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A Full-Scale Portal 2 Sentry Turret Replica by Weta Workshop

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.

There You Are - Portal 2 Turret by Weta Workshop for Valve

There You Are - Portal 2 Turret by Weta Workshop for Valve

via Kotaku

Benedict Cumberbatch Crawls Around Covered in Sensors Behind the Scenes of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

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.

In a 2012 interview with GamesRadar, Cumberbatch spoke about his experience using the motion-capture suit.

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.

I am death!

All must burn!

GIFs via Imgur

via Imgur

‘Cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies’, A Three-Part PBS Documentary by Ken Burns and Barak Goodman


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.

Ken Burns, Dr. Sid Mukherjee & Barak Goodman
photo by Stephanie Berger

via Jody Schoeger, Stand Up To Cancer

‘Rat Queens’, A Sass and Sorcery Comic Featuring Four Women Kicking Butt During Fantasy Adventures

Rat Queens

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.

Variety recently reported that Weta Workshop‘s Pukeko Pictures and Heavy Metal have teamed up to adapt Rat Queens into an animated television series.

Rat Queens Comic

Rat Queens Comic

images via Rat Queens

via Variety, The Mary Sue

Eye of Sauron Desk Lamp

Eye of Sauron Desk Lamp

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.

Eye of Sauron Desk Lamp

Eye of Sauron Desk Lamp

images via ThinkGeek

Outdoorsman Bear Grylls Stars in a Flight Safety Video, Set Entirely in the New Zealand Wilderness

Bear Grylls (Man vs. Wild) stars in “The Bear Essentials of Safety,” a new Air New Zealand flight safety video which is set entirely in the New Zealand wilderness.

Watch as Bear explores and encounters many New Zealand natives, including entomologist Ruud Kleinpaste and local animals like the Tuatara (lizard), Kia (bird), and Weta (insect).

The video is filmed along the Routeburn Track, a 32km, 2-4 day track in the southwestern corner of New Zealand’s South Island and highlights Air New Zealand’s association with the Department of Conservation (DOC).

Here is the behind-the-scenes video:

video by Giant Media

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

The Lord of the Rings Gold-Plated Tungsten Carbide One Ring Replica

The Lord of the Rings Gold-Plated Tungsten Carbide (The One Ring)

The Gold-Plated Tungsten Carbide One Ring from ThinkGeek is a replica created by Weta Workshop of the magic One Ring seen in The Lord of Rings film series (the one that was forged in the fires of Mount Doom by Dark Lord Sauron). Various sized rings are available to purchase from the online ThinkGeek and Weta Workshop stores.

Much like the One Ring in the movies, this Tungsten Carbide One Ring replica has the highest melting point of all non-alloyed metals and tough enough to go with you on your daily adventures. You’ll need the volcanic lava of Mount Doom to destroy it… or you could just wear it and see if you can withstand its evil powers. The ring features an inscription in Elvish letters of the Black Speech devised by Sauron when he crafted the all-powerful ring: “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.” Wield your power carefully.

The Lord of the Rings Gold-Plated Tungsten Carbide (The One Ring)

The Lord of the Rings Gold-Plated Tungsten Carbide (The One Ring)

images via ThinkGeek and Weta Workshop