(Source: ny1.com) The animated movie “Metropia,” which screens this week at the Tribeca Film Festival, has an eerie combination of photography and imagination. NY1’s Technology reporter Adam Balkin filed the following report.

“Metropia,” screening this week at the Tribeca Film Festival, is a new kind of animated film that could fool actors into believing that they’re watching live actors. The creators of the film take photographs, mix and match parts and then allow the still images to move.



(Sources: slashfilm.comnews.bbc.co.uk) Ridley Scott has plans for not one, but two prequel films. Scott referred to the two films as “prequel one and two”, but admits that he is only working on part one at the moment. So who knows when he might ever get around to part two. Scott also confirmed the previous report that he will shoot the prequels in 3D.

Director Sir Ridley Scott has revealed that his 3D Alien prequel will be “really nasty” and will respond to the standard set by James Cameron’s Avatar.



(Source: artbistro.monster.com) Last month, two weeks before the main event, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences awarded 15 scientific and technical awards to 46 men who pioneered advances in moviemaking technology. Among the awards mis year was a Scientific and Engineering award given to Per Christensen, Michael Bunnell, and Christophe Hcry for developing point-based rendering for indirect illumination and ambient occlusion. The first film to use this rendering technique, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, won an Oscar for the visual effects created at Industrial Light & Magic. Now available in Pixars RenderMan and widely adopted by visual effects studios, the point-cloud rendering technique has helped studios create realistic CCi characters, objects, and environments in more than 30 films.



(Source: latimes.com)  If you think we’ve already been inundated by 3-D with “Avatar” (which was shot in 3-D) and “Clash of the Titans” (which was converted later), get ready for a full-on deluge: nearly every big-budget holiday movie next year will be in 3-D, as will future films as diverse as the ” Spider-Man” reboot, the Taylor Lautner action- comedy “Stretch Armstrong” and Martin Scorsese’s children’s-book adaptation “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.”



(Source: MTVnews) Now that Ridley Scott is on the press circuit to talk about Robin Hood, Alien prequel talk is resurfacing. And it’s no longer just a pipe dream. Scott says it’s happening – a visual palette is being designed, concept art is being hashed out and a script is being finalized. But what’s it about? Here are excerpts from MTV’s interview.



(Source: denofgeek.com)  With the summer blockbuster season about to get into full swing with the arrival of Iron Man 2 in the next couple of weeks, we figured it was time for our traditional look ahead into the future, as we take a look at the blockbusters currently in production that’ll be heading our way from this time next year. Buckle up, there are lots of sequels and franchises ahead…

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(Source: theglobeandmail.com) The Academy Award-winning Hollywood animation studio Pixar, which is set to launch Toy Story 3 in June, opens its new studio in a historic Vancouver building for an invitation-only sneak peek this morning – one of the highlights of what has become an exciting year for the city’s digital-animation and visual-effects industry. At a time when U.S. production is in the doldrums here, no fewer than three American studios are opening up shops in Vancouver: Pixar, Digital Domain and Sony Pictures Imageworks, which plans to formally announce its Vancouver studio next month.



CIS Visual Effects Group, based in Hollywood, Calif., and Vancouver, Canada, has acquired the assets of Postmodern Sydney. Purchase price was not disclosed.

Established in 2001, Postmodern is a design and visual effects shop serving high-end feature, commercial and TV clients in Australia and throughout Asia. Recent Postmodern projects include VFX for the Proyas/Summit Entertainment feature, Knowing, and the Spierig Brothers/Lionsgate feature Daybreakers. Recent commercial projects include McDonald’s “McHappy Day” for DDB Sydney, and Macquarie Bank’s “Out of the Box” for Leo Burnett.

(Source: FoxNews) A computer game retailer revealed that it legally owns the souls of thousands of online shoppers, thanks to a clause in the terms and conditions agreed to by online shoppers.

The retailer, British firm GameStation, added the “immortal soul clause” to the contract signed before making any online purchases earlier this month. It states that customers grant the company the right to claim their soul.

(Source: Wired.com) If there is one thing that we have learned from television and movies it’s that the Zombipocalypse is inevitable. There will soon come a day that we will be holding up in a mall, fighting off the incoming horde of brain seeking zombies. With modern entertainment, zombies went from a niche sci-fi creation to a pop culture phenomenon. Zombies have quickly become a staple of modern horror. They scare us with their faces of gore and detached limbs, they make us laugh with their clumsy shuffling and simplistic one task oriented view of the world they have been re-animated into.

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