Saturday, June 30, 2007
1 Don't forget what made the comic popular.
2 But don't worry too much about the fans …
3 … Or the mythology.
4 Spend the money!
5 Think: A party!
6 Remember: The villain makes the story.
7 Keep it simple.
8 Keep it suspenseful.
9 Hire actors who care …
10 … Even in the smallest parts.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
剛到 Toyko Toy Show看過TAKARA TOMY 的 Transformers Product line 也會大叫，剩Action Figure已超過50件，產品數量之多是近年來之冠。預計推出的玩具推出計劃表直至年底。可怕！
另一方面，Harsbo與Cartoon Network已公佈共同製作 Transformers Animated。第一輯26集半小時另加90分鐘特別片段，2008年推出。到時又會有另一堆Transformers 玩具。 source: finanznachrichten.de
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Imagi Studios announces an exclusive interview with director Colin Brady about his new CG-animated feature film "Astro Boy". The Q&A will be posted June 27 (11 a.m. Hong Kong time) on Imagi’s website, www.imagi.com.hk, under the “What’s New” section. This marks the first time Brady is discussing the project, which is slated for completion in 2009.
Brady has worked over a decade in the animation industry at such studios as Rhythm & Hues, Pixar (lead animator on "Toy Story", co-director on "Toy Story 2") and Industrial Light & Magic ("E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial Special Edition", "The Hulk", "Men In Black 2", "Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events"). Most recently, Brady directed the CG-animated movie "Everyone’s Hero".
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
但不太喜歡V3頭盔設計。之前也手癢地以 Keman Rider The First 的風格畫了一些V3 頭的造型。我又發現有個網站add咗我個v3 design...
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Set in the 26th century, the story takes place 300 years after a societal collapse caused by a major war. In that society, it's a technological dark age following a pinnacle of achievement far beyond where we are right now. Cyborg technology is a way of life. People are augmented a lot as workers, so being a cyborg is not unusual. The main character is a cyborg. She has an organic human brain, and she looks like she's about fourteen years old. She has a completely artificial body and she's lost her memory. She is found in a wreckage and reconstituted by a cyber-surgeon who becomes her surrogate father. Written by TermlnatriX
Director: James Cameron
Screenplay: Laeta Kalogridis
Original Manga: Yukito Kishiro
Director of Photography: Vince Pace (Second Unit)
Producer: James Cameron
Genres: Drama, Science Fiction
Vintage: 2009 (Projected)
木 城 ゆきと Kishiro Yukito's official site
Saturday, June 23, 2007
美國Superhero佔了大多數，而且亦不斷有續集︰HulK, JFX, Batman Begins, Superman Return, Fantastic Four1,2, Spiderman 1,2,3, Constantine, Van Hellsing, X-men 1,2,3, Blade 1,2,3, Elektra Catwoman, DareDevil, Punisher, Hellboy等。還有 Frank Miller原著的 300, Sin City及唯一一套全CGI的TMNT。
《惡魔人》，《電光再造人》，《死亡筆記 1,2》，Touch，NaNa，《鐡人28》，Kamen Rider The First《幪面超人》。但只限日本土市場，比較成功的有《死亡筆記 1,2》與 NaNa。
Transformer《變形金剛》, Dark Knight (Batman Begins 2), IronMan, Hellboy 2 等數不完的DC Comic及Marvels的超級英雄...可參閱早前的文章︰Coming up Superhero movies 日本也有Yattman《小雙俠》
由Matrix導演 Wachowski Brothers執導的 Speed Racer《賽車小英雄》；另外James Cameron 執導的 Battle Angel《銃夢》，還有暫時消息全無的 Evagenlion《福音戰士》...很多啊！
Imagi 的 Gatchaman及 AstroBoy，Thunder Cat《虎威勇士》及 He-man。至於 Thunder Cat其實原案是Live action，最近才宣佈改為全CGI，據說是受TMNT的影響。
First, there was TMNT, based on the TV series about four genetically-modified, crime-fighting turtles named after Renaissance painters.
Next, Transformers, due to stomp its way to cinemas here on June 28. It’s the latest from wham bang director Michael Bay about a galactic war between robots that have the ability to morph into cars and airplanes.
Word on the grapevine is that there are more productions on the drawing board, all inspired by once-popular action toy figures: Thundercats, about feline-like warriors; He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, about a fantasy hero with superhuman powers; G.I. Joe, the all-American, all-terrain soldier; and Voltron, about another giant tin-can killing machine.
Not to be outdone, Hong Kong-based Imagi Studios, the creative force behind TMNT, will be releasing two manga-based films, Gatchaman and Astro Boy, next year and in 2009 respectively.
Where comic book superheroes and videogame adaptations made the rounds in Hollywood just a few years ago, it’s old cartoon franchises that are calling the shots these days.
Behind this blast from the past: Nostalgia.
“Well, beyond the fact they’re really cool — and cheesy,” TMNT director Kevin Munroe told TODAY during a media visit of Imagi Studios in March.
“I’d say it’s because a lot of people who grew up on these cartoons are now getting into decision-making positions within studios.”
And they’re giving these cartoons a computer-generated spit-and-polish which will not only attract fanboys but also a new generation of movie-goers.
“We’re basically making films for eight to 18-year-olds,” commented Imagi’s co-CEO Doug Glen, noting that there are few feature-length cartoons for those in this age group.
“This is the age when they spend more time playing videogames than watching television. So, we’re making films that look a lot like videogames but are darker than family-friendly stuff like Finding Nemo (2003) and Shrek (2001).
The payoff, as always, is in box office receipts. TMNT, for instance, grossed US$88.5 million ($136 million) worldwide, more than double its production budget.
Going by the buzz on the Internet, Transformers is set to do the same, if not perform better.
Watching the bottom line closely from the sidelines are — no surprises — toymakers like Hasbro and Mattel.
Indeed, Hasbro’s chief operating officer Brian Goldner serves as one of three executive producers on Transformers and reportedly had a hand in the creative development of the story.
It’s obvious that the US$150-million film is as much about merchandising as it is about rebooting an old product for the new millennium.
“We think there’s a tremendous upside in the movie and taking the brand to the next level and exposing the idea behind Transformers to a new generation of adults and kids,” Goldner declared in an online interview.
In practical terms, it means re-launching the Transformers product line all over the world.
But trading on nostalgia alone, Munroe cautioned, isn’t enough. “The whole point is that the movie must be able to stand shoulder to shoulder with other superhero movies.”
Transformers producer Tom DeSanto, agreed. “The key is finding out what the story is and if people still care about the characters,” he told Variety.com.
“If you don’t do them right, you’ll have a giant bonfire of money burning in front of the studio.”
With so much hype and money riding on this fad, these toy stories are certainly no child’s play.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Sigg Jones from Asterokid on Vimeo.
3D URBAN TALES WITH MEN AND MAGIC
這不是專業動晝帥製作的CM，而是由三位法國動畫學生 Mattieu Bessudo，Douglas，Jonathan Vuillemin 的畢業作品，贏了不少獎項。軟件是3D max。
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
今次Imagi請來 Robert Mark Kamen 負責Gatchaman的劇本和故事。
Kamen自1979年曾參與18部電影劇本創作，作品包括︰Taps, The Karate Kid 及續集, A Walk in the Clouds, The Power of One, Lethal Weapon 3《轟天炮3》, The Professional, The Fifth Element《第五元素》, Kiss of the Dragon, Bandidas, the Transporter movies《奪命快遞》系列與及 The Upcoming Taken。他與法國大導演 Luc Besson (洛比桑)有14年合作劇本創作的伙伴關係。
imagi's press release
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Paperback -- 平裝本。
Hardcover -- 硬皮封面精裝本。
MMP -Mass Market Paperpback 大量生產的平裝本。
TPB -- Trade Paperback 一般印刷及紙質質素介乎硬皮精裝本與平裝本之間。
TPC -- Trade Paperback Comics 把一些受歡迎的漫畫的重要部份輯錄重新印刷的版本如:Marvel Comics' Secret War
TAS -- The Animatied Series 動畫連續劇。
GN -- Graphic Novel 圖畫小說（原先指較長、較複雜、較成人化的單行本，製作也比較精美。一般TPB也有人叫它GN）
OGN -- Original Graphic Novel 沒有在任何地方被連載而直接出版的圖畫小說。
One-shot -- 單本，一本完的故事。
Sketchbook -- 草圖集。
Special -- 專刊。
Annual -- 年刊。
ArtBook -- 畫集。
Dustjacket -- 封面和封底外面活頁的的一印刷包裝纸限套。
HC -- Hardcover with dustjacket
HCW -- Hardcover without dustjacket
SC -- Softcover 軟皮封面
PG -- page count 頁數
FC -- Full Color throughout 全彩色
PC -- Part Color 部份上色
B&W -- black and white 黑白
MR -- Mature Readers 面向成年讀者 也就是說包含一定的性與暴力，不見得指色情
Crossover -- 交叉
（1）幾個系列共同講述一個故事，各講一章，一般用在較大型事件如 Spiderman: The Other
（2）company crossover，不同公司的人物相遇， 例如DC的JLA/Mravels的Avengers
Tie-in -- 關聯大型事件中除了核心系列外，其他與之有關的書，有時可能只有一期，如DC的Infinite Crisis，除了本身的系列和幾個相關中篇之外，DC的所有系列幾乎都有一两期講述與之相關的故事。
Jam -- 幾個不同作者聯手繪制某一漫畫，重在突出各人不同風格的作品，就像Jam歌一樣。
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
且看下一套 Superhero movie "Fantastic Four 2"及 "Dark Knight"又如何。
我身邊的真人版Otto還比較有趣.....Otto, the Real Ghost Rider, yeah!!!!