Anna Foucher, an artist in Nantes, France, collects driftwood and uses its natural forms to create human figures. She often works with characters from pop culture, including Batman, Robin, the Joker, and Darth Vader. Her gallery includes photos showing how, step by step, her found pieces turn into funny-looking people.
The filmmakers creating modern Marvel movies are able to take full advantage of the cutting edge CGI software available today, and those digital effects help make stories about superheroes look far more believable on the big screen.
But a digital artist’s job isn't just to make the effects believable- it's to make the VFX so believable, and so seamlessly integrated into the film, that viewers can’t tell what’s real and what’s CGI.
Here’s a marvel-ous breakdown video that reveals the digital artistry added to Captain America: Winter Soldier by Beijing-based VFX studio BaseFX.
It's interesting to see how much of our favorite films are shot in a total green screen environment nowadays, and even simple stunts are nothing but a pile of polygons nowadays.
-Via Comic Book
Performing as a costumed character at birthday parties can be a tough gig, and when you show up dressed as a superhero you’d better be prepared to wow the kiddos with some sweet superhero moves.
But when you’re performing for peanuts you should avoid bodily injury at all costs, because most companies who hire out costumed characters don’t have injury insurance for their employees.
A springy fellow in a Spider-Man suit discovered how hard it is to act like a webhead without falling flat on your face as he tried way too hard to keep his young clients entertained. Next year they'll be hiring Batman instead...
Avengers, assemble! Specifically, assemble in a line by the classroom door. Black Widow is the line leader today. Proceed to the lunchroom to hear an announcement by Principal Fury.
These photos allegedly show what the actors who play the Avengers looked like when they were kids. I suggest that in the next movie in the franchise, the villain reverse-ages the characters so that they are all 6 years old. We need a Marvel version of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Rascals.'
-via Geek Tyrant
There are tons of movies out there that make you shake your head and wonder "how did they actually green-light something that stupid?" But sadly, there are also tons of movies that should have been made that just weren't. For example, while John Carter was a great movie, but an animated version that would have predated Snow White as the first full-length feature film could have been even more amazing and may have even changed film history.
Learn about nine other awesome movies that should have been made in this TopTenz article, or just watch the video above.
It’s a good thing most characters portrayed by actors in movies don’t act anything like the actors themselves, because if their characters spouted the inane lines celebs like Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin have Tweeted out to the world those hit movies would have bombed!
CollegeHumor presents an animated portrayal of what it would look like if, say, Maximus from Gladiator gave a rally cry that included "Circumcision is stupid! Babies are perfeeeeeeect!"
It kinda makes you wonder what the heck those famous folks were thinking when they sent out such bizarre Tweets, but I think Fast & Furious would have been improved by the addition of Vin, Michelle and Tyrese's Tweets.
Disney’s animated features rely on paper thin plots to make the magic happen, and what they lack in believability they more than make up for in character appeal and emotional effect.
But a thin plot means the whole storyline can come crashing down with one minor change, like showing what led up to Bambi’s mother getting blasted.
Dorkly's Andrew Bridgman and illustrator Paul Westover demonstrate how easy it is to turn Disney movies into a completely different kind of movie with one minor tweak.
Kinda takes the feel good fun outta the whole thing, now don’t it?!
Nips and Porkington are pigs in every sense of the word- they’re cops and one is actually a pig, so he's a pig in two ways. I'm not sure if he's also a slob, but if he is then that makes three ways in which Porkington is a pig.
Okay, so Nips and Porkington are pigs in either one, two or three ways, if that’s not every sense of the word then please excuse my misuse of an idiom and let’s move on.
Nips and Porkington are the stars of their own animated short called The Casebook Of Nips And Porkington, which was created by an extremely talented individual named Melody Wang.
Hopefully Melody will share some more animated animal adventures with us in the near future, but for now we'll have to make do with this enchanting short.
We’ve seen plenty of “video game invades real life” videos, but this takes it up a notch with over-the-top violence and destruction, even though it all takes place at Grandma’s house. Contains a little NSFW language. And plenty of subtle references for hardcore players.
It’s from Danny and Michael Philippou, twin brothers from Adelaide, Australia (previously at Neatorama), who do this for fun even though many of the stunts are really dangerous.
The Philippou brothers refuse to put ads on their videos. They’ve now received funding from Screen Australia, Australia's national film support agency. If you liked this, you might want to check out their other videos. -via reddit
Wherever you go today, don’t forget your towel! Today is Towel Day, a date set aside to remember author Douglas Adams and his works, particularly The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. For the occasion, the astronauts of the European Space Agency (ESA) show how they celebrate on the International Space Station. Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti (previously at Neatorama) reads about the importance of the towel from The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy while floating in space. Don’t panic!
When everything goes to hell in the Mushroom Kingdom the denizens of that colorful land will have to kart for survival, or fall to the flying shells.
Mad Max: Fury Road isn’t meant to be a particularly funny film, but add a few visual effects, a few characters and silly sound effects from Mario Kart 64 and you’ve got a wasteland full of laughs.
YouTube user sundbergkr doesn't rely on over-the-top gags or comically misspliced clips to deliver the comedy in Mario Kart: Fury Road, and the end result is a mashup that's simply funny!
-Via The Verge
What if Commander William Riker got his own spinoff show after Star Trek: The Next Generation? It might go something like this fan edit that puts Number One in the star position. It’s the beginning of what may be a continuing series, with the next episode coming in about a month.
Those who occupy a certain strange corner of the internet might recognize this style as the work of Jan van den Hemel, who worked together with fellow video editor Andrew Hussie to make dozens of hilarious The Next Generation edits back in the late 2000s. Riker is the first new TNG video from Hemel in nearly five years, and if you're a fan, you'll be glad to hear that more are on the way.
Arya Stark has been through a lot in her young life, and while some may turn to faith after witnessing their father’s death and watching their family torn asunder by those vying for the Iron Throne, Anya has chosen to put faith in God on her list.
This is all according to the new Game Of Thrones meme Atheist Arya Stark, which was created by Tumblr user halfprincesshalfgoddess, so don’t expect to find much canon material from the show.
What you can expect from this meme is a funny take on what a cocky young Arya might say to those pious Sparrows as she made her way across Westeros, a grand assortment of ha-has for heathens.
Chilean artist Fab Ciraolo mixes images from pop culture to “highlight the conflict between extravagance and rebellion.” His recent works include Vincent Van Gogh as Spock toting an antique phaser rifle and Bob Ross as Captain Kirk. As you might expect, he’s not wearing pants.
The series also includes a Starfleet red shirt who I am unable to identify. He may not survive the episode, but he won’t die easily.
-via Popped Culture
These are the voyages of the office building NetDragon. Or, rather the flagship offices for the Chinese gaming company NetDragon Websoft. Liu DeJian, the chairman of the company, is allegedly a die-hard Trekkie who got an official license from CBS to design this building to look like the Enterprise. It includes automatic sliding glass doors that hopefully do this:
-via Nerd Approved | Images: Hacktron, CBS
Movies can become fan favorites for a variety of reasons, but chances are if the ending stinks the movie isn’t going to be well liked.
That’s especially true of any movie that uses a surprise ending to shock viewers, but the real shock would have come after watching films like Rocky and Clerks with their original endings!
Rocky was supposed to end with Balboa taking the big payola and throwing the fight against Apollo Creed, and Clerks originally ended with Dante being shot to death by an armed robber. Sometimes a script change is a good thing!
Disney princesses may not be the best role models for young folks, and they might not be the golden goddesses of morality they’re made out to be, but they do one thing really well- represent different stages of our lives.
From the early days of wide eyed babyhood to the jaded, cynical thirtysomething years of drudgery and boredom, there's a Disney princesses that accurately represents every stage of our lives, at least according to cartoonist Paul Westover.
As someone who learned the joys of hermitizing in my thirties I definitely relate to Elsa, and even though I don't have power over the cold my fridge has a built in ice maker!
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back was released nationwide on May 21, 1980, which is 35 years ago tomorrow. Does that make you feel old? The movie received mixed reviews at the time, but now is considered the best of the six Star Wars films (so far). The problem back then was that it did not have a happy ending, but rather a cliffhanger that made us wait three years for the resolution in Return of the Jedi. That darkness became more appealing over time. And since then, we’ve found out that the finished movie differed in many ways from the original plan. Warning: spoilers ahead.
Leigh Brackett’s first script did not have the Skywalker paternity plot twist. Luke was going to meet up with his father later, who would administer the oath of the Jedi with the help of Minch Yoda and Ben Kenobi. With this plot line, the Luke-Leia-Han love triangle would be a much bigger deal. Thankfully, this was cut when they reconfigured the Skywalker family tree.
Minch Yoda? Yeah, that’s another change in the original plan. You’ll find out plenty of those changes in an anniversary post on The Empire Strikes Back at Uproxx.
David Letterman is leaving the talk show world behind, and thereby leaving a gap in late night larger than the one between his two front teeth that will soon be filled by the supremely talented Stephen Colbert.
But even though Stephen will definitely measure up to Dave in terms of interviewing talent and likeability Colbert will never be able to match Letterman's gift for reinventing the talk show.
From the post interview interview to the talk show host POV camera, the purposely hilarious top ten lists, the stupid funny contests and, my personal favorite, stupid pet (and human) tricks, Letterman added so much to the world of talk shows it's gonna be a crying shame to say goodbye.
Max has walked out of the wastelands once again and brought the apocalyptic action back to the big screen, and audiences are simply mad about Max!
Those who have seen the latest movie will tell you that the costuming is amazing, the cars are incredibly cool, and the sets/backgrounds are stunning to behold on the big screen, but before all these apocalyptic elements were made real they were part of a concept artist’s workbook.
Concept art was such an integral part of Fury Road that illustrator Brendan McCarthy received a co-writing credit for his work on the film, which is only fitting considering he didn't even have a finished script to work from when he came up with these amazing designs.
Brendan's incredibly cool concept art is collected in the new book The Art Of Mad Max: Fury Road, released by Titan Books.
It's rare to see a concept artist play such an integral role in the overall development of a feature film, but in the stylized world of Mad Max it actually makes sense to build the storyline around the art.
Many Marvel movie fans dream of bringing the action home, but unless they’ve got a few billion dollars lying around, or access to an unsecured gamma radiation lab, those dreams remain in slumberland.
However, some dreamers aren’t content to leave their superheroic aspirations in the Land of Nod, so they take it upon themselves to make those dreams into a geeky reality.
Xing Yile is a middle school teacher from Zhengzou, China who wanted to bring the Hulkbuster armor worn by Tony Stark in Avengers Age of Ultron to life, so he found an underground parking garage and went to work.
Two months later he and a friend completed construction on an eleven-foot-tall replica of the Hulkbuster suit, which is made of "over 100 fiberglass-reinforced plastic components" and looks intimidating enough to stop the Hulk dead in his tracks.
The funny part is- Xing had only seen the trailer for the movie when he started building the suit. Imagine how much more impressed he'll be with his build when he gets to see the whole movie!
Did you know that there was once a possibility of a sequel to E.T.: The Extraterrestrial? In 1982, Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Melissa Mathison (who wrote E.T.) came up with a 9-page treatment for a film called E.T. II: Nocturnal Fears. In it, Eliot would be kidnapped by evil aliens, and E.T. has to return to rescue them.
It is now time for Elliott to be questioned. The aliens show no mercy when he replies with the truth. The questioning process intensifies when they learn from his memory that he has dealt directly with Zrek. The pain is tremendous for Elliott and he breaks down and begins screaming for E.T.'s help. Elliott black out but the echos of his last cry can be heard from a distance. At this point we follow, upward, the echoing cry for E.T. into the cosmos where the painful cry seems to die.
Adam Savage has been building all sorts of cool stuff for Hollywood and otherwise for decades, and his skills in the shop are respected by builders and makers the world over.
Of course, it helps that Adam is also a diehard geek, because when you build stuff based on the shows you love the end result is that much more enjoyable.
Here we see Adam’s labor of love brought to life- a perfect looking, and fully functional, replica of Kirk’s Captains Chair from the original Star Trek series.
It has all the sound effects, the swivel motion, and Adam looks oh so right sitting in it! We salute you and your amazing skills, Captain Savage!
-Via Laughing Squid
What would the Indiana Jones movies be like with a female Indy? If it were anything like this skit, Dr. Jones would have just as much snark, but she’s be treated a bit differently.
Anna Kendrick stars in a video produced for NBC’s version of Red Nose Day, a charity telethon coming up May 21st. -via Tastefully Offensive
Photobombs are a hilariously unpredictable part of our image obsessed lives, and even though some photobombers ruin a perfectly good pic most make that captured moment much more memorable.
Photobombing began way before the camera phone, and celebs are so used to being photographed that it's only natural for them to want to photobomb their fellow famous folks
Decades later the most underrated Beatle could still be seen carrying on the tradition of Mod photobombing by sticking it to the Bieb from behind his back...wait, that doesn't sound right?!
Of course, most photobombers aren’t famous, despite their efforts to insert themselves into as many pictures as possible, but you don't have to be famous to feel like a million bucks
For his final project in an After Effects class, Christopher Haley made a speculative title sequence for a Black Widow movie. I hope he got an A in the class. I love the way it evokes a James Bond spy film and separates Black Widow from the normal Marvel style to makes it something unique. The song is “Sour Times" by Portishead.
Cut off one head, two more shall take it's place. . . For this speculative title sequence of a Black Widow film I decided Black Widow's villain would be. . . Black Widow. Yelena Belova, to be specific. Belova believes herself to be the superior Black Widow, and in some ways she is right. Swift and ruthless, Belova is the most talented assassin to graduate from the Red Room--and now she is Hydra's most deadly weapon. At Belova's side is a super-soldier of her own, Alexi Shostakov--the Red Guardian, who also happens to be Natasha's former lover. When the new heads of Hydra make a play for the power of the infinity stones it is up to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s top agent to stop them.
There are a lot of post-apocalyptic stories out there ranging from zombie attacks (The Walking Dead) to diseases (12 Monkeys). While the end of the world is a fascinating story setting, the reality would be more depressing than practically any of us could remember -that's because nuclear disasters, fire, floods, disease, malnutrition and more would actually leave everyone dead within a short span of time. Survivor stories aren't exactly all that interesting when there aren't any survivors and this TopTenz article explains why there's a good chance that any disaster on this scale would wipe out all humans -not just most of them.
We’re not surprised that being born a mutant is a shortcut to superhero status. But I read mostly DC comics when I was young, and am not as familiar with the Marvel pantheon as I could have been, so I was surprised at how many characters they used as both X-Men and Avengers. Some superheroes just get around! And even more surprising was how characters can go from evil to hero (and back again). Take Quicksilver, for example.
In Avengers #16, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby did, at the time, the unheard of. The legendary fathers of the Marvel Age replaced the current roster of Avengers with an entirely new team, mostly comprised of former villains. Joining Captain America on the team were Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and mutant speedster, Quicksilver.
Before he joined the Avengers, Quicksilver was a member of the Magneto’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. He was a reluctant villain whose main motivation was protecting his sister from Magneto’s machinations. When he and his sister joined Cap on the Avengers, a cohesive history between the X-Men and the Avengers began.
And he’s not the only one. Read the backstories of 14 characters who were both X-Men and Avengers at on time or another, at Den of Geek.