Disabling auto-playing video on OS X

Useful. (via)

March 14, 2017

Hinges (a webcomic)

Meredith McClaren’s charming adventure story about a city of clockwork people concluded in February. (I burned through it in one sitting.)

New video for Explone, “King Of The Mist”

Speaking of video compositing, I never posted the latest video I did with Explone, for our song “King of the Mist” from Suicide Fences. I used some of the same techniques (simplified, since I’m very much a novice) to place us in a spooky forest, conjuring spirits with our music by firelight.

Come walk into the nighttime woods with us…

In a future post (or posts) I’ll explain how we made some of the effects for this video. And buy Suicide Fences on vinyl here.

March 13, 2017

VFX Games – The Art of Compositing

Unbelievably cool video demonstrating video compositing techniques.

VFX Games – The Art of Compositing from Roy Peker on Vimeo.

How to implement scrollytelling with six different libraries

Two things: 1) “Scrollytelling?” Really? 2) the library I used to create the motion-comic effects in Red Moon is called Skrollr and is no longer being maintained, so these are some cool-looking alternatives. I’d love to build a motion-comic toolkit on top of one of these. I’d love to do a lot of things.

March 10, 2017

How ‘King Kong’ Movies Changed VFX History, Over and Over Again

Embedded in this short overview of the influence of the original King Kong is this amazing clip detailing some of the effects that Willis O’Brien had to invent to bring Skull Island to life. The clip where O’Brien combines dioramas, matte paintings, rear-screen projections, real-time smoke, water effects and stop motion into one shot is nearly miraculous given the time. I wish I knew the source of this clip because I really wanna watch the whole thing.

Thing I learned: King Kong failed to win an Academy Award for visual effects — because the category didn’t exist until 1938.

I can’t wait to see the new Kong movie even though I totally expect it to be super-dumb!

March 9, 2017

In Defense of the Most Worthless, Helpless Creature on the Planet

A funny treatise on the ocean sunfish, one of nature’s weirder experiments. I laughed.

March 8, 2017

Flatris, web-based Tetris clone written in React and Redux

And it displays the game’s current Redux state as a JSON blob. Cool!

March 7, 2017

Orphée

Jóhann Jóhannsson’s ambient solo album. In addition to Arrival, Jóhannsson also scored Sicario and The Theory Of Everything.

20 Years of ‘Buffy’

BtVS turns 20 this month (NYT link). An overview of the relevance and influence of the show and many of the key actors’ post-Buffyverse careers. (I did not know that Danny Strong was a co-creator of Empire.)

March 6, 2017
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