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“John Carter of Mars” December trailer

Posted on December 2, 2011 
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A new trailer for Edgard Rice Burrough’s “Princess of Mars” screen adaptation just came out. The movie is a mix of live action and CG directed by Pixar’s Andrew Stanton.

I read the 1911 original story few month ago so it is really nice to see how the words have been translated to the screen> This is looking pretty exciting! The CG and compositing look a little bit to CGey in places but overall this should be a great movie!

Reading the comments on Youtube is so funny, most people are comparing it to Star Wars and Avatar when Edgard Rice Burrough actually published the Barsoom’s novels something like 70 years prior to those movies so if someone copied anyone, that would probably be George Lucas or James Cameron. If you read the books you will be blown away by the stuff Burrough came up with, this guy was a real genius.

With nine novels in the series, if the movie does well, Disney will have found a really profitable I.P.

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Things change, new opportunities arise

Posted on October 14, 2011 
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I was reading some articles this morning and realised few things.

Five years ago, a successful game career involved joining a big corporation like Microsoft, EA, Sony.
Five years ago 2d animation was dead.

With the current recession, gaining full time employment at a major studio is pretty unlikely nowadays. At best, most of them prefer to stick with contract workers as the market doesn’t allow a long term strategy at the moment but on the other hand, thousands of independent game developers are producing XBLA and smartphones games and applications, creating hundreds of jobs for senior and even fresh graduates in the field of, 2d animation, UI and concept art.

As recalled in that ex Rare employees interview, if it wasn’t possible to make games for less than $10 millions and a team of 70 and upwards in the past, things have changed. Even the tools are now available and affordable making it possible for anyone to make their own independent games. What an exciting time!

Most of those companies will soon grow to become the next leaders or get bought by the former ones hoping to get their glory back.

Not all big corporations are taking the back seat though, Microsoft with XBLA was probably the first one to create an independent game developer ecosystem and empower creative artists and programmers. Without XBLA, Behemoth’s “Castle Crashers” would have probably never known the success it received. How many people had heard of Alien Hominid before Castle Crashers?

An other thing I wanted to mention today is a very interesting move by Valve and Jagex. With the release of Team Fortress 2 for free to the public, I was wondering how the company could still pay for their servers but their strategy seems to be paying off as they recently announced a hefty profit for items creators.

But what is in for the very independent artist?

Well check out this article featuring legendary Bay Raitt. Ok there is nothing groundbreaking like his work on Gollum but one sentence at the very end of the article raised my interest for Team Fortress 2.

Making of a Skull hat.

“If this was a community-made item, the money from item sales would get split between Valve and the item maker!”

As much as I love the art style I don’t have time to play the game. Creating items for it could however become a source of revenue for the most successful artists. Imagine if your item became viral as Bay’s hat probably became?

Unemployed 3d artist? Make CG hats! ;-)

Interesting read:
This is what the Transformers MMO will look like
Why the Next Game From Braid’s Creator is Skipping Consoles the comments are funny as usual
Steam Workshop

Related posts:
Jason Schleifer interview – Speaking of Animation

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French comic artist Boulet at work

Posted on July 8, 2011 
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Timelapse video of Boulet working on Formicapunk, a story were the future is based on the evolution of mid-1970s technologies. Really funny AND impressive straight-ahead work. If you want to follow is work, check out his blog http://www.bouletcorp.com/blog/

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SketchTravel – Frederic Back

Posted on January 1, 2011 
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What a way to start the new year, Dice Tsutsumi picking up the Sketchtravel book from Frederic Back’s home in Montreal

Happy new year from Paris!
Ignore the naysayers , be passionate about what you do!

As a side note I will be using Dice’s work for a post on painting, lighting and reflected light very soon.

via Enrico’s blog

Related posts:
Dice Tsutsumi on the Chiustream
Light and colors

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Steve Jobs has turned evil

Posted on April 11, 2010 
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So like me you were probably excited by the release of CS5 tomorrow and thought you would be able to quickly develop cross-platform apps using Flash. Well Steve Jobs has decided otherwise.

The Flash blog “Apple slaps developers in the face”

Your “Ifart” clone must be developed using C, C++ and Objective-C said the man in black turtleneck.

Engadget “Iphone lock down”

Engadget: “Steve Jobs responds to complaint about new Iphone SDK rule”

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Twitter!

Posted on September 27, 2009 
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I am not so much of a Twitter user but integrated to WordPress I think it could be really useful for quick sharing of mood, ideas, thoughts, or interesting links I find on the net.

You can now find my Tweets and a link to my Tweet page on the right side of the blog.

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Mental Ray for visualisation new book

Posted on June 24, 2009 
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Visualisation with Max and Mental Ray

After the phenomenal success of his first book, my friend Jamie Cardoso is about to release a second book about “Realistic Architectural Visualisation with 3dsmax and mental ray”. If you are into visualisation this should be your next buy!

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Sorry for the mess

Posted on April 24, 2009 
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This website has been “in construction” for years so I have decided it was time for some structural but also cosmetic changes before carpet bombing every forum with my new Game showreel.

I am hoping to get this finished before the end of next week.

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Randomness

Posted on April 23, 2009 
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Making faces: Jim Rimmer” A trailer for a documentary on Cutting Metal Type

Just to test a new WordPress plugin and because I always had a fascination for Fonts and Typography

And an other link because I am a sucker for Graphic design in motion. Pay attention to the funny accent. (Argentinian?)

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It is all about the bike!

Posted on October 12, 2008 
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I have absolute no interest in watching cycling on TV and especially the “Tour de France” but like I said few weeks ago, I just bought a racing bike to commute to work. Here is that beauty!

I just bought the rest of the equipment last week end and will give it a try today. I am really worried about having my feet stuck to the pedals but I guess it shouldn’t take too long to get used to that.

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More Xbox avatar

Posted on October 9, 2008 
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Tokyo Game show just started and Microsoft revealed a bit more about the Xbox Avatars. Kotaku posted a new video today. That’s really sweet and I am really proud of the work that we are doing here.

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MACAFRAMA trailer

Posted on September 13, 2008 
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The Single speed/track/fixed gear bike craze was supposedly triggered by the Mash video:

I haven’t seen the Mash video yet but I have seen the trailer and clips from the new San Fransisco based video, Macaframa, directed by Colby Elrick and Colin Arlen. Have a look at the trailer and their Vimeo page. The footage is beautifully edited, cinematographed and color graded. Sweeeet


MACAFRAMA Trailer from MACAFRAMA on Vimeo.

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Bizarre yet fun japanese skateboarding video

Posted on September 13, 2008 
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man I wish I never discovered http://www.theaestheticpoetic.com

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Bikes

Posted on September 13, 2008 
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This week I bought a beautifull red Felt F90 racing bike from my coworker Matt. It has aerodynamic spokes and the kind of gears you find on sports cars. Really fancy. It is obviously ultra light and I am intending to use it to go to work. I have been told by my coworkers that it would take me from 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on my level of fitness. I am fit so it will take me 30 minutes….. well we will see ;-) it is a really long distance, 10 miles (16 kms) according to googlemaps.

I am a bit tired of car pooling, I don’t want to buy a car, the fancy Vespa I always wanted to buy since I moved to UK wouldn’t last 2 days outside my house so this looks like the only option. Also it was a good price … for that kind of bike ;-) and Matt did very well at numerous competitions riding this bike.

Now this bring me to my second point. Single speed bikes.

If you live outside a big city you have probably not heard about the craze about single speed bikes. They are sleek, sexy, ultralight and really low maintenance since they don’t require high tech components like racing bikes. I saw some guys playing Bike Polo few years ago in Bethnal Green and thought that was really cool. I have never tried one but if it weren’t for the vandal that bend your wheels when you leave your bike unattended I would have probably bought one myself in my London days. The reason why I wanted to mention them today is that I found some videos of guys doing tricks on their single-speed bikes. Riding them in town is rad but riding them in town while doing tricks is even radder.

I created a Youtube Playlist with some really cool videos related to single speed bikes and messengers
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=9463403E4136AC6F. PUMA commissionned a great documentary on messengers called “NYC Messengers” but I can’t find it anymore.

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Stupidest ad analysis ever

Posted on September 7, 2008 
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The most useless ad analysis ever on TheStreet.com by Gary Krakow and his sidekick. Come on Gary, just stick with your “Iphone killers” videos instead. At least I can easily filter what is junk and what is gold on TheStreet.

What were you expecting? A copycat of the Apple campaign? A technical demonstration of why Microsoft is so great? This has been done in the past and didn’t work. Remember the previous Wow campaign?

Please TheStreet, more Altrucher, less Krakow

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Mars Blackmon to Michael Jordan: “Is it the shoes?”

Posted on August 28, 2008 
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Ah those were the days. Spike Lee and Michael Jordan in the early 90′s Nike commercials. Gosh I am old!

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Taekwondo

Posted on August 23, 2008 
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I haven’t been following much the olympic games those days but the few footage of TKD I found on the net were pretty boring especially since most official website only show the last round of each match so the opponent are usually really tired from the previous rounds.

I am currently practicing Thai Boxing but I still love Taekwondo very much and just to show that TKD can really be brutal sometimes, here is a video of the fastest KO I just found on Youtube. To me, since hands and fist are hardly ever used, TKD is more an acrobatic sport than a martial art, but sometimes the ending of a match can be really quick and lethal.

You can find a guide to TKD, here, on the BBC website http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/taekwondo/7301041.stm

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Great Photoshop links

Posted on July 29, 2008 
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Here are 2 great tutorial blogs and other graphic design links I just found.

Psdtuts.com
Abduzeedo.com/

some textures Designreviver.com

some fonts

I also used to visit the following websites back in the days I was into graphic design. I haven’t checked them for a while, I am not sure if they are still being updated.
Kaliber10000
designiskinky.com
surfstation.lu

If you know some interesting photoshop or graphic design related websites, please add them in the comments

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The art of Disney Animation blog

Posted on July 26, 2008 
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excellent blog here
The Art of Disney Animation Blog

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Lines and colours

Posted on July 23, 2008 
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For the past few years, I have noticed a shift in my interests. In the past, I used to spend a lot of time reading technical books or browsing websites dealing with the technics behind digital art but for the past few years I have shifted my interest from CG to the real stuff.

“Lines and colors” is one of those websites I discovered lately. As the author puts it: “lines and colors is a blog about drawing, sketching, painting, comics, (…) and anything else I find visually interesting. If it has lines and/or colors, it’s fair game.”

What I like about this blog is that you can easily select your favourite mediums in the category section on the right and browse hundreds of post about pastel, ink, watercolours…

Happy reading!

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