Necessary accessory

Where would Indy be without the bullwhip on his side? Well, probably laying dead in that water hole in the beginning of Raider’s. (Don’t you remember? He uses the bullwhip to remove the hand gun from that bad guy sneaking up behind him..)

Anyways, since my bullwhip bought nearly 4 year ago was a budget version I picked up from the Bay, I thought it was time to get myself a proper screen-accurate one. This one’s supposedly made in Kangaroo hide, just like the one used in the movies.

Here are a couple of pictures of an actual screen-used whip from one of the Indy movies (with reference: indygear.com). Whip maker David Morgan supplied more than 30 bullwhips of the 450 series for the Indy movies. His company still sell the 450 series, and the price is about 955 USD for the screen accurate one of correct length of 10 ft. But then, you’re sure to get one of the best bullwhips in the world.

Don’t forget to check out this awesome clip which really shows what can be achieved by a good old bullwhip. And while you’re already on youtube, why not check this one out as well?

Screen used David Morgan 450 series bullwhip.

This guy ended up dead in that cave, I guess it was due to bad karma..

Comparison between budget-bullwhip and the more SA one.

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1,2,3,4,5…

Very interesting stuff are happening within the Protocol-community nowadays. At least 2 Protocol Droids are almost finished; Stukatrooper’s one being finished VM’d, Cymico’s going to pick his up from the VM shop as we speak.

3 other droids are also very close to be ready for VM (including mine).

How exciting!

Here is a small teaser from Stukatrooper, which shows his Threepio with dented head as from ANH (Dent on top the head and one on the cheek, including some imperfections near the left eye “brow”). His Threepio was actually VM’d by the same company who chromed the original suit for ANH!

 

Live A(nimation)ction

Now, think about this, when I say “Live action” movie, you might think of it as a movie with real actors, filmed on real locations, using live props and costumes. When I refer to an “Animation” movie, you instantly think about either Pixar or Disney. In our film-reality, animated movies are either animated by hand (Lion King, Aladdin etc.), using classic stop-motion techniques (Fl√•klypa Grand Prix, Wallace & Gromit etc) or done in a computer (Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Wall-E, Up etc).

The Terminator, a typical "Live Action" sci-fi/action movie?

"Lion King", a traditional animation movie.

I’ve just come to notice a development within the film industry which I find as the most interesting thing. Think about it, back in the time when optical and practical effects where the thing within the industry, ILM (Industrial Light and Magic, being the real pioneer within this industry) and other effect houses were limited by the fact that their effects had to be integrated with live action shots provided by the film studio. They existed simply due to the fact that the film production company needed them to create special and visual effects to enhance or make a scene work out. Today, with the help of CGI technology, effect houses (such as ILM and Weta) have the rendering capacity to make them able to create any location, animate any character, and create enough footage to make a feature film themselves! Recent films such as Rango, which marks ILM’s first full length feature film debut shows just this. ILM has reached a level of effectiveness and capacity which makes it able to act as an independent film company. And do also think about this, CGI technology has reached a level where characters can be recreated with such realism that they are impossible to tell if they’re fake or not. The only difference between animated films such as Rango and Avatar is simply due to esthetics. If the animators/visual effects people wanted, they could’ve easily changed out all the characters with photo-realistic human characters in Rango. The same thing can be said about The Adventures of Tintin (2011) (Special Visual effects company Weta provided the CG footage).

The technology is there.

So Avatar is a..live-action or an animated movie? Well heck, let's just use the term "Epic Science-Fiction Film" and avoid the categorization.

However, my point is. In today’s sophisticated world of visual effects and CGI-based movie making, there is no longer a sharp line dividing the traditional live action movie from animation. Would you call Avatar a live action movie or an animated movie? Everything with the production of Avatar suggest it should be treated as animation, expect from the use of a few bluescreen shots with live actors, which are minimal compared to the vast amount of CGI-footage throughout the whole movie. Our vocabulary apparently does not follow the rapid development of today’s movie-making.

Now, please excuse me, I have a Live Animationction…oh snap..movie to catch at the cinema. It’s John Carter.

The Rock

Went for a 40 minutes jog outside, and when I came home, I did not feel like dragging myself to continue the work out at the gym at all. But guess what? Somewhere deep down in my mind (under a rock, actually, in my mind. Can you believe that?), I found my motivation.

By the way, have you heard the soundtrack from the movie The Rock? It rocks.