That’s it. That’s the show.
That’s it. That’s the show.
[where’s daddy graham gone?]
-in which Dr.Bloom finally gets to cozy up with Will’s dogs.
i seriously have more feelings for these dogs than people in this show.
i mean LOOK AT WINSTON LOOKIT HIM
in other news my Hannibal tag is beginning to look legit =_=
I encourage everyone to watch this heartbreaking documentary about the dissolution of the accomplished and lauded visual effects studio Rhythm & Hues (where some friends of mine worked), yet another high-profile casualty of the collapsing VFX industry due the turbulent, ill-structured quagmire that is the movie business. My old buddy Scott Leberecht did a wonderful job directing and editing this story. Definitely worth 30 minutes of your time, particularly if you make your living where art and commerce overlap.
In the last year, I’ve seen the screen caps from Iron Man 2 with Don Cheadle and Robert Downey, Jr. wearing their motion capture suits accompanied by funny captions. What I didn’t realize was that that particular image was part of an awareness campaign regarding the plight of VFX studios and their artists.
For someone who exists wholly outside the film industry - like myself - I think it’s pretty easy to look at Hollywood and see those enormous box office returns and think, “Wow. People who make moves make a killing. Everyone is a millionaire.”
I never gave much thought to the idea that the field of visual effects - which, like it or not, has become a huge part of the film industry and is, in many ways, entirely responsible for the rise and success of the comic book and fantasy films of the last 15 years - is carried out by independent contractors who have little, if any, direct contact with the director or other filmmakers. In-house effects companies like Industrial Light & Magic - a division of Lucasfilm before its acquisition by Disney and its subsequent restructuring - seem to be the exception, not the rule. Hired on a project-by-project basis, the VFX houses and their staffs are at the mercy of major movie studios seeking to enhance their bottom line by getting the work done as cheaply as possible.
Although my knowledge of this subject is extremely limited, Rhythm & Hughes was no fly-by-night operation. This was a veteran, California-based outfit that had done work on films such as Babe, Stuart Little, the X-Men films, The Golden Compass, Happy Feet, and Life of Pi. They had won multiple Academy Awards for their work. When studios refuse to adequately compensate effects houses for their work, the artists don’t get paid, the company cannot pay its bills, ultimately resulting in bankruptcy.
I think it’s pretty easy to look at the cost of a film and wonder, “How could they spend $150 million or $200 million to make this movie? Where is it all going?” When you see screen captures of Man of Steel, Pacific Rim, and The Avengers with the digital wizardry stripped away, you have your answer. These movies don’t exist without those artists. Digital visual effects are the reason why these films - many of which constitute some of the largest fandoms on Tumblr - were able to claw their way out obscurity and into the forefront of modern film.
I’d encourage folks to watch this 30-minute long documentary on the demise of Rhythm & Hues. This is the first part of a feature-length documentary on the subject and provides a look at how the studio system and the VFX pricing structure affect the artists who are largely responsible for the films many of us enjoy.
TRON: Legend of Korra [18x8” 100lb gloss cover print available on storenvy]
i’ve been trying to explain this sketch to people for years
so ivan got a job
I knew I was saving my 300th post (good LORD I need to post more stuff) for something special.
Everyone, here is my dear friend Hollyn. She is the best.
I am glad you are proud of me, even if the kitty is not. :D
You totally asked me this in your public reply to my ask and I did not respond because I’m a big jerk!
Okay, so, my favorite winter Olympic events are hockey (men’s and women’s), speed skating, and curling. I also really dig the various snowboarding events.
Hockey is hockey. I mean, I love hockey, even if I don’t watch near as much as I should. The gold medal game between the US and Canada 4 years ago was one of the most exciting sports-related things I’ve ever experienced. Women’s hockey is really fun, but it basically comes down to the US and Canada beating the tar out of every time they play until they get to the final.
Speed skating is great, especially the relay. I don’t really have a ton to say about it, other than it’s just really fun to watch those guys and gals tearing ass around the rink. There’s a lot of strategy involved in figuring out how to pass, but when someone screws up, it’s like a car crash at a NASCAR race.
Okay, so, I didn’t really figure out curling until I was in graduate school back in the mid-2000s (I’m old, shut up). I must have seen a bit of it in a previous Olympiad, but I didn’t really get it and I thought it was totally silly. But, man, I remember staying up late and waking up REALLY early so that I could watch curling. I was really pressed for time because I was writing my thesis, so I had to be choosy about what sports I could watch, and I limited my Olympic viewing to hockey and curling. There’s SO much strategy involved and it requires precision and control. The US is pretty bad at curling - we’ve only won 1 bronze medal at the 8 Olympiads that have featured curling. (Also, curling, unlike, say, snowboarding, has been around since the original Winter Olympiad in 1924, and I just kind of love that.)
I used to LOVE ice skating when I was a wee lad. But, I think over time, I just got frustrated with how arbitrary the scoring system is. It’s SO subjective, and the sport seems like it’s rife with corruption as far as judging goes.
So, now I’ll turn the question to my followers, those precious few who have remained by my side - what are YOUR favorite Olympic events?
Full version of the Stand By Me used in the Hannibal Season 2 Trailer.
#[shower singing intensifies]