Sunday, August 30, 2015

Pixar In A Box? I'll Have Some Please!

Do you want to learn about computer animation?  Well you're in luck.  Here is your chance to learn from the best in the business.  Pixar and Khan Academy have teamed up to provide a series of free video courses that cover a wide variety topics related to 3D animation production.
The current topics include:

Environment modeling
Character modeling
Sets & Staging

It focuses on the technical aspects of the various processes and it's very informative for anyone interested in the complexities of advanced computer animation.

You can find all of the instructional videos here:

 Pixar In A Box

More about Pixar @ Pixar

Wes Craven 1939 – 2015, Goodbye and R.I.P.

Filmmaker Wes Craven died today of brain cancer.  He's best know for A Nightmare On Elm Street and Scream.   He will be remembered best as the man who created one of the most memorable bad guys ever, Freddy Kruger.  He helped to reinvent the horror genre with films like Nightmare and Scream breathing new life into a tired genre more than a few times during his career.

He gave a lot of great actors their big break in movies including Johnny Depp and Peter Berg.  Not all of his films were well received but he deserve credit for being original and influential along with other contemporaries such and John Carpenter.

Here a list of just some of his work:

Scream 4 - 2011
My Soul to Take  - 2010
Paris, je t'aime (segment "Pere-Lachaise") - 2006
Red Eye - 2005
Cursed - 2005
Scream 3 - 2000
Music of the Heart 1999
Scream 2 - 1997
Scream - 1996
Vampire in Brooklyn - 1995
New Nightmare - 1994
The People Under the Stairs - 1991
Shocker - 1989
The Serpent and the Rainbow - 1988
The Twilight Zone (TV Series) (5 episodes) 1985-1986
A Nightmare on Elm Street  - 1984
The Hills Have Eyes Part II  - 1984
Invitation to Hell  - 1984
Swamp Thing  - 1982
Deadly Blessing - 1981
The Hills Have Eyes - 1977
The Fireworks Woman (as Abe Snake) - 1975
The Last House on the Left - 1972

His great work lives on.   Rest in peace Wes Craven.

More @ Hollywood Reporter

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Iron Giant Is Still Great

The Iron Giant is remains one of the best animated films ever made.
Please watch it if you haven't seen it and watch it again if you have.
It may be Brad Bird's greatest film.

There is a very limited re-release on September 30.

More @  SlashFilm

Why isn't The Iron Giant available on Blu-Ray?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Drew Struzan Is Out Of Retirement For Star Wars Episode VII Poster


Drew has worked on many iconic Star Wars posters and has seen much of Episode VII's work in progress.  He apparently likes it very much and excited for fans to see it.

"... I’ve seen half of it and I can tell you and the fans this, Honest to god, it is far and away probably going to be the best Star Wars you’ve ever seen."

Details and the full interview with Drew Struzan @

I highly recommend his art books to any movie fan.  There is a great selection here at! 

A documentary about Drew and his career currently available on Netflix.

 Drew: The Man Behind The Poster

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Disney's Star Wars Land Sounds Interesting

Sounds like fun!  It is a major understatement so say that a lot is riding on the success of the new series of films.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Hateful Eight Teaser Is Finally Here

Quentin Tarantino is bringing back the western in glorious Ultra Panavision anamorphic 70mm film!
Can't wait for The Hateful Eight. 

The Hateful Eight and The Thing go together.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes Trailer

  How many more of these are there going to be?