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This Week’s Stuff #8

November 28, 2009 Leave a comment
This was, strangely, quite an uneventful week, yet I have been really busy, so I’m only sharing two links with you this weekend. Enjoy!
  1. LHC amazing photo gallery
    Check out this awesome collection of photos taken at the LHC site. They have such a sci-fi look to them. It’s really inspirational.
  2. Cars: Unifentified Flying Mater
    Directed by Pixar’s John Lasseter, this is the 5th in the series of Cars shorts. Check it out, it’s pretty cool.

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Elevator pitch for Darkstage

November 25, 2009 Leave a comment

I just realized I didn’t have an elevator pitch for Darkstage Studio. Whenever people ask me what it’s about I use terms such as “like” and “sort of”, which do not convey much confidence…

An elevator pitch, as implied by the previous sentence, is a short description of your business or idea that you can deliver in a few words to almost anyone, and especially potential clients. Here’s a first draft.

  • Darkstage studio specialized in visualization content for the horror, fantasy and sci-fi entertainment genres. My passion for these themes has motivated me to start Darkstage as a freelancer. I collaborate with studios and bring in my expertise as an animation, illustrator and 3D designer in projects related to themes of darkness, horror and macabre.

What do you think? Let me know if you have any idea that can push this pitch even more.

Book review: Asylum

November 21, 2009 1 comment

This weekend I got the book Asylum: Inside the Clossed World of State Mental Hospitals by Christopher Payne. I saw a recommendation on Kitzune Noir a few weeks back and I just knew I must have it.

Asylum is a photography album of the inside and outside of many mental hospitals across the United States. The forward, written by neurologist Oliver Sacks, is an interesting review of the entire concept – how it came to be at the beginning of the 18th century and it’s decline after the 1950s. He wrote about the Kirkbride Plan – a special design of the layout of institutes that was meant to promote comfort for patients, but eventually becoming too expensive to maintain. He also discusses how mental hospitals become a place of confinement, rather than a haven.

Payne’s photographs are simply amazing. They show in great detail the outside of hospitals and the inside of wards; untended forgotten gardens and dismal corridors with paint peeling off the walls. Looking at all the abandoned corridors and rooms makes you imagine them busy with strange patients wandering around and doctors tending them. I try to picture people living and working in such a morally questionable environment.

It’s a fascinating book. Browsing it fills me with inspiration and curiosity. I wish there was more stuff to read on this subject, but I guess that’s what Michel Foucault’s Madness and Civilization is for.

Check out the book’s website: www.asylumbook.com.

This Week’s Discoveries #7

November 20, 2009 Leave a comment

I packed a lot of animation for you, my devoted readers, for a fun and relaxed weekend. Enjoy!

1. Madame Talbot
Found it on from with us or against us blog. This is a website selling dark art merchandise. They have lots of posters, skeleton baby dolls and lots of other stuff linked to gothic 18th-19th century western culture (like bottles of laudanum). Great stuff!

2. Ramona Falls – I Say Fever video
I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it, and I listened to it many time since. But that’s not the reason why I tell you about it. Check out the video. It’s really beautiful.

3. Fumiko’s Confession
Amazing anime clip. It’s so fast it actually tricks your brain into believing it’s falling off the hill and dodging pedestrians, trees and cats!

4. Tarboy
Found it on Coilhouse magazine blog. The style here is simply amazing. Using Flash, James Lee and Hania Lee created this fascinating action packed story featuring Tarboy, a hero born in the slavery tar pits who gets up and fights the high society robot regime. Check out the Tarboy website here.

The Skull and Mask II

November 15, 2009 Leave a comment

Another take at this drawing.
Skull

A Skull and a Mask

November 15, 2009 1 comment

I tried to play with the Darkstage logo theme a bit. This is what I came up with. I think I’ll stick it in the “about” section on the upcoming Darkstage Studio website. Click image to enlarge.
Skull

This Week’s Discoveries #6

November 13, 2009 Leave a comment
  1. Ataque de Pánico!
    An awesome little clip directed by Federico Alvarez of Murdoc Films and produced by Aparto.
  2. Good Vibrations
    A short by French animator Jeremy Claptin (the one who made Skhizein). Great job. Unfortunately I could not embed the video, so you’ll have to click here if you want to watch it.
  3. Alex Roman
    Amazingly realistically. This is a montage of some of Roman’s work on 3Dup.com. He uses 3dsmax with vRay to create these stunning images. I really liked his work because, as opposed to other technical demos, this one is really elegant and beautiful. Also check out thirdseventh.com for the rest of his work.
  4. Phil Plait on Gnomedex 9
    Phil talks to a bunch of tech nerds at the Gnomedex 9 convention. He gives a nice introduction to the skeptic movement, talks about the key people and organizations (like James Randi, Penn and Teller, JREF…), who’s their adversaries (Sylvia Brown, chiropractors…).  A really fun lecture.
  5. Cell size and scale
    This one I found on Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy blog. It’s a nice Flash presentation that lets you zoom and see a lot of tiny items in relation to each other. It starts from a coffee bean and ends with a carbon atom. This thing was made by the Genetic Science Learning Center in the University of Utah.
  6. Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles
    You’ve got to check out this amazing trailer. It has some really fun surprises inside 🙂
  7. The Kinematograph
    This is a trailer for a short directed by Tomek Baginski (Fallen Art) and produced by Platigue Images (Moloch, and also Fallen Art). The film is about an inventor obsessed with his work and what he has to lose for his passion. I love the details on all of his contraptions, the character design with European touch and an atmosphere of an old family photo album. There’s some more information on Quite Earth here.