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Miramar, New Zealand special effects and prop company Weta Workshop built a beautiful articulated Portal 2 sentry turret replica, complete with a motion sensor, for the video game development company Valve and delivered it to them for an exciting unboxing on Thursday, September 13, 2012. One of these bad boys would really tie a room together or destroy it with bullets. The unboxing video was originally tweeted by Valve artist Realm Lovejoy.
Look at what I helped unbox today at work: facebook.com/photo.php?v=10…
— Realm Lovejoy (@realmlovejoy) September 14, 2012
Can We Take a Joke? is a new documentary by director Ted Balaker that explores the intersection of comedy, free speech, and outrage. The film features interviews with outspoken comedians and performers like Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette, Lisa Lampanelli, Adam Carolla, and many more.
The film will be released in select theaters July 29, 2016 and digitally on August 2, 2016.
In the age of social media, nearly every day brings a new eruption of outrage. While people have always found something to be offended by, their ability to organize a groundswell of opposition to—and public censure of—their offender has never been more powerful. Today we’re all one clumsy joke away from public ruin. Can We Take A Joke? offers a thought-provoking and wry exploration of outrage culture through the lens of stand-up comedy, with notables like Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette, Lisa Lampanelli, and Adam Carolla detailing its stifling impact on comedy and the exchange of ideas. What will future will be like if we can’t learn how to take a joke?
CGMeetUp has shared a breakdown of the amazing visual effects in Marvel‘s new Deadpool movie. Atomic Fiction, Blur Studio, Digital Domain, Weta Digital, Luma Pictures, Rodeo FX, and Image Engine are a few of the visual effects studios whose work is featured in the breakdown.
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Actor Benedict Cumberbatch slinks along the floor while covered in sensors in a behind-the-scenes clip of the actor expertly performing the role of the fearsome dragon Smaug in the 2013 film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The motion-capture sensors on his suit provide a map of the actor’s motions over time so that animators and special effects artists can create the image of Smaug on top of the movements.
It’s very freeing, once you put the suit on and the sensors. I’ve never felt less encumbered, actually. And you have to be. You have to be free.
You just have to lose your shit on a carpeted floor, in a place that looks a little bit like a mundane government building. It was just me as well, with four static cameras and all the sensors. Then the boys at Weta work their magic.
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Our film project Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is about as close to the bone as filmmaking gets for me. Cancer has been a huge part of my life. – Ken Burns
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a three-part, six-hour PBS documentary that explores the history of cancer, current treatments, and scientific advancements leading into the future. Inspired by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee‘s wonderful book of the same title, executive producer Ken Burns and director Barak Goodman, in partnership with WETA and Laura Ziskin Productions, explore the multi-faceted search to find a cure for cancer.
The series matches the epic scale of the disease, reshaping the way the public sees cancer and stripping away some of the fear and misunderstanding that has long surrounded it. The story of cancer is a story of scientific hubris, paternalism, and misperception, but it is also a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective and a biographer’s passion. The series artfully weaves three different films in one: a riveting historical documentary; an engrossing and intimate vérité film; and a scientific and investigative report.
The series premieres on local PBS stations March 30-April 1, 2015.
photo by Stephanie Berger
Rat Queens is a sass and sorcery comic published by Image Comics featuring four women kicking butt during fantasy adventures written by Kurtis J. Wiebe with art by Roc Upchurch. The comic follows the trials and tribulations of Hannah, Dee, Violet, and Betty as they deal with sex, drugs, and very angry monsters. The full run of the comic as it currently exists is available digitally via Image Comics’ website.
images via Rat Queens
The Eye of Sauron Desk Lamp is a 21-inch tall replica of Barad-dûr, the fortress of Sauron, complete with an LED gaze. The detailed desk lamp was sculpted by Weta Workshop’s senior model maker David Tremont, and is available for purchase at ThinkGeek.
Sculpted from polystone and coated with a protective layer of polyurethane, each Eye of Sauron Desk Lamp is painted and finished by hand and features cutting-edge LED technology. Plug it into the wall and it will turn its roving eye toward anything it deems worth watching. Its gaze pierces cloud, shadow, earth, and flesh, so you should probably keep it away from children and hobbits.
images via ThinkGeek