Visual Effects in Film and the Visual Media Industry Today

Visual effects in film and visual media have a long history. One of the first accounts of visual effects dates back to 1878 with Eadweard Muybridge. In The Horse in Motion, Muybridge paved a path for early achievements in the success of animation. He was able to capture a horse’s hoofs in motion, showing how all four are off the ground at once while the horse is in motion. He captured this frame by frame. In addition, between 1884 and 1887, he could capture glimpses of clad women and men in motion, ascending and descending stairs in The Human Figure in Motion – Descending Stairs and Turning Around. These were huge achievements during this time.

Again, in 1889/1890, Thomas Edison’s assistant, William K.L. Dickinson made history by producing the first ever photographic film in the United States. The film is blurry; but, it was the first of its time created with a cylinder kinetoscope. Because of these achievements and many others, visual effects are now more realistic and limitless today.

BusinessWire suggests there are many leaders in the visual effects industry, including well-known artists such as John Textor. He is most known for his realistic, digital human creations, including the digital Tupac Shakir, which premiered at Coachella in 2012. Textor was also the Producer and Executive Producer of the 2013 film Ender’s Game, based on the acclaimed science-fiction book by Orson Scott Card. Much of his work has been on large feature films, including Tron: Legacy, Transformers, Real Steel, and Pirates of the Caribbean at World’s End.

The visual effects industry is huge. Known in the industry as VFX, it encompasses four main categories, including digital effects (digital FX or FX) – imagery manipulated or created from photographs; digital animation – computer graphics lighting, 3D, and modeling; matte painting or stills (on backgrounds); and live action effects – models or actors acting with blue or green screens. Most movies contain some visual effects, and the most popular movies of today contain them (e.g. The Avengers, Ender’s Game, Gravity).

The industry of visual FX continues to grow every day. It is used more than ever in films, visual games, photography, phone apps, and other mediums. The need for visual effects will continue to grow. Perhaps in the future, the effects will be more accessible to the public and a majority of commercials, films, and games will be entirely digital.

Consider Old and New Apartment Buildings in NJ

Apartment renters have a number of different choices to make when moving into a new apartment. One of the choices is whether to move into an older building or into a newer one. In New Jersey, there are a large variety of both older buildings and modern ones for renters to consider. For those looking to move into a new place, it is a good idea to learn about the major differences between old and new buildings.

Prewar Buildings

Many older buildings, built before World War II, were built as quickly and inexpensively as possible to provide low-cost housing for the large numbers of immigrants who came into the New York / New Jersey area in the early 1900s. While these buildings may have a lot of architectural charm, they also generally have high maintenance costs. Crumbling mortar, failing roofs and aging electrical wiring are all common causes of building assessments that renters must pay. Sound transmission in older buildings is also often a problem as there is typically little insulation between building units.

Postwar Buildings

Buildings that were constructed after World War II were typically built to higher standards than those built before the war. These newer buildings were also originally designed to provide phone and electric service. Postwar buildings typically do a better job of providing insulation than older buildings, but many are still drafty compared to modern standards. Today, however, many postwar apartment buildings appear dated and do not have the charming architectural looks of the older buildings. Many of these buildings have a ‘blocky’ feel and are not particularly attractive to renters.

Modern Buildings

Modern buildings offer renters the ability to live in a building that was built with modern life in mind. New buildings typically offer heating and cooling controls for the individual unit, instead of a centralized thermostat setting. New buildings also provide high quality heat and sound insulation. Modern apartments are built to specifically restrict the noises of modern life. From traffic noise to the neighbor’s stereo, most modern buildings provide renters with sound seclusion that allows them to relax in silence in their own apartment. Many newer buildings are even built to provide a charming appearance with modern functionality. One modern building that offers this combination is The Aspire, the best New Brunswick luxury apartments around. The Aspire’s block, brick and glass exterior gives the building the appearance of a prewar building, while providing all of the conveniences of newly constructed building.

Robert Downey Jr., P.T. Anderson’s “Pinocchio”

Warner Bros. is planning a live action adaptation of the classic story Pinocchio, and Robert Downey Jr. is reportedly attached to play both Geppetto and Pinocchio himself. Now it seems that P.T. Anderson is working on a rewrite of the script, with the possibility of directing the movie as well.

The project was originally announced in 2012, but word has been quiet since then, perhaps due to Downey’s many obligations with Marvel Studios (owned by Warner Bros.’ rival Disney). The original script was done by Michael Mitnick, who wrote the recent film adaptation of The Giver.

TechCrunch also stated that this comes at a time when live action adaptations of fairy tales are becoming a trend. Disney is currently doing so with many of its classic animated features, including this year’s Cinderella and a Beauty and the Beast already in progress. Universal has jumped on the bandwagon with plans for a Little Mermaid film. Indeed, this project isn’t even the only Pinocchio adaptation announced in recent years, though it’s unclear if Guillermo del Toro’s stop motion movie or Shawn Levy’s prequel The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto are likely to go through.

Will this story about “becoming a real boy” work as well in real life as in a cartoon? For that matter, will any of these fairy tales? We’ll have to wait and see.

Channing Tatum Reveals The Movie He Really Hates

Now we know why Channing Tatum’s character dies in the sequel to GI Joe. The actor says he hated his job, hates the franchise and no it is not a good idea to work in something you really hate. You’ve made that clear Channing.

Channing is making the rounds promoting Magic Mike XXL and chose to make it clear how he felt about GI Joe.

According to Ivan Ong, while on the radio show of Howard Stern, the actor said, “I hate that damn movie, only did it because I had signed a contract for three films with Paramount Pictures. I thought it sounded amazing and signed.”

Wow, talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

Trying to justify his words he said “the script was not good, did not add anything interesting to the history of GI Joe, and perished a character from the original story.”

If you recall, Tatum was not in the sequel, which delayed the release a bit, and so the producers called on more eye candy – Dwayne Johnson.

Despite his negativity, the film managed to raise $ 302 million worldwide, and $375 million without him.

Disney To Make Princess Diaries 3

Almost 14 years ago, Walt Disney pictures released the hit teen movie, “The Princess Diaries” starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews. A second one came not much later, and according to an article found on reddit and written by Tracking Board, Disney is going to do a third movie in the series and this is bound to please all of the adults who grew up on these movies and would like to see the story continue.

The plot of the film is still being kept secret claims Skout Studios in an article for Screenrant. It can be assumed that Hathaway and Andrews will be a part of the cast, but no one will really know for sure until the trailer comes out. Even if we don’t know the plot yet it is sure to please people to know that one is coming.

The first two movies in the series were cute, as they portrayed a young woman who had a tough social life come to find out that she is actually a princess and it is all about her transformation into her new role. I can’t remember about what the second one was about, but I think he had to do with finding her prince charming in time to keep her throne after her grandmother stepped down from the role. It will be fun to see what comes next.