He saw what Clark did.

I think the world is ready for this kind of Superman movie. I know I am.

Seems like Snyder has a firm grasp on both the humanity and power that Supes represents. And also the potential threat that he could become and why he (in his early days) would be treated with suspicion and even fear.

I've got faith in Henry Cavill to pull it off too.


Seriously. Do these people age? I know the wonders that makeup can do but come on! It's been a good decade!

End of the World

Who knew she had a sense of humour...

Star Trek Into Darkness

The trailer gives a good look at the Trek sequel. Apparently a preview for a longer 2 minute trailer which is to come next week. Either way it looks dark. So very dark. And awesome. Probably could have done without the very Avengers-ish shot of the Enterprise rising out of the water though.


Man I'm looking forward to Skyfall.


Some rejected character sketches from today.

Lee Unkrich

A couple of weeks ago I went to one of the best animation talks that I have been lucky enough to attend. As a part of the annual GRAPHIC Festival, Lee Unkrich (Director of Toy Story 3) came to Sydney on behalf of Pixar to give the audience a rough overview of their process in the making of an animated feature film. In what ended up being closer to 2 hours than the original 90 minutes he managed to do just that in brief (yet thorough) detail.

I was blown away by how much he covered and the fantastic approach to how he presented - little-to-no technical jargon, even when going into detail on topics such as their latest technology Wonder Moss (developed to enrich the landscapes of Brave) were explained in such real world terms that I don't think anyone in the audience would have walked away without an understanding of the what the technology offered. We had inside glimpses of rarely seen and unseen material that is usually only seen internally at Pixar. Such as voice actor 'auditions' where they took audio from a film their potential actor featured in and animating to that as an example of whether or not they voice will fit the character. As examples we watched Tom Hank's audition (Turner &Hooch audio) and Billy Crystal's (When Harry Met Sally audio). Although Crystal did turn them down (which he later regretted) he did ultimately voice Mike in Monsters Inc - so it all worked out! These and some hilarious animation reference footage;

Which was their reference for this scene from Toy Story 3 (sorry you've got to scrub through a bit.);
Some in depth explanations of the audio editing process revealed that one single line of dialogue was taken from about 10 takes, a single word ('Andy') in said example was comprised of 4 different takes!

Some other cool bits and pieces included the explanation of their color scripts and the evolution of their story boarding technique when Brad Bird came on board for The Incredibles. We were also lucky enough to meet the man (briefly) as he signed our books which had been hurriedly purchased 10 minutes prior.

Excellent day which was followed up by lunch in the rocks and a trip to check out the Little Black Jacket exhibit down in an old warehouse on the pier in Welsh Bay.

Dumb Ways to Die

An excellent safety awareness video for Melbourne Metro Trains. An awfully catchy tune accompanied by cute, yet morbid character that proceed to harm themselves/be harmed in all sorts of entertaining ways. Has taken the internet by storm - close to 8.5m views (Youtube) in a week.

Also has an excellent website with simple (and extremely entertaining) interaction.

Sad that it wasn't created by an Australian company.


Released today into a world of skepticism that 343 Industries can carry on the legacy that Bungie has left them. I've been following the development and while I'm a little disappointed that the Convenant are still present as a villain, I'm very much in support of the direction they seem to be taking the franchise. I won't have a chance to pick up my preorder until Thursday night, so I'll just have to wait and see. I'm avoiding the reviews but stumbled onto this image on Facebook - looks shiny.

Music Video - Boy (Bertie Blackman)

The music video for Bertie Blackman's 'Boy', Celeste Potter came up with the quirky illustrations and Quan Yeomans (Regurgitator) animated. I'm a fan of the song (it's been in my Spotify playlist for a while now) and the music video is deliciously quirky! Nice strong visual style throughout.

Bit of inspiration for your Tuesday!

XYZ Studios - 2012 Reel

Fresh new showreel from XYZ. Fantastic selection of the variety of work that the studio has been producing over the past few years. Perfect example of what can be achieved when you put your heart into your work.

My favourite piece from their work this year;

Forward Unto Dawn - Part 1

Getting prepped for Halo 4 in a few weeks.

Adele - Skyfall

Have been quiet on the blog side of things I know...

Ordinarily I wouldn't bother posting music here but I'm so impressed with Adele's theme for the latest installment in the James Bond franchise that I had to put it up here. Reminiscent of previous themes (aren't they all?) and could be an instant classic.

I continue to get more and more excited for Skyfall. Single title Bond films are always the best....


Good point of reference for the supposed story for Iron Man 3.

Meet the Pryo

So we finally get to discover who the masked Pyro is.. I have loved TF2's character videos since their first and the fact that have continued to fill in the blanks in the character roster is just plain awesome. Not to mention that they have released the Source Filmmaker for the world to play with..

The New Sounds of Halo

I've been pretty quiet on blogging lately and very quiet on my thoughts of the impending Halo 4.

Marty O'Donnell has not returned to compose for the latest game in the franchise, with a new composer (Neil Davidge) stepping into some very large shoes. I was curious to see what direction someone else would take for the music that has become instantly recognisable as a part of the Halo universe. Davidge's music seems to capture that 'Halo' feel while developing something altogether new, not unlike the direction for the game itself (the first in the new "Reclaimer Trilogy").


So I am finally seeing The Dark Knight Rises on Saturday (at IMAX!!!!) and am currently using my theories and speculation about the film as a means of procrastination from a job I am currently slaving away on. As I have been in lockdown from anything Batman related for the past couple of weeks I have managed to avoid any spoilers, reviews and basically all material related to the film past the 2 trailers that I have watched previously.

I have been reading Knightfall as a way to get through the 2 weeks wait, which I expect the film will have drawn heavily from. Largely I started reading it because I wanted to be a bit more familiar with the character of Bane than I was previously. I highly recommend it! As I type I am now watching Batman Begins again, I didn't realise that Zsaz was in the opening scene with Scarecrow... Cool.

So... the theories I'm currently holding to;

Who is John Blake?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who I could not be more excited about) plays a cop... That's about all that has been revealed (to me). He appears to be a younger version of Commissioner Gordon, I'm maintaining a theory that he is Nolan's answer to Robin. Not a costumed sidekick in the traditional sense but a younger, idealistic character with similar beliefs to Batman. I would throw in an image but I am terrified of googling him and something spoiler-y popping up.

Bane/League of Shadows
A villain who I am excited for but am quite positive that he will not be acting alone - my assumption is that he will be acting as a second to a larger villain. This leads me to assume that the League of Shadows is set for a return to Gotham after their defeat at the end of Batman Begins.

Batman Inc
In a flight of fancy (and based on the trailer) I had the thought that whilst Bruce has been out of action as Batman for a number of years he could have set up his own version of the League to combat crime in his stead. This is a wild theory which I'm not too invested in to be honest... Just wishful thinking.

Ras-al Ghul
A tough one. I would love to see the return of Liam Neeson and his immortal character from the comics, would act as a pleasant full circle to the trilogy. However it would fly in the face of Nolan's realism and take the films to the comic realm in the final act. In some ways that would be a shame but I feel a bit guilty that I'd still like to see it happen.

She'll eventually side with the B-Man but I do wonder what her involvement with Bane will be.

Joker/Arkham Asylum
Just a mention or reference to the ultimate fate of The Joker would be excellent - a simple line placing him in the world 8 years later and I'm sure we'd all like it if he was in Arkham Asylum yes?

There is nothing I would love more than if Batman was to die. I think it would be the perfect ending to the tale. I am very aware that this is unlikely to happen.. I do hope that there will be some deaths though. Someone hard hitting (Alfred/Fox) or someone a bit more expendable (Blake). But more likely I am assuming it will be Bane who will kick it.


Pretty proud of our effort for Liz's dress-up housewarming last weekend. The theme was 'games' - my original plan was to hire a gorilla suit and go as Donkey Kong, but after looking into the cost of hiring a suit (ridiculous!) I started thinking of a backup plan.. I had thought of pong earlier but seeing as Liz had already planned to go as Spyro that idea was quickly discarded. The it turns out that Simon had no idea it was a dress-up and was open to ideas...

And well... You can see where it went from there.

I am a Man, made of Steel.

So the teaser trailer for Man of Steel has hit the internet. Whilst it reveals very little, it shows a Clark Kent on a fishing boat and hitchhiking - seeming to avoid using his powers (a lot to read into it I know). The most notable thing about the trailer is the lack of the standard Snyder-isms that the director is well-known for. The colours are muted and the world is gritty, Superman has a beard...

Looks nice, the two different voice overs for the two versions of the trailer is cool (Jor-El and Jonathon Kent). Otherwise we need a bit more to be able to judge with any sense of conviction what the film looks like.

Scott Pilgrim's Colourful Hardcover Rebirth

Scott Pilgrim is getting hardcover colour editions! They looks absolutely superb, and although I have the black and white, newspaper smelling editions - I will certainly be picking these up. The question is do I go for the Colour Edition or the Evil Edition?? Check out Bryan Lee O'Malley's site for more sneak peaks at the colour panels etc etc. Also, you should check out the art for his upcoming book 'Seconds'.

Season 5

Starship Troopers: Invasion

I must admit I'm quite excited for another Starship Troopers movie, even with the impending 'toned down' reboot of the franchise. The original Troopers is one my guilty pleasures; sure it's not the greatest film of all time but damn is it enjoyable. I'm interested to see where they take the original characters in the latest installment, my only complaint thus far is why isn't it live action? And why aren't the characters being voiced by the original cast? Or at the very least Rico.. considering Casper Van Dien has clearly been quite involved...

Hopefully the release date is the same for Australia...


Ok. Just read that the Werewolf & Vampire Skill Trees in Dawnguard are completely separate to your regular skill trees. Unlock 'experience points' for the Werewolf by killing and eating your victims (hearts apparently). Vampires unlock 'experience' via blood sucking (after a certain amount of murder and mayhem I assume).

Will have to test that out.

This means that skill point I had saved from my recent level up can be spent on something else. The two aforementioned skill trees use their own points gained through these methods so that's nice for those who have already hit the level cap.


The first DLC for Skyrim is out. I downloaded it last night, only 500mb's or so which is quite decent considering what it adds to the game. I finished of a couple of side quests I had started previously and then dove into hunting down the beginning of the Dawnguard quest..

Or so I thought.

After an hour or so of hunting for a guard that was going to mention the vampire menace (and launch the quest) I had the thought that maybe it didn't install properly. Exited to the dashboard and relaunched the game. At this point I should mention that I downloaded the DLC through the game, not from the dashboard. Upon relaunch the main menu loaded up and a screen popped up over the top to inform me that 'Add Ons are installing'.

Didn't I feel stupid?

So after that finished and I jumped back into the game I talked to the first guard I saw (in Riften) and the first thing he said was "Don't I know you?". So after talking my way out of potential jail time/paying of fines due to stealing a horse he brought up vampires and I was on my way. I headed down the path, which lead to the mysterious gateway that apparently leads to Morrowind. My destination lay beyond that point so I was quite excited and rode through the gateway.

Or not.

The invisible barrier still stands, I was confused to say the least. After a little backtracking I discovered there is actually a linear path that leads you through the mountain and around the gate to the Dawnguard Castle. So there you go, that's how you get started. I have not found out why the werewolf skill tree has not yet appeared for me, but after a brief play I'm hooked into Skyrim again. Also, crossbows are extremely effective. The base bow I was given did more damage than my enchanted Glass Bow - which is more than just a little sad.

I'm looking forward to playing more. My main character is level 30 and happens to be a werewolf - so he will be travelling the Dawnguard path - it makes sense to his character, the upstanding Nord that he is (let's forget about the aforementioned horse thievery). I do have another level 10 character who is a scumbag so I can fulfil my vampiric needs with him.


I was watching How I Met Your Mother last night. The gang were packing up Barney's childhood bedroom and I couldn't stop thinking that it was the exact layout of Eric's room from That 70s Show. I kept examing the layout, as That 70s Show is one of the shows I know best.. That and Scrubs..

Turns out in this instance my suspicions were correct!!


What Mythbusters' Adam Savage fills his spare time with..

The World Shall Burn.

The third instalment in the Diablo franchise shall rise tomorrow. Super excited, struggling to comprehend that my school mates and I spent ages playing Diablo 2 (on dial-up!) just over 10 years ago!

The Aeon Flux style certainly works for this short film.

Can't wait.

Tron: Uprising

Looks fantastic. Will provide an interesting insight into the events in The Grid between Tron & Tron: Legacy. The visual style certainly grabs your attention, 2D-styled 3D and all that. Cool cast too!


I must say. May holds an awful lot of 3's.

Hope. Faith. Rise.

Looks incredible. My faith in Nolan's casting of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman is slowly beginning to be justified... Bane is terrifying; that mask and his stature evoking the appearance of an imposing animalistic monster. Great to see JGL get some screen time, still doesn't answer my questions as to whether or not he is Nolan's answer to Robin yet. And why so many tumbler's?? Does Batman have his own army to combat the League of Shadows??

After being to America earlier in the year it's some of the locations are obvious from one or two shots, but overall Gotham in winter provides such a stark contrast to the dark colours of the film's heroes and villains, the snow covered city looks beautiful!

Batman almost sounds tired.. July cannot come fast enough.


I feel as though this was made for me...


My entry for this month's LoopdeLoop challenge. The theme was 'rock'. Thought I would tackle the different phases of one possible path for the musically-enthusiastic.

If you like it, go and vote for it (link below)!!

loopdeloop - Dane Kirkland

In the defence of the Super Hero.

An excellent article, an eloquently written piece for The Guardian in the defence of superhero films by Loki, Tom Hiddleston. The article follows, when he refers to 'Avengers Assemble' - that is the UK title for 'The Avengers';

Earlier this year, beneath the wind-whipped tarpaulin of a catering tent in Gloucester, I was working on a film with the actor Malcolm Sinclair. Over scrambled eggs at an ungodly hour, he told me something I had not previously known: when Christopher Reeve was young, barely out of Juilliard, he was roundly mocked by his peers on Broadway for accepting the role of Superman. It was considered an ignoble thing for a classical actor to do.

I grew up watching Superman. As a child, when I first learned to dive into a swimming pool, I wasn't diving, I was flying, like Superman. I used to dream of rescuing a girl I had a crush on (my Lois Lane) from a playground bully (General Zod). Reeve, to my mind, was the first real superhero.
Since then some of the greatest actors have turned superheroes into a serious business: Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson in Batman; Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, the first venerable knights of the X-Men, who have now passed the baton to Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy. In spite of 20 years of mercurial work in the likes of Chaplin and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, it was his rock-star-charismatic yet somehow humble Tony Stark in Iron Man that helped wider audiences finally embrace the enormous talent of Robert Downey Jr. And Heath Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight quite simply changed the game. He raised the bar not just for actors in superhero films, but young actors everywhere; for me. His performance was dark, anarchic, dizzying, free, and totally, thrillingly, dangerous.

Actors in any capacity, artists of any stripe, are inspired by their curiosity, by their desire to explore all quarters of life, in light and in dark, and reflect what they find in their work. Artists instinctively want to reflect humanity, their own and each other's, in all its intermittent virtue and vitality, frailty and fallibility.
I have never been more inspired than when I watched Harold Pinterspeak in a direct address to camera in his Nobel lecture in 2005. "Truth in drama is forever elusive. You never quite find it but the search for it is compulsive. The search is clearly what drives the endeavour. The search is your task. More often than not you stumble upon the truth in the dark, colliding with it or just glimpsing an image or a shape which seems to correspond with the truth, often without realising that you have done so. But the real truth is that there never is any such thing as one truth to be found in dramatic art. There are many. These truths challenge each other, recoil from each other, reflect each other, ignore each other, tease each other, are blind to each other. Some times you feel you have the truth of a moment in your hand, then it slips through your fingers and is lost."
Big talk for someone in a silly superhero film, I hear you say. But superhero films offer a shared, faithless, modern mythology, through which these truths can be explored. In our increasingly secular society, with so many disparate gods and different faiths, superhero films present a unique canvas upon which our shared hopes, dreams and apocalyptic nightmares can be projected and played out. Ancient societies had anthropomorphic gods: a huge pantheon expanding into centuries of dynastic drama; fathers and sons, martyred heroes, star-crossed lovers, the deaths of kings – stories that taught us of the danger of hubris and the primacy of humility. It's the everyday stuff of every man's life, and we love it. It sounds cliched, but superheroes can be lonely, vain, arrogant and proud. Often they overcome these human frailties for the greater good. The possibility of redemption is right around the corner, but we have to earn it.
The Hulk is the perfect metaphor for our fear of anger; its destructive consequences, its consuming fire. There's not a soul on this earth who hasn't wanted to "Hulk smash" something in their lives. And when the heat of rage cools, all that we are left with is shame and regret. Bruce Banner, the Hulk's humble alter ego, is as appalled by his anger as we are. That other superhero Bruce – Wayne – is the superhero-Hamlet: a brooding soul, misunderstood, alone, for ever condemned to avenge the unjust murder of his parents. Captain America is a poster boy for martial heroism in military combat: the natural leader, the war hero. Spider-Man is the eternal adolescent – Peter Parker's arachnid counterpart is an embodiment of his best-kept secret – his independent thought and power.
Superhero movies also represent the pinnacle of cinema as "motion picture". I'd like to think that the Lumière brothers would thrill at the cat-and-mouse chase through the netherworld streets of Gotham in The Dark Knight, with helicopters tripping on high-tensile wires and falling from the sky, and a huge Joker-driven triple-length truck upending 180 degrees like a Russian acrobat. I hope that they would cheer and delight at the rollercoaster ride through the skies of Manhattan at the end ofAvengers Assemble. These scenes are the result of a creative engine set in motion when the Lumières shot L'Arrivée d'un Train en Gare de la Ciotat in 1895. The trains just move a lot faster these days. And not just trains; trucks, bikes, bat-mobiles and men in flying, shining iron suits. The spectacle is part of the fun – part of the art, part of our shared joy.
How far I hope we have come since the judgment of Christopher Reeve's peers. Maybe playing superheroes isn't such an ignoble undertaking after all. "I still believe in heroes," says Samuel L Jackson's Nick Fury in Avengers Assemble. So do I, sir. So do I.

I Know that Voice!

Great looking doco about some of the fantastic voice actors of our era. Looks as though it will cover a wide range of mediums too! Particularly looking forward to seeing the interviews with Billy West, John DiMaggio and Tara Strong.

8-Bit Questing

Make sure you all check out Google Maps today. They've done a fantastic job of turning our world into a NES-era map. For nostalgia sake you've gotta love blowing in the cartridge to get the game to work. Something that kids these days will never get to deal with. It's lucky that the 3DS still uses cartridges. I dread the day when it's all digital.

Well played Google.

Pid - Paper to Pixel

A great little look into the development of an indie game. Looks like a great concept too! Can't wait to play. The final art is beautifully layered, but it's particularly interesting to see how it started.

Check out the official site - http://www.pidgame.com/


I have been sorting through a few things (professionally) since I got back from the big US trip.. Which I will get around to blogging all about I'm sure. Still sorting through 3000 odd photos & numerous videos.

My current identity revolves around a logo, which I am not retiring in lieu of a new one - but it will be repurposed a bit; potentially used less, and with more specific applications in mind (watermarks for one).

Watch this space.

Business Smarts.

As I delve further into self-employed work I'm finding that you have to be incredibly careful not to sell yourself short. There are many clients out there willing to take advantage of designers. In an environment where there is boundless competition, offering to undertake a job is an interesting game to play. If you quote a job, which you consider is scraping the barrel as far as reasonable remuneration and the client returns with a budget of a third of that quota do you take the job? You've really got to sit back and evaluate your communication with the client up to this point, and combine that with factors such as the time the job will consume, and the potential for endless tweaking to judge whether your time is better spent pursuing other endeavours. Sure, it feels like you're almost throwing money away - but if you're not smart about how you present your business you could find yourself severely out of pocket in both time and money.

(image - a style frame for a job that didn't pan out)

Avenger's Assemble

 First an awesome poster, with Robert Downey Jr up front and center, Chris Evans curiously towards the back and then a trailer that finally sold me on Joss Whedon's Avengers. What was it in the trailer that got me pumped for the film you ask?

The character focus; finally giving a decent look at each character that makes up the titular team, and showing us why Whedon landed Marvel's biggest gig. Because he gets it. He gets the characters, he gets the team and he understands the dynamic. What else? The shiny things... What appears to be a 3-way fight between the.. well... big 3! Cap, Iron Man & Thor! Who else?!

Iron Man appears to have 2 suits in the film; one resembling the Mark III from Iron Man 2, and another that seems to have elements of the Mark II. I hold out secret hope for the Hulkbuster. Other than that, Stark's methods of getting in and out of his suit appear to have reached Jetson levels of ease.

Otherwise, I hope that Mark Ruffalo pulls out a spectacular Bruce Banner/Hulk.... Enough of that, just check out the shinyness.


First trailer for Tim Burton's Frankenweenie! For those unfamiliar with the project, it is a feature length remake of Burton's Disney-produced 30 minute short film of the same name. The original short film was live action whereas the new film will is stop-motion animated. For those interested the original film is below;

Oscar Picks

Running a bit late on my Oscar picks this year, but better late than never.I do avoid social networking for the majority of the day until the night time broadcast. Can't break tradition; pizza and beer await me.

All that aside, here are my picks this year;

Best Picture - The Artist (2nd Choice - The Descendants)
Best Director - Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best Actor - George Clooney, The Descendants (2nd Choice - Jean Dujardin, The Artist)
Best Actress - Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady - (2nd Choice - Viola Davis, The Help)

Best Supporting Actor - Christopher Plummer, The Beginners
Best Supporting Actress - Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Animated Feature - Rango
Best Animated Short - The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

Best Original Screenplay - Midnight in Paris
Best Adapted Screenplay - The Descendants (2nd Choice - Moneyball)

Best Visual Effects - Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Best Cinematography - Hugo (2nd Choice - Tree of Life)
Best Film Editing - Hugo

Best Art Direction - The Artist (2nd Choice - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2)
Best Costume Design - The Artist
Best Makeup - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Best Sound Editing - Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2nd Choice - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)
Best Sound Mixing - Transformers Dark of the Moon (2nd Choice - Hugo)
Best Original Song - Man or Muppet, The Muppets
Best Original Score - Hugo


Whilst on a bit of a Star Wars kick I thought I would throw in a quick post on my favourite storyline from Season 3 of the Clone Wars series. I particular enjoyed Anakin being shown his future, as a way to lead him to the Dark Side to 'prevent' such events. The story did involve a little bit of a mind wipe, so as to not to mess with the continuity of the films - but was an incredibly enjoyable story to watch. The visions were reminiscent (although far more literal) of the Vader Prophecy in the original 2D Clone Wars series.

Star Wars: Underworld

Star Wars: Underworld is the working title for the long in-production Star Wars live action tv series. In a recent interview Rick McCallum divulged this as well as reiterating the kind of show that they are hopeful of producing sometime in the next 5 years.

To summarize, the tone and target audience for the series remains very adult, akin to Battlestar Galactica or Mad Men. Focusing on the workings of the society in the galaxy far, far away - removing the Skywalkers from the equation. The main hurdle is how to produce a vfx-heavy show within a small(ish) budget and retain the quality and within reasonable time constraints, as well as which broadcasting approach to take in regards to distribution. McCallum also comments that they have 50-odd scripts ready to go.

Hopefully it comes to fruition.


Amazing photographs that should belong in a post-apocalyptic world such as those seen in The Book of Eli. Unfortunately this is not a movie; these photos were taken in China, 40-odd minutes from the centre of Beijing.

The photographs document farmers replanting crops - reestablishing the abandoned property as farmland. The 100 acre lot holds the evidence of a fake Disneyland that was underdevelopment and has since been abandoned. Last year there were several highly detailed fake Apple Stores throughout China, but a fake Disneyland is something on an entirely different scale.


Ridley Scott is finally heading back to a genre he helped define in the 1970s early 80s with his legendary classics Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982). His upcoming film Prometheus is something I have been looking forward to since I heard rumours a few years ago. At first the misconception was that it was a prequel to Scott's Alien film, which did not really do much to endear the concept to me. How could you possibly undertake a prequel to a film in which the first encounter with the xenomorph occurred?

Let's say I was skeptical at the beginning.

Then last year the story and setting were defined;
"While Alien was indeed the jumping-off point for this project, out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place. The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien's DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative."

 It has since been stated by various actors/writers involved that interpretations of Scott's statement have been extreme to the point of believing that this new film is a separate entity to the Alien franchise. Obviously this is not the idea, as the film being set in that universe establishes a firm connection to the previous film and in a sense will prelude the events of Scott's original film.

The concept of using the established universe in a new, unseen way allows Scott to explore a new and different set of mythology to what the Alien films exposed us to was an idea that I could very easily fall in love with. In the era of remakes and sequels, I love that there is a filmmaker out there willing to revisit old work with a new approach - respecting the original. There will be the exploration of the Space Jockey from the original film, something that fans are certainly looking forward to. Perhaps after 33 years there will be some sort of explanation? Will there be nods to the Predator series in the film? That's anyone's guess, I would hazard a no - but you can always hope. We did get an Alien reference in Predators after all.

The cast that Scott has collected is extremely promising; Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce and Michael Fassbender. I am looking forward to Fassbender's character in particular; filling Ian Holm's shows from the original as the android on the crew. Fassbender has commented that he did not look at the original film for his inspiration, instead turned to Blade Runner for a basis for his character.

And randomly, a fan trailer for Alien - 'Prometheus-style'. Quite well done!

The Last Suit You'll Ever Wear

The first trailer for Men in Black 3 hit just before Christmas, revealing a decent look at footage from the 2012 threequel.

I have been both looking forward to and dreading this trailer as I hoped that they kept to the style established and not get carried away with over the top cgi characters. It's hard to tell whether they have gotten lost in the haze of cgi yet, but the style is certainly there.

As for the story, I wasn't too excited for the time travel initially but it's growing on me. One thing I didn't stop to consider when they cast Josh Brolin as a young Tommy Lee Jones is the way K speaks. Brolin is eerily superb in his brief scene is the trailer. And yes, after 15 years Will Smith still makes the suit "look good", in fact he hardly seems to of aged.

As long as they stick the established style and tone there should be no major dramas. So here's hoping MIB3 is as fantastic as I want it to be!

The Lion King Rises

The latest in countless trailer mashups, all with varying degrees of success. This particular attempt works beautifully, with particular effort paid to matching up the small bits of dialogue that there are. My personal favourite is Bane's line matched up with Scar - fantastic! When I first read the story I was quite skeptical that it would work, but clearly it does! It certainly stands as one of the better mashups around at the moment too!

2012 VFX Oscar Short List

Shortlist for the VFX Oscar for 2012 has been released. Five of these ten films will make the final cut to be officially nominated for the award;

Captain America: The First Avenger
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Tree of Life
X-Men: First Class

An excellent collection of prime vfx examples, quite a few genre films included. Looking at the candidates, I would take a stab and say that the following five films are likely to be nominated;