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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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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

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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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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

Videos: Towers of Midnight: The Making of the Book Trailer (3 parts)

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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Faerieworlds 2010 in photos: Costumes, music & aerial art

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

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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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FC0c1ty9-w

From The Northern Water Tribe Set

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYi_T2vIBRU

“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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Jun
27

Star Wars…Burlesque?!

By Kristen Nedopak  //  Costumes, Festivals & Events, Star Wars  //  Comments Off on Star Wars…Burlesque?!

The Fempire Strikes Back comes back to Hollywood (Music Box) on July 10, 2010. This is not a show to miss!

One of the hottest burlesque troupes in LA—The Devil’s Playground—brought sexy and sci-fi together in one amazing show at the Music Box in Hollywood: Star Wars Burlesque!

Each custom-tailored performance was an experience for any fan of the original trilogy (not to mention hot women), with cast members dressed as characters from Chewbacca to Boba Fett to (you guessed it) slave Princess Leia.

Watch the highlights right here! Photos of many of the sci-fi clad vixens can be found below.

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

Or check out these hot photos of the sci-fi clad vixens.

Olivia Bellafontaine as Princess Leia (photo by Josh Reiss)
Charlotte LaBelle as Darth Vader (photo by Josh Reiss)
Audrey DeLuxe as Boba Fett (photo by Josh Reiss)
Lucy Fur as C-3PO & Sin Fisted as R2-D2 (photo by Josh Reiss)
Sin Fisted as R2-D2 (photo by Josh Reiss)
Scarlet O’Gasm as Jabba the Hutt (photo by Josh Reiss)
Scarlet O’Gasm as Jabba the Hutt (photo by Josh Reiss)
Daisy Meadows as Chewbacca (photo by Josh Reiss)
Courtney Cruz as the Stormtrooper (photo by Josh Reiss)

References

Check out LA Weekly for complete coverage of the event.

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Jun
21

Stonehenge made out of… foam? Foam and fiberglass art by Mark Cline

Mark Cline’s Foamhenge (and my mom holding down the fort)

I just returned from a visit back east, and one of our pit stops was a family reunion in Natural Bridge, VA. I assumed, like most small towns in Virginia, that we’d only find historical sights reminiscent of a colonial-inspired era. What I didn’t expect to see was a life-size replica of Stonehenge made from foam!

Mark Cline, artist and native of Virginia, produces foam and fiberglass pieces for attractions all over the state, including Foamhenge, Enchanted Castle Studios and Professor Cline’s Haunted Monster Museum & Dark Maze, a haunted mansion tucked back in the woods, complete with monsters and sci-fi inspired characters including a half Frankenstein half chicken.

Here are some photos of his work

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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
23

‘The Empire Strikes Back’ for charity

Han Solo, Chewie and Lando reunite for the 30th anniversary charity screening of “The Empire Strikes Back” on May 21, 2010. Read more about the yearlong Lucasfilm yearlong charity campaign called The Empire Gives Back at LA Times.

Check out some of the photos of the event, courtesy of Monsters & Critics.

Darth Vader inspects the troops of Imperial Army. EPA/LAVANDEIRA JR

The troops of Imperial Army march at the Obradoiro square in Santiago Compostela Galicia, Spain.

Billy Dee Williams and Harrison Ford © Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

Peter Mayhew and Harrison Ford. © Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

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