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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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Sep
21

Towers of Midnight Prologue read by Brandon Sanderson

Outta This World captured Brandon Sanderson reading the first few pages of “Distinctions,” the Towers of Midnight prologue, off his laptop during the TOM panel at Dragon*Con (2010). Towers of Midnight is book 13 in The Wheel of Time series. My apologies for the slightly shaky camera. This was completely impromptu!

This is only part of the prologue too! You can purchase the entire piece at Tor.com. Brandon Sanderson has also posted the the first Mat chapter from Towers of Midnight, “The Seven-Striped Lass,” on his website.

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Wheel of Time at Dragon*Con 2010

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Artist Spotlight: The Fantasy Art of Seamas Gallagher

Seamas designed the Tower of Genji in the Towers of Midnight book trailer and is famous for his Wheel of Time character renditions.

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Sep
19

Faerieworlds: The Experience

Outta This World the show went to Eugene, Oregon for a 3-day excursion into the mythical realm that is Faerieworlds. Here are some of the highlights, from costumes to food to entertainment.

Faerieworlds deserves a huge thank you for it’s kindness to Mother Earth. This unique festival focuses on the environment and social organizations that work towards creating a better future for mankind. All of their materials are printed on recycled paper, foodware is compostable, and the food caters to organic and vegetarian foodies (like myself).

Stay tuned for another episode featuring the Art of Faerieworlds, including interviews with legendary fantasy artists Brian Froud, Toby Froud and Amy Brown. And find us on Twitter! @Nedopak

Faerieworlds is hosting another incredible event: FaerieCon Nov 12-14, 2010 in Maryland.

2010 Photos!

Mythic Journeys (DVD)

Mythic Journeys, a film about the power of myth and the essence of being human, was featured at Faerieworlds this year. This animated documentary won Best Animation at Dragon*Con and uses puppets designed by Brian & Wendy Froud. Find out more on the Mythic Journeys website.

Watch the trailer here!

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How to Make Faerie Wings – step-by-step (episode)

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Jul
29

How to Make Faerie Wings (step-by-step)

Designed and crafted by Kristen Nedopak
Designed and crafted by Kristen Nedopak

In the midst of planning my Faerieworlds costume, writing interviews for Brian and Wendy Froud and packing for the 3-day excursion into a mythical realm, I decided to share my famous faerie wing secrets by creating a “how to” for our fans and festival goers alike.

Making your own faerie wings

Join me at Faerieworlds

As I mentioned, we’ll be at Faerieworlds this year, capturing footage for our next episode on event costumes and music… be sure to look for me!

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May
27

Madame Tussauds immortalizes Star Trek, Wolverine, and more

By Kristen Nedopak  //  Star Trek, Visual Art  //  Comments Off on Madame Tussauds immortalizes Star Trek, Wolverine, and more

My family is visiting from back east, so I took them to see the Madame Tussauds wax museum in Hollywood. We had fun posing with our favorite movie stars—of course, I had to sit in the captain’s chair!

Here are some of my favorites. PS. I only had my camera phone.

Kristen in the captain's chair with Picard and Kirk

A close up of Picard

Close up of Kirk

William Shatner with his own wax version of Captain Kirk

Oooops, Kristen gets carried away with Wolverine

Plaster mask of Hugh Jackman's face

Terminator

Spiderman

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May
25

Sci-fi metal sculptures: Transformers, Terminator and Star Wars

By Kristen Nedopak  //  Science Fiction, Star Wars, Visual Art  //  Comments Off on Sci-fi metal sculptures: Transformers, Terminator and Star Wars

Kristen with the Predator outside Titanic

While perusing the Venice Beach boardwalk, I stumbled upon an incredible metal sculpture of an old school Predator at Titanic Boutique. After snagging a photo of one of my favorite alien life forms with my camera, I checked out the huge collection of metal art which included fan favorites such as the Terminator, Optimus Prime, Boba Fett and Darth Vader—you can see them all below.

These pieces are highly detailed, well-made, and quite a unique addition to Venice, in comparison to the multitude of overly touristy hat, clothing, and jewelry beach-side shops donning the strip. The small sculptures will run you around $95, and I didn’t dare ask about the large ones!

Titanic is run by Antonio and Karina Rendon. I had the pleasure of speaking with Antonio, who was very nice and informative, and allowed me to take as many pictures as I wanted. Thanks guys!

Titanic Boutique :: 405 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach, CA 90291 :: (310) 392-9254

Boba Fett vs. Darth Vader

Close up detail of Boba Fett

Optimus Prime

Terminator

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May
17

Heroes scoop: Cast members disagree on movie

Sylar (my favorite character) and prey

First of all, like all fans, I want to start off with an official R.I.P. Heroes. I fell in love with the show in season 1, and though it took a few interesting twists and turns, I’ve remained a fan ever since.

Though countless blogs and magazines continue to speculate whether or not NBC will wrap up the Heroes plot via a two-hour film, I had the opportunity to ask one cast member (last night) who said, “there isn’t going to be a movie.” He notes that NBC ditched the mere thought of a season 5 because, well, it cost too much money to produce the show. Why would they spend money on a film?

Entertainment Weekly gives us an exclusive interview with Greg Grunberg (a.k.a. Matt Parkman) who still has high hopes that the fans will get their wish of a proper ending.

I guess that means… we wait!

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May
15

Star Wars goodies to celebrate George Lucas’ birthday

In 1977, the year of my birth, one of the greatest film series known to Sci-fi fans across the planet was born: Star Wars. Here’s a tribute to the characters, creatures, and far away worlds that inspired us all… and to the man who started this whole insanity: George Lucas!

Incredible poster art

Star Wars poster art by Tom Whalen

Star Wars poster art by the Hildebrandt brothers

View more poster art by the Hildebrandt brothers!

Star Wars poster art by Drew Struzan

View more artwork by Drew Struzan!

Star Wars videos

The Fastest and Funniest LEGO Star Wars story ever told

Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back (Original Trailer)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6bvuhPyq8Q

Ceci n’est pas Chewbacca

Starring my good pal Eric Toms!

Spin-offs

And last but not least, who can forget some of the best spin-off shows and films based on our beloved series.

Spaceballs

Ode to the the funniest moments of one of my favorite films!

Seth MacFarlane’s Blue Harvest

The hour-long premiere to the sixth season of the FOX series Family Guy.

Happy Birthday George! May 14th, 1944.

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May
10

Sky Arts’ laser projects Dark Side of the Moon into the London Sky

By Kristen Nedopak  //  Visual Art  //  3 Comments
Sky Arts projects Dark Side of the Moon over London
Sky Arts projects Dark Side of the Moon over London

Sky Arts projects Dark Side of the Moon over London

Sky Arts, a British television channel, kicked any Pink Floyd laser light show’s bum as they recreated Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon cover using lasers, neons, and smoke and projected it over Primrose Hill in Regent’s Park, London.

Watch the full video here:

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Mar
31

Best mode of transportation: The Spaceship

On a daily basis, I hear my friends talk about what car they’d love to drive. A BMW this or that. I don’t know about you, but there’s another form of transportation I’d kill to take to work every day: a spaceship!

In lieu of fans everywhere that agree, here’s a look at some of the coolest, creepiest, and funniest spaceships to ever to grace TV and film.

U.S.S. Enterprise (Star Trek)

Matt Jeffries original design

The original bridge

The new Enterprise (by Ryan Church)

The new bridge

Check out more panoramic views of the new bridge on Sci Fi Scoop.

If you’re one of those people that loves a behind the scenes look at the architecture of such a ship, check out the blueprints for almost every Star Trek ship to date!

The Galactica (Battlestar Galactica)

The Galactica

Original concepts for the bridge

Here’s an interesting article and breakdown of these first two ships: Starship Enterprise vs. Battlestar Galactica: Who would win?

Cylon Raider (Battlestar Galactica)

Cylon Raider

Death Star (Star Wars)

Though technically a space station, this moon-shaped creation needs to be on the list!

Escape from the Death Star (by Geoff Hutchins)

The Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)

The Millennium Falcon

Millenium Falcon Lego version

The Tardis (Dr. Who)

The Tardis (aka English phone booth)

Interior of the Tardis (yes, much larger on the inside!)

Winnebago Eagle V (Spaceballs)

Winnebago Eagle V

Borg Cube (Star Trek)

Borg Cube

Shadow Vessel (Babylon 5)

This one is for those of you who love spiders.

Shadow Vessel (very creepy)

Serenity (Firefly)

The coolest part about this ship is that, when it’s taking off, the lighted back end makes it look like (you guessed it) a firefly!

Serenity

The Mothership (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)

The Mothership

Detailed model of The Mothership

Stargate Atlantis

Though the exterior is also cool, it’s the gate room that makes the ships in any Stargate series unique!

Stargate Atlantis gate room

Aries 1B Earth-Moon Shuttle (2001: A Space Odyssey)

Aries 1B Earth-Moon shuttle

How to make a spaceship

For anyone wondering how you can make your own spaceship at home, the Browncoats show you how to build a spaceship on a budget.

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