Here’s an interesting live action short film based on Half Life. It almost looks like a trailer, but right when you start to get excited the credits roll. Hopefully these filmmakers will produce more of these later on.
Even if comics aren’t your kind of nerdy, this magical land of nerdiness had a place for everyone in it’s not so tiny cubicle heart. The merchandise covered every type of nerd imaginable. For dedicated Star Wars fans, there was a booth called Collectors Rebellion that had original unopened Star Wars toys from the 70s. Another booth was selling ID badges from Aperture Science, Doctor Who, and the Umbrella Corporation. I saw at least twenty different shirts featuring Sheldon from “The Big Bang Theory.” If you wanted a Katana, consider it done for only $20. Custom high quality dolls ranged from barbie zombies to your favorite superhero. One booth offered free decoration on blank superhero masks for free, (just pretend you’re a kid). If you didn’t come in with at least $50 after you’ve purchased your ticket, you’ll be teased to death to spend your rent money on an original piece of artwork that features a parodied Mario Bros.
This convention is perfect if you need some prints to geek out your place. There’s a whole section of the room dedicated to comic book artists, painters, and sculptors. I couldn’t resist an 8-bit Lakitu made of melted beads made by EEK! Creations. The amount of talent that these artists have is simply astounding. Their inspirations vary from everything from superheros to kitties. Prices may be a bit steep for the nerd on a budget, but they’ve always got smaller prints at a decent price.
What Comic Cons are famous for though, are their celebrities. Wizard World did not fail to deliver. I promised I wouldn’t get starstruck like every other geek, but when I saw Adam Baldwin for the first time I muttered a few OMGs under my breath. Adam Baldwin is most famous for his role in “Firefly”as Jayne Cobb, the loveable hothead. Wizard World Comic Con even managed to reunite the cast of the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” for it’s 40th year anniversary. It’s interesting to see how child stars grow up, especially when you see Violet rocking a pixie cut. Other celebrities like Hayden Panettiere (“Heroes,” “I Love You Beth Cooper”), James Marsters (“Buffy,” “Angel”), Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules,” “Andromeda”), and Chandler Riggs (“The Walking Dead”) also made an appearance. It was impossible to miss Jake Lloyd (Anakin from “The Phantom Menace”) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca from Star Wars) for those die hard Star Wars fans. If you wanted an autograph from most of these celebrities, the asking price for a signed picture was $40.
If you go for the panels, make sure to go on a Saturday. There were only four panels on Friday and a comparable amount on Sunday, but all of the Q&As took place on Saturday. I missed most of the panels on Sunday, but managed to sneak into the panel titled “The Spoken Nerd Revolution.” This was a surprisingly funny poetry slam that touched on levels of nerdiness and ended with a ferocious Star Wars vs Star Trek haiku battle. It breaks my heart to say that Star Trek won, but it was a great witty fight.
Tickets are $25 for one day if you buy them in advance and online, but you could always buy a three day pass for $45. These are the online prices, but you could knock out every activity in a single day and save your money for some cool merchandise. It’s definitely worth it.
With fall approaching, it’d probably be best to stop swimming around with Magikarp and warm up with this Charmander jacket. He is after all the cutest fire Pokemon. You can find this rare candy on etsy.com for a hefty $85. It may seem a little pricey, but it’s made with antipill fleece. The designer, aprikotDIY, makes a very good point as well in her description. This would be great to wear to a convention if you’d rather not do a full on cosplay.
I also thought I’d share an epic cat fight that most gamers would love to see.
Apparently, Nintendo is being accused of stealing their latest and greatest 3-D technology from someone else. Their concept of 3D without glasses isn’t completely original. If that really is the case, then shame on Nintendo. It just shows how desperate some companies can be for lame trending gimmicks. I feel like the 3DS is the current Sputnik of the gaming industry. I’m a little curious to see what Sony and Microsoft will do.
I was also just browsing videos for Super Scribblenauts when I found this:
Epic Taco. The game is pretty amazing, btw.
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Since I’ve heard that some people haven’t seen the short zombie film that I worked on, I decided to re-post it for your pleasure. I made this back in 2010 with three other media arts students. We worked really hard on it and were pleased with the outcome. I did the makeup here and make a short cameo.
PS I’m the aggressive zombie =)
PSS I’m down to make another zombie film if anyone is interested.
Guilt – This was based on Pandora’s Box. The link right here will take you to the short version of my film. The film had to be one minute without credits for my Media Arts 210 class.
Guilt (Director\’s cut) – This version is about forty seconds longer, and in my opinion more powerful. I hope you enjoy it. In all honesty, this is what’s been keeping me from posting more on here. But I promise you, more will come.
*Both of these versions were directed, edited, and acted by me. Music in the beginning is credited to Eastman Kodak Company. The husband is played by Beauregard Wilder, and the son is played by Jorge Suarez.
I really hope that these videos can help demonstrate what chaos can be like for some people. Then again, this is just my first film.
Lately, Hollywood hasn’t exactly made the greatest movies. For the most part, they’ve all had great special effects and incredible CGI animation. The trend in Hollywood right now is to make 3D movies with as much CGI as possible. Here’s the pitch from modern producers: Let’s make a movie about cowboy robots in space that transform into spaceships and have a world where they can connect to everything through their extension cords. Sounds like a moneymaker to me!
Oh yea, movies are supposed to have a story too right?
Yea oops, I guess with all the special effects there’s no room for a story.
Doesn’t this seem a little odd to anyone else? You would think that CGI would just enhance the story and truly make the movie going experience much better. Instead, producers seem to think that the audience will be fine to watch a movie without a storyline as long as its shiny. I do admit, Avatar’s effects were pretty cool. But I miss the days where the story carried the animation, not the other way around.
I liked the simple animation style of Disney with Beauty and The Beast and Snow White. I know there will always be special effects in all movies, including animated movies, but can’t we bring some of the older animation styles back? Didn’t anyone else get a serious case of nostalgia when the trailer for The Princess and the Frog came out? I’m all for simplicity!
But I will make an exception for Pixar. Their movies still carry the torch of great storytelling for Disney.