the old-school graphics, making it cheesy for now-a-day standards, but in the end it was a fun flick.
Just one out of several things that I loved in the new one was the graphics. I mean…well…the whole movie was one big computer graphic shot, but I’m talking about the little things that you don’t think are graphics, because you’re sucked into the movie being real. That’s what makes a big budget movie for me – the attention to detail that you (the viewer) may not even notice, but afterwards you’re like “Oh yea…that was a fictional movie. Totally forgot.” Love when films can pull it off right.
To pull off Tron right – director, Joe Kosinski, hired GMUNK, which is short for Bradley G Munkowitz, to complete a lot of the Tron Legacy graphics. “He spent the entirety of 2010 playing in the darkness at Digital Domain leading a black-ops team of GFX All-Stars to concept, design and execute over 12 minutes of holographic content for the feature film TRON Legacy.”
This post is going to be a long one with pictures…but I really could not share this…its too awesome. Also unfortunately I just got word that I can’t get access to the videos he has posted on his site…so if you want to see a little more behind the scenes – I added links to his page to view the videos.
-TRON OPENING TITLES-
“Architecture 101: Director Joseph Kosinski, with his Architecture degree from Columbia University, entrusted the GFX team ( and mostly Lewandowski ) to design all the graphic buildings from the ground up, having them reference the skyline of Vancouver but mostly innovating and designing from scratch… A terrifying proposition that miraculously came under very few revision cycles…”
I always wonder what programs motion-graphic superstars use to complete their project…and that’s why I love screen grabs like this. Oh, hello Cinema 4D.
Also to see more pictures of the work behind TRON – click MORE…
A few months ago, we found a video about the sound design of Tron: Legacy via Michael Coleman on Vimeo. With the Oscars approaching rapidly (tomorrow actually), I stumbled back across his page and found a plethora of videos dedicated to the creation of the sounds and music for most of the Best Picture category nominees. Most of these videos are less than 10 minutes, but some do get a bit lengthy as they are interview/panel/discussion based.
If sound doesn’t strike you as very interesting, check out some of our older posts featuring more behind-the- scenes videos (click here, here, or here). I myself am not overly interested in sound, but the creative process behind what you hear is simply fascinating.
See more of the behind the “sound” with Black Swan, True Grit, The Social Network, and more after the jump… (more…)
I recently came across a couple featurettes relating to some of the films competing in the Oscars.
The first was a short video about the production design of True Grit.
The second was another video detailing the steps taken to produce the visual effects for Black Swan.
In the past couple of days I have happened upon a few other videos detailing different aspects of not only True Grit and Black Swan, but also The Social Network and The King’s Speech. All of these came to my attention via the guy at /film.
The first video is another look at True Grit, but instead of looking at the production design, it takes a look into the mind of one of my heroes, Roger Deakins, the cinematographer. This short video details where some of his inspiration comes from and highlights some of the key scenes in the film.
Check out the other two videos after the break…
Mad Men is definitely one of my favorite shows on TV right now. Everything about it is wonderful. The set design, the clothes, cars, dialogue, research, etc.. that goes into making it more realistic is stunning. I mean…yes, I am a huge fan of the 60′s design so of course I would be in love with a show that fuses the two together, but really…it’s addicting. If you havent watched it yet…find season 1 online and start from the beginning. You won’t be disappointed.
Here are some stills taken by James Minchin III from the set of Mad Men.
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