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Mar
17

Leprechauns aren’t the only creatures clad in green

As St. Patrick’s Day celebrations cover most of the world, we’re nearly overwhelmed with images of leprechauns, or little men that represent fairies from ancient Irish folklore. Yet these aren’t the only magical beings man has imagined clad in green.

Here’s an ode to some of the brilliant sci-fi, comic, and fantasy artists out there who have taken popular characters from books, films, and more and added their own creative spin.

Green Fairy by Brian Froud

Poison Ivy by Kay C

Slimer by Tim Kelly

Green Hornet by Chuck Moore

Frankenstein by Rainer F. Engel

Rydia (Final Fantasy IV) by Unknown

The Incredible Hulk (original concepts)

Green Alien by Keith Trimm

Hal Jordan as Parallax by Tom Fleming

An Orion (Star Trek) by Gavin de Lint

FCBD 2010 Kizoic Presents: Shrek

Army of the Dead (LOTR) by Weta Workshop

Speaking of Lord of the Rings

Minas Morgul by Stardock

And though this is not exactly sci-fi or fantasy, no St. Patty’s Day would be without the Green Man from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (a show I had the opportunity of being in!)…

Green Man from It's Always Sunny

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Jan
18

Marvel Over ‘Dark Tower’ Comic Book Art

In lieu of news that Ron Howard and team are turning King’s epic western/fantasy novels into a television series and set of three films, I wanted to share some of the amazing artwork created for Marvel’s Comic Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born. It’ll give you a taste of the dark insanity you’re in store for!

The incredible team who ‘created’ it: Robin Furth, Peter David, Jae Lee, Richard Isanove, Chris Eliopoulos, Chuck Verrill and Stephen King.

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Jan
3

True Blood Paper Dolls by Andy Swist

It’s about time we cover one of my favorite genres: Vampires. For you fang bangin’ fiends, it doesn’t get much better than HBO’s hit series True Blood. When searching for fun TB-related crafts, you’ll find a lot of goth clothing or t-shirt designs with photo renditions of the stars’ heads on them. So when I saw Andy Swist’s paper doll series, I dove on the chance to share the fun!

These are only a few examples. Check out Andy’s official site for the complete set.

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Nov
25

25 Tardis-Inspired Gift Ideas

When it comes to the holidays, what better to give than a gift that reminds loved ones just how much of a geek you are (trust me, you’re not alone). We found 25 cool-yet-random gift ideas based on of one of our favorite inspiring items: the Tardis. Uh, random might be an understatement for some of these bad boys.

Ice bucket from Neatorama.com.

Tardis Dress by Tara Reich.

Mug with lid from DrWhoGear.co.uk.

Soap from Luxury Lane Soap.

Necklace by LiiLii.

Wallet by Coolbeans 717.

Earrings by LampshadesnLollipops.

Cuff links by BlinkPhoto.

USB hub at Target.

Scarf by Rebecca Roach.

iPad sleeve by MyFunkyCamelot.

Macbook decals by Robot1001001.

Glasses case by SlippedSketch.

Ring by TheClayPony.

eReader sleeve by fourcorners.

Paperclip by bohemianstorm.

Collar by UlZaorith.

Vinyl Satchel by Mibolsa.

Floating pen at Amazon.com.

Phone on victormorris.com.

Air Freshener from DrWhoGear.co.uk.

Tardis Christmas ornament by Pixelated Mushroom.

Rucksack on DrWhoGear.co.uk.

I’d not consider this next one a gift, but it’s apparently very popular in the UK (and quite a unique use of the famous blue box).

Last but not least, though we’ve been told it isn’t what we think it is, this shack does look like a Whovian outhouse! Or you can buy a regular outhouse and play pretend in your back yard.

Photo by Sandra Whiteway.

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Nov
12

‘A Game of Thrones’ Costumes, Art & 2010 Recap

I’m a huge fantasy fan, and though I must commend many series writers for their attempt at adapting some of our favorite novels into episodic television, the end result (for most) is generally, well, cheesy. They err on the side of good prevailing (in every episode), yet they fail to venture into the depths of pain, suffering, violence and seeming hopelessness in story lines. Often the dialogue doesn’t come close to matching the original writer’s brilliance. (Then there are the special effects… sigh).

Late last year when I found out that HBO, the television network that gave us True Blood, Rome and many other sagas filled with blood, murder, deception and betrayal, was about to embark on bringing George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones (the first book from A Song of Ice and Fire series) to television, I couldn’t be happier. Will they finally get it right?

With production announcements pouring in daily, the new series creeps closer into our purview and spring 2011 can’t come soon enough. Here are some highlights so far, starting with our favorite topic: Art!

Costumes & Set (new!)

Costume designer Michele Clapton shares the process of creating Westeros garb.

Artisan Gemma Jackson on the Castle Black Lift

Some oldies but goodies (if you haven’t seen them):

Behind The Scenes Featurette

George R.R. Martin (the author of “A Game Of Thrones”), the executive producers and the cast talk about what to expect in HBO’s new dramatic series.

Game of Thrones teasers

True, they don’t show much!

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Oct
28

Adama’s ‘So Say We All’ Story at Battlestar Exhibit in Seattle

I had the honor of attending opening night at the Battlestar Galactica Exhibit in Seattle, WA, where cast members and creators Edward James Olmos, Michael Hogan, Kate Vernon, Richard Hatch, Ron Moore and Glen Larson hopped on stage to answer the fans’ buzzing questions. One of my favorite moments was Olmos’s story of what happened on set during the first “so say we all” speech.

Here it is for you guys to watch! (Apologies for the shaky camera, there were 2,000 people packed in like sardines.)

I’ve captured more of the event, including the entire opening question segment and a the “Sex, Blood and Cylons” panel discussing the re-imagined series. Stay tuned!

Find me on Twitter @Nedopak.

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Oct
20

‘Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition’ at Seattle’s EMP

Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM) in Seattle will unveil it’s newest exhibition Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition on October 23, 2010 (through March 4, 2012), and you’re in for a surprise! The show will honor both the new and older series, and include three full-size spaceships from the later series (two Vipers and one Cylon Raider), costumes, concept art, storyboards and various props from both shows. The exhibition is organized by EMP|SFM, Universal Cable Productions and Syfy.

I’ll be there, and rest assured, I’ll be documenting the whole thing! Find out more on empsfm.org.

Building Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition

BSG Cast & Crew Attending

Edward James Olmos
Admiral William Adama  (re-imagined series)

Ronald D. Moore
Creator & Executive Producer (re-imagined series)


Glen Larson
Creator (original series)

Richard Hatch

Apollo (original series)
Tom Zarek (re-imagined series)

Michael Hogan
Colonel Saul Tigh
(re-imagined series)

Tahmoh Penikett
Captain Karl ‘Helo’ Agathon (re-imagined series)

Photos: Setting Up the Event

© Copyright All rights reserved by EMP|SFM
© Copyright All rights reserved by EMP|SFM

© Copyright All rights reserved by EMP|SFM
© Copyright All rights reserved by EMP|SFM

© Copyright All rights reserved by EMP|SFM
© Copyright All rights reserved by EMP|SFM

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© Copyright All rights reserved by EMP|SFM

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© Copyright All rights reserved by EMP|SFM

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Yes, the EMP has a wall of guitars!

View all photos on EMP’s official Flikr stream.

Battlestar Galactica Evolution of the Cylon

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Missed out on BSG?

Watch the miniseries promo!

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Oct
8

Towers of Midnight: The Making of the Book Trailer (episodes 1-3)

SPOILER ALERT: Parts 2 & 3 include the same spoilers the trailer does.

The Wheel of Time is my favorite fantasy series ever. I’ve dreamed about being part of the world Robert Jordan began back in 1984, whether it was being immersed in one of the enormous novels, making a fun costume or getting to meet Jordan himself to attest my love for his incredible work of political, epic fantasy.

Sadly, I never did get to meet Robert before he passed away in 2007; however, back in June (thanks to Twitter), I became pals with some of his most devoted followers. One of those fans was Jason Denzel, who created Dragonmount.com (@Dragonmount). After a lengthy phone call (or what I like to refer to as a total WOT geek out session!), Jason informed me that Tor, The Wheel of Time publishing company, had asked him to create something special to promote the release of book 13 Towers of Midnight: a book trailer. So, I jumped in the car and drove to Sacramento to capture this epic moment in Wheel of Time history.

Below are three Making of the Book Trailer features that I’ve created to showcase the story of this production, featuring clips from the trailer, behind the scenes photos and interviews with the cast and crew. Be sure to visit Dragonmount for the full feature write-up by Jason: A featured look at the making of the Towers of Midnight book trailer. And come find me on Twitter @Nedopak!

Part 1: The Making of the Book Trailer (no spoilers)

Part 2: Characters & Costumes (spoilers)

Part 3: Creating the Set, FX & The Tower of Genji (spoilers)

Sound Design

Patrick Knipe

Sound Designer & Sound Mixer
Wheel of Time fan since 2002

I was particularly excited about creating a rumbling world of thunder for the trailer. Being a kid from the Northeast trapped in sunny Los Angeles has deprived me of years of thunder storms, and this was like therapy for me. Jason Denzel kept emailing me after each pass, “More thunder!” Building a world of sound from scratch around Kate Reading’s rich voice and the striking imagery on the screen was invigorating. My greatest challenge was creating the sound of Saidar. Tess and Jason both wanted it to be a holy sound. My first try sounded too much like thunder and was more fitting for Saidin; luckily Jason was very demanding and whipped me furiously until I got it right. A swirly sound of smooth glory made up of twenty tracks (one of which is me singing with my voice pitched up)!

I’m a huge fan of epic fantasy. I started reading The Wheel of Time while studying Tolkien at Oxford University in England in 2002. I finished Knife of Dreams just in time to shoot an interview and book signing video with Brandon in Pasadena during the release of The Gathering Storm.

Final Film: Towers of Midnight Book Trailer

Be sure to visit the official book trailer page on Dragonmount, where you can discuss it with fans!

Towers of Midnight: The Novel

Towers of Midnight will release in early November and is written by Brandon Sanderson (@BrandonSandrson), another incredible fantasy author who took over the WOT series after Jordan passed away (and is kicking some serious butt at it).

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Video: Towers of Midnight Prologue read by Brandon Sanderson

Artist Spotlight: The Fantasy Art of Seamas Gallagher

Wheel of Time at Dragon*Con 2010

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Jul
3

7 inspiring motion graphics & animation projects

When I was in art school, I remember hearing a lot of buzz about the newest major to hit SU’s School of Visual and Performing Arts: Graphic Design. Ya know, learning how to design and develop websites. (I also remember wondering, “what’s a website?”) Those were the days when computers took up far too much space on our desks and the world of art still remained essentially 2D. 

Fast forward to the year 2010, and we can’t even walk down the street without seeing interactive, highly visual and engaging media. And for artists, it’s a chance to wander in the world of motion.

 Here are seven incredible motion design and animation projects (hint: click images to view videos).

The Mill NY: 2010 OFFF opening titles 

Read about the project on Motionographer.

Click image to play the OFFF Opening Titles
Click image to play the OFFF Opening Titles

Psyop: Whole New World

Read about the project on Motionographer.

Click image to view Psyop: Whole New World
Click image to view Psyop: Whole New World

Bl:nd: Lilac Wine (music video) 

Read about the project and view storyboards on BLIND.

Click image to view Lilac Wine
Click image to view Lilac Wine

Superfad: Preguntas Hermosas

Read about the project on Motionographer.

Click image to view Superfad's Preguntas Hermosas
Click image to view Superfad's Preguntas Hermosas

Azureus Rising (Proof of Concept)

Azureus Rising by Black Sun Entertainment
Azureus Rising by Black Sun Entertainment

Watch it here!

Seagulls Fly & Adobe CS5 Production Premium

Read about the project on Motionographer

Click on image to view Seagulls Fly
Click on image to view Seagulls Fly

Nokta

Nokta by Onur Senturk
Nokta by Onur Senturk

Watch it here!

Want more?

Motionographer does an incredible job of promoting expert and upcoming motion designers, along with discussions on the creative process. Check out their blog for more amazing work!

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Jun
28

CG artists rereate mother nature’s peace and fury in The Last Airbender

The Last Airbender will release to the public a mere few days from now when mother nature’s powerful elements—Air, Water, Earth and Fire—will be handed to us in a way we’ve never seen. Creating a made up world full of CG elements wasn’t easy for M. Night Shyamalan and Industrial Light and Magic; yet regardless of whether the story unfolds as we expect, the special effects will certainly give us enough eye candy to gawk at (and talk about) for quite some time.

The Last Airbender TV Spot

Here are some of the the latest production stills released in the final press kit from Paramount Pictures.

Fire

“Visual effects supervisor Pablo Helman recounts that he went outside and lit some stuff on fire, so he would have a bunch of studies of real fire to show to director M. Night Shyamalan. But when Helman showed the footage of actual fire to Shyamalan, his response was, ‘You know what? That fire looks CG.’ Even real fire looked fake.” ~ Charlie Jane Anders (io9)

Water

The Industrial Light & Magic crew used a NASA video of water in zero gravity as reference for how bending water could look.

Air

“The ILM team decided that what you want to see is what the air is pulling up—whether it’s dust or snow, depending on what environment Aang is in. They used the same algorithm for air that they’d used for fire, except that they didn’t render it as fire.” ~Charlie Jane Anders (io9)

Facial motion capture

“There are actually three Aangs in the movie. There’s Ringer, who’s an accomplished martial artist and actually plays the character most of the time. There’s his stunt double Jade, a girl who’s roughly the same size and shape as Ringer… And then there’s a CG rendering of Aang, who’s doing some of the crazy acrobatics and ultra-dangerous stunts that no actor or stunt-person can do. To put Ringer’s face onto the other Aangs, Harrington captured a closeup of Ringer scowling and grimacing, with a billion dots to capture every aspect of the performance.” ~Charlie Jane Anders (io9)

Creatures

For Appa, the six-legged flying bison, “The cool thing about Appa is that I kind of thought of him as a combination of the Millennium Falcon and Chewbacca…. We looked at polar bears, and we thought of the front two legs as arms that are offset slightly, and the back legs are legs… We looked at polar bears, bison [and] elephants to get kind of the physics and the weight right. We also looked at beavers. There are scenes where he actually swims and kind of uses his beaver tail in the water.” ~ Tim Harrington (ILM Animation Supervisor)

“Aang has a pet flying lemur named Momo. Harrington spent a lot of time figuring out how to get the light to scatter through Momo’s wing membrane. The mechanics of how Momo flies were based on the giant fruit bat, which Harrington figured was roughly the same weight.” ~Charlie Jane Anders (io9)

Environments

“In general, the team took a ‘less is more’ approach to layering in computer-generated details to all the scenes, aiming for the most photorealistic images they could create. The locations the film visits are based around the styles of the different tribes.” ~Charlie Jane Anders (io9)

Behind-The-Scenes footage

From The Southern Water Tribe Set

From The Northern Water Tribe Set

“I’m not the most techie guy in the world, so if I can keep coming from character, I can keep it grounded. When we saw the cartoon, the mythology was so well thought out and had Buddhism, martial arts and CGI, but the kind that is character-based and that’s coming from emotions. So I could tell ILM [Industrial Light & Magic]…and speak in terms of character point of view and be effective in that way.” ~M. Night Shyamalan

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The Creatures of “The Last Airbender” – An Interview with ILM Animation Supervisor Tim Harrington

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Author: Kristen Nedopak

Kristen is a producer, director, actress and host... and lover of anything fantasy or sci-fi. The goal of this blog is to share the art and creativity involved in capturing the otherworlds that inspire us daily. Enjoy! * * * Kristen's official site: KristenNedopak.com

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