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My blog posts from here have been added to the Outhouse as a...

My blog posts from here have been added to the Outhouse as a...

By xaraan in Blog on October 4, 2011

My blog posts from here have been added to the Outhouse as a feature column.  I hope you’ll continue to check it out there: click the pic to visit the article and see what fellow comic book readers are saying about the latest comics coming out.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/11012845630

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By pedi in Blog on October 3, 2011

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Let The Right One In

Let The Right One In

By David Bird in Blog on October 3, 2011

Let The Right One In (2008)Directed by Tomas Alfredson, Starring Kåre Hedebrant and Lina LeanderssonIt’s a long Scandinavian winter in Blackeberg. Oskar lives with his mother and spends his days running a gauntlet of bullies. He spends a lot of time alone until new neighbors move in next door. A man with a girl his age. She doesn’t go to school. There’s something wrong with her. Or something different. She’s a vampire.Based on a novel by the same name, and made into an American film called Let Me In, Let The Right One In is a Swedish vampire movie with a dedicated following. Vampires are my favourite movie monster, but I haven’t really enjoyed a vampire movie in a long time. From Anne Rice’s Lestat to Joss Whedon’s Angel to Stephanie Meyer’s Edward, the last few decades have not been kind. The vampire has gone from being a menacing seducer, a devil in evening wear, to a whiny, moping annoyance.This movie touches on two themes that have been a part of the problem, the vampire as victim and focusing on the vampire’s relationship with a human, but it succeeds in skirting these tropes without losing itself in them. It succeeds with the first because the vampire, Eli, is a child and children are almost by definition dependents; even when they have been children for a very long time. What’s more Eli never expresses regret for being a vampire. It skirts the second issue by never turning the relationship into a romance. These are two lonely kids, who each need a friend. A connection. The movie is set in the 80s. Were it set today Oskar might have an active online social life, but it isn’t and he doesn’t. He suffers alone until Eli shows up.Moreover, Eli isn’t a girl. She looks like one and comes across as one, and is played by one, but when the subject comes up she tells Oskar she isn’t one. Audiences might interpret this to mean that ‘she’ isn’t human, except for a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot of Eli’s naked groin. Where you’d expect to see genitals there is only a nasty scar. The implication being that when Eli was human, ‘she’ was a ‘he.’I enjoyed Let The Right One In. So far I’ve been very lucky in my Monday movie choices. No turkeys yet. This one shares a lot of the same ingredients of previous winners: it’s well directed, well acted, well written. It seems so simple to turn out a good movie, you have to wonder why they aren’t all winners. I’ve heard good things about the US version too. Maybe I’ll check that one out too.Originally Pubished at: David Bird


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Mimran Schur Animated Logo – 3D VFX

Mimran Schur Animated Logo – 3D VFX

By pedi in Blog on October 3, 2011

Last year, I helped Fusion CIS Studios with the look dev, texture/shader, lighting and render passes on the animated ocean for this spot… TweetAuthors: pediRead more http://pedrams.me/wp/2011/10/mimran-schur-animated-logo-3d-vfx/

phil-of-the-future: Fyea Deadpool! >:)

phil-of-the-future: Fyea Deadpool! >:)

By xaraan in Blog on October 2, 2011

phil-of-the-future: Fyea Deadpool! >:) Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10953668300

comicallyvintage: Little did they know, Alfred liked to play...

comicallyvintage: Little did they know, Alfred liked to play...

By xaraan in Blog on October 2, 2011

comicallyvintage: Little did they know, Alfred liked to play dress-ups while the boys were out. Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10953622777

Moment of the Week winner for 9/21/11! Wolverine Cyclops...

Moment of the Week winner for 9/21/11! Wolverine Cyclops...

By xaraan in Blog on October 2, 2011

Moment of the Week winner for 9/21/11! Wolverine & Cyclops do battle. Click to pick to visit the outhouse and vote in next weeks winner.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10953483022

comicbooks: ‘The Avengers’: Exclusive Photos! Get a look at...

comicbooks: ‘The Avengers’: Exclusive Photos! Get a look at...

By xaraan in Blog on September 30, 2011

comicbooks: ‘The Avengers’: Exclusive Photos! Get a look at Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, and director Joss Whedon on set! Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10850145495

September Comics

September Comics

By David Bird in Blog on September 30, 2011

My summer hiatus meant there were no reviews of my July or August comics. I am not going to go back and dig those out, but I am going to pick things up with this past month’s. To mix things up I am also tweeting it. If you don’t follow me on Twitter, I am here. Abe Sapien: The Devil Does Not Jest #1: Solid start. Heavy on action. Interested but I’m going to have to see part 2 before I decide whether its any good. B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth: Russia #1: Another good start. Kate and Klaus in Moscow. Meet counterparts. I’m hoping Varvara shows up.Batwoman #1: Continues from where Rucka left off, including supernatural theme. My only DC 52 comic and its looking good. Casanova: Avaritia #1: Cass is back... and hating it. Its a multiversal genocidal romp. Dark Horse Presents #4: New monthly schedule and really getting on its feet. Sergio Aragones Funnies #3: Sergio continues to charm. Buy this!Originally Pubished at: David Bird


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“Chase: Sapphire” Commercials – VFX Animation

“Chase: Sapphire” Commercials – VFX Animation

By pedi in Blog on September 30, 2011

Here’s a spot I worked on just a few months ago. I was Sr 3D VFX Generalist / Lead, responsible for look dev, pipeline, environment models, textures, camera animations, lighting, and renders / passes on a majority of the shots for this :30 and another :60…. they turned out pretty cool! TweetAuthors: pediRead more http://pedrams.me/wp/2011/09/chase-sapphire-commercials-vfx-animation/


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Samsung Windows Phone Spot – 3D VFX Animation

Samsung Windows Phone Spot – 3D VFX Animation

By pedi in Blog on September 29, 2011

Earlier this year, I was brought on last minute (typical), to develop a pipeline and lead a small team of vfx artist on this cool spot. I was Sr 3D VFX Generalist / Lead, responsible for look dev, model, shaders, textures, lighting & renders/passes, as well as animation for the intro and end tag, plus one of the cooler (lol) segments with the three phones that become five that zoom in and twirl and tumble in there… haha, bit hard to describe, so you better just watch it! :) TweetAuthors: pediRead more http://pedrams.me/wp/2011/09/samsung-windows-phone-spot-3d-vfx-animation/

Cover of the Week winner for 9/21/11 !! Click the pic to...

Cover of the Week winner for 9/21/11 !! Click the pic to...

By xaraan in Blog on September 28, 2011

Cover of the Week winner for 9/21/11 !! Click the pic to visit the Outhouse and vote on next week’s winner.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10771522382

Comic of the Week Winner for 9/21/11!! Click the pic to visit...

Comic of the Week Winner for 9/21/11!! Click the pic to visit...

By xaraan in Blog on September 28, 2011

Comic of the Week Winner for 9/21/11!! Click the pic to visit the Outhouse and vote on next week’s winner.Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10771481953

comicbooks: Jean Grey: Phoenix by Stanley Lau

comicbooks: Jean Grey: Phoenix by Stanley Lau

By xaraan in Blog on September 28, 2011

comicbooks: Jean Grey: Phoenix by Stanley Lau Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10769702516

Music Reviews @ The Outhouse

Music Reviews @ The Outhouse

By xaraan in Blog on September 27, 2011

The Outhouse covers tons of entertainment: comics, books, movies, games, tv and yes: Music.  Here are the latest batch of music reviews that have gone up:   SuperHeavy - ‘Superheavy’   Gary Clark Jr. - ‘The Bright Lights’   Imelda May - ‘Mayhem’   Lana Del Rey - ‘Video Games/Blue Jeans’   NEEDTOBREATHE - ‘The Reckoning’ Authors: xaraanRead more http://theouthouseblog.tumblr.com/post/10741276076

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