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Archive for April, 2012

PIXAR’s Brave Trailer

This was realised a few days ago.
Knowing PIXAR it will be a great film with all the fun that they bring to their films.
The film has a great cast that includes Billy Connolly to Emma Thompson, and of course it would not be a PIXAR film without John Ratzenberger in a large or small role.


A Game of Cat and Mouse

Last month I posted that I was having issue with this picture.

Last weekend I went down to my father-in-law and installed Blender onto his machine and loaded up the file.
After spending five minutes pointing all the textures to the right files I was able to render out the picture in full HD with no issues. So as I suspected it is a memory issue.

The Type – 11 shuttle was designed by John Eaves for Star Trek Insurrection.
Out of the all the shuttle that has been done for the TNG and post era of Star Trek Insurrection, this has to be my favourite.

As I am still working on have the Akria Class finished off. I though it would be a good idea to do a picture that be added to the asteroid collection I did last year.
I wanted to add another ship to the scene. I checked out Star Trek Blender and found a decent Klingon on BOP.

The Klingon Bird of Pray is by William Burningham, and everything else is by me. All modelled textured and Composted in Blender. Text added in Photoshop.

I am quite happy with the way this one came out.

If you are interested in seeing how the asteroids where done you can check out the Blender Tutorial on Blender Guru.

Here is the finished picture.

And here it is with a close up on the shuttle.

Happy Birthday David

Here is another viral Video form Ridely Scott’s film Prometheu.
It gives a little more insight into the world that Prometheu is set.


Film Reel Test

I had an idea for an animation, as I started to work out the details. As with projects you start, the idea changed to something else.
Anyway I have model some film, and film reel and the film reel canisters.
At the moment it’s just some ideas I am throwing around, but I do have something in mind for the final imagine. I could still go back with to the original idea, but we will have to see how it all turns out.
I am happy with how things have turned out so far. But I think the film reel needs to be re-worked.
I modelled it from memory but after looking at some picture of different film reels, I am a little of the mark. But it would not be to major to make this closer to what a normal film reel looks like.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Film Reivew

Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, a welcome edition to the franchise that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

This is Brad Bird debut live action film. Bird is best known for the classic Pixar movies “The Incredibles” and “Ratatouille”. Given the current trend to make films in 3D, Bird has stayed away form this and opted instead to use IMAX for some of the scenes.
With Mission: Impossible III lacking in some areas Bird has made a vast improvement in the Mission Impossible franchise, bring the film on par with Brian De Palma 1996 first outing for the franchise.
The film opens up with an action packing opening and with some comedy thrown in with Hunt (Cruise) and Dunn (Simon Pegg) clashing during Hunt’s escape from a Budapest prison. The fast pace of the film does not stop there and keeps going all the way though to the end.

As with M:I III Cruise and Pegg have great on screen chemistry. This is also complemented with the addition of Paula Patton and Jeremy Renner, being added to the team. As with the other Mission Impossible films the setting are all over the word from the Red Square in Russia to Dubai and India.

So what is M:I – Ghost Protocol about?
Ethan Hunt and his team are racing against time to track down a dangerous terrorist named Hendricks, who has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning a strike on the United States. An attempt by the team to stop him at the Kremlin ends in a disaster, with an explosion causing severe destruction to the Kremlin and the IMF (Impossible Missions Force) being implicated in the bombing, forcing the President to invoke Ghost Protocol, under which the IMF is disavowed and disbanded, Those still in the field will be offered no help or backup in any form.
As Hunt is wanted by the Russian and America for the bombing, it is up to him and his team to stop Hendricks and clear their and the IMF name.

One of the best action scenes in the film takes place in Dubai where Hunt has to claim the world tallest building (The Burj Khalifa tower) with the use of high-tech sticky gloves which fail to be reliable. The whole scene was filmed actually at the tower itself. Cruise did this stunt by himself without the use of a stunt double.
In the film it looks like he just attached to the building with the gloves. In real life Cruise was attached to the building with multiple safety cables that where removed in post production. Many comedic scenes ensue, only improved upon by Pegg’s presence. The failings of technology is a especially amusing: a telephone box which originally delivers Hunt’s message fails to self-destruct, high-tech sticky gloves and a mask making piece of kit fails to function much to Dunn’s disappointment. Without trying, Ghost Protocol is naturally funny thanks to the chemistry between the four charismatic team members.

Renner is a welcome addition to the cast. As his role was written in for when Curies is no longer going to accept anymore missions.
Fans of the series they won’t be disappointed by Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol as it has it all: excitement, explosions and clever gadgets. The on screen chemistry between the characters is excellent, providing a believable working team.

Given the success of the film Curies, Pegg and Bird are interested in making a 5th outing. It has also been rumoured that Paramount are also looking to fast track a 5th outing. As for Bird, he has proven that he can make a good live action film, and given how he did with this and The Incredibles, I would love to see him doing a Bond film.

I give this film a 4.5 out of 5.

Benji Dunn: [showing a glove] Now remember: “Blue is glue!”.
Ethan Hunt: And red?
Benji Dunn: Dead.

Food Poisoning.

It is 03:00 on Wednesday morning as I start to write this and only now I have the energy to get out of bed. But that is only due to the fact that I am now dehydrated and got a spitting headache.
How did a get to this point. Well we have to go back to Easter Sunday.
Instead of having a traditional Easter Sunday meal we decided to get a take out. As it had been over a year since we ordered a pizza from Dominions Pizza that is what we had as they also had a deal for any size pizza for £6.99 on pickup, over the Easter Weekend. This was great as it meant that we would also save about £20.

Anyway everyone enjoyed the pizza and put the kids down to sleep.
It was around 01:00 on Easter Monday, when I heard my son making gagging sounds. I quickly ran to his room, but was too late, as I just got there he throw up. We thought it was because of all the Chocolate eggs he had eaten, but this was not the case as there was no sign of Chocolate.
I spent the next hour cleaning him and his bed up. My wife got him settled down on the settee, but had to spend the rest of the night up with him.

Easter Monday was spent taking his blanket to the laundrette to be cleaned. By late afternoon my wife and daughter started to complain of stomach pains. My daughter put herself to bed at 17:00, this was not normal as she normal goes to bed at 19:30 and that with a fight.
A few hours later I started to get stomach pains as well, so I went to bed early as I was back to work the next day.
24 hours after my son had first started to thrown up I found myself running into the bathroom to do the same thing. The next few hours where a blur as I spent it running from the bedroom to the bathroom.

I spent most of Tuesday in bed except to run to the bathroom and to help my wife clean up the mess from my daughter when she throw up. I have not had anything to eat except a slice of toast and that was off putting. All I have drunk is water but not enough as with all the throwing up I have become dehydrated. Which is why I am up now.
The only that could have caused the food poisoning is the Dominions Pizza, as it is the only thing that we had eaten over the Easter Weekend that was the same.

Now I am going to get another large glass of water and head back to bed, because if I am up to it, I will be heading into work.

Akira Class, Part 23. Secondary Hull Re-detailing.

Not much of an update, reason for this is that over the last two weeks. I have been trying to cut grid lines into the hull. This is would have been easier if I had not collapse the Subd on the Meshes and also cut in the windows.
However I have been very unsuccessful. So I might have to do a part rebuild of the secondary hull.
Anyway while I decided how to proceed I have add some more details to the secondary hull, I have also rebuilt the deflector dish.

I have also started to add some panels to the saucer but not sure if it working.
What do you guys think?