Saturday, June 30, 2007

Stan Lee's 10 Rules for Comic Movies



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.
movies.go.com

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Transformers Animated !

Transformers電影即將上映,可以肯定必定會大熱!男孩子不論年齡,就算不是 Transformers 的粉絲,但看過Trailer後也會有入場看的衝動。那些畫面實在太精彩了!雖然不知道Michael Bay如何演繹故事,不過Dreamwork已宣佈開拍續集

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

AstroBoy 導演專訪


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

Kamen Rider The Next


咁快又嚟? 希望今次唔好再浪費哂d好造型,又再失望...
有否留意到一號與二號的頭盔舊化了很多,整體顏色也灰暗了但V3的卻很新......嘩!似乎有心地連戲喎!大家都應該知道V3是由一號與二號一起改造出來的。有兩個風車,所以好揪D


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...


http://www.maskedridernext.jp/

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Battle Angel ALITA (GUNNM)


Storyline
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)

Production:Lightstorm Entertainment , Twentieth Century Fox
Official website:
Yukitopia: Battle Angel Alita

More News on animenewsnetwork.com


木 城 ゆきと Kishiro Yukito's official site
http://jajatom.moo.jp/frame.html

Transformer T28


Transformer電影即將上映,糞ボルト@落描道場 那邊也有很多有關 Transformer 的畫作。我來也湊湊熱鬧。
這個點子,少年時已經想過,也有好多人有相同諗法......是這樣嗎?

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Comic2Movies

近幾年不論美國或日本,由動漫改編的電影特別多。成功的比例也很高(日本片除外)。在此來個簡單回顧數一數︰
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。

日本也有不少︰
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。

將會上映的Live Action電影包括︰
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》

由荷理活改編自日本舊動漫的也有︰
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!

全CGI的有︰
Imagi 的 GatchamanAstroBoy,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。

將一些經典的動漫舊作改編電影已成了新的潮流,當中原因及好處有很多.
........................待續

Transforming the Big Screen

Old cartoons don’t fade away. They just get an extreme makeover on the big screen.

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.

source: www.channelnewsasia.com

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

The Dark Knight's New Batman Suit!



the new Bat-motocycle

《Sigg Jones》


Sigg Jones from Asterokid on Vimeo.
3D URBAN TALES WITH MEN AND MAGIC
好鬼正的短片! 不論人物造型、燈光、動作、剪接、Render都很"正"!

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。
http://www.siggjones.com/

Monday, June 18, 2007

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Robot-01 sketch

Kung Fu Panda


近年CG動物片,多得有點生厭。已沒有像以往的熱衷,每之一有CG片便第一時間去戲院看。不過我倒是很想看看這齣 Dreamworks的 "KungFu Panda"。Dreamworks有意地"食正"08北京奧運而來的。故事背景也在中國,又請來成龍配音......好想看看這個"老外"怎樣玩"中國元素"。
官網 http://www.kungfupanda.com/
來年上映的CGI movies(電腦動畫電影)簡表

Saturday, June 16, 2007

The New Writer of Gatchaman


TMNT上映後最多人批評的都是劇本和故事...
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。

他的加盟相信可以協助 Kevin提昇Gatchaman的故事,讓Kevin專心處理視覺及動作場面。

imagi's press release
imdb有關他的更多資料

Keep Smiling 2

Friday, June 15, 2007

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Ultraman Art?


Love at first fight


They... fall in love


What's moving inside?



it's so huge!!

There are more fun Ultraman art at:
Bob Logan's blog
Got Cheeks?

Sunday, June 10, 2007

美國書術語

在Amazon訂書經常都會見到很多有關美國書的術語,一次過整理如下,同大家分享...

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。

ps 歡迎各路高人補充或更正

Thursday, June 07, 2007

陽光 + 紅與綠


我們曾坐在這長椅上慢吃著燒魚及野菜,享受大自然。(這是輕井澤野郊賣野菜的小店一旁)

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

晴朗天

這幾星期的天是近年來前所未有的晴朗。
能看清楚維港對岸的景物已令我很快樂呀! 人也有衝勁 !

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Otto Ghost Rider


這就是我們身邊的港版Ghost Rider,現身在加州警惡懲奸......
其實他還有另一身份,他也是IronMan。(哈哈! Otto,原諒我的惡搞 :p)

Ghost Rider

所有superheromovie及comic movie,我都必會看。之前沒機會看的Ghost Rider,終於都看了.....嘩!很爛的片啊!之前也聽朋友"媽聲四起",果然......除了部分特技之外,真的沒有什麼值得一提。連最Superhero片基本的Action也沒有,絕對無須要看。也慶幸當時沒機會到戲院看.......

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!!!!

Friday, June 01, 2007

Ken sketch...


另一張較早前的試稿,偏向美國卡通的路之餘嘗試休留"天野喜孝"的眼神......
Another not selected experimental sketch of Ken(G-1), shift to more Western cartoon style. But i still try to keep the feeling of "Amanos's eyes and face"...
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