(109 replies, posted in Episodes)

Teague wrote:

Remember in Cloud Atlas, when all the movies were called Disneys?

Fucking hell.


(197 replies, posted in Off Topic)

Lord of the Rings is not by any stretch a good way to gauge your ability to keep interest in a book. Regardless of its quality, it's a hard read, just like A Song of Ice and Fire, which I personally love, but I understand completely that it's not everyone's cup of tea.


(10 replies, posted in VFX)

Oh yeah, we use it at work. It's become essential to me. A few days ago when I opened AE on my PC and nothing happened when I hit Ctrl + Space, I paused for a solid five seconds to ask myself: Wait, how the hell do I create effects then? Nuke having Tab as the key to create nodes doesn't help either. It's really intuitive.


(27 replies, posted in Creations)

I'm listening to it a second time. I just realized the tragic irony of the "bridge venting into space" false alarm.
Damn you, David.

"I'm 24, dood"

Doesn't get old.


(27 replies, posted in Creations)


Dread's last moments is also the strongest bonding moment we have, and it's a very intense payoff to Grimm being Dread's main accuser before that. So there's a sweet side to it that we don't get with every other death. For a little while, I thought Grimm suddenly going back for Dread even though he might be more or less responsible for Argus' death was a bit out of character. But then it's called out and there are good motivations for it. David pretty much missed nothing.

Finch's death is the one that confused me most, because you don't really know what's happened, Blue doesn't really say: is she unconscious? Is she dead? But the events don't wait for her to know and she has to make a hard decision. It's a death that doesn't let you know it's coming, and doesn't put big titles on it; it sorta happens in the confusion of things, there's no moment for the characters to mourn. Something we seldom see in cinema, and it's refreshing, if frustrating.


(27 replies, posted in Creations)

I'd like to expand a bit on everything. Because the frustration of working months on something and having two-word "Nice work!" feedback is something I know and it kinda sucks. Writhyn just got out this huge project of his, it's incredible, let's send him love waves as much as we can.

On voice acting:

Everyone's work is top-notch. The characters I already knew got a whole new layer of identity, through everyone's particularities and quirks. Writhyn's prone-to-anger Grimm is counterbalanced by Teague's Angus, with Boter in the middle perfectly rendering Dreadnought's swagger-like young personality. I'm particularly impressed with Writhyn's work on differentiating Con and Grimm. At no point did I feel like I was listening to the same guy talking to himself.
Blue and Finch, I'll admit I have more trouble differentiating at times, because their voices are a bit similar [to me who doesn't know them personally]. But their contribution is of the same quality.

I was amazed at the subtle but persistent shake in their voices once Con is gone. They completely sell the duty vs. emotion duality of the characters at that point.

Angus' death is also to note, the emotion of the scene was increased tenfold. Unbearable moment we share with Grimm.

Props to BDA for providing Temple with the self-importance and arrogance I'd easily imagined he had.

On writing:

This is Writhyn's first serious writing endeavour if I'm not mistaken, and the man could already teach it in classes. Consistent seamless world-building, great story stucture, lots of setups/payoffs, great characterization for every individual... The action is always clear enough through the dialogues, although it requires attention to every moment. I'm notoriously bad with first listens but I know a second one will fill every blank (plus I'd already read the script, though it was a while ago). There is a strong balance between comedy and drama, in the sense that it never screams the genre to you; it always feels like actual humans, with their humour and anger, having a very bad day.

On sound design:

Great work as well. I feel like the voices might have benefited from a slightly louder mix but I haven't listened to it with headphones yet. Good spatialization work, especially for the moments inside the ship (Blue in the background, etc.).

The cherry on top? The website. It looks slick, it's full of details to apprehend the universe, and there's even a friggin' Lego model of the Hyacinth. It's only missing a trailer for some reason.

You pushed every button on this one, David. You have my respect and my admiration.

PS: Mr Chrystie, I do believe there's a new forum banner you could make, if you're still into that.


(27 replies, posted in Creations)

What everyone said previously. But I'll give an Academy Award to Boter for that ".... Yeeaahh??" in Episode 1 when asked if the scanning can be finished in less than an hour. The delivery is absolutely hilarious.

Absolutely amazed by the work you did. The writing is top-notch, the performances are excellent, the sound editing just right. I'm really proud to have been a little part of this from script read-through to the trailer (which is showing good progress). It's inspiring and makes me feel like a complete useless piece of nuclear run-off. You've created a world, man.


(623 replies, posted in Creations)

I'm slightly reminded of the flower scene in The Wall, which still haunts me to this day.


(22 replies, posted in VFX)

Nodes, clear and friendly interface, fast and smooth, very very rare bugs, the ability to put keys and expressions on anything. You see it, you edit it. No arbitrary choice made by the guy who made the effect. Lots of customization capabilities on the interface itself, too. You make the software what you want it to be.

Overall, Nuke's interface tells you it wants to work with you, not against you.


(225 replies, posted in Off Topic)

You guys know Pogo, right? Of course you guys know Pogo. I mean, of course at least Teague knows Pogo. He's an Australian musician who takes samples from movies and makes music out of them, adds beats, etc.

What he does is really cool. It's so cool even Pixar directly asked him to make a track from Up.

And because he's good like that, he shot himself dressed as Data and Picard from Star Trek and actually did a really neat green screen job.

This last one is a particular favourite because the show it's made from looks completely bonkers (it's Australian, Dave probably knows about it). (EDIT: it's not, it's British. Move along.)


(22 replies, posted in VFX)

Hesitated about putting Lightroom in, because it's "serious" for photography, but doesn't require a lot of knowledge. It's 25% image skills, 75% organizing skills really.

Sort by hours-of-use, most to least

A. After Effects
B. Nuke
C. Photoshop
D. Lightroom
E. Maya
F. Premiere

Sort by feel-at-homeness, most to least

B. Nuke
C. Photoshop
A. After Effects
D. Lightroom
E. Premiere
F. Maya

Sort by sum history of annoyance with product, least to most

B. Nuke
D. Lightroom
F. Premiere
E. Photoshop
C. Maya

Sort by preference for interacting with the software [interface, layout, etc.], most to least

B. Nuke
D. Lightroom
F. Premiere
C. Photoshop
A. After Effects
E. Maya

Sort by sum history of gee-whiz delightful moments with product, most to least

B. Nuke
C. Photoshop
A. After Effects
D. Lightroom
F. Premiere
E. Maya

All the first-placers on the first row; all the second-placers on the second row; etc.

100. ABBBB
090. BCDDC
080. CAFFA
070. DDECD
060. EFCAF
050. FEAEE

Adding up points

[370] A.
[490] B.
[390] C.
[390] D.
[280] E.
[330] F.

Putting in point-order

- Nuke
- Photoshop
- Lightroom
- After Effects
- Premiere
- Maya

Turns out I'd rather use Lightroom than After Effects, but again, this feels biased, and Lightroom I don't use that much, so I haven't had as much time to hate it as I have with AE. And since it performs much simpler tasks, it's less prone to creating frustration.

My take on Nuke vs AE is always the same. Which one is the better choice for your project depends on a lot of criteria: how much heavy VFX work is needed, of which quality, the time you need to spend on it, etc. Using Nuke for the TV show I work on would be like taking a Panzer to go out for groceries. But I really do love using that Panzer.

In any case, Teague, Nuke is available free for non-commercial uses, with a few limitations you'll hardly even notice. Frustrated? Just try it for an hour, see how that node-based system feels. The first minute my VFX teacher showed me how it worked, I fell instantly in love and completely forgot about AE. There's some danger to this.


(2 replies, posted in Off Topic)

Bums me out it's over, but this is a great essay. Yeah, best movie brainfood I've ever seen. Absolutely tremendous work.

Running Bladder.



(9 replies, posted in Off Topic)

An essay in literary witticism.

DeepThought: Don't judge a book-skin human by their leather
Saniss: 11/10.
Writhyn: I have a book-skinned friend. Good guy, but he's a little hard to read
Writhyn: textbook introvert, is all I'm saing
Writhyn: *saying
DeepThought: He's probably filled with drama
Writhyn: maybe, but I like his ideas. Very novel.
Writhyn: he's into politics, and he even served as a congressional page.
Writhyn: While his alignment isn't something I totally agree with, his opinions are justfied
DeepThought: Don't go reading into ideas yet. He'll probably edit them within a day or two
Saniss: He once told me he likes manual labor, but don't take it literally; what he did with his car speaks volumes.
Saniss: I think he's just not my type.
Saniss: That kind of character is a piece of work, I tell you.
Writhyn: give him a second chance, guy's a real font of knowledge
DeepThought: It's hard when he's up for interpretation
DeepThought: His words seem to everywhere
Teague: *eats go-gurt on the slide*
Saniss: Your jokes lack impact.
Boter: (nomination for Best Of Chatbox thread or whatever)
Writhyn: We all know teague's jokes are a little........sans comic
Saniss: You know who this forum's lacking? Italian dudes. Because in this kind of times, new roman people might renew our humor a bit.
Writhyn: my grandma always said those italics are a little bold
Saniss: ... damn, that kid's good.
Saniss: Heard she was in a comma, btw. Sorry to hear it. She was always good at underlining social issues.
Writhyn: yeah, she always had great quotes. Every time we talked, I had a mind-blowing apostrophe
DeepThought: I heard she she only had a semi colon
Boter: oh actually i think i know your friend, tried to talk to him about how he'd hurt his footer but he'd just sorta glossary over it
Writhyn: Yeah injuries don't really phrase him
DeepThought: His outline is top notch
Boter: Sticks and stones and all that, though he does actually get pretty hurt by words - witnessed the rising action myself as he was getting ready to layout someone
Writhyn: fortunately the paranthetics were nearby and kept anyone from dying
Saniss: It's a tough period for him. At some point, next time someone asks him a question - mark my words, he'll make a dash for it and punch him.
Saniss: STRIKE, I MEANT STRIKE. Completely missed the occasion here.
Writhyn: Yeah you brought this thing to a full stop
Regan: What have I missed? I got here as fast as I could. Sorry I can't stay but I've got to, em, dash!
DeepThought: Slash your way on out of here
Boter: and here i was taking "punch him" as a slant rhyme/pun for "punctuation"

(God bless Notepad++'s search and replace)

I'm not gonna stop at like, sorry.

Song: Dryad of the Woods
Artist: Pain of Salvation
Something: This instrumental is my favorite instrumental that ever was. It's become the theme of my relationship with my girlfriend, because I used to play it to her back in '11 (5 years before we got together, that is). It's the first time I ever dared play an instrument in front of someone else (took me a while, yeah). It's the song I've most played in my life, my acoustic guitar could almost play it without me by now. It's the most poetic piece of guitar music I've ever known, full of melancholy and timeless. It puts visions of autumnal trees under a soft rain in my head - it's one of those pieces of music that comment nature.


(1,397 replies, posted in Off Topic)

Teague wrote:

Organs come pretty close, too. Jump to 00:20. (Right-arrow four times.)

HOLY HELL. This sounds EXACTLY like the MIDI versions of the theme on old Star Wars games.

Kibouchi wrote:

Superhero movies. Like, all of them. Except Logan.

Liking it isn't enough; here's the post once again. Consider it as a hatchling of the original post; may it spawn many others. We will people the forum with this post, raise a happy little family of superhero-film-denying posts. They will have a loving roof over their heads and a good education, and in a few generations we might hope to have created a genuine House with an actual coat of arms that reads "SVPERHERO MOVIES SVCK".

(it would work better in latin but I'm not sure this can be translated properly)


(102 replies, posted in Off Topic)

Faldor wrote:

We watched this in English on one of those days near the end of term where they just shove a film on instead of teaching a lesson.

Ah, the best days. I think we watched Cool Runnings 3 years in a row. Wonder what was up with that.

At some point during my Counter-Strike days my nickname looked something like ~D4C|< 54|\|155~ (before I lost the Dack).

I don't know which is worse, the fact that I used to do this, or the fact that people on CS:GO still do it.


(33 replies, posted in Off Topic)

I love the face Boter makes when he drinks it.

I want to have it printed on a pillow.


(33 replies, posted in Off Topic)

Teague wrote:

"Weirdest booze?"

Pickle juice martini.

Oh, dear God.

"Jar-Jar Binks: so bad even John fucking Williams couldn't come up with a cue for him."

This is an achievement, to be honest.

I've said for a while now that listening to the PT's score makes me picture what the PT should have been. Some pieces don't resonate much because they shouldn't have a reason to exist (e.g. Jar-Jar's theme), but others are so deeply meaningful they make me want to cry for a drama that never really existed (Anakin's theme, and its incredibly subtle shift to the Imperial March, is still one of the best pieces of soundtrack music that have ever existed to me).

In that way... Damn, did Williams do everything right.


(83 replies, posted in Creations)

I'd volunteer, but I've already enrolled for VFX shots and stills and I want to see these done before committing to anything else. I too know what happens when I volunteer to do things (so does Writhyn).


(108 replies, posted in Off Topic)

Teague wrote:

The more I learn about the world of state secrets, the more I'm made queasy by my previous admiration of Edward Snowden. I still think he's a very intelligent guy and a talented speaker, but... yeah, hard no.

Sidetracking here: care to elaborate? I know next to nothing about all this, my only association with Snowden is "Hackerish dude hailed as a superhero for David-vs-Goliathing against governments".