Dreamworks Animation’s Madagaskar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

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Madagaskar is one of my favourite animated movies,  the laughs and drama were both at it’s peak. When the second one came out I was too afraid to watch it because it is one of those movies that reveal all of the funny parts in the commercial. I have the video game(game for family), so I  already know the storyline, and I also have the movie. I don’t know why I bought it when I never thought on watching it, but to this day I have never seen the entire movie, only bits and pieces. Also I heard from one of my best friends who I shared the love for the movie with, that it was not very funny. I do not want to watch the second movie because I am afraid that it will spoil the masterpiece of Madagaskar.

When I watched the commercial for Madagaskar 3: Europe‘s Most Wanted I was really exited to see it. Then again, I was exited when Madagaskar 2 Escape From Africa came out as well.

At least the animation is still at it’s best. Actually the animation quality in Madagaskar 3 looks better than the first one. When I talk about the animations in movie sequals, I am talking about the colours and shades that were used. Usually sequals to good movies that could be enjoyed for a lifetime, are reanimated so much that they look like they were done by completely different animators. Character’s clothing is made of different textures and brightness levels.  

This movie just might be better than the previous one because their t.v show was very entertaining and funny, when usually movies that get turned into t.v shows are almost pointless to even preview. The funny thing is, the television show for Madagaskar was created using the exact type of animation I described above. The characters were way brighter and the characters were more child -looking. Probobly to attract young viewers. Their t.v show probably helped them with the production of Madagaskar 3 a lot.

Also my hopes on this movie not being terrible, was the fact that the same 4 hilarious actors were staring in it. There is; Ben Stiller as Alex, Chris Rock as Marty, David Schwimmer as Melman (my favourite character), and Jada Pinkett Smith as Gloria.

This movie looks like it will be worth watching and I am not scared a bit to watch it.

Madagaskar 3 be ready.

Lighting Infinite White

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http://vimeo.com/789519 Ever wanted to make a movie, but don’t have and money or place to put any fancy green or white screens? This video explains in a clear and smart way how to make your own whiteroom cheaply, and with little space. The silver Telly Award winning video of 2009 explains that using massive amounts of bright lights, a camera, a garage, and an 8*4 textureless piece of paneling will create a seemingly infinite white background. That way inspiring movie makers can start experimenting with whitescreen in their own garages.

The materials and prices are listed below:

  • 15 clamp lights = $105
  • 2 floor lamps = $20
  • 21 CFLightbulbs = $60
  • 8*4 paneling = $10
  • 2 Gallons paint = $20
  • Canvas Dropcloth = $20

All together that is $235 including stuff the guy already had around his home like spackle sandpaper, a paint roller, and PVC pipe.

This video provides an inexpencive way to experience a portion of a proffesional greenscreen and is great for anyone who has an interest in filming and greenscreens.

Apple Inc.’s profits surge 93%

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This article from cbc states that Apple, one of the most valuable and profitable companies in the world today raised it’s total income 93 percent! The main cause for the massive profit increase would be their Iphone sales. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company said it sold 35 million Iphones in the past 3 months, or nearly double the total in the same timeframe last year. Iphones now account for 58 percent of Apple’s total revenue. 3 years ago they were only 27 percent. Most of Apple’s sales have been in China, and will probably stay that way for a long time concidering how many people reside in China. The article also explains that Apple’s Mac sales have been below expectations by 4 million.

This article really frightend me. Technology is growing at such a surprising rate. I continue to wait for Apple’s next release.

Microhpones: The Proximity Effect

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http://vimeo.com/1080128 Here is another video from Videopedia. This time the Videopedia crew has brought tips about microphones for cameras (Camcorders). When you are recording a special momment in your life, like your childs first birthday party for example, the sound quality is usually very poor. This is because the camcorder you were using was either part of the camera or was bad quality. If you ask a professional, they will direct you to a microphone over $1500. This video explains that good quality microphones are actually fairly cheap. The video also explains the pros and cons of diffrent kinds of microphones and actually recorded the video using the described camcorders.A tip that was mentioned in the video was to focus on the filming environment as well as the proximity. This video was very well done and should be watched by anyone who has any interest at all in camcorder qualities.

DIY Steadicam- Flying Camera Supports

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This is the Telly Award Winner of 2009 video about the DIY Steadicam. In the video Videopedia® explains how mind blowing the invention of the Steadicam® was  back in 1977, and how you can create one yourself for under $65. Films like Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project recieved tons of national gross product by the use of their simple “shakey” camera work to resemble amature filming by characters in the film. The video explains that videos don’t have to be shakey, in order to be successful. The main principle that makes the Steadicam work the way it does, is the equal distribution of weight on all 3 axis, pan, tilt, and cant. Videopedia explained that you can buy the gimbal (part of the Steadicam that keeps the up camera straight) for $50 on AMVONA, that moves freely, secure, and also cheap. The modding plate (sort of like handles on the Steadicam that allow the user to walkaround with the camera while keeping the camera still) can be created simply screwing a 3-inch PVC pipe through the frount of the camera and adding 90° joints to each end, then adding additional PVC pipe, and then bolting a certain type of bolt (explained in video) to balance the weight on all of the 3 axis. All these extra materials are no more than $15. This way you can easily start experimenting with Garret Brown’s Steadicam® invention in your own backyard for under $60. The video was very well done. It was funny, smart, and entertaining. Anybody who has ever had any interest in flying camera supports used in movies, click away.

In Asia, RIM sees a glimmer of hope in the new Blackberry launch

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The second most succesful smartphone company in the world, Blackberry has finally released it’s new Blackberry Curve model, the 9220. Like every other Blackberry release the past few years, it carries no new features for users. In fact the smartphone removed many of the features that came with previous models like it’s high speed mobile browsing, and its high graphic quality. The chance that this new release will save Blackberry from its risks of going out of buissiness is the fact that Blackberry removed these features on purpose. Most Blackberry smartphones are fairly expensive for a smartphone. The new release is much cheaper and affordable to people who perfer more simpiler, stylish phones. Those people, instead of buying a cheap phone from an unpopular brand, can now buy a stylish phone from a company that everyone knows. Also the new release came with a bunch of free downloadable apps from BlackBerry App World, that originaly cost 2500 Rupees, increasing possible sales even more. Also Blackberry has shown that their phone’s capabilities and attributes are popular in a wide vairity of markets, not just popular countries like U.S and Canada. The cheapness of the new smartphone does not automatically classify the new release as a low quality investment either. Along with a button that allows users to immediatly connect to Blackberry Messenger (BBM), the new smartphone also comes with a 7 hour lasting battery life and a built in FM radio that is free to use.

I am very proud of Blackberry’s new release and I hope that their new release will help them rise again in Canada’s markets. Blackberry’s have been one of the most successful phone companies in the entire world, seeing them going out of buissiness due to the rapid advancement of mobile technology makes me hope for the best.  

Nintendo Struggling from new mobile technologies

April 17, 2012

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Technology has been advancing at an alarming level the past few years, slowing down many companies income. Recently the Nintendo market has fallen drasticlly. Out of all the consoles available today, Nintendo is becoming the least popular. The rapidly increasing speed of mobile technology has caused Nintendo to fall behind in sales and popularity. Even the new 3DS was unable to compare against the rising amount of mobile sales. Nintendo needs to widen their hardware to mobile phones like super mario 64 on android phones, or a new warioware for tablets. This really disapoints me. I remember the days when Nintendo was the first game console to ever be released, and Mario, the Italian, mushroom eating, plumber was released onto television sets everywhere. It literally gave birth to all those video games that we see in stores today. When systems such as these are becoming more and more popular in dumps and dirty closets, it sorta disrespects Nintendo. In a wierd nerdy sorta way. I hope that Nintendo realizes their issues, and figures out a way to solve it. Also maybe the WiU will boost Nintendo’s sales up a notch, so that they don’t have to abandon their fans and leave their buissiness in dumpsters.

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