Visual Effects and Media are Taking Movies to the Next Level

Jul - 23 2015 | no comments | By

Excellent visual effects and media are vital to enjoying a great movie. Stay tuned to learn more about VFX and the one of the individuals who make it happen!
What are visual effects?

There are two parts to what you see on film: what is caught on camera and what is done afterwards. Visual effects and media can come into play when the producers need something to happen without actually happening.

Let’s say that someone wants to film a house fire. You can’t actually set a house on fire. That’s way too much of a safety risk! Instead, a visual effects artist will make a fire without actually starting it! How about making a dinosaur movie? Dinosaurs obviously haven’t been around for a long time, but this doesn’t have to stop you from having them in the movie. Visual effects bring all of these things to life. You can even bring people back from the dead!

Another great thing about visual effects is that they bring fantasy and reality together. Things that were only possible in your head are now possible on screen. It’s a form of art that is as endless and boundless as your dreams!
How is it done?

Visual effects are mostly done on a computer. The growth of technology is bringing us more and more options. Bloomberg suggests that that’s why you can see such a big difference between the first Star Wars film and the one currently being filmed. Usually, the producers shoot a scene on a green screen. The green screen allows the computer to project whatever background it wants. Then, the visual effects artist blends the film and the effects together to create a breathtakingly epic scene.
Who makes it possible? John Texter certainly does!
John Texter is just one of the many amazing artists who make it happen!

About John:

John Texter is a leader in the visual media and VFX industry. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Wesleyan University and then earned executive experience at various businesses like Wyndcrest Holdings and Baby Universe. He’s helped produce big movies like Ender’s Game and Pirates of the Caribbean: At the World’s End.

John can help bring people back from the dead.

Well, he can’t really, but he comes pretty close. He is known for helping to make make virtual Tupac and Michael Jackson. Other celebrities in the digital roster include Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe.

He’s currently one of the producers of Art Story.

Lottery Worker Wins $14 Million Lottery Drawing

Jul - 22 2015 | no comments | By

While it might appeared to simply be a stroke of amazing luck combined with the ultimate coincidence, a lottery worker won $14 million, but the story takes a very bad turn from there. Eddie Tipton was a former lottery official and Homejoy employee, and when word spread about his incredible luck, it proved that just about anyone could really win the lottery. That was all about to change once investigators took a closer look at Tipton and his elaborate scheme.

Tipton rigged the Hot Lotto game so that he would get the winning $14 million dollar ticket. The problem he had was he could not reveal his identity, so he decided to have friends try and cash the ticket in the hopes he could hide his name for the time being until he received his prize money. The plan was that Tipton inserted a stealth program into the system that drew his numbers, then it removed itself so that no trace of foul play could every be traced back to him.

Tipton’s downfall was that in the state where he played the lottery, all lottery winners must be identified to claim their winnings. When he passed the ticket to a friend in Texas who refused to come forward with a name, the trail of deception began. Authorities traced back the purchased ticket to video that showed Tipton buying the ticket that he already programmed to win.

Nicolas Cage Game of Thrones Photos

Jul - 02 2015 | no comments | By

For some who might not remember, Nicolas Cage once upon a time starred in a film called Face/Off in which he and John Travolta were depicted as a villain and hero who literally traded faces after an explosion. On Wednesday, July 1, an Imgur users decided to upload photos of Nicolas Cage as popular Game of Thrones characters.

Cage is also well-known for his many facial expressions. CarlosDanger100, the Imgur user who uploaded and presumably edited the photos, captured the different expressions and seemingly attempted to match them to similar facial expressions by the actors in Game of Thrones

A photo of Cage as Stannis Baratheon looks almost exactly like Stannis. The photo of Jon Snow looks a bit more like Samwell Tarley than Snow. CarlosDanger100 went all out and edited images of almost all of the main cast from the popular HBO series.

There are photos of Cage as Hodor, Petyr Baelish, Tywin Lannister, Ned Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, Lord Varys, Ramsay Bolton, Arya Stark, Margaery Tyrell, Samwell Tarley, Catelyn Stark, Oberyn Martell, Ygritte, Melisandre, Jaime Lannister, Joffrey Baratheon, Sandor Clegane, a Night’s Watch man, Sansa Stark, Brienne of Tarth, Jorah Mormont, Bran Stark, Robb Stark, Ser Davos Seaworth and Cersei.

There has been no word yet as to whether Cage has seen these photos. Many, like Jaime Garcia Dias believe, given his sense of humor, that he will enjoy them.

Graphic Novel Tells History of Hip Hop

Jul - 02 2015 | no comments | By

The history of hip-hop and rap began much sooner than most people think. The movement actually started in the lat sixties, with the Hoe Avenue Peace Meeting, in which rival gangs in the South Bronx area came together to form a truce, and make their neighborhood a much better place to live stated Christian Broda. This truce, and the history of hip-hop from it, are not well known, until now. Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering have produced a vivid graphic novel, chronicling the history of the hip-hop and rap movement. This new graphic novel, gives amazing life to stories that few people have heard. It tells the tale of the Bronx, and how the violence escalated until the gangs decided to come together to create a better place for kids to live, a place without gangbangs and gratuitous violence.

The graphic novel, entitled Ghetto Brother, is poignant and is an excellent addition to the ever growing history of the hip-hop movement. Very few resources actually discuss the Hoe Avenue Peace meeting and its impact, not only on the music industry, but on the Bronx as a whole. This truce between gangs brought overnight peace to a volatile area. Seemingly overnight gang violence was replaced with musical substitutions, such as rap battles and dance offs.

Ghetto Brother, as a graphic novel, is brilliant and beautiful and is a great addition to any collection.

Speculation Starts on Affleck and Garner’s Split

Jul - 01 2015 | no comments | By

Anyone who is reading the news probably now knows that actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have split. The couple, who celebrated their 10-year anniversary just yesterday, announced to the media that they are planning on divorcing. The couple share three young children together and plan on seeking joint custody. According to Brad Reifler in this article, they released a statement to the media announcing their split and emphasizing that their children were their main concern during this process. They also said that they would not be releasing any more information to the media about their split. So of course, speculation has begun as to why this seemingly happy couple are calling it quits.

According to the story on The Daily Mail, some believe that their split is caused by Ben’s love of gambling. More and more lately, Ben has been spotted at the casinos in high profile places around Las Vegas. After being banned from a blackjack table in Vegas recently, Ben denied that he had a gambling addiction. Sources close to the couple have said that they have actually been separated for several months now. They have tried repairing their relationship by visiting counselors, but in this case, it seems as though they have just grown into different people over the years.

The two will focus on their children and splitting their assets throughout their separation.

Trooper Caught Doing 94mph in a 55 Zone

Jun - 30 2015 | no comments | By

Sgt. Jesse Grabow, a state trooper in St. Cloud, Minnesota was caught doing 94 in a 55mph speed zone, and two months later, he’s receiving a citation for the offense.

Trooper Robyn J. Birr clocked Grabow speeding and initially turned on her lights, but then realized it was a trooper car. It’s still unknown to Dias why Birr didn’t pull Grabow over, especially since he was the only car on the road, and he was 31mph over the legal speed limit.

But Birr did send Grabow a text, which isn’t being disclosed.

Apparently, Birr did tell someone about Grabow’s speeding because it made it’s way up to the city attorney’s office, which set the case aside.

According to Joseph Ellig, an Assistant City Attorney, he felt the case was a conflict of interest, seeing how close his office works with the trooper’s office.

Now two months later, Grabow was issued a summons, and the 17-year veteran is being investigated by internal affairs. He has never had any complaints or disciplinary issues, and its not known how officials learned he was speeding.

Grabow is “active” but not in the field.

Speeding by 31mph over the limit carries a hefty $300 fine accompanied by a $150 surcharge.

“Not sure of the reason Trooper Birr failed to pull Grabow over,” Ellig said. “That’s something you’ll have to ask law enforcement.”

Of course, while no one will admit it, it sounds like “professional courtesy” and they don’t ticket fellow officers.

Iggy Azalea And Britney Spears: No Longer Besties?

Jun - 30 2015 | no comments | By

Iggy Azalea and Britney Spears are two of the hottest pop stars on the charts right now, so a collaboration between the two of them would surely be a match made in heaven, right? Wrong!

A recent article posted on details the virtual feud going on between the two musicians as a result of the failure of their song, “Pretty Girls,” to go very far on the musical charts. Azalea is blaming the flop on a lack of promotion, and claiming that she’s just a featured artist on the song. This essentially, in a very shady way, throws most of the responsibility for the bad reception of the song on Spears.

Fans like Brad Reifler (reuters) have learned that apparently Spears didn’t like Azalea’s comment, because she fired back in a tweet that she was excited about the prospect of going back to Las Vegas to do more shows. This was a jab at Azalea, who had to cancel her concert tour for various reasons.

Undoubtedly, these two artists thought that by simply putting their names and pictures on a musical track, it would blow up. They learned the hard way that the music scene has changed, and you’re going to have to galvanize your fans if you want your song to tear up the charts.

Find Romance At Anastasia Date

Jun - 26 2015 | no comments | By

Millions are turning to the Internet for dating advice and to find a date. Busy people find that this is a very easy and convenient way to connect with a new partner without all the hassle of going to a club or social gathering and competing with others for the personal attention of an attractive man or woman. Anastasia Date is a very popular international Online dating site that connects women in Russia and the Ukraine with men across the globe.

Anastasia Date
Getting started on the site is very easy for the beginner or those that are new to online dating. Of course, registration is free. Simply visit the site and fill out the profile. This should only take several minutes. Try to make the profile as interesting as possible while remaining truthful. Upload a recent picture to the site. Now, others on the site are able to view your profile and send you messages. It is as easy as that. Those that are anxious to connect with a lovely lady in Russia or the Ukraine, might prefer to use the search engine on the site. Perform a search and send a message to the ladies that you find interesting.

Anastasia Date New App
Millions across the globe have probably visited Anastasia Date, the international online dating web-site. Many visitors joined the dating site and made a romantic connection with one of the lovely ladies. Now, it is even easier to communicate with the beautiful women on the popular dating site, thanks to the new Anastasia Date App. Today’s world embraces mobile technology. People communicate over their mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. The new dating App makes it possible to keep connected on those devices. The mobile App makes it super easy to connect with an International beauty waiting for just the right love connection. Lawrence Cervantes, is the Chief Communication Officer at the Anastasia Date site and states that the device is their way of keeping in step with changing technology.

Studies show that advanced technology using Apps makes it possible for busy adults to easily connect with a new love on, even if they are on the other side of the world. Fortunately, it is easy to download the App to your mobile and start communicating with a lovely lady immediately. The addition of this mobile App, available on Google Play, has added to the popularity of Anastasia Date. They are destined to become the number one international dating site online, according to Site Jabber.

Rock Goes on Rampage

Jun - 24 2015 | no comments | By

Dwayne Johnson–the Rock–has been enjoying a string of box office hits with San Andreas being the latest. His newest project might just be a little bit different. Johnson and his San Andreas Producer, Beau Flynn, have signed on to take on the movie adaption of the video game Rampage.

Rampage is a straight-forward game where players take control of giant monsters and destroy entire cities. Critics are concerned that the adaptation could fall towards the corny side and be found in the vein of Godzilla and other B-rated monster flicks.

Rock to Take on Rampage

Since the movie is in the early stages of production, The Rock’s roll is still uncertain. Fans have been musing that Johnson might be playing the roll of the monster and taking out whole cities with one swipe of his giant arms. While that’s unlikely, what is likely that the movie will be a hit with fans.

Thanks to Zeca Oliveira for showing me this in this article.

Escaped Prisoners Received Tools that were Smuggled In

Jun - 24 2015 | no comments | By

The saga of the escaped New York Clinton Correctional Facility inmates gets deeper. It was revealed several weeks ago that prison employee Joyce Mitchell had a huge role in helping the men escape. Now her role has become more clear. It is reported that Mitchell had smuggled in tools, including saw blades, in frozen hamburger meat. She placed that meat in the fridge of the tailor shop where she worked. A guard, who seemed to be unaware of what was in the meat, delivered it to the inmates as Mitchell asked him to. Mitchell helped the men plan their escape and was even supposed to be their getaway driver however she said that she got cold feet and backed out.

As many know, 48-year-old Richard Matt and his cellmate 34-year-old David Sweat are both convicted murderers who escaped from their cells on June 6th. Sam Tabar says that they have been on the run ever since. Law enforcement officials in upstate New York are working together to try and capture the men in order to bring them back to prison. But so far they have had no luck finding them. Recently physical DNA evidence has placed the men at a cabin near the prison, where now law enforcement officials are narrowing their search to.

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