Category Archives: Cool & Interesting

Behind The Scenes VFX Shots From TV And Film

Great VFX (visual effects) in TV and movies helps to create a setting and atmosphere that draws you in and helps to better connect you to the characters and story. When done properly it’s nearly impossible to tell when VFX are being used.

Boredpanda.com compiled  some of the best behind the scene photos from around the web showing us just how shows and movies like Game of Thrones, The Hobbit, and The Walking Dead do it.  It’s mostly green screen (which doesn’t actually need to be green).I found it interesting  to see how much in each scene isn’t actually there while shooting, it makes some of the films even more impressive to me.

Game of Thrones

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egret game of thrones falling from wall green screen

 

Ugly Betty 

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The Dark Night 

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The Hobbit

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For a gallery of more shots like these you follow the link here.

 

Audi: A Car Sharing Company

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Audi’s R8 Sports Car

Audi, the company that brought you the beauty in the picture at the right, is trying something new with car sharing. Audi is developing a car sharing program in Sweden that aims to make car sharing simpler. From an article on fastcoexist.com:

It aims to eliminate the annoyance of owning a car—the service takes care of things like insurance, maintenance, a monthly car wash, and, since it’s in Sweden, winter tires.

Their “microsharing” plan would allow three or four friends or coworkers to all use the same car as a group, aided by an app and technology that automatically recognizes who’s driving. The drivers would choose the car to share for a year or two. Drivers can check the gas tank, reserve the car, track their usage, and split the bill right from their phones.

Audi plans to launch this program in other countries eventually. With air pollution and traffic congestion becoming more of a concern in metropolitan areas around the globe, it’s likely well soon see similar programs here.

Gadget: Henge Dock

Still searching for that perfect gift for your Mac fanatic? Check out the Henge Dock.

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Its a sleek and stylish vertical docking station for your MacBook. The Henge Dock makes cable management a breeze. With pre-installed mini Displayport, USB 3.0, and Thunderbolt connections, this gadget is ready to support your peripherals and dual monitor setup. The Henge Dock would be a great addition to any workstation. I wouldn’t mind finding one of these in my stocking. You can take a look at the Henge Dock website.

Apple Versus Samsung

So which is better, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or the iPhone 6 Plus? Watch as these phablets are tested head-to-head to determine which is superior.

So which one is it? The test results are a bit inconclusive, but I think the winner is the blender.

The World’s Smallest Movie

This is the world’s smallest stop-motion film titled “A boy and His Atom: The World’s Smallest Movie”. The film was made made by IBM researchers during their research in the field of atomic memory. IBM researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to move thousands of carbon monoxide molecules into position and capture the shots for the film.

From IBM site:

In 2012, IBM scientists announced the creation of the world’s smallest magnetic memory bit, made of just 12 atoms. This breakthrough could transform computing by providing the world with devices that have access to unprecedented levels of data storage.

While laptops and smartphones get thinner and more compact, the future of computing may be a lot smaller than some of us realize. You can enrich your mind and learn more about atomic memory, data storage, and big data here at the IBM website.

 

Philae Probe Lands Succesfully

After traveling for 10 years and across nearly 310 million miles of open space, the space probe Philae made its landing Wednesday. The European Space Agency’s mission marks the first time in history mankind has delivered a lander onto a comets surface. It is a monumental moment in human history.