Adobe Creative Suite and Avatar

The result when professionals use the Adobe Creative Suite:

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Clip from when producer John Landau talks about the production of Avatar.

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Det du inte visste om Transformers

Imorgon har storfilmen Transformers premiär. De som missat Transformers i barndomen (eller ungdomen åtminstone) tycker kanske att det är en häftig film ändå. Men för de invigda är det en härlig nostalgitripp i modern tappning med internet och mobiltelefoner. De mobiltelefoner som visas i filmen är Nokia och när sådant sker i en film brukar det kallas smygreklam, dock smög de inte med att det var Nokia det handlade om i filmen. Däremot fanns lite annan smygreklam:

Visste du att annan populärkultur har hämtat inspiration från Transformers? Spel som Megaman, Metroid och Total Annihilation har mer eller mindre klara referenser till Transformers.

  • Megaman har både sin armkanon och sin förmåga att kopiera andra maskiners kod som kan kopplas till Transformers storyn.
  • I Metroid är Samus Aran förvisso en människa med robotdräkt, men hon kan morfa från stående tillstånd till en boll som kan undkomma fiender, ta sig till annars oåtkomliga platser samt attackera. Hennes armkanon är inte heller en helt unik skapelse.
  • Total Annihilation är kanske fortfarande ett utav de bästa real-tids strategispelen. Man kunde styra över två robotraser, som båda var ett från början. I de flesta fall börjar man med en Commander, som till förväxling ser precis ut som en Transformer. Dessutom så heter Autobots ledaren i Transformers Optimus Prime som översattes till Commander på Italienska.

Ni som undvek min recension på engelska men ändå vill ha en recension på svenska av den stundande filmen kan läsa Naseer Alkhouris recension. Vill ni ha bilder från filmen så måste ni kolla in de här: http://www.idg.se/2.1085/1.107625

Transformers the Movie: Review

I happen to be a member of Passagen and sometimes they grant free movie tickets to film previews (sorry, only in Sweden), this time I got to see the upcoming Transformers with some friends.

Transformers have much in common with Japanese anime. In fact the series are based on Hasbro’s toy line with the same name, which in turn is based on Japanese Diaclone toys of the 1980’s. They already featured the concept of humanoid machines transforming (morphing) into a disguisable form.

The story around the Transformers conflict between the toys’ backstory, the Marvel comics (in which Spiderman battles Transformers) and the animated series, of which the first generation in 1984 became the most popular and is the version which outlived the other stories. However, the core ingredients are present in each: The Autobots ruled peacefully over planet Cybertron until the Decepticons (also Transformers) started a war. Leader of the Autobot forces is Optimus Prime who’s nemesis lies in the Decepticon leader Megatron. For some reason, differing between the stories, the humanoid robots come to planet Earth to battle for supremacy. Transformers made it to UK-comic books, a number of generations of animated series, Japanese manga and anime too; still, the 1984-1992 animated series is regarded as the true Transformers story.

Transformers the Movie (2007) Has all things necessary to please both fans and uninitiated alike.

Transformers can almost be described as a blend of Terminator and The Fast and the Furious though, Transformers came first.

Steven Spielberg is among the executive producers and that says a lot, but more important is that the plot is here: EarthOptimus Prime has become the battle-ground and the fate of the planet, no the galaxy, lies in the hands of a teenager named Sam Witwicky. His great great-something grandfather was an explorer and encountered Megatron at the North Pole; fortunately, he was deep-frozen. Somehow, grandfather Witwicky managed to get the coordinates of something extremely powerful imprinted on his glasses, something either Autobots or Decepticons must have in order to erradicate the other and end the war.

The special effects are impressing; anime style with fight scenes à la The Matrix. The lightning effects would make any Star Wars movie look like cheap flash-light tricks and the transforming animations are beautiful. It is a good thing the story does not grow too deep, it keeps the humor and simplicity of the original animated series many fans remember from their childhood. The movie is worth-while seeing, but fans get the most out of it as always. However, those that are into anime will find themselves at home too. In keeping with the story, the acting is simple and is perfectly adapted to the Transformer’s style; thus, adding greatly to the feeling of the film.

Official movie site: http://www.transformersmovie.com/