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The Hunt for Gollum

May 8, 2009 Comments off

This morning I was finally able to fit this into my busy schedule:

Made on a budget of only £3,000 (about $4,500 as I am writing this), The Hunt for Gollum shows that you don’t need government subsidies, production company backing or even aggressive merchandise licensing in order to produce a successful film. It also shows that fan films do not have to feature poor acting and even poorer cinematography as their most redeeming features.

I’m particularly impressed with how the fight scenes were handled. The average person tends to hold back a little when staging a fight in order to be sure not to actually hit their partner. Not only did the crew in The Hunt for Gollum put forth an active effort to overcome this shortfall, but any actual punch-pulling was cleverly discussed through creative camera cuts and occasional slow-motion.

The casting is decent, although Adrian Webster doesn’t have the strong features I think the lost King of Gondor should, nor does Rita Ramnani have the angular ethereal beauty that one would expect for Arwen. Gandalf looks spot on, and Patrick O’Connor does his best to imitate Ian McKellen.

I only have two real, though minor gripes: 1)  Gollum doesn’t thrash nearly wildly enough when captured, and 2) some of the night scenes (particularly during the last ten minutes) are too dark — you may want to turn the lights out and the screen brightness up when watching.



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Saturday Morning Watchmen and How to Succeed in Evil

March 19, 2009 1 comment

Just a quick link roundup I found interesting:

  • In honor of the Canadian superhero’s 35th anniversary (and no doubt as a way to promote “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” due out in May) here’s Wolverine Appreciation Month art.
  • From the Onion, an Office Worker Suddenly Becomes Sentient.  As a former office drone myself, I can honestly say that an uprising of suddenly intelligent cubicle dwellers is a terrifying prospect.
  • How to Succeed in Evil: The Novel went live on Monday the 16th.  Patrick E. McLean’s antihero Edwin brings some welcome common sense the supervillainy business.  McLean will be releasing one chapter each day until completion.
  • I’m probably the only webcomic artist who hasn’t read the graphic novel and isn’t planning on seeing the movie, but even I know how enough about the story to see the wonderful satire in Saturday Morning Watchmen.

Update: Cross-posted at 4komatose.com.



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The Bailout Game

January 27, 2009 Comments off

An interesting little time-waster.

H/T Greg Mankiw

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

December 23, 2008 Comments off

I’m sometimes amazed at how creatively some artists can re-interpret an established character.  Thought I’d post some examples while I’m snowed in:

SANTA SENSEI by kandoken
SANTA:SENSEI by =kandoken on deviantART

Barbarian Santa by NuMioH
Barbarian santa by ~NuMioH on deviantART

Steampunk Santa by CyborgNecromancer
Steampunk Santa by ~CyborgNecromancer on deviantART

Super Santa by my79spirit
Super Santa? by ~my79spirit on deviantART

Merry Christmas!

Update: Cross-posted at 4komatose.com.

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One Ring to Rule Them All…

August 23, 2008 Comments off

My last post made me want to go find The Lord of the Rings teaser I mentioned.  How much more amazing would this teaser have been if you were sitting in a theater with absolutely no idea that the movies were being filmed, and suddenly this came on the screen?

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