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Awesome costumes at New York Comic Con 2010 #video #comics #nycc

Really amazing costumes seen at New York Comic Con 2010. I'm thinking I should plan this into my calendar for next year.

Hi there. Welcome to Filmcamp Singapore 2010! [#FilmcampSG]

Howdy Filmcampers,
Al'righty, it’s 3 more days to Filmcamp Singapore 2010!

Welcome! I hope you are as psyched as we are.

We asked you to write an intro about yourself upon registering. What we got in return were many stories from a very passionate group - closet storytellers and filmmakers in the making...each one of us trying to make or find a path for ourselves.

When I first thought of putting together an event like Filmcamp, I took the first step with a simple understanding that each and every one of us has a story to tell.

Telling stories may be a full-time  occupation or just a hobby for you, but it is exceptionally difficult to do it alone. Why not figure this out together? And that’s the whole point of Filmcamp. I invited a small group of people to be on the organizing team, and started tapping on all my contacts and resources to see who will latch on to this idea and want to grow this "community".

Today we have the first incarnation of  Filmcamp in the form of this event. Make no mistake - *this is* a community-run event where the spotlight is really on you. As a Filmcamp participant, you are now part of a big family -- you chose to make Filmcamp your own. There were no judgments. No boring rants (hence the NC16 no ‘kids’ (or brats) part). Instead, you’ve agreed to come meet people, let loose, be your insightful self, and participate!

So... let's get crackin'
Now, some of you may not quite yet be familiar as to how this event works, so let’s start off with some rules.
Rule No. 1
There are no rules, really. You may move around however you want to, sit wherever you want, or perform something impromptu - without being a complete pain to someone else, of course.  Yes, expect lots of noise on that day. But good creative noise!

Still not clear what to be prepared for? Here are some guidelines for Filmcamp.

Filmcamp is abso-friggin'-lutely free!
It’s so free it's giving the air you breathe a serious run for its money. That’s right, I’ve insisted that our first Filmcamp will not cost you an arm or a leg or even your best friend’s leg. My wonderful organizing team has worked to make sure you get to attend at no cost to you! Of course, wads of cash are always appreciated (*ahem cough cough*). We’re a community-run event, and your donations will go a long way in supporting our efforts to consistently bring you good activities, good people, good food, and fight the good fight... fending off the invasion of the Sepulchronians.
It’s alright for the presenter to say ‘I don’t know’

There is no rating for presenters. Presenters, and participants share, all the same. There is no pressure, we are all friendly people! Your sharing is your biggest takeaway. It always is. No matter how many people say your event doesn’t work, your presentation wasn't quite up to par, you have a bad haircut - believe us we’ve done this a bazillion times - it just works. The naysayers haven’t woken up to this simple reality of learning through sharing, and they will - believe me - remain under their expensive, limited-edition designer rock.

Some suggested essentials to bring along with you to Filmcamp 2010

  • Laptop
  • Mobile phone
  • Your Twitter gadgets
  • Lunch money
  • Video cameras, Mobile phone cameras, etc.
  • Tools for meeting people and exchanging contacts
    • Name cards / Business cards
    • Pokens (used when meeting cool people like myself)
    • Bump (an app for the iPhone/Android-based phones - also used when meeting cool people like myself)
  • Dress comfortably. You will be moving around a lot.

Help out where you can
Photographers: we always need photographers to help take photos of sessions throughout the day whenever possible.
Videographers: with video cams to shoot footage which we can compile into a post-show Filmcamp trailer.
Timers: to help make sure that each session starts and ends on time.
If you have extra iPod/iPhone or laptop chargers, please do feel free to bring them to Filmcamp and share the love. You’ll never know when your batteries run out of juice.
Tweet / blog / spread the word about Filmcamp
It’s a community-based and participant-run event with no marketing budget. We believe in organic word-of-mouth to keep ‘Filmcamp’ alive. Filmcamp is for you. If something is good for you, share it. If it’s not good for you, well, in the words of singer-songwriter, Mick Jackson, “Blame it on the Boogie” (I have no idea what he means here but it was a good song, nevertheless). Pass this e-mail on to a friend who may be interested in coming along.
Do not use Filmcamp as the "babysitter" for your little brother or your niece while you sneak out to visit your girlfriend without your parents' knowledge
Seriously. Don't.
Come with no other expectation other than to have fun
Believe me, if the Internet connection becomes unstable or even the electricity goes out, you’ll still have fun. If you didn't meet the people you wanted to meet, by expecting to have fun, you *will* meet the people who want to meet you. Trust us. The more you're open to this concept the more you'll surprise yourself with how much you learn and be amazed by the cool people you meet.
Last but most definitely not least
Bring along your sense of humor. We can’t wait to meet you!
Essential notes:
Our updated schedule & speakers' topics can be found here:
Our updated participants list can be found here:
Our participant sign-up form can be found here:

For your convenience, please print out a copy of the schedule a day before the event, and bring it along on event day - any minor on-site updates to the schedule will be announced then.


Bear in mind, the planets will all be aligned for us on Filmcamp. And when the virgin moons of Jupiter cross over the path of the 18th Mudath, the mighty Sepulchora will return. And he will bestow his favor upon those who have shown him loyalty through the test of blood and Coco Puffs. The favorable ones will be told to banish the unfavorables for eternity. Darkness will then befall the earth, and for generations to come its inhabitants will only witness acts of pure evil. We must unite to bring back the old believes of the Jerhalis. For the one who walks the path... you guys stopped reading this already, right?

When you see me at Filmcamp come over and say "Hi"


Chris Gomez
Founder / Curator, Filmcamp
producer  |  angel  |  emergent media prophet  |  deity
Twitter:   (@chrisgomez)  |   (@filmcampsg)

Walt Disney Imagineering's Joe Rohde to speak at SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 (Press Release) - #film #sfx #cg

Joe Rohde, Executive Designer and Senior Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering, is the 3rd Featured Speaker for SIGGRAPH Asia 2009. Scheduled to speak on the 19th of December, his talk is entitled Story Structure and the Design of Narrative Environments.

Rohdes talk will cover some guidelines and principles for creating spaces that serve both the initial needs of the primary designer or storyteller and the needs of future audiences, who may seek to re-adapt the narrative to their own purposes. The rules of storytelling are well understood when applied to traditional linear forms derived from literature, but spatial environments pose challenges that require special treatment. The principles that inform storytelling in built physical space can apply as well to virtual space.

Rohde is currently an Executive Designer and Senior Vice President at Walt Disney Imagineering. He is the creative lead for Disney's Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, and related new projects. He has led conceptualization, design, and production for Disney's Animal Kingdom since its inception in 1990. He also oversees creative development at Disney's newest luxury resort project in Hawaii, which is scheduled to open in 2011.

He also led development and production of Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom. This project took him and other Imagineers to the mountains of Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibetan Sichuan, researching the background details to incorporate into the very authentic environment designed for Expedition Everest. His travels for the research and production work were featured in a series of hour-long programs on the Discovery Network.

He began his career at Walt Disney Imagineering as a model designer and scenic painter in 1980, working on the M鸩co pavilion for Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort. He also worked on numerous attractions for the redesigned Fantasyland at Disneyland in the 1980s, Captain EO, and the Norway pavilion for Epcot, before commencing his responsibilities on Disney's Animal Kingdom.

For more information on SIGGRAPH Asia 2009, please visit


The 2nd ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia will take place in Pacifico Yokohama, Japan. Featuring an international conference from 16-19 December 2009, SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 offers works that provoke thoughts, explore ideas in innovative ways, address contemporary issues, interactively engage viewers in discovery, and stimulate their intellect and creativity through art, computer animation, courses, education, new technologies, technical papers, sketches and posters.

SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 also features a trade exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace. Held from 17-19 December 2009, it is also a recruitment ground for job seekers to meet potential employers. Sponsored by ACM, SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 is expected to to bring together 8,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals and enthusiasts from Asia and beyond. For more information, please visit

The inaugural SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 was a resounding success. Artists, researchers, developers, gaming experts, filmmakers, as well as academics from 49 countries gathered in Singapore, spending four exciting days to discover new products, talents, technology and techniques in the digital media industry. In all, a total of 49 countries were represented in an array of thought-provoking works and breakthrough ideas presented at the show. For more information, please visit

About ACM

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGGRAPH sponsors SIGGRAPH Asia 2009. ACM is an educational and scientific society uniting the world's computing educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.

This Year's Animated Feature Oscar Is "Up" For Grabs #film #animation

"Up" is one of Pixar Animation's best animated offerings yet -- some say it tops "Wall-E," though I'll have to get back to you on that. Anyway, "Up" is so far the third-biggest movie of 2009, only behind "Transformers 2" and "Harry Potter 6." Everybody's thinking it's going to run away with the next Animated Feature Oscar -- but I don't think it's going to be that simple.


Image credit: Pixar Animation Studios

The Oscar for Best Animated Feature has seen slim pickings in recent years. But next year, it's likely we're going to have five nominees for the first time in a long while. It's been a great year for animated feature films, and we may see as many as sixteen vying for the five nominee slots. My picks?

#1 - "Up." Hands down, one of the best animated films ever made. Pixar always shines the brightest when it tells fun, original, out-of-this-world stories. You can't get any crazier than an old groan with a flying house, a clumsy but determined Boy Scout, and a talking dog, but at the same time, you can't help but get teary-eyed after the montage of Carl's life with Elly comes to an end. Brilliant.

#2 - "9" by David Acker. What started as a dark, mysterious short film about living puppets trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world has evolved into a full-length feature film, thanks to the discerning eye of Tim Burton. The original short film had caught my eye after being nominated for Best Animated Short a few years ago, and I definitely think it has what it takes to get the top prize.

#3 - "Coraline." Alice in Wonderland gone wrong? "Coraline" shows that stop-motion can still hold its ground against bigger-budgeted 3-D animated films by simply telling one of the most engaging stories told all year.

#4 - "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs." This one's probably my least favorite of the bunch, but I've always liked the Ice Age movies. I always thought they deserved an Oscar if only for bringing us the most hilarious squirrel in history. The first "Ice Age" almost won the 2002 Animated Feature Oscar, only to be upset by "Spirited Away" by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki...

#5 - ...who happens to be back with "Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea." I think "Ponyo" is the underdog of the bunch, being drawn traditionally (with crayon, at that). But with his brand of magic, Miyazaki stands poised to upset the guys behind "Ice Age" once again.

So ultimately I think it's Pete Docter's "Up" vs. Hayao Miyazaki's "Ponyo," although "9" winning the Oscar would be pretty cool too. My money's still with "Up," though an upset won't upset me in the least.

Apple's Big Announcement -- Steve Jobs Is Back

Some people expected a new camera-packing iPod. Others expected an Apple e-reader. Still others expected the rumored Mac Tablet. What they got yesterday was even better than all of those combined -- Steve Jobs was back.

Gasps were heard when Jobs walked onto the stage in Apple's press event yesterday, and the standing "welcome back" ovation lasted for a good full minute. Jobs appeared in his traditional black mock turtleneck sweater and jeans, and looked like he was as happy as everyone else to be back where he belonged -- onstage.

But eventually it became clear that cancer has really taken its toll on the Apple head honcho. He had lost a lot of weight, and his movements and speech were softer and more measured. At the beginning of his talk, he explained his condition, which has been kept under wraps for several months -- he had recently undergone a life-saving liver transplant, and was very thankful for the generous young individual who donated his organs after passing away.

But as he said himself, "But I'm vertical, and I'm glad to be back."

Later on, Jobs gave one of his signature keynote speeches, unveiling the new iPod. The 8GB version could hold 2,000 songs, 7,000 photos, and up to 8 hours of video -- the 16GB version could hold twice those numbers. And taking its cue from the latest iPod Shuffle, menus and song titles can also be spoken, letting users navigate the iPod without looking at the screen.

What's more, the new iPod now comes with the highly-anticipated camera, which is capable of recording VGA (840x480p) videos at up to 30 fps. Video-editing is also possible, with 15 special effects built into the software. The 8GB and 16GB versions should sell for around $149 and $179 respectively.

There was still no word about a "Mac Tablet", and Jobs basically dismissed the idea of an Apple e-reader to compete against Kindle at a later interview. The response at the stock market was also muted, closing at only a fraction of a percent up from the previous day.

But hey, we're just glad he's back.

Surviving Beatles Hold Concert For Meditation

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The two remaining members of the original Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, are holding an April 4 concert in Radio City Music Hall. It wouldn't be too newsworthy if the concert was to raise money to help solve problems like homelessness, hunger, or AIDS, but the fact that it's for something unheard-of – Transcendental Meditation – makes it so.

More than 40 years ago, the four original Beatles went to India and had their firsthand experience with meditation. The guys, who weren't all too hot with the idea of organized religion to begin with, were apparently instantly hooked on touching the spiritual. April's concert is going to benefit the David Lynch Foundation (yep, David Lynch the director), which has been an influential contributor to the Transcendental Meditation movement in the United States.

Chris Gomez's Oscar Commentary

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I've already written about how the Grammy Awards seemed to be losing its luster (and TV ratings) to shows that appealed to a much wider audience, like “American Idol.” I felt the same way about the Academy Awards, especially after the disaster they threw last year (it captured a record-low 32 million viewers). As expected, the Oscars made a few changes to make the show a little more interesting this year – and what we got was something that went surprisingly well.

Marvel Wows 'Em At NYCC 2009

Seems that Marvel has a few special powers up its sleeve this year. I wrote an article a few days ago about the Marvel Animation's latest double DVD release, “Hulk Vs,” which pitted our favorite big green badass against two popular Marvel mainstays, Wolverine and Thor. If people liked THAT one (and they did, by the way), they'll love what's coming up in 2009 – if the hype and fanfare at the New York Comic Con (NYCC) 2009 is to be any indication.

Marvel Animation has reported some really good reviews and returns from its latest brainchild, “Wolverine and the X-Men,” which premiered in the US Network Nicktoons two weeks ago. According to reports, Nicktoons viewership increased by a whopping 8 times than the previous year when the firs

Obama's Inauguration, From Every Angle

Chris Gomez - Engine Alpha - Photosynth

Image credit: Taken from the Photosynth blog - Link -

Great events in history have always been captured in great photographs, as has been the tradition of major publications like Life and Time. While there's no doubt that Barack Obama's inauguration is one of the most photographed events in history, CNN and the guys at Microsoft decided to take things a step higher – by Photosynth'ing the moment into a 3-D photo that's only going to get bigger and clearer with time.

Microsoft developed the Photosynth technology, which in this situation will compile hundreds (and, possibly soon, thousands) of photos submitted by those present during the moment when Barack Obama took the oath. John King showed the Photosynth of the moment a mere few hours after Obama became President, constructing a surprisingly clear photo that you could pan and zoom in very freely.

During King's first presentation, he had just a little trouble getting into certain angles and zoom points, but that's probably because the Photosynth was still composed of relatively few photos submitted by viewers in and around the Capitol platform. But the great thing about this Photosynth project is that viewers can keep submitting their photos to and the guys at CNN will keep using them to create an even clearer and more comprehensive Synth in the days to come. You can view the synth at

It's actually surprising to me to see Microsoft come up with something that's actually cool. I'd have expected Google to come up with something like this (navigating the synth felt a bit like Google Earth), but Microsoft? I sure hope it's a sign of things to come from Bill Gates and company.

Although I'll admit, Wolf Blitzer sort of gave me the wrong idea when he and Anderson Cooper brought up references to the stuff we saw during the US election day last year. Back then we saw John King work the Magic Wall like a wizard, Jessica Yellin and beamed up to the CNN studios (George Lucas must have been flattered to death), and a 3-D generation of the Senate and House of Congress. I suddenly expected something 3-D as well, which left me a little disappointed when the Photosynth came out one dimension short.

Still, it was pretty good, considering they came out with a very presentable synth in mere hours – and CNN only had about 10 photographers at the event. CNN did a bit of crowdsourcing by asking people at the event to submit their photos as soon as possible. It's pretty surprising to see how readily people are willing to help out, even if the only reward is an acknowledgment on the website.

In the end, these innovative new uses of technology made an already momentous occasion much more memorable. Although I'll concede that one of the most enjoyable moments I've had all day was when former President George Bush left the Capitol in a helicopter. Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye!

Obama's Inauguration – Let's See The Super Bowl Top This

Barack Obama's win in last year's US Presidential election was one of 2008's most memorable moments, and all of a sudden no one doubted in the young African-American's popularity and the role that media had in his rise to power. Well, his historic inauguration is only a day away, and if you're looking for a spot to watch history unfold, it'll be hard to miss... although I don't think there's been a time in my life when I wanted to be in Washington DC more than now.

Washington DC is going to throw a US$160-million inaugural party for Barack Obama tomorrow, dwarfing the US$42-million party that George W. Bush enjoyed four years ago and the US$29.6-million one for Bill Clinton's second term. Called for as they may be, the lavish celebrations to be had have drawn its fair share of criticism from Republicans and naysayers.

Obama undoubtedly faces a tough, tough task once the parties are over – he'll face an economy in crisis, an environment in peril, the Middle East in chaos, and international ties at the brink of collapse. Most of the criticism directed at the overgenerous celebrations ask whether now is really the time to party, but they at the same time sound like knee-jerk sour-graping.

If you ask me, though, Obama's inauguration should be worth at least four times the one Bush enjoyed. In addition to celebrating his rise to power, it's also celebrating the exit of Bush and his failed policies. That by itself is worth drinking myself to sleep.

Besides, judging from history, the inaugural party can set the tone for the rest of the presidency. And if Obama's going to clean up the mess left behind by Bush, he's going to need all the help he can get.

Tech companies and TV networks are teaming up to bring Obama's inaugural party to as many people as possible. All of the major networks in the US will be covering the swearing in and the subsequent parties, and telecasts of the ceremonies can be viewed on their websites, as well. If you're going to be in transit or otherwise out of the house by 11:30 a.m EST (that's 11:30 p.m. Hong Kong time), you can still watch history unfold on your laptop or mobile device – all you need is a connection to the Internet. You can count on me to be home at that time though, since it'll be hard to enjoy a beer otherwise.

Apparently, it's not just tech/media gurus like Chris Gomez who approves of the lavish celebrations. Musicians such as Beyonce, Bono, and Bruce Springsteen are going to be around for the parties. Other big names include John Legend, Josh Groban, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Wonder, and well-known Obama supporter

No matter what the naysayers say, January 20, 2009 is going to be a day to remember for the entire world – and I'm going to be there to enjoy every single minute.