Inspired by director George Miller's own statements on the ideal presentation, Black and Chrome makes the brilliant action flick black and white.
One thing I've noticed is that the default position for everyone is to de-saturate post-apocalyptic movies. There's only two ways to go: make them black and white—the best version of this movice is black and white, but people reserve that for art movies now. The other version is to really go all-out on the color. The usual teal and orange thing? That's all the colors we had to work with. The desert's orange an the sky is teal, and we could either desaturate it or crank it up, to differentiate the movie. Plus, it can get really tiring watching this dull, desaturated color, unless you call all the way out and make it black and white.
So they did!
George Miller has said that the best version of his film is in black and white, with no dialogue. BLACK & CHROME is an attempt to realize Miller’s alternate vision. The cinematography, the editing, the sound design, and the score, are now represented in a completely new experience.
“NASA-supported researchers have found that ice covering Greenland is melting faster than previously thought. The action is happening out of sight, below the surface.”
This is a thing that people do. No wait, this is a thing that men who are completely insane do. But it's very entertaining stuff on YouTube, so I hope they keep doing it.
A light box is an excellent tool for illustrators. It allows you to place a sheet of paper with a sketch on it, then place another piece of paper on top of it, and trace the original drawing. A lot of artists do a pencil sketch on a sheet of paper, then use a nicer piece of paper to trace the sketch in ink.
Andreas Ekberg, a wonderful illustrator who makes beautiful stenciled skateboards (like this Jackhammer Jill deck) and other things, told me about this USB light board. I already have a light board, and I've used it for over 30 years. It's a clunky metal box with fluorescent tubes and I used it draw illustrations for the early issues of the bOING bOING zine.
If I didn't already have my lightbox, I would snap up this 5mm-thick USB powered light box ($45 on Amazon). It looks so much better than my old-school light box. The brightness level is adjustable, the LEDs will last much longer than the bulbs (mine currently has one burnt out bulb and I've been using it that way for years), and best of all, it is much more portable. If I get back into hand drawing in a big way, I'll get one. Read the rest
Emma Lynam, 21, of Australia has Down Syndrome, a cleft palate, and autism. She can't read or write, but she is such an enthusiastic paper shredder that she now runs a successful business called Master Shredder. The name was inspired by a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Read the rest
Tight scheduling and months of preparation are hallmarks of modern movie production. Despite this, or perhaps because of this, moments of genuine authenticity arise from ad-libs, disobedience and outright on-set screwups. Screenrant collected 10 of the best, from Tom Cruise's crazy-violent stunts to David Duchovny rambling perfectly through forgotten lines in Zoolander.
And, yes, Midnight Cowboy is walkin' here. Read the rest
“Our son was having some trouble blowing out his birthday candle,” explains Ashleigh Williamson of her adorable two-year-old son. Read the rest
Oh, this is full of some real gems, and will very likely improve your mood. The part where the mom is trying to teach her daughter about the planets, specifically how to say “Uranus,” is my favorite. Perhaps second only to the kid who does a spot-on impression of some of my least favorite former U.S. Presidents. [AFV] Read the rest
Xiao Jiguo is a successful Chinese Obama impersonator. In this interview he explains that his English skills are poor, and demonstrates the fake English he uses when performing. Read the rest