(Source: ZombiesAndToys) The latest Star Wars novel, Death Troopers, introduces zombies into the Star Wars universe. Not satisfied with simply being in text, Death Troopers was also made into a Star Wars: Galaxies game expansion. We should have known there would be more…

Recently, starwars.com featured images of Star Wars movie posted given the zombie treatment by various artists. I doubt this is the last we’ll see of the combination of two of my favorite subjects.

Here are a few of my favorites, but the entire set can be viewed here.

(Source: Variety) The Motion Picture Academy released its long list of 15 contenders for the Visual Effects Oscar Friday, and there were some surprises, both in what made it, and what didn’t.

Animated features “Coraline” and “Disney’s A Christmas Carol” are still in the running, but already gone from contention are “The Lovely Bones,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “Night at the Museum 2,” all of which boasted extensive digital vfx.

The 15 still in the Oscar race are: “Angels & Demons”; “Avatar”; “Coraline”; “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”; “District 9″; “G-Force”; “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”; “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”; “Sherlock Holmes”; “Star Trek”; “Terminator Salvation”; “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”; “2012″; “Watchmen”; “Where the Wild Things Are.”

(Source: Wired) The quest by a group of math geeks to create a three-dimensional analogue for the mesmerizing Mandelbrot fractal has ended in success.

They call it the Mandelbulb. The 3-D renderings were generated by applying an iterative algorithm to a sphere. The same calculation is applied over and over to the sphere’s points in three dimensions. In spirit, that’s similar to how the original 2-DMandelbrot set generates its infinite and self-repeating complexity.

If you were ever mesmerized by the Mandelbrot screen saver, the following images are worth a look. Each photo is a zoom on one of these Mandelbulbs.



(Source: Hollywood.com) HitFix is reporting today that James Cameron’s highly anticipated Avatar could be a shoo-in for a handful of Golden Globe nominations.

A screening on Monday produced “very reliable sources” who said that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was incredibly positive about the film.

HF says it’s now very likely that Avatar could be nominated in both the Best Picture, Drama and Best Director categories when the Golden Globe nominations are announced next Tuesday.

HF surmises that an entry by Avatar could push expected Globe nominees such as The Hurt Locker or An Education out of the Best Picture, Drama race (which would be kind of ironic given that Cameron was once married to Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow…).



(Source: RopeOfSilicon.com) I just received a press release from a PR firm representing Hollywood.com with what they have determined to be the “Top 10 Most Significant Movie Developments of the Past Decade” and it’s an interesting list to ponder and outside of a couple of the selections I agree with most all of it. However, it is quite obvious the biggest influence over the last decade has been the Internet, but before adding any more comments, here’s the list as determined by Hollywood.com:



(Source: gamesindustry.biz) The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, is set to reject calls from the videogames industry in the UK for tax breaks, according to a report in The Guardian.

The games industry, which contributes more to the economy than the government-aided film industry, is likely to be again passed over as requests for parity with the movie business are ignored.

The UK national debt currently stands at over GBP 800 billion (USD 1.3 trillion), with borrowing this year likely to nudge GBP 175 billion (USD 285 billion), and some industry insiders have previously expressed their doubt to GamesIndustry.biz that against such a backdrop the government would be willing to extend state aid plans.



(Source: reelzchannel.com) Director Matthew Vaughn likes to do things his own way. When his friend, comic book writer Mark Millar, approached him with the idea of making a movie based on his Kick-Ass comic book, Vaughn refused to leave it up to “the whores in Hollywood.” Instead, he went out and raised Kick-Ass’s $50 million budget himself.

One of the ways Vaughn avoided the inflated budgets of other “superhero” movies is by filming as much as possible with his cameras, rather than relying on CGI, a technology that he is not very comfortable using.



(Source: lvbusinesspress.com) Canada-based Avrio Filmworks Inc. opened a filming and production facility in Las Vegas, hoping to attract national and international producers and to capitalize on the city’s brand.

Avrio Studios will offer postproduction capabilities as well as feature Southern Nevada’s largest Cyc, a shooting stage with curved angles used to create scenes with visual effects. Commonly referred to as a “green screen,” this stage lets movie makers digitally add background scenery, moving the action, for example, to the top of the Empire State Building or to the bottom of the ocean. The stage runs 275 linear feet, which according to owner Michael Derbas, is compatible with top Cyc studios in California. The 23,000-square-foot facility is part of the new 100,000-square-foot Avrio Walnut Center.

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(Source: newslite.tv) An unknown filmmaker from Uruguay has been given $30m by Hollywood studio bosses – to turn his $500 YouTube video of a giant robot invasion into a movie

Would-be director Federico Alvarez, who runs a post-production visual effects house in Uruguay, filmed ‘Panic Attack’ with a budget of just $500 in his free time.

The five minute clip – which he then uploaded to YouTube – shows an invasion of Montevideo by giant robots and had special effects which could rival many big budget movies.

    
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