‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Review

“The Journey May Be Unexpected, But Beautiful Vistas, Interesting Challenges, And Humor In The Oddest Of Places Make The Journey More Than Worthwhile.” A few hours ago I got back from seeing Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” An Unexpected Journey” at 48 fps (frames per second) and 3D, and I have to say that the faster […]

New ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ Poster

Here’s the latest poster for Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s “The Adventures of Tintin” (It appears that they dropped the “The Secret of the Unicorn”). Tinin, an intrepid reporter that goes on various adventures accompanied by his dog, Snowy, and assisted by an eccentric assortment of characters, was created by Hergè. The character has seeming […]

The Pitfalls of Motion Capture

Special effects have come a long way in the past 30 years.  They’ve evolved from practical elements rotoscoped together to digital effects that stitched together with the power of computer editing.  The increasing power and speed of computers means that computers are able to create complex worlds that take up terabytes of data like James Cameron’s “Avatar” […]

The State of Special Effects

Above is a video of a partial animatronic (a covered skeletal armature that use various methods to mimic the motion of a human, animal, or imaginary being) test for the movie “I Am Legend” from Steve Johnson FX.  It was not used in the final film, though considering the designs that were, is disappointing.