Mar 31, 2012
This beautiful blend of 2D and 3D animation was directed by Tyler Carter and created by a team of students at the Brigham Young University Center For Animation. The short gives a really cool take on how dreams are formed, or 'delivered' by a Sandman of sorts. The dream takes a turn for the worst when one of the sleeping kids knocks one of the Dreamgivers 'dream eggs' onto a mythological tale about Chantico, the Aztec goddess of fire and volcanoes who takes the shape of a serpent. Its a beautiful blend of animation techniques, with a wonderful cinematic score to boot. Check out the making of the short after the break!
|Captain Starlight, intended to be one of the Pinball tables you'd play.|
The project was supposed to be the equivalent of what Rockstar did for Table Tennis back in 2006, creating the most realistic simulator of that sport on any system yet. I'm guessing Insomniac had that same mindset after releasing the first Resistance on PS3, but for whatever reason we're guessing other projects got in the way. We've gathered a bunch of images from the canceled IP, so take a look at them after the break!
We're on the eve of April fools at this point, but I think Google has already won the war for best prank product I actually would love to have. According to Google, the NES will finally be getting Google Maps, themed to the likes of Dragon Quest and complete with crunchy 8bit music. Remember, blow on the cartridge to get rid of bugs! Absolutely amazing.
I think I may have just hit an Awesome-Robo trifecta: Game of Thrones, My Little Pony, and a mashup. You should know this already, and I've reminded you a millions times myself, but remember, Game of Thrones Season 2 premieres tomorrow. So just in time, is this adorable My Little Pony-inspired mashup. Sure does put a twist on the usual Saturday cartoon...
A couple of years ago, while trying to sate my regular quota of anime I came across an interesting pilot/proof of concept short by Studio 4C called Global Astroliner. It was pure eye candy to me; A stylized scifi world that seemed to incorporate the distinct styles of Jamie Hewlett, Shinichiro Watanabe and Michael Arias together, with colorful scenes set to various catchy tunes. This was a project that you could clearly see doing well, and being aired on a channel like Adult swim or something similar. Sadly though, the show never made it past this conceptual stage.
The pilot was the brainchild of Daisuke Nakayama and was produced in conjunction with Studio 4C, that awesome animation studio we've covered many, many times before on the blog. Despite the 2009 pilot failing, it looks like the idea wasn't completely abandoned, as I recently stumbled onto an updated pilot with the same premise and style from the studio. I would really love to see this idea brought to full fruition someday. Studio 4C, have you tried Kickstarter?
Anyways, check out the pilot for 'Ultra Ghost Attack Team' after the break. Enjoy!
Mar 30, 2012
We talked about the Mass Effect 3 ending on our amazing podcast this week, but I don't think ANYONE has captured our opinions like Mega64. The Mega64 guys, on the ball as they are, give us a look at the 'next best Mass Effect 3 ending ever' and the gift Bioware has promised discontented fans. Unlike the ending, I doubt you'll be disappointed.
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6 more after the break! You can also check out the rest of the photo series on McElroy's website.
You ever have that power tripping, micro managing boss that would sit there, stare over your shoulder and keep you on edge? That one boss who seemed to get off on making people uncomfortable? Yeah, we all hate that guy.
Well this charming little action short narrates the story of an employee standing up to the man and taking him down with the tools at her disposal: Paper clips. The short, directed by Alex Emslie channels 70's low budget style over substance martial arts flicks, complete with terrible voice overs, hilariously dramatic editing and campy action sequences. If you're in that type of situation right now, you'll probably find this short cathartic.
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I had a ton of fun trying to guess what the common theme was with each of them. I'd recommend you check out more of his work because he's got a ton of amazing, appealing work covering different internal 'series' he's created for himself, this just being one of them. 15 more images from the set after the break!
While DreamWorks Animation films can be hit or miss, I had some faith restored with 2010's How To Train Your Dragon. There's even a sequel in the works, and though I'm usually a sequel-skeptic, I'll most definitely give it a watch. That said, this trailer for the November 2012 release of Rise of the Guardians looks really interesting to me.
When I initially read that it was a film surrounding our childhood folklore characters (Santa, the Easter Bunny, etc...), my first thought was that they were going to be generic, over-the-top caricatures. Thankfully, they didn't go full Shrek on this one.. There's an Eastern European-sounding, tatted up Santa, a peacock-adorned Tooth Fairy, and many more. I'm not quite sure about the style just yet, but I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this project.
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Wayne Reynolds is one of the most prolific contemporary fantasy illustrators. Ever since the introduction of D&D 3rd Edition rules and the infamous d20 universal system, Wayne has been a central piece in the visual transformation of the RPG fantasy setting. Along with Brom and Todd Lockwood they refreshed the looks of not only a 40+ year old world of dices, character sheets, and geekdom, but the general appeal and tone of the fantasy illustration of that decade; gritty, stark, dark and anti- epic.
Mr. Reynolds is maybe the more active of the trio, with prominent works on the alternative and popular fantasy setting Pathfinder, where he seems to be the lead artist.
After the break a selection of really awesome illustrations, the right dose of inspiration to get you up to remove the dust of those long forgotten rulebooks. Enjoy
Mar 29, 2012
When Hoodie Allen landed on our music radar with his excellent 'James Franco' track sometime last year, I saw an up and coming artist with a ton of potential, doing it all by himself without the help of a label. He refused to be molded into something he wasn't, which is something I think anyone can admire. Fast forward a few months later, and I found this piece de resistance sitting in my inbox.
This is it, the track that will probably make him explode. The Long Island based artist has managed to refine his sound, create an insanely catchy track that works both in the realm of mass market and the same niche audience he's built for himself (Myself included), and most important: He's managed to stay himself. With a wicked hook and a fantastic music video, it looks like all the hard work is finally going to pay off big time. This track is from an upcoming EP coming out April 10th called 'All American.' Show the man some love and pick the single up on iTunes.
Alright folks, it's history lesson time. In case you didn't know, the fictional character Dracula was loosely based off a real dude nicknamed Vlad the Impaler. Recounted as one of the more brutal figures in history (duh, nickname), this funny short has a chill, tongue-in-cheek narrative style that offers a playful take on a truly terrifying historical figure. The animation/art style is a bit rough, but it definitely adds to the charm. If only most history lessons were this cool. We're on the lookout for Part 2.
Hey guys, after a month of being MIA we finally return with our newest installment of our podcast, and we'll be back in our normal groove this time. Clad in our jumpsuits, eye patches and LED shirts we discuss all the weird mishaps and time consuming activities that befell us this month: Nearly losing eyes, evil bugs, exams, various exotic ailments and more.
In this episode we cover the following topics: The reveal of the new Awesome-Robo project like our 'Up and Coming' Tshirt line, the aftermath of Kony-rama, Kickstarter madness, Breath Of Fire IV, the Mass Effect 3 fiasco, John Carter, 21 Jump Street, Prometheus, faux movie posters and quite a few other topics! On a side note, is this your first time watching the Podcast? If so, check out the archive for the last six episodes.
This 14 minute video from the Japanese Youtube user/archivist known as Soikll3 covers over a decade of amazingly retro videogame adverts, covering everything from crude handheld LCD games, imported American systems, and glorified calculators up to the advent of the groundbreaking Nintendo Entertainment System (Famicom) and Super Nintendo. I honestly had no idea what the pre-Nintendo gaming landscape was like in Japan till I saw this, so I can definitely appreciate the historical value of archiving and compiling these ads together.
As a bonus, I threw in another amazing compilation I found randomly while browsing Soikll's massive archive last night, featuring half a decade of hilarious ads that Arnold probably assumed the West would never know of.
I had heard of the Google self driving car prototypes that were supposedly in development, but I had no idea we'd see such an impressive field test so soon. We've come a long way. After about 200,000 miles worth of testing the vehicle, Google felt confident in conducting a test featuring the unlikeliest of candidates for 'driving,' a 95% blind man called Steve Mahan.
Using a preprogrammed route, the car safely, and smoothly drove Steve to Taco Bell and dry cleaners, using advanced sensors and a rapidly spinning camera (Situated on top) to rapidly map out the surrounding environment to ensure the passengers safety. It really cheered me up to see Mr. Mahan being given the opportunity that a blind man would probably never have otherwise, and the potential for such a program to improve people's lives. We're probably still years off from seeing a mass market version of such a scifi concept, but its inspiring to see the progress made since the program's debut in 2010.
This French-made, English-language animated short is simplicity at it's finest: From the story to the art. I love the art because it feels clean, and not overly complicated. It's retro, 70's feel (regarding both the art and the audio) reminds me of old-school Disney shorts they used to show on the Disney Channel back in the early-mid 90's. The story is about a Archibald, a nondescript creature who stumbles across a fallen circle. Curiosity gets the best of him, and as he follows it, he watches the circles transformation. It's kinda trippy, but the kind of story one should probably not read too much into.
Mar 28, 2012
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His portfolio is rich with colorful illustrations, but that only covers one facet of his work. He also does art direction for different brands and institutions, which constitute the less playful, more serious side of his artistic spectrum. With clients like Ikea and Shift magazine under his belt, mr. Velkosi has proven himself to be a very well rounded and versatile designer with many different flavors. Check out a small selection of his graphic work, after the break. Enjoy!
There's something about watching an exotic car, presented beautifully in its natural setting, the road. In a way its kind of the same feeling you get when watching documentaries about beautiful, rare animals. White Tigers come to mind. The $220,000 vehicle shown in this 2 minute video is a veritable beast, with an output of up to 562 horsepower and an intense V8 engine that holds the world record for power output per gallon. Gotta love the eye candy. As a bonus, check out the obscene video for the gull doored Pagani Huayra after the break!
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What I absolutely loved about this comic were the sheer amount of relatable characters, who kind of closely resembled the type of people I went to college with just a short few years back. The idealists, antagonizers, friends for life, trolls, that friend obsessed with cats (Wait, that was me) and the other, typical ecclectic group of people you encounter during those years.
This webcomic has well developed personalities, a charming art style, and doesn't take itself too seriously..Which is a key ingredient in the formula for developing a feelgood webcomic. It was hard to not smile while going through the strips, so I'd highly recommend checking this out if you're looking for a comic to bookmark permanently. I've picked a small selection of sample webcomics after the break for you guys to check out, including her awesome Skyrim and Ico strips. You can find a ton more on her website!
Less than two weeks ago, we brought you a sneak peek at the art of the upcoming animated flick, Hotel Transylvania. A teaser trailer was released short thereafter, but because it was in Russian (and I believe many of the uploads were immediately removed), I decided to hold off. But just yesterday, Sony released their English language trailer for us to take a gander at. First impressions are that the animation seems a little on the stiff side, but I'll wait for a few more trailers to really draw a proper conclusion. The art style seems rather appealing, and the premise seems fun enough that it might warrant a watch. With Genndy Tartavosky at the helm, I'm still very optimistic that this will be a solid entry for Sony's animation studio.
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Yang really caught my attention with his beautifully detailed concepts from 'W Game' and 'Asura,' two relatively unknown MMO's here in the west. The 'W Game' concepts are definitely noteworthy, as they are themed after the classic epic Chinese tale of 'Journey To The West,' revolving around Sun Wukong, aka The Monkey King. I'm looking forward to seeing more from the Shenzen based artist, as his attention to detail and rendering style truly is excellent. Check out more of his work after the break!
Parents ignoring you? Siblings bullying you? Well its time to summon The Penelopes and their most excellent power to bring your bedroom posters to life, before delivering that sweet revenge beating on everyone who messed with you. This excellent London based group comprised of Axel Basquiat and Vincent T deliver lovely electro tinged, chill indie-pop that really hits all the right notes. I can just smell the upcoming success lingering around these guys, its just a matter of time.
Mar 27, 2012
While this is quite obviously an advertisement for Samsung's new Phone/Tablet/Hybrid thing, it's still damn awesome. What amazes me is the precision of the Elephant's trunk, I truly had no idea. Hell, Peter the Elephant has more touchscreen precision than my Grandma, and she has opposable thumbs. Screw getting a puppy this Summer, I'm getting an Elephant.
We sometimes post the work of Mega64, but this one truly hit home with me. As a parody of the Kickstarter funded documentary called 'Indie Game Movie,' the Mega64 crew recut the footage of that to give it a little more 'spice' by making it an action movie, with hilarious results. On a related note, the muttonchopped creator of Fez in the trailer just looks extra arrogant to me this time around, considering the controversy he's been embroiled in lately. Will you guys be picking up Fez?
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Today we've got a DOS-centric music video for 'Terminal' from the ever excellent Com Truise, a simplistic visualization of Cerulean from Simian Mobile Disco's upcoming album called 'Unpatterns,' and an excellent visualization of a classic Royksopp track (So Easy) from back in the day by Emmanuelle Walker. Check out Cerulean and the Royksopp music video after the break!
As part of a promotion for a new Samsung Galaxy phone with dual SIM cards, the company put together this project to explore the concept of duality. This is probably the first time we've seen 3D projection mapping techniques (Typically seen on environmental projects) used on a human subject this extensively, and the results are pretty damn impressive.
Mar 26, 2012
When Tenacious D formed in 1994, Jack Black was an unknown star who was better known as 'that leather jacket guy from that Never Ending Story sequel.' The band, comprised of Jack Black and Kyle Gass that I'm sure most of you have heard of at some point.
The band ended up getting an HBO comedy rock show, album deal and even a multi-million dollar movie, 'The Pick Of Destiny.' But once that movie flopped and the stars broke down, people thought the band would fade into complete obscurity, never to emerge again. Thing is, failure is for losers. Tenacious D unexpectedly returned with the music for 'To Be The Best', a star studded self parody music video that proves that even the biggest mistakes can be laughed at, and that the scars can be healed over time, even if it cost major studios million of dollars! This music video proves that there just might be a little light at the end of the tunnel for these guys.
I'm going to classify this music video as the perfect 'mental bootup' video for those sluggish Monday mornings. The jolt of patterns, pixelation, flashes and other glitch visuals in this visualization were the equivalent of a jolt of double shot espresso getting injected directly into my eyes. The former Jam frontman just released his brand new solo album called 'Sonik Kicks,' which is already topping UK charts and is set to release this week in the US. Keep your eyes peeled for the release on his website.
I recently found out about this incredibly oddly named Square Enix title recently while browsing Famitsu for some information on another game. Upon further inspection, I discovered a 3DS exclusive that all of a sudden brought back a warm, fuzzy feeling that I hadn't had in years from a Square title.
After getting alienated by Final Fantasy XIII, which pushed a visual style that was just too unrelatable and nonsensically quirky (a problem Nomura has increasingly had with his art direction over the years in my opinon), I kind of found myself longing for the more old school titles which had fantastical worlds still grounded in a reality that was somewhat familiar. I mean, good for you if you could relate with a cast of brightly colored metrosexuals with names like Hope, Lightning and Snow.
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The game is being developed by Takashi Tokita, who is most known for his work as the director of the timeless Chrono Trigger and various other titles unrelated to the recent Final Fantasy installments. Visually though, the game is being art directed by Akihiko Yoshida, one of my favorite artists at the studio behind the visual look of memorable classics like Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre. His incredible art direction for this title delivers beautifully epic, vast vistas with a watercolor flair within the confines of a small 3DS screen.
We're no strangers to the wonderfully bizarre world of Japanese candy food, as I remember us featuring the Japanese candy sushi/pizza sets a few months back. Youtube user Marimo Marshmallow's videos blew people's minds recently with his demonstrations of his fast food themed sets. I just get the feeling that there's a whole market abroad to satiate the needs of people fascinated with candied tiny food. And to be honest I wouldn't mind giving one of these kits a shot myself, having been that kind that never got the chance to get a Creepy Crawler set back in the day.
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Beyond the similarities of their style, Gabz seems much more focused in creating awesome illustrations rather than the editorial/branding work that his Kxx counterparts engage in. Check out a few more illustrations from Gabz after the break!
Jorg Bruggerman set out on a worldwide journey to capture the more international aspects of the heavy metal phenomenon, tapping into scenes as far away as Egypt to see how the music brought people together. Using nothing but an analog camera as an exercise which he explains and justifies in the video, he captured portraits of people from the metal fandom around the world over the course of three years for a recently released book, 'Metalheads: The Global Brotherhood.'
Mar 25, 2012
I'm still trying to figure out what I find more adorable, Dr. Brock's cry of dismay at :47, or the fact that we get some Dr. Brock wiener action throughout the entire short (it's adorable, god dammit). Vanessa Tam created this short for her thesis film at Sheridan College, and I admit that it's one of my favorite shorts I've seen in a while. I'd love to see more adventures of Dr. Brock, so I'll sit here quietly waiting for the next installment. Check out some of Vanessa's work here while you sit and wait with me. You're not going to wait? Oh... Okay.
5 more after the break!
Mar 24, 2012
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I absolutely loved going through her portfolio, as each piece told a little story in itself of somebody's experiences in a distorted mirror image of our world. I could easily see this being turned into a beautiful comic or animated film with an art style like this, similar to a modern day Alice tale. Check out more of Net's gorgeous work after the break!
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In just about 1 week, Season 2 of HBO's Game of Thrones will premiere. I suppose you could call me a fan. I've covered the subject a time or two. Yeah... Anyways, HBO has just recently released this awesomely thorough 22 minute featurette, the perfect video to help you recap Season 1, as well as take a peek at Season 2. The creators and a few select cast members also discuss the story, as well as the individual, complex characters. On April 1st, I know where I'll be.
Mar 23, 2012
Over the last two years, Jared has created two sets of cardboard costumes for Dragoncon. In 2010 he created a set of Avengers costume, and in 2011 a pair of Hellboy flavored cardboard costumes. What made these cardboard costumes stand out was that they were designed in autocad and created using a table top laser cutter. So much for using a box cutter, huh? A ton of care & effort has been put into these costumes and the amount of detail is stunning. I highly suggest you check these boxy masterpieces out after the break!
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Threebar allows his lineart to shine through, usually applying simple washes of flat color with little shading to help give it a somewhat raw look. His detail on some of these pieces is absolutely sublime though, bringing back mild memories of the likes of Katsuhiro Otomo (The artist behind Akira, Domo, Steamboy, etc.) Check out 11 more pieces from his portfolio after the break!
After reading up more about Robert Pattinson, I kind of realized that he wasn't half bad. Considering the disgusted stance he took to being considered a Twilight hunk, his involvement in this new Cronenberg flick might be a chance to prove to the world that he's got more up his sleeve than just being a glittery vampire and shed that entire stigma. David Cronenberg showcases his trademark surreal, sexual and hyperviolent notes full force in this minute long teaser.
The plot follows Eric Packer, a 28 year old Wall Street star dreaming of a luxurious future when his world gets turned upside down by an all in bet gone wrong. The movie follows Packer descending into a world of paranoia, madness and revelations over the course of 24 hours. The madness begins on May 24, 2012. On a side note, whats Stephanie Meyer up to? And a poster for Cosmopolis, after the break.
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Hype Studio's first animated film, Ed, is looking to be something pretty special. Anthropomorphic bunny rabbits aside, Ed is looking to be a dark and gritty ride that I'm excited to see unfold. I'm always down for more Mobster movies! Unfortunately, we're stuck waiting over a year for the films release. We'll keep you updated as the film gets closer!
I wish my French was better, but despite the language barrier I can still appreciate this music video for other reasons. Number One: The poppy sound which is rather inoffensive. Number Two: The awesome pixel music video, featuring a bizarre mashup of 8bit games and a Bernese mountain dog traversing, and annihilating everything in its path nonchalantly. If you're into French Canadian groups, check out Panache's bandcamp right here!
Mar 22, 2012
The limits of the Kinect's unintended uses are explore again in this beautiful experimental piece by Daniel Franke. Using three Kinect's, Daniel recorded a dancer going through a routine before feeding the point data into a visualizer, adding sound distortion, random seeding of frames and post processing. The final performance is an uncanny visual spectacle, featuring a flowing form attempting to maintain a solid shape with every reset.
Now I realize that I'm kind of late to the Mad Men game, but we recently sat down and started watching the show about 60's marketing execs. Despite the synopsis being rather bland sounding, we discovered a drama about soul crushing personal demons, challenging social issues and characters dealing with their dark pasts. I found it to be a very heavy, yet excellent show which would leave me feeling nothing short of depressed during its more poignant moments.
On a lighthearted note, the pixel smiths known as The Fine Bros decided to create an awesome 8 bit Mad Men tribute parodying some of the quirkier aspects of the show in a 'choose your own adventure' format. If you've ever wanted to hear a crunchy, lofi cover of the excellent opening (A Beautiful Mine by RJD2) this will fulfill that need. Put the scotch down, Don Draper.
Prepare for a slow, pulsating buildup leading to an amazing finish for this fresh music video from the Texas based indie rockers. These guys definitely made the damn best out of what they had, crafting a short scifi thriller over the course of 5 minutes with an awesome twist, suitably narrated via the lofi garage sound (Perfect fit for the retro scifi theme) which picks up nicely towards the end. If you dig the Mind Spiders, get their newest album, 'Meltdown' here.
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On a related note, remember that video that went viral sometime late last year? It featured a few kids with Gopros and Canon cameras climbing the guide wires of a bridge to the top illegally with no care in the world? Well due to the fact that the video has been circulated and reposted on Youtube a million times (Making the original source impossible to track), its quite possible that this is the same group that Vadim has in some of his shots filming themselves getting to a viewpoint for taking pictures (Check at 10:30). That aside, check out more of his incredible shots after the break!
I recently came across the above King of the Hill spoof, where Bobby is portrayed as a brony (why are we not surprised...). Considering how much some of us here at Awesome-Robo hate King of the Hill with a passion (For destroying Adult Swim), it made watching this quick animation all that more pleasurable. Upon further exploration of the animator who created and uploaded this fitting parody (Jonathan Gran, aka Ukinojoe) we found a crapload of other equally fun, and at times tongue-in-cheek, shorts.
Behold a plethora of shorts after the break! Keep fighting the good fight, Ukinojoe.
Mar 21, 2012
Mr Ishiguro died at 73 yesterday leaving an incredible opus as chief director of canonical anime works like the first color Astroboy series, Space battleship Yamato (Starblazers), and of course, Super Dimensional Fortress Macross (aka Robotech), which many of us that grew up watching in the 80's and 90's. The series gave many of us our first taste of Japanese anime, opened us up to a vast world of mecha and brought the east to our shores.
2012 hasn't been a good year for talented people in the illustration/ visual/ entertainment industry so far. The recent passing of Moebius comes to mind. As a tribute, one of the coolest cartoon openings of that decade.
A while ago we showcased this video clip as the new single for Miike Snow upcoming album.
This second installment continues with the same protagonist in a sort of ''Lynchean'' world where young skinny models hang out in rusty playgrounds and cops dance altogether to the beat of Gerard Depardieu's young cousin.
Pretty weird huh? Anyways, the music rocks. Enjoy.
With summer just around the corner, this looks like it could be an awesomely fun summertime animation. This European animation, made together by Headless Productions (Barcelona based) and Nectarious Films (Paris based), is about a young boy's summer vacation, and all of the wonderful things he did. This is a teaser trailer, so not much is given away, so all we know is that at some point, his grandmother tells him a story about a wolf. How that wolf will play into the story, I don't know. We'll be on the lookout for a full trailer! All I can say at this point, is that it looks like a fun story, and the simplistic animation is beautiful.
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Today we rocked out to Satan Takes A Holiday's excellent new track from their debut album, Who Do You Voodoo. I was kind of wondering why any band trying to go big would call themselves Satan Takes A Holiday, but I then realized they were Swedish. Swedish people don't give a sh** about what people think, and that's awesome, so it makes sense.
The band is set to make a splash with a distinct sound that take a page out of rock history, melding retro garage, punk and pure rock in their various tracks. I gave them a listen on Spotify and like a fine wine, tasted notes of Queen, the White Stripes and a ton of other hints of awesome bands sprinkled in this album. These guys definitely have something great going on, so check out their album here!
We've been pretty harsh on George Lucas in the past, but let's face it, he deserves every bit of flack he's gotten within the past 15 years. Being the blind optimist that I am, I've always remained adamant at admitting that I enjoyed the fight sequences from the most recent Star Wars films. YouTube user FirstManOnTheSpoon has smashed all my hopes and dreams in this single 3 minute video, proving once and for all that there isn't one f*cking redeeming quality in these films. I'm going to go rewatch the movies and hope I can find something to put me back on track.
So, I'm not quite sure what to expect from The Other Brothers. While it's definitely playing direct homage to the Mario Brothers, I haven't quite figured out what the game is. Still, gameplay aside, The Other Brothers is looking to be a sharp sidescroller, with a sleek retro style. Color me intrigued! The above trailer definitely helps cement my interest in the game. I look forward to seeing more in the coming future. Check out the game's website here!
Hit the jump for some awesome screens from the game.
Hit the jump for some awesome screens from the game.
Mar 20, 2012
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Daniel is currently working his way up into the spotlight, and I feel that his style will be loved by many when he finally gets the widespread recognition he deserves. We're doing our part to get the word out about his work. On that note, check out a few more pieces from his portfolio after the break! If you'd like to purchase a print of his work, you can do so on his Bigcartel.
While James Bond has been on a slight hiatus due to the studio's financial woes (surprise, a new movie is due out very soon!), Michael Gillette has been hard at working creating some amazing prints. This set of sexy Bond ladies spans across 15 of the 22 Bond Films in an extraordinarily classy fashion. If I had no understanding of financial stability I'd be purchasing them all now. Pick up the set for yourself over here. Them give Michael Gillette's website a go over here, he's got some amazing stuff.
Hit the jump for a closer look at all 15 prints.
The downside to being Captain Alexei Ovechkin, an otherwise awesome, super Soviet submarine admiral is his unfortunate werewolf condition. This tongue in cheek, red tinged short by Sirocco Research Labs (directed by Jimmy Marble) chronicles the tragic tale of a crew at odds with their shapeshifting commander. Turns out that a Russian werewolf's only weakness is the bullet of capitalism.
Who wouldn't want to watch a documentary about Japanese arcades? 100 Yen goes into the history, evolution and cultural impact of Japanese arcades. Ever played Street Fighter? A side scrolling shoot em up? Space Invaders? Sometime in your life, you've probably had a chance to play one of the countless games that originated from an arcade, in one iteration or the other. Despite it being a dormant form of entertainment (I see a second golden age coming somewhere down the line), you can't help but appreciate what arcades have done for the gaming industry as a whole. Japanese arcades are still going strong, and some of the machines they have would be nothing short of mind blowing to someone used to simple stand up machines.
100 Yen is reaching the end of production, and is currently running an Indiegogo campaign (Similar to Kickstarter) to raise the final funds required for post production. Contribute if you can! Check out the teaser trailer for the 75 minute documentary after the break!
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Mar 19, 2012
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Most of the shots are hand held pictures taken by Young herself, with assorted cast members and filming crew. Imagine how viral these would have gone if Twitter or Facebook was around back in the day. Check out 5 more Polaroids by Mrs. Young after the break. Enjoy!
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Steampunk is a fantastic movement that has achieved ever increasing popularity over the last few years. In case you've never heard of the genre, its a visual style that embraces victorian era aesthetics and technology powered by steam. These statues, made by Deviantart user Dmitriy Khristenko, are a mixture of mythical creatures, extinct beasts and mechanical insects made from gears and various other mechanical parts.
You'll be amazed at how detailed each piece is! I took a few minutes on each one trying to figure out where the different parts came from. Some of my favorite pieces that he created are a variety of motorcycles made from various pieces of watches. They are visually amazing and I'd absolutely love to have one of these gracing my art shrine shelf. The complete collection is viewable after the break!
Suda 51 is punk as f*ck, and this trailer 100% confirms it. Grasshopper Manufacture, the folks that brought you Killer7, No More Heroes, and No More Heroes 2 are at it again, this time bringing along the help of James Gunn (writer of Super and Slither). I was fully expecting insanity from Suda51's next entry but was a little disappointed when it was announced to be Lollipop Chainsaw. Yes, a chainsaw wielding cheerleader is a bit over the top, but it still seemed a bit tame for the studio. This trailer has me fully on board, though.
While I expect plenty of mindless Zombie killing throughout the game, it's the bosses I'm most excited for. Grasshopper Manufacture has always created some of the coolest and most inventive bosses in modern gaming(seriously, if you haven't played the Handsome Men Showdown in Killer7, you're missing out). The fact that one of the bosses (voiced by Mindless Self Indulgence's Jimmy Urine) yells out c*cks*cker while you avoid the massive letters is enough for my day one purchase.
Lollipop Chiansaw releases June 12th for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. If you miss big titles being wacky and fun, rather than the overwhelming entries of gritty shooters, this game might be the one for you.
Lollipop Chiansaw releases June 12th for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. If you miss big titles being wacky and fun, rather than the overwhelming entries of gritty shooters, this game might be the one for you.
I absolutely loved this slice of life documentary by Doug Nichols, taking a look at the world of exotic fast food marketing through the eyes of a freelance American ad producer. In fifteen minutes it gave us an intimate, well rounded look at the frustrations, cynicism and optimism of an artist conflicted by a job that pays the bills but ultimately clashes with his innermost beliefs.
Its a fascinating, and very true look at how most artists ultimately come to a crossroads at one point or the other during their career. One that either leads them to pursuing their own self expression and style, or pursuing a route of financial stability at the expense of their identity. Which direction would you choose?
This teaser for an upcoming short by the relatively unknown Pierre-Nicolas Bayle is looking pretty interesting, with its incredibly angular, colorful style..Somewhat reminiscent of Tartavosky's Samurai Jack. The premise (From what we understood) of Uprising revolves around female heroines searching for light in a world plunged into darkness. Its kind of cool that Pierre color coded the different protagonists into different colors from the spectrum (RGB), which ties perfectly into the whole light theme.
We're going to feature Uprising when its released, as we're definitely expecting it to cause some waves. Check out more of Pierre's preproduction work for Uprising after the break!
|Stormtroopers: Quantity, not quality (Via)|
The London based VFX house just recently released a fresh new reel featuring choice cuts from a vast repertoire of the work they've created recently for movies, videogames and advertising. I recognized at least 6 different projects from the studio that we've featured over the last year or so, including the awesomely fun Carrot Vs Ninja short from last May. The Mill is celebrating 22 years of innovation and visual excellence this year, which is nothing to scoff at.
|You're getting a little too touchy-feely there, Scarecrow. (Via)|
Check out the rest after the jump!
Mar 18, 2012
Not only is this short retelling one I haven't seen before, but the animation is absolutely beautiful. I love the simplicity of the use of silhouettes, and the stark contrast between dark and red (blood). The music at the very beginning really adds to the narrative, with the dueling good versus evil sounding music. This is a great example of how something doesn't have to necessarily be outrageously over the top visually in order for it to be effective in telling a story.
We're always on the lookout for a great animation here at Awesome-Robo (in case you haven't noticed...). As of late, we've been finding that most full-length features can be pretty hit-or-miss (the most recent hit being The Secret World of Arrietty). On the horizon is this old school monster inspired flick, Hotel Transylvania. The vocal cast is rounded out by Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and David Spade, among others. While I worry about this past-their-prime (in terms of talent) cast, I'll try to reserve judgement until the film comes out in September (or at least until we get a trailer). Hey, it does have the redeeming factor of Steve Buscemi, after all.
The general synopsis of the film is this: Dracula runs a monsters and ghouls only hotel, and invites the crew over for his daughter Mavis' coming of age birthday (which is 118, BTW). The motto of the hotel is "Human Free since 1898", which all changes when a backpacker named Johnny stumbles upon the hotel, and falls for Mavis. Dracula finds out, and instead of kicking him out, decides to disguise Johnny as a monster, and gives him the moniker Johnnystein. All of this is done to ensure the comfort of the other ghoulish guests, who wish to party and vacation human-free. This could be a fun near-Halloweentime flick. We'll keep you posted!
|Play this game ASAP|
Yes, Journey is a game, a very good one at that, but as a whole, it's an experience. It's the kind of experience where you set aside a portion of your day to do nothing but play the game, only because you enveloped yourself so deep within the world of Journey that you forgot what time it was. It's the kind of experience where nothing around you matters, even if your dog is being an asshole and taking a massive sh*t in front of you, only because Journey is capable of such deep immersion that nothing around you matters anymore. It's also the kind of experience where you find yourself feeling such a deep level emotion that you end up connecting pieces of the game to your own life without even realizing it.
Journey is the full package, providing enjoyment on so many levels that it becomes near impossible to pinpoint each and every one. Although, one level manages to stand out more than the rest.
Mar 17, 2012
Update #1 3/17: The full 2:32 trailer added
Update #2 3/18: The viral video about androids has been added
Ridley Scott's new trailer for Prometheus leaked prematurely (Much to our dismay), which was set to premiere at Anaheim's Wondercon this weekend. This breathtaking new trailer gives us an even bigger taste of just some of the madness that the unfortunate Prometheus crew runs into. This includes some sort of parasitic, mind controlling entities, a hostile environment, crash landing alien ships and possibly some Weyland Yutani flavored androids if we're lucky. Considering how godawful this year has been so far movie wise, this trailer is the equivalent of the light at the end of the tunnel, an escape from overwhelming mediocrity. Save us, Ridley Scott.
Parov Stelar, the founders of the musical subgenre known as Electro Swing just released this lovely animated music video for their new single from the upcoming 2012 release, 'The Princess.' The track uses a generous dose of rotoscoping (pretty much tracing over real life footage) and hand animation to deliver a colorful, eclectic visual experience. The Austrian group plans on doing their first North American tour this year in correlation with the release of the new album.
This fantastic proof of concept short was created by Oddball Animations as a means to showcase just how much talent/potential the studio has. Looking through their former work, I found a variety of odd jobs like creating minigames for movies, little commercials and miscellaneous shorts. On the side, the studio internally developed RUIN, created in collaboration with some designs by John Park over the course of a year or so.
The short delivers a fantastic chase sequence, set in a post apocalytpic world where nature has reclaimed what humanity has created. There are some hints at some form of plot about nanobots possibly gone wild, but that's really not the point of this short. Incredible, visceral action, beautiful visuals and a great score will probably guarantee that these guys will move on to work on some incredible movies next.
How can you make one of the worst rated, cheesiest Batman films into a film worth watching? Much like anything in life, you turn it into a musical. The creators of the Conan musical have released this satiric look at the cinematic abortion by having Mr Freeze sing the entire movie storyline. This cracked me up, and left me baffled due to the lack of Mr. Freeze puns. The Dark Knight Rises can wait...we have a new contender for best Batman film!
Mar 16, 2012
Yes, as you read in the title, there is no new version, no sequel. The remastered version of Baldur's Gate will be an overhaul, and there's supposed to be people from the original game on board.
The new editions (BG 1 + expansion BG 2 + expansion), will work on an enhanced version of the infinity engine used in Throne of Bhaal. There aren't big modifications on the system: It will be based on 2nd edition D&D rules, 2d isometrical view, new voices, modding supported. Nothing too breath taking, except the fact that Trent Oster, head of this project and Bioware veteran, says that this will be a sort of test ground for the possibility of a BG 3; That's basically saying, ''Buy the game so we can negotiate the copyrights for a new version."
Not so sure what to make of all this. Let's see how everything turns out for this summer, the tentative release time for the enhanced versions.
Thanks to Niubie for the quick update.
Another Friday, another trailer from the upcoming Hawken by Adhesive studios. Since we last posted about the upcoming mech combat title, the studio raised 10 million dollars to develop the title, adopted a free to play model and expanded their team by a few members.
The game continues to grow ever more stunning, with the adoption of a variety of post processing effects. The latest trailer showcases even more eyecandy: Debris, smoke and a gratuitous amount of camera shake accompany every explosion and direct hit. A lovely depth of field effect accompanies sniper action, blurring things in the foreground which are not in focus. One of the newest gameplay reveals comes in the form of a massive frigate at around 1:50 attacking from above..This could be anything from an indication of a story mode, a combat perk (Like the AC150 in Modern Warfare), or possibly even a multiplayer mode similar to Titan mode in Battlefield 2143 or VIP mode in Counterstrike. Needless to say, we await the title with bated breath. Lets hope that they invest some of that money into porting it onto other systems, which does seem like a no brainer at this point.
I'd like to mention that there are a few different schools of thought for conceptual art, including artists that emphasize functionality (Like thinking about how every piece of armor fits together) versus those that prefer capturing a feel or mood more. Flaptraps falls into the latter, with pieces that emphasize mood, texture and color rather than focusing on the details. Depending on the project there's really room for both approaches, although I've found myself arguing with people who are very one track minded in that regard. Since leaving Arenanet, Richard has immersed himself in the movie industry and is currently working at Framestore, Europe's largest VFX/animation studio.
Check out more of Richard's painterly work after the break!
|Cheetara by Dan Quintana (Via)|
6 more after the jump!
Sacrebleu Productions put together this short trailer/pilot in the hopes that they can get this made in a full length feature film, possibly in 2014. The animation style is very interesting looking, and it seems like a fun adventure story: A young Russian girl at the end of the 19th century dreams of the Arctic, and her grandfather, who failed to return from a voyage there. She has her future already planned for her, by way of marriage, but she decides to rebel and sets out to find her missing grandfather. Here's to hoping this film does get made!