Ever since Lost debuted I have been a huge fan of the JJ Abrams and Damon Lindelof team. It’s not just because of the black rimmed glasses that I share in wearing with them, but their writing and creative thought process of approaching a story is truly inspiring. Damon, especially, comes at the subject from the completely opposite way a normal person would…that’s why he’s making movies and most of us are not. He is a great mind and writer. He has his hand in a lot of cool projects – including his latest project, Star Trek Into Darkness – and a brand new one, simply titled Tomorrowland. I have never immersed myself in any film project other then this very secretive Tomorrowland project – mostly because it combines some of my favorite things – science fiction, DisneyWorld, and Lindelof.
Damon recently did an interview with Grantland – which is super informative on the way he approached Star Trek, Prometheus, and this new one, Tomorrowland.
Here’s an excerpt from it where he explains the beginning thought process of Tomorrowland.
“I’ve always been fascinated by Disneyland and Disney World, and my favorite part of the park was always Tomorrowland. But there’s no story there. Like, if you go into Fantasyland, there’s just story happening all around you everywhere, whether it’s sort of a direct kind of connection to a movie that you know or a fairy tale that you know, and the same with, like, Frontierland, or when you go in the Haunted Mansion. My son, who’s 6, when he went on Pirates of the Caribbean for the first time, Jack Sparrow is a part of that ride. He’s going to see the movies in two years, when he’s old enough, and he’s going to think that the movies were the inspiration for the ride, versus the other way around. I would love to do that for Tomorrowland, you know? I would love to give Tomorrowland a story, because right now, Tomorrowland is kind of being taken over by Star Wars — which is great, but it’s called Tomorrowland. Star Wars is a galaxy a long time ago, far, far away. Star Wars is not about our future.
Hit the jump to finish the excerpt and get insight into what the secret box is above…
3D mapping is amazing when it’s done right. The best I ever saw in real life was at the Magic Kingdom projected onto the Cinderella Castle. This video though…even though it’s not in real life for me…might take the cake. It starts with a miniaturized city of Tokyo, and goes into a full blown-out projected Tokyo dancing to the music. This project titled “Tokyo City Symphony” was made for one of Tokyo’s biggest project developments – Roppongi Hills – which celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary this year – the theme for the year being “LOVE TOKYO.”
The cool thing about this though is the website is interactive. Choosing one of 3 projections “Futuristic City” – “Rock City” and a traditional Japanese “Edo City” – you get to play with the music and projections with the keys on your computer – each being a certain design and sound.
Visit the site and enjoy coming up with something cool.
via The Inspiration
We all like to check in. Whether it’s Facebook or Foursquare. For some reason we like to share where we are with our friends, maybe to make them jealous or just to update them on our whereabouts. Whatever way you do it, I’ve found a better way for you.
It’s called Turf Geography Club, and it makes checking in a game. Using the Foursquare data, Turf let’s you check in, own and build on your properties, collect rent, win trophies, and other fun things. Check out the video below…
Love how this video is reminiscent of The Life Aquatic.
I’ve been using the app a lot lately on my vacation down here in Florida. It’s completely addicting and makes waiting in line for rides a breeze. At first it take’s a little bit to get used to – since I was used to 4square, but once I got what Turf was laying down…I got my brother in on the fun – and now we go around Disneyworld playing real estate mogul.
Love the design of this app too, it has a great feel with the pixel art and the Ranger Rick / Smokey The Bear “spokesperson” is a perfect companion for the app.
Right now – I don’t have too many friends on Turf. That’s what I want this blog post to change – if you use an iPhone and check in using 4square or Facebook – download Turf. It’ll be better if you get some of your closest friends to do it with you. If you do get it – add me and we can control the world together as allies.
This saddens me to my core. Most of you know I love amusement parks (especially Disney), so when I see one that was in the middle of construction that never got finished…it makes me wish I was a millionaire to buy up the property. I’m not sure the backstory of this specific park, just that it was abandoned in 1998, but the pictures and the video, taken by Catherine Hyland, haunt me – especially with what little music there is on the video – it’s all eerie sounds and dark pads.
3D, of course, is on the rise in movie theaters and home’s across the country. It takes the movie experience just another step up for our enjoyment. I honestly love it. I’m not sure how I feel about making 3D home movies yet…but I love a good 3D movie experience. You, me, and probably every one else has probably had a guy in the group before a movie announce, “I think I’m gonna wear these 3D glasses everywhere, because they’re hip…they’re what hipsters would wear” – and is forced to give them up afterwards and is devastated to the core.
They’re not cool to wear out in public – just FYI. People would make fun of you, and honestly – I’ve heard they’re bad for you and could make you go blind and attract small predators. What? Fo’ realz? Fo’ realz. At least that’s what I heard. Google it.
To have a huge movie name like Martin Scorsese break into the 3D technology with this movie – there must be something special about it. Just from a couple views of the trailer – it seem’s like it’s a heart warming / feel good movie, which seems to be a change for Scorsese. Either way…I would want to go to the theater for this one. Mostly because he directed it.
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Pixar has become world renown for their films. Starting with Toy Story, the very first fully computer animated film, and continuing all the way through to the recent release of Cars 2. Audiences and critics alike sing Pixar’s praises for their unfailing dedication to story. They have won countless awards (23 Academy Awards alone) over their 25 year history because of this commitment.
In the wake of the release of Cars 2, Disney has released a 25 minute documentary on the man who started it all, John Lasseter. The short documentary follows him, for one day, on his daily routine which ranges from a tour of his house, complete with a look inside his closet full of Hawaiian shirts, to approving shots from Cars 2 while it was still in production.
It is a fascinating look at the process it takes to make a computer animated feature, and a unique look at the man behind one of Hollywood’s most profitable, and proficient, animation companies. [via /Film]
What’s your favorite Pixar film? Let us know in the comments.
Can I just say, I’m thrilled about this!
Not only do we love Pixar/animation/Disney/the works here at TOC, but I personally have a strange attachment to Scottish and Irish culture.
Needless to say, I think I know what my favorite movie of 2012 will be.
Ever wondered what happened to the Disney princesses after the glorious ending on the movie?
Dina Goldstein has tracked each princess down and taken a photo of who they are now.
Click to see more Fallen Princesses…
I love the 1960s. I love spy movies. I love Disney. I’m so-so on Pixar’s movie Cars – BUT – I do love these new Cars 2 poster designs that were released in Japan designed by the one and only Eric Tan. It actually makes me feel like this movie isn’t going to be as bad as the trailer perceived it as, because let’s be honest…we all saw the trailer and thought that Pixar’s reign of good movies had come to an end. But maybe not quite yet…who knows. Seeing these designs makes me feel like Hollywood needs to make a good espionage movie with the look and feel of Mad Men because thats the only show that portrays the time period the best.
For the record…I don’t hate Cars…it’s just not Pixar’s best.
[via Disney & More]
A while back we posted about a furniture company that specialized in designs that looked like something the Transformers would have created.
Straight Line Designs is a furniture company that specializes in designs that look like they belong in a cartoon, albeit not one as robotic.
Here’s some more info from the company’s website.
Straight Line Designs is a one-of-a-kind workshop that has been operating out of Vancouver, British Columbia for the past 25 years. In addition to installations, sculptures and private commissions, designer Judson Beaumont and his staff of eight full-time craftspeople have designed and constructed a variety of custom-built furniture and projects for public institutions and children’s exhibitions throughout North America and abroad. Focused on quality and custom design, Judson’s studio stays far away from mass production. Our workshop’s building capacity is restricted but Jud’s designing ability is not!
Judson incorporates a sense of uniqueness to his designs, proving that anything is possible, and that ideas are limitless.
Before this, I had never seen a piece of furniture or everyday object instilled with such a sense of character and humor outside of a Disney movie.
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See more of Straight Line’s furniture after the break. (more…)
You might know that I love Disney; the man, the parks, the movies, everything. I mean…I follow Disney blogs. But one of my goals for my life is to visit every park that Disney ever creates. Can I do it? Oh yea…totally…just give me 10,000 bucks and I’ll visit every inch of those parks!
Maybe that might be a good idea…”Hey, Disney…I’ll blog for you if you send me to every one of your parks. I don’t need pay. I need my fix.”
Ha…I wish that would happen. But what is it that Disney always says? Oh yea…Dreams do come true.
So here’s to the future!
But to wet my appetite before Disney pays for me to visit every park (did I mention I have to fly first class?)…I stumbled upon this amazing tilt-shift video of Disneyland Paris.
Céranne Gantzer and team were hired by Disney to apply the tilt-shift look to the park…and I think they succeeded in making it look like a miniature toy park.
Check out the video after the jump…
Creating a good movie poster is an art form. Instilling a lasting image from a single one-sheet isn’t a task that’s easily accomplished…but then you have artists like Eric Tan, who make it look so easy and do such an outstanding job. Located above you see one of his more recent creations, 2 individual posters that make up two halves of the whole, and yet can stand apart just as easily. His other creations range from Pixar movies to the Indiana Jones trilogy.
Check them out after the jump.
Imagine, if you will, that Pixar’s animated film, Up, was a remake. Not only that, but that the film wasn’t animated, it was made in the golden era of live-action Disney films. Now that you have that image in your head, watch the video below.