(Source: blogs.discovermagazine.com) “More science, less fiction” is the message from the scientific community to Hollywood, even as the sci-fi film Avatar continues to rake in cash at the box office. Physics professor Sidney Perkowitz took to the stage at last week’s meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science to encourage more science in movies, but also to beg filmmakers not to bungle up their facts. For example, a movie should only be permitted to break one law of physics, he suggested.



(Source: NYTimes.com) Computer science researchers at the University of Washington and Cornell University are deploying a system that will blend teamwork and collaboration with powerful graphics algorithms to create three-dimensional renderings of buildings, neighborhoods and potentially even entire cities.

The new system, PhotoCity, grew from the original work of a Cornell computer scientist, Noah Snavely, who while working on his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Washington, developed a set of algorithms that generated three-dimensional models from unstructured collections of two-dimensional photos.



(Source: thewrap.com) The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards ceremony, which took place Saturday night at the Beverly Wilshire hotel, demonstrated a couple of things conclusively.

First, it showed that filmmaking is a very complicated business, particularly to those of us who can’t tell high fidelity reflectance data from sub-pixel offsets of the CMOS array sensor.

Second, it showed that the people who do understand that stuff need to have a pretty good sense of humor.



(Source: marinij.com) In the nearly four years since George Lucas took his filmmaking colossus to the Presidio in San Francisco, the model makers and special-effects gurus who stayed behind as Kerner Group haven’t exactly wallowed in his wake.

In that time, the San Rafael company, which was spun off from Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic in a 2006 management-led buyout, has churned out effects work for some of the biggest blockbusters on the planet, including franchises like “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Transformers,” “Harry Potter,” “Indiana Jones,” “Terminator”- even the recent mega-hit “Avatar.”



(Source: trektoday.com) While no match for the Avatar juggernaut, J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek still received six nominations for the Saturn Awards today.

According to the full list of nominations posted on the SF Site, Star Trek was nominated as Best Science Fiction Film, while both director J.J. Abrams and writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were nominated in their respective categories. The full list of nominations for Trek, as well as the films it will be competing against, can be found below:

Best Science Fiction Film

Best Director

Best Writing

Best Make-Up

    
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