Poison Apple

Some people claim to be addicted to their Apple products. Turns out it might be true. Everyone always assumed that Apple gear (iPods, Macs, iPhones, etc) have sold well because they are well built and user friendly, but a recent police investigation has determined that they are actually infused with small amounts of LSD, that the user absorbs slowly through their skin, creating a sense of wonder and euphoria.

Rubicon Consulting recently published a survey (PDF) from a selected group of 460 iPhone owners. Here is a summary of the results:

  • 80% of iPhone owners said they were “satisfied” with the device
  • 72% of users said they use the iPhone at least once a day for e-mail
  • 55% of those surveyed said that the iPhone has increased their mobile browsing
  • Almost half of the owners changed their carrier
  • 40% of those that switched, switched from a smartphone device
  • 1/3 of iPhone owners carry 2 phones
  • 13% of iPhone owners surveyed have unlocked iPhones

Last year, box office pundits predicted big trouble because three tentpoles were skedded for May — “Spider-Man 3,” “Shrek the Third” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” — and it didn’t seem possible that the marketplace could sustain that sort of pace.

They were wrong. Each grossed more than $110 million in its opening weekend and eventually crossed the $300 million mark at the domestic box office.

Studios and exhibs said the powerhouse May performance proved the marketplace is capable of expanding, provided there are movies people want to see.

The Los Angeles animation industry has a trade union called The Animation Guild (TAG), also known as Local 839 IATSE. Every year their president, Kevin Koch and the Business Representative, Steve Hulett organize an earnings survey of their members salaries.

This year, the median wages (in US dollars) for a 40 hour week averaged : Directors (theatrical) $3,005. Directors (television) $2,400. Story Artists (feature) $2,250. Staff Writers $2,344. Production Board (television) $1,900. Visual Development $2,125. Background Layout/Design $1,800. Technical Directors $1,885. 3-D Animators $1,745

Here’s the link to the complete 2008 survey (Acrobat PDF File).

In the UK the animation industry is represented by BECTU, whose own wages survey can be found on this page.

It’s a well-documented fact that the games industry has exploded to become one of the fastest growing sectors in entertainment, with $18.85 billion in U.S. sales alone in 2007. Games software grew by 28% last year, and it’s remarkable to think that Nintendo has comparable market capitalization to Disney, at approximately $60 billion.

In addition to this explosive growth, gaming is now challenging film and television as a key driver of innovation in computer hardware and software, mainly because of the significant challenges of creating the next-generation of high-resolution, realtime, interactive games. As a result, we’re starting to see gaming technology being applied to other content creation sectors, most notably in visual effects for television and film, and in architectural visualization.

People magazine reveals its “Sexiest Man Alive” list for 2007 and “Heroes” star and ILM employee Masi Oka is on it. Check out this video of Masi explaining why sci-fi is indeed sexy. [Masi says that he thinks his butt is sexy]

Take a look:   People.com

(Source: screenrant.com)              Iron Man fans weren’t too happy to learn that their film wouldn’t open in April and may even have felt like fools for thinking it would open more than a day early.

A few weeks back it had been mistakenly reported on a number of movie news sites that Iron Man would be released not on May 2nd, but instead on April 30th. At the time that was refuted and it turned out that the April opening date was for the international release of the film. It seems that in a bit of marketing hype, Paramount has decided to do an unusual staggered rollout for the film in the U.S.

Will Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull feature Indy ducking CGI boulders and reacting to greenscreen aliens? Not according to production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas, who also worked on Superman Returns and X2: X-Men United. We just talked to Dyas, who says he built all of the movie’s sets, with little or no greenscreen. More details, and a gallery of Dyas’ designs from Superman and X2, after the jump.

Many people had feared that George Lucas’ involvement in the new Indiana Jones would mean another spate of greenscreen craziness, along the lines of the three Star Wars prequels. But Dyas says:

    
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