It may not be clever, but the 52-year-old German director’s latest film 10,000 BC is big. Huge in fact.  From the mammoths and terror birds, to the vast Pleistocene time period the film is set in.  It took two and a half years to make and cost an estimated $75million, mainly on the epic special effects.

Making an iguana loThere are mammoths, sabre-tooth tigers and terror birds – flightless predators with huge beaks – which are based on creatures that existed in South America.  Emmerich wanted life-like movement for these creatures so he looked to their modern-day relatives.  “We used a lot of reference footage of elephants, tigers and ostriches,” he said.  “The main issue was that no one knows exactly what a real mammoth moved like.

io9.com, the usual source for everything scifi, TV & science related has posted up a interesting video that has to do with the visual effects behind Cloverfield.  Its not anytype of documentary or featurette, but a soundless comparison of scenes and what they actuallylooked like without the visual effects.  It actually shows how well done the CGI was in this film, because most of it looked flawless.  What looks like the city is actually just a big green screen and of course the Statue of Liberty head was green screen… you didn’t actually think they tossed a gigantic head down a street now, did ya!?!

McG and company are making strike plans for Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins, prior to June 30th, when the actor’s working contract expires.

-All exterior shots will be finished prior to June 30th and the remaining interior scenes will be setup at soundstages in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

-If there is a strike, the sets will remain intact at the soundstages and McG will be able to edit the footage that he has already shot as well as continue visual effects work. They have even taken precautions surrounding the crew hired for the film: in the event of a strike, the paychecks stop, but nobody will be force majeured and everyone will get a plane ticket home.

Stuff White People Like is one of my new favorite sites. It covers everything from “Coffee” to “The Wire” to “David Sedaris”, “Modern Furniture” and “Hating Corporations”. Check out the full list of topics. For your amusement, below I’m reposting the entry on “Apple Products”. But I highly recommend visiting the site yourself and checking out some of the other postings. Enjoy.

Stuff White People Like

#40 Apple Products

It is surprising that it took all the way to #40 to call out Apple products. Initially, we were planning for an entire week on Apple products, but that would just be over kill.

Plain and simple, white people don’t just like Apple, they love and need Apple to operate.

On the surface, you would ask yourself, how is that white people love a multi-billion dollar company with manufacturing plants in China, mass production, and that contributes to global pollution through the manufacture of consumer electronic devices?

Simple answer: Apple products tell the world you are creative and unique. They are an exclusive product line only used by every white college student, designer, writer, English teacher, and hipster on the planet.

    
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