Computer generated effects might get all the press when a film is released, but practical effects — puppets, animatronics, costumes — are better than ever. They can even rival their digital brethren for realism, and keep the audience out of the uncanny valley. Adam Savage visited Weta Workshop in New Zealand, where Richard Taylor gave him a look at the props and animatronics used for the upcoming movie Ghost in the Shell.
From his debut in 1933, King Kong has remained one of cinema's greatest movie monsters. The colossal ape has spawned a number of films, remakes, spin-offs, and imitations — the most recent being Kong: Skull Island. To honor its release, The Solomon Society takes a look back at the character's almost 25-year career.
He was a professional athlete, movie star, and pitchman that seemed to have broken not just a color barrier, but barriers plural, by not talking about race. And when he went on trial for the stabbing of his ex-wife and her friend, the televised court proceedings were perfectly concocted for American consumption. America loves to watch their celebrities fall even more than making them, and the case of O.J. Simpson crystallized this so perfectly it couldn't have been scripted any better. But even more than the tawdry gawking at murder victims and a man whose life was coming apart live on TV, the O.J. trial held a mirror up to America and forced us to look at ourselves, revealing some very uncomfortable truths.
There are watches, and there is Rolex. The name has meant accuracy, quality, and craftsmanship since 1905, and if time is important, then there is a Rolex on your wrist. This retrospective shows some of the iconic scenes that Rolex has shared over its 112 year history.
In 1987, Nike debuted the Air Max 1 to the world and instantly a new era was born. The original Tinker Hatfield design has evolved over the last 30 years from its smooth form into the bulky shape we see today. With collectors begging for a return to its "Golden Era" look, the Nike Sportswear design team answered with the Air Max 1 Anniversary.
Having directed Monsters and Godzilla, Gareth Edwards is no stranger to intense visual effects. So when the director was picked to head the first standalone Star Wars film, expectations were high. Well he delivered with Rogue One earning an Oscar nomination for its visual effects. Industrial Light & Magic's London studio reveals just what went into creating the galaxy far, far away and how virtual reality played a role in the directing of the film.
Whether you're closing a deal or cleaning up for a date, Timberland Killington Chukka Boots will keep your feet protected and comfortable this Spring. The upper is made from a combo of full-grain leather and mesh, giving the shoe a rugged/casual look that pairs perfectly with a variety of ensembles covering a multitude of occasions. A cushy insole keeps your feet happy all day long, while the SensorFlex outsole moves with your foot and combines three different layers to deliver additional comfort, support, and outstanding traction on any surface. Available in four handsome colorways.
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When you have a great mattress you look forward to nothing more than going to bed at the end of a long day and you probably even catch yourself day dreaming about it as you sit at your desk at work. But if you have a beat-up mattress that should have been replaced years ago and dread dragging yourself into your old lumpy mattress only to wake with the same nagging aches and pains from a poor night's sleep then it's time to upgrade your sleep game. Leesa is ready to help, with a 100% American-made mattresses that features 3 premium foam layers. There's a 6-inch dense core support foam for durability, 2-inch memory foam middle layer for body contouring, and a 2-inch Avena foam top later that keeps you cool. Your Leesa mattress ships directly to you in a compressed box and includes a 100-night risk free trial with free shipping.
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Although he passed away at just 32-years-old, only 12 of those were spent racing, Bruce McLaren's impact on the auto world is unsurpassed. Not only did he dominate the track as a driver, but his Formula One team is one of the most successful in history and his cars have seen the checkered flag in three Indianapolis 500 races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and 12 Hours of Sebring. This documentary follows his life and legacy through interviews with Mario Andretti, Jackie Stewart, his Le Mans co-driver Chris Amon, and his wife Patricia Broad.
Made from adamantium, Wolverine's claws are nearly indestructible. They've taken down Lady Deathstrike, Silver Samurai, and an alternate version of himself. But they may be about to meet their ultimate foe: the hydraulic press.
Repairing any modern device looks impossible. Thousands of tiny components, all soldered onto multiple boards tightly layered on top of another — it's something only a robot could do. But Jessa Jones wants you to know that it isn't impossible — and to teach you how to do it. Jessa's background is in molecular genetics, and she used that to found the Practical Board Repair School, where she teaches the art of replacing microscopic parts.
Take the lights of nighttime Tokyo and combine them with giant robots and you'll have an idea of the dekotora culture of Japan. Translated as "decoration truck," these disco rigs put the chrome-and-steel kings of American highways to shame. Great Big Story looks and the years, money, and love this small auto subculture puts into the vehicles that make them their living.
LA-based Binishells is reinventing the construction business. The balloon-shaped structures are formed using low air pressure to create reinforced concrete shells. Using less labor and materials, the company can cut costs in half and build three times faster than traditional methods, while using less waste. They currently offer six systems that can be utilized for anything from homes and resorts to schools and public housing.
Good lighting is always important in film and photography. United Visual Artists think it's equally as important on the stage. While showcasing their work with the British band Massive Attack, the London-based art and design group explore not just the visual aspects of stage lighting, but also the emotional and physical effect it can have on an audience.
Citizen Kane, Blade Runner, Vertigo, It's a Wonderful Life. All of these famous films have one thing in common — they all started off as flops. It's a running theme in cinema that films once rejected or considered box office bombs receive praise years later from a new audience. In this video essay, The Royal Ocean Film Society focuses on Greed, Heaven's Gate, and Peeping Tom to explore the phenomenon of the re-evaluated film.
There's no guesswork involved here. Candice Drouet compiled this cut of Anderson's work with references that he himself has claimed. Drouet's work reminds us that no matter how original we think we are, we're always building on the work of those before us.
Is there an afterlife? According to Dr. Thomas Harbor, yes there is. In this Netflix film, Dr. Harbor scientifically verified that there is life after death, and people began killing themselves to get there. Although his son Will, played by Jason Segel, isn't entirely convinced that his father has really discovered the existence of an afterlife. The Discovery will be available for streaming March 31, 2017.
Jetpacks: They aren't just for secret agents and movies anymore. JetPack Aviation has brought fiction to reality with their self-contained personal flight systems. Devin Supertramp went to California to capture this epic demonstration of JetPacks' amazing technology.
Brixton, in the south of London, is the birthplace of David Robert Jones, better known as David Bowie. After his passing in January 2016, the entire town became a memorial to the late musician, as residents and people the world over paid their respects and left mementos in his memory. Now Brixton wants to build a more permanent ode to their most famous resident: a three-story-tall depiction of Bowie's iconic lightning bolt from the 1973 album Aladdin Sane.
With artificial intelligence getting more and more advanced, determining between humans and our robot friends could soon become difficult. So at what point do robots deserve fundamental rights? The answer revolves around consciousness. Until we begin programming them to experience pain and suffering, there's no need for rights. So let's just keep robots the empty, emotionless beings that they are.
Before its May 19th release, the Covenant crew is inviting you over for dinner to get to know them a little better. The five-minute prologue sees the team, led by captain James Franco, enjoying one last supper before they enter cryosleep on their journey across the galaxy. The also cast includes Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, and Danny McBride, but we wouldn't get too attached. It this film is anything like its predecessor, most of these people will shortly meet their demise.
There's pool sharks, but Florian 'Venom' Kohler is more of a pool snake. The billards legend lends his abilities to the Dude Perfect crew for a trick shot explosion, and no balls are off limits.
It's a long journey from an idea, to a song, to a record, to your stereo or phone or car, and finally — to your ears. From the makers of instruments to composers, producers, and engineers, the fingerprints of hundreds of people are indelibly stamped on the music we hear. The Art of Listening goes in-depth with the people who make music happen every day for the listening public.
Just 40 light-years away, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has just discovered seven rocky Earth-like planets orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1. Of the seven, at least three appear to be in the habitable zone — meaning liquid water could be found on the surface. If any of these planets also carry oxygen and methane in their atmospheres, the presence of life is highly likely, making your alien dreams closer to a reality. In 2018, NASA plans on launching the James Webb Space Telescope to futher measure the chemical fingerprints of these exoplanets.
Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech stands as one of the greatest achievements of oration since Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. In the shadow of that same president, Dr. King delivered the words that broke open the floodgates to the civil rights reforms of the 1960s. Nerdwriter goes line-by-line-through Dr. King's speech, showing how the great mind composed one of the most memorable works in modern history.
Just because an instrument was invented over 1400 years ago doesn't mean the music has to be. In Seoul, South Korea, Luna Lee plays the most traditional of Korean instruments — the gayageum — with a twist: covering classic rock songs. Luna has risen to fame with covers of Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, and Queen.
Get ready, boils and ghouls: the Cryptkeeper is coming back. You can't die twice, and the iconic host of the original HBO series Tales from the Crypt is about to make a comeback. Director M. Night Shyamalan will help the reboot when it comes to TNT as part of their 2017 Horror Block.
Hollywood is great at making movies, but not so great at accurately portraying science and scientific concepts. While we don't want our flying superheroes subject to the reality of gravity, some of Hollywood's attempts at science in film shatter our suspension of disbelief. But hope is not lost — the last several years have seen a resurgence in science fiction and writers and directors that want as much scientific realism as possible. Vox looks at the Science and Entertainment Exchange, a consulting service that connects writers and scientists with the goal of sprinkling our science fiction with a little more science fact.
Legendary oceanographer and explorer Jacques Cousteau is one of the most memorable personalities of the 20th century. He helped to invent the Aqua-Lung, predecessor to modern SCUBA equipment, brought diving to the masses, and was a renowned researcher, explorer, and conservationist. He also liked a glass of cognac after a hard day's diving. From Bill Murray's portrayal of Jacques in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou to a generation of American fans introduced to him by PBS, Mr. Cousteau made huge contributions to science and the public.
Ebru is a form of art that uses ink or paint suspended on the surface of water to create an effect similar to marble stone. Practiced for centuries in Turkey, Asia, and India, it became popular in the West for book covers and stationary. Artist Garip Ay was commissioned to create ebru works of the Netflix series The Crown, Narcos, and Stranger Things. Instead of setting the work on paper, Garip uses video to capture his manipulations of the piece, creating beautiful pieces that only exist for minutes.