What goes into making R2-D2? In the Star Wars universe, it’s a bunch of fictional technological bits and bobs. In ours, it’s usually a bit of electronics and Kenny Baker. But if you’re making an R/C R2? it takes a hell of a lot of technical wizardry, as this video about the R2-D2 Builders Club shows.
Vamos ao cinema para ficarmos maravilhados pelo que vemos; mas poucos são aqueles que ao verem uma cena espectacular dão por si a pensar: mas como é que eles filmaram isto?
Mesmo com toda a ajuda dos computadores e efeitos digitais, muitos filmes continuam a recorrer a cenas filmadas que desafiam a nossa imaginação, e que são dignas de serem relembradas e revistas sempre que possível.
On Monday, we brought you evidence that Stanley Kubrick invented the tablet computer in 1968's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Today, we go back forty years further into cinematic history to ask whether Fritz Lang invented the video phone in 1927's Metropolis.
Isaac Asimov, one of the most prolific creators in science-fiction history, wrote or edited more than 500 books in his lifetime, including the high-profile ones we all recognize like I, Robot and the Foundation series (hear a version dramatized here).
There’s an old axiom that mediocre books make great movies and great books make for lousy movies. Mario Puzo’s bestseller The Godfather is a straightforward potboiler but Francis Ford Coppola spun it into one of the best films ever made. In contrast, F.
Known primarily for his war films and crime dramas, American director Samuel Fuller also directed a quartet of westerns, the last of which being 1957's Forty Guns. The film was part of a deal struck with 20th Century Fox after...
Quase todas as pessoas interessadas pela aeronáutica reconhecem os nomes dos pioneiros da aviação, como os irmãos Wright, Blériot, e outros. Mas poucos reconhecerão Emma Todd, a primeira mulher a desenhar e construir um avião (em 1910). É por isso mais que justo que esta curta em animação nos dê a conhecer esta fantástica senhora, que há mais de um século já tornava realidade os seus sonhos de voar bem acima do solo.
You know what happens in a real earthquake? A pause. And then slight confusion. And then frantically trying to remember what elementary school taught you on where you should go. And then panic because you don’t remember. You know what happens when you film an earthquake disaster movie such as San Andreas? Comedy.
Num mundo acelerado, marcado pela exaltação do efémero e do fait divers, a questão da preservação da memória cinematográfica é mais actual do que nunca. Por alguma razão, a secção de clássicos do Festival de Cannes — no essencial, dedicada à apresentação de cópias restauradas de filmes historicamente significativos — foi-se transformando num espaço privilegiado do maior certame cinematográfico do mundo.
It’s now been over three decades since cyberpunk first exploded, and in that time we’ve seen gorgeous movies, read fascinating books, and seen dozens of offshoots like steampunk (and my new favorite, deco punk) develop. Here are the 21 cyberpunk books you absolutely must read.
Red tape: paintings by Carl Hammoud Nobody seems to like bureaucracy very much, and yet somehow we always seem to end up with more of it. One can see its effects in every aspect of our lives. Indeed, bureaucracy has become the water in which we swim.
When it comes to high-calibre non-fiction, risk-averse trade publishing houses are producing too many copycat ‘smart thinking’ books that promise more than they deliver. But praise should be given to the university presses
I recently talked with a friend who's planning to schedule a screening of Blade Runner at her film festival. We discussed the important decision that anyone who wants to show Ridley Scott's Philip K. Dick-adapting masterpiece faces: which Blade Runner?
E quando eu pensava que já conhecia Blade Runner aparece-me mais uma versão.
Cities as we know them came into being when they industrialized in the 19th century. Film as we know it came into being when its own industry developed in the 20th. And so film came into its own in an era when cities around the world had become the most fascinating places going.
It may sound redundant, but to many people a Hitchcock film would not be a Hitchcock film without Hitchcock. By this I mean not only Hitchcock’s masterful command of light and shadow, camera movement, and editing, but also the brief, witty appearances of the man himself, in front of the camera.
Cinema Sem Lei has made a nice supercut video essay that explores the influence of German Expressionism on the films of Tim Burton. There’s undeniably some direct quotes: The first shot comparing the cityscapes of Metropolis and Batman Returns, the shadows on the wall of both The Cabinet of Dr.
You can now go swimming with the fishes, but in a good way. Google unveiled Street View postings today for more than 40 underwater locations around the world in celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8. The exotic locations include the American Samoa and Chagos Islands, Bali and the Great … Continue reading
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