How the Lunar Scene from Ad Astra was Made

Jedediah Smith, VFX supervisor for Method Studios, describes the painstaking process visual effects artists used to create the moon and lunar rover sequence in Ad Astra. From their innovative use of infrared cameras to their deep archival research to their extensive use of rotoscoping, the effects team employed an array of techniques to balance realism… Continue reading How the Lunar Scene from Ad Astra was Made

Homestar Runner Goes for the Gold

Two decades later, and the Brothers Chaps are still making the occasional Homestar cartoon, this one to celebrate their 20th anniversary. They’re still using Flash. I wonder whether they’ll switch to HTML5 someday. Script and info at hrwiki

Franz Kafka’s Existential Parable “Before the Law” Gets Brought to Life in a Striking, Modern Animation

“Before the law sits a gatekeeper. To this gatekeeper comes a man from the country who asks to gain entry into the law. But the gatekeeper says that he cannot grant him entry at the moment. The man thinks about it and then asks if he will be allowed to… Source: Open Culture Franz Kafka’s… Continue reading Franz Kafka’s Existential Parable “Before the Law” Gets Brought to Life in a Striking, Modern Animation

Watch Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer’s Haunting, Animated Take on Leonard Cohen’s “Democracy”

The late Leonard Cohen’s 1992 anthem “Democracy” feels not just fresh, but painfully relevant these days. Cohen, a Canadian who spent much of his adult life in the States, avowed that the song was neither sarcastic nor ironic, but rather hopeful, an “affirmation of the experiment of democracy in this country.” He started… Source: Open Culture Watch Neil… Continue reading Watch Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer’s Haunting, Animated Take on Leonard Cohen’s “Democracy”