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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:  http://j.mp/a5dlQq
Our updated participants list can be found here:  http://j.mp/90kZIt
Our participant sign-up form can be found here:  http://j.mp/9RidP2

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...
 
...er... you guys stopped reading this already, right?



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

 

Chris Gomez
Founder / Curator, Filmcamp
producer  |  angel  |  emergent media prophet  |  deity
Web:  www.enginealpha.com www.filmcamp.sg
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/chrisgomez   (@chrisgomez)  |  www.twitter.com/filmcampsg   (@filmcampsg)
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Sherlock Holmes -- Holiday Must-Watch

I've always been a fan of that famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes -- he has all the trappings of a real man, even if Arthur Conan Doyle first penned him over a hundred years ago. It's just unfortunate that media has so far portrayed the great detective to be somewhat haughty and "above it" all -- hardly a fun character. This season's "Sherlock Holmes" movie should break the stereotype.

After all, Holmes will be played by none other than Robert Downey, Jr. -- and everybody watches Robert Downey, Jr. If the official cinematic trailer is to be any indication, he plays a great Sherlock Holmes -- albeit at a stark (no pun intended) departure from the clean gentleman we've come to know the detective as.

The other half of the equation is Holmes's loyal (?) sidekick, Dr. Watson, played to the hilt by Jude Law. It can be argued that Law's performance by itself will make the movie worth watching -- in one swift swoop, Law destroys the misconception that Watson was simply Holmes's moronic apprentice, and is instead instrumental to the detective's success.

The new movie takes place well into Holmes's detective career, with Watson, fed up with detective work, decides to leave Holmes to get married. But when a closed case gets reopened -- a dead criminal somehow comes back to life and plots the complete and utter destruction of London -- Holmes and Watson are on the case again. What follows is a well-woven, action-packed, hilariously-played mystery story -- kind of like Pirates of the Caribbean in Victorian England.

I can't say enough about how they gave the Dr. Watson character some redeeming exposure in this film. Previous Watsons were portrayed as near-useless, and sometimes bumbling assistants to the great detective -- almost like a foil to Holmes's genius. In this movie, Watson is the smooth English foil to the brash, annoying, very American Holmes. Despite deviating from the Canon somewhat, it still makes for a very interesting chemistry.

Hardcore fans of the original Sherlock Holmes novels will undoubtedly question the authenticity of this movie's portrayal. But many experts are claiming that the movie is surprisingly and refreshingly true to the Canon, even though I'm pretty sure Doyle's Holmes didn't look one bit like Downey, Jr.

The movie's set to open in most places of the world on Christmas Day -- barely two weeks from now. If you're looking for a good mystery movie to drown out the usual holiday hoopla, this one's your best bet.

First Images Of Iron Man's War Machine Show Up

It's just too bad that the first "Iron Man" movie had to be released in the same year as "The Dark Knight," as its awesomeness was overshadowed by the shadowy Batman that year. But there's still no question that "Iron Man" was pretty cool (if only a bit insubstantial plot-wise), and the recent popping-up of War Machine's images on the Internet has gotten my superhero blood pumping yet again.

If War Machine doesn't ring a bell (seriously, guys?), he's Iron Man's sidekick in the comic book series -- although he's much more to Tony Stark than Robin is to Batman. War Machine can pretty much hold down his own comic book series by himself, but he -- rather, his alter-ego Col. James Rhodes, plays a more important "foil" character for the workaholic, alcoholic, tech genius billionaire Stark.

The funny thing about the "Iron Man 2" movie is that fans will be seeing an unfamiliar face in the lineup. In the first movie, Col. James Rhodes was played (rather blandly) by Terence Howard. But come May 7, 2010, we'll instead be seeing Don Cheadle donning the War Machine suit.

Of course, the original plan was to have Howard play Rhodes in the second movie -- after all, Rhodes did say, "Next time, baby," when he saw the War Machine prototype for the first time in the first movie. But all things aren't right in the world of Iron Man 2's production crew.

Apparently, from the "news" that's been circulating, Howard had given the first movie's cast and crew more than its share of headaches. He was paid even more than Robert Downey, Jr., but he really didn't seem to fit into the rhythm on the set. Worse, rumor has it (yep, and we all know all rumors in Hollywood are true, right?) that he wanted to get paid even more for the second movie, which prompted the movie's writers to shrink Col. James Rhodes's role.

Thankfully, War Machine will still get a good share of the spotlight thanks to the casting change. And let's face it -- Cheadle in the War Machine suit still looks much better than Howard would've been. That is, if the circulating CGI images of Cheadle in the suit is any indication. OK. Not really. The images circulating look like really bad photoshop work. Howard would have looked just as bad. And the idea of Cheadle in the War Machine suit, or any suit for that matter, makes me gag* involuntarily.

But looks aren't everything, of course. Cheadle has been known to play a lot of well-grounded, wise/mature roles in his decorated film career. His "fatherly" image would make a great foil for Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark character -- much better than Howard's more "loose cannon" persona.

Cheadle should be fun to watch, especially with Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, and Samuel L. Jackson reprising their roles in the second movie. Good news for everyone, except for Howard -- sorry baby, there will be no "next time."


* I meant block. Not joke. Who on earth would joke involuntarily? (...dumbass!).

My Take On The Twilight Saga

I'm pretty sure some of you are surprised about Chris Gomez writing with regards to the Twilight saga, especially since I do consider myself the savior of what's left of the world's machismo. Isn't Twilight a girl's movie? Has Chris crossed over to the dark side? Hardly, and I'll tell you why before we head to the cinemas for the weekend.


Besides being overly concerned with the emergence of girly men in the world, I'm equally concerned about the lack of representation that women often get in film and media. I'd wish that such gender bias only existed in the most backwards places in the world, but unfortunately even our beloved movie industry is plagued by it.

Let's take the past two decades, for instance. Most of the great movies we've seen were designed for a largely male audience -- lots of action, explosions, and sex. Movies geared towards female audiences were meanly called "chick flicks" -- by itself a derogatory term in the movie industry -- and were relegated to a tiny niche that doomed them to failure.

You might argue that it's not the men's fault -- after all, "romantic comedy" is an oxymoron that's up there with "clean politics" and "military intelligence" and "Microsoft Works" -- but it's still pretty unfair. While a few romantic movies (Titanic) got lucky and scored big in the box office, others (Pearl Harbor, Australia, and a host of others) failed miserably.

So what about Twilight?

I'm not much for emo/goth romances, but I believe finally giving women a reason to troop to the cinemas is a good thing. Even to me, Twilight can be a refreshing break from too much angst, action, and misguided machismo in the movies. Oh, and there's no denying the guys behind the movies did a pretty good job.

Does Twilight represent a paradigm shift in the film industry? I doubt it -- the upcoming years has a healthy list of male-oriented movies coming our way. At best, Twilight simply tips the scales to the women's favor -- something that couldn't have been done sooner.

The latest Twilight movie, "New Moon," is still topping the charts after two weeks in business. If you're up for something different, give it a try -- but leave your biases at the door if you want to enjoy it.

Anthony Hopkins To Play Odin In Thor Movie - #film

Happy Halloween!

I don't know what you dressed up as over the weekend, but I was in work clothes all throughout -- the idea of being away from work was scary enough. It was enough for me to see the young ones (and the once young) dress up as superheroes, but I was rather disappointed not to find even a half-decent Wonder Woman. Oh well, there's always next year.

Speaking of superheroes, I've been following the buildup towards the 2012 Avengers movie. This is obviously a mammoth undertaking for Marvel, since they'll obviously need to get the casting and writing just right, otherwise critics will have a field day spotting plot holes.

I have mixed feelings about Marvel's most recent casting decision for the "Thor" movie -- the legendary Anthony Hopkins has been picked to play Odin, the king of the Norse gods and father of Thor and Loki. While I have no doubt he'll make a great Odin, I'm a little worried about his health -- the last time I saw Sir Anthony, he was skinny. I sure hope he can keep up with the rigors of shooting more than a few superhero movies in the near future.

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The rest of the Thor cast seems to be falling nicely into place -- Chris Hemsworth will play Thor, Tom Hiddleston will play Loki, and Natalie Portman will play Jane, Thor's love interest on Earth. (* I still think Triple H would have been a good Thor.)

In any case, it would be interesting to see how Sir Anthony would look like as Odin. I think he looked pretty good (well, his CG avatar, at least) as Hrothgar in "Beowulf," so with Gungnir in his hands, he should be quite a sight to see when "Thor" hits theaters on May 20, 2011.


* OK. You're right.  I  don't  really think that.

Netflix Comes To Sony PlayStation 3 - #movies #internet #film

Last week, Netflix announced that their live HD movie streaming feature, back then only available to very happy Xbox 360 users (with the annual $49.99 LIVE subscription, that is), was going to be made available to "another device" soon -- and speculation was rife in the blogosphere. Was it going to be the iPhone? Maybe on Google Android? Perhaps on a new platform Netflix wants to promote?

My own guess was right -- it was going to be released on the Sony PlayStation 3.

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It was a no-brainer for me and many other experts in the industry* -- I think the PS3 actually provides a better platform for Netflix's HD movie streaming offering. Since the PS3 slimmed down, both physically and price-wise, it had rocketed to the top of sales lists mere months ago. Now, with Blu-Ray support and fantastic online support, it looks like the PS3 is going to stay on top for a while.

Some Xbox 360 fans may dislike the idea. After all, Netflix's offering used to be "exclusive" to Xbox. Unfortunately, nothing really stays exclusive forever, at least not in this industry. Eventually Netflix will have to go where the profits lie, otherwise someone else will beat them to it -- worst case, with an even better offering.

PS3 users will definitely be pleased -- Netflix's service will only cost $8.99 a month. Unless something big comes along to challenge Netflix over the next few months, it's likely the PS3 will be spending them gaining even more ground on the Wii.


* Yes. I am an expert in my industry :)

The Weekend's Superhero Roundup #film

When it comes to superhero movies, I'm pretty much looking forward to three -- "Green Lantern," "Spider-Man 4," and the next "X-Men" movie. Here's a quick roundup of what's going on with plans on all three movies.

#1 - Bryan Singer may helm the next X-Men movie. That's right, the man who brought the first and second X-Men movies is back, and has expressed his interest in returning to the franchise. He sat out of the third X-Men film to direct "Superman Returns," and also sat out "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

However, I think Singer may have his work cut out for him. I personally didn't like the third X-Men movie because they killed off so many characters, and "Wolverine" left so many plot holes to fill. It'll be interesting to see how well Singer would do if the job was returned to him.

#2 - Spider-Man 4 will thankfully NOT have 4 villains. Sam Raimi returns to direct the fourth Spidey film, and it's good to know that he agrees with many Spider-Man fans -- having three villains in a movie can be pretty distracting. What's more, Raimi claims he learned a few things after directing "Drag Me To Hell," so it's likely the fourth Spider-Man won't be as unvaried as the third.

#3 - Recession hits the Green Lantern. Warner Brothers Studios has canceled plans of producing "Green Lantern" in Australia because of the US dollar's faltering value. They are now in the process of looking for alternative areas of the world to shoot, most likely Canada or Mexico.

As of last week, one Australian dollar was worth US$0.95, which was a nearly 30% increase from six months ago, when Green Lantern was given the green light. Production costs would have increased by around $20 million, apparently something Warner Brothers wasn't willing to risk. Looks like the movie industry isn't as impervious to the recession as we thought it was.

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.


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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.