Category Archives: Art

CGI 3D Animated Short “The Albatross” – by Joel Best, Alex Jeremy, and Alex Karonis

Here is another of the shorts that I talked about on The Pop Culture Cafe  S7 Ep 223 Stupid Level Achieved

Enjoy this amazing CGI 3D Animated Short film…In the center of a freezing, misty lake, a struggling writer”s solitary fishing trip is disrupted by a strange creature from the bottom of a whiskey bottle.

The Albatross is a 7-minute short film, created by Joel Best, Alex Jeremy, and Alex Karonis in their final year of study at the University of Technology, Sydney.

After a successful festival circuit screening at festivals including the prestigious AACTA Awards (AFI Awards Australia), Sydney Film Festival, and Animafest Zagreb, The Albatross is ready to make it”s internet debut.

You can find out more at The Albatross

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“Reaping for Dummies” – by The Reaping for Dummies Team

Here is another of the shorts that I talked about on The Pop Culture Cafe  S7 Ep 223 Stupid Level Achieved

Check out this graduation-project made by a group of five students from the 3D design and animation course at Idèfagskolen in Tønsberg Norway. The short film featured here was in production between October 2012 – July 2013. With a few tweaks here and there until the soundscape was in place. The music and sound job were completed in December by a carefully selected third party. The team behind the production are: Jonas Martin Larsen Øyvind Fiksdal Eilef Sandnæs Eskild Carlsen & Yvonne Engbråten Music Composed by Joel Forssell Sound design by Peder Jørgensen

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A Sci-Fi Short Film: “Short Fuse”

If you have listened to the latest The Pop Culture Cafe podcast I talked about this short Sci-Fi short.

This story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world in the year 2160. The Earth’s atmosphere turns harsh causing occasional toxic storms and forces humans to take indoor shelter. Because of this, humans refrain from going out at all times. But a Scanvenger (Bob) still goes about his chores, searches for and collects discarded items to be reused. Until one day Bob chance upon a thrown away robot, thinking he could fix and reused it, he decided to bring it home. Follow us on this journey, as what started as a miracle turns in to a nightmare for Bob.

Credits-Contributors: Specifications: Film Type: Animation Runtime: 7 minutes 09 seconds Country of Origin: Singapore Shooting Format: Digital Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Film Color: Color

For more info about this short click on the link Short Fuse.

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The Latest Unreal Engine On A PS5

The Playstation 5 launch is coming up soon and today Unreal Engine for the system was shown. Technical Director of Graphics Brian Karis and Special Projects Art Director Jerome Platteaux introduce what the engine can do.

I could write about what it does but why waste your time reading when Brain and Jerome can tell you and show you.

Unreal Engine 5 empowers artists to achieve unprecedented levels of detail and interactivity, and brings these capabilities within practical reach of teams of all sizes through highly productive tools and content libraries

Quote from the Unreal Engine Youtube page

HOUSE OF X #1 – MARVEL COMICS

WRITER – JONATHAN HICKMAN
ARTIST – PEPE LARRAZ
COVER ARTIST – MARTE GARCIA
LETTERER – CLAYTON COWLES

Ambitious. That was my first thought when I heard that JONATHAN HICKMAN was being put in charge of the X-Men re-launch. It’s the one thing that brought me back to a universe that I stepped away from about 4 years ago after multiple re-launches. I’ve read Hickman’s runs on the Avengers, and Fantastic Four and knew , with  him being one of the best “world builders” in the business, that he could get the franchise back on track. JONATHAN HICKMAN  is a novelist who just happens to have illustrations with his novels. For wordsmiths, him just being named to the project was a win. Now onto the review.

Overall, I did enjoy the book. I read it twice as there is a lot there to unpack as someone who has been outside the X-universe for a while. A few of the characters look different (will take me a while to get used to seeing Professor X look like that) and there were some new faces(both human and mutant), but I never really felt lost at any point in time, and upon my second read I had a much clearer picture of where this group of X-Men were at and the threads that tied them together. Some of your favs aren’t front and center, but it’s a 12 part series between HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X and there is plenty of time to get the roster fleshed out. This first chapter had a nice slow burn feel to it which is what it should have.

The first chapter also laid the groundwork very methodically to show you the culture that has formed around the X-Men. Each transitional scene ends with a look at a new language, new power levels, new olive branches to a human race that may yet bridge the divide(vague I know, but I meant what I said by “non” spoiler),A look at the lands, factions of mutants and much more. This book clocks in at about a 45 minute read and HICKMAN fills every minute and details and character driven dialogue. It felt a bit like a chess match where the board was being set for the long term game to come.

There is always that question with any re-launch I find. Is this a good jumping off point, as much as it is a jumping on point?Overall the groundwork JONATHAN HICKMAN has begun to lay feels like this is for folks who have not been long time followers of the X-Men, and it seems continuity from the previous X-Men series was not a high priority in his mind. There’s was one glaring example of this, but it was not anything I really minded and made for an interesting new direction for the character.

There is a much different vibe to this re-launch then previous ones in that it seems the mutants seem to feel they are on much more equal footing with the human race then ever before. Magneto’s demeanor through the entire book is not one of fear, hostility or divisiveness. I could say the same for Cyclops. It’s simply a statement of -this is how mutants are going to exist with humans and this is how their idea(and a brilliant piece of story telling idea that it is)is going to work. Take it or leave it. This first chapter  feels as much a societal story , as a political one and the point, counterpoint dialogue between humans and mutants in the story over mutants place in the world and the distrust that is still there makes for some wonderful conversation.

PEPE LARRAZ’S art was a wonderfully detailed addition to this story. I’ve noted before that facials expressions can say so much and they had plenty of opportunity to do so this issue. From Cyclops firm stance with some old friends, to the last panel of the story, some beautifully rendered art told a secondary story without words. The X-Men felt both gritty and elegant this issue which suited the story. Also, of note, Beautifully done illustrations of the landscape of Krakoa also. I felt this was also a pretty cool nod to Giant Size X-Men #1 which also felt like the beginning of a new era.

If you’ve been looking to get back into the X-Men your probably not going to get a much better opportunity then this. JONATHAN HICKMAN seems like he has a long term plan in mind. I’d be pretty happy if we could get 50 really good issues out of this run. Time will tell.

Til next time

Scott