This posting can be considered a little out of date, but we wanted to share our experience at The Grand Prix of Edmonton last summer. It was another action packed Champ Car race set at the municipal airport in Edmonton, which made for an exceptionally fast and exciting race. Once again, we were there with the Face of Champ Car girls who all were competing in the world's ultimate sports model search.
Congratulations to all of the girls, especially to Alysha Csuti - Miss Grand Prix Edmonton, Natalia Lundrigan - 1st Runner Up and Whitney Macgregor - 2nd Runner Up.
We spent a week in Edmonton shooting the girls interacting with the drivers and competing in the event. Post production was considerable longer.
Some guys around here have been giving me some flack about my previous post How to ask a woman out. They asked me to go into further detail about the finer points of getting a date. Reluctantly, I agreed, although I have decided that my words of wisdom will come not come from me, but rather from videojug in the form of an educational tidbit that you should find at the very least, entertaining. After seeing the video, both my brother and sister managed to not only get dates, but they have each gotten hitched... no, not to each other. Watch and learn. I hope it works for you.
Note: If the girl of your dreams said yes when you asked her out, you are screwed now as you actually have to go out with her. What to do now? Fear not! Videojug seems to have the answers for everything you may need to know.
Given that today is Valentine's Day, the guys at the UNP office have asked that I share some pretty useful information with them. I thought why stop with them, hence I am have decided to blog this and share my knowledge with the world. What the hell!
Many people ask me how to ask women out. Let me start by going into incredible detail and giving away all of my secrets (most of which don't work) - wait - how can I teach someone to be funny? If you don't have it, you never will and if that is the case my only and best advise is to go out and buy a puppy. Take it with you everywhere you go and the little guy should do most of the hard work for you. If that doesn't work, start collecting cats because you are destined for a life of loneliness.
Alright, here is some info I pulled off a web site for you...
If you are attracted to anyone and thinking of going for a date, then don't wait for Valentine's Day. Go out with the lady once so that you two know each other better and on Valentine's day both can have more fun as the awkwardness of the first date will be over. But how to ask for a woman out for a date? Often, one gets nervous about asking for a date but the golden rule is just be yourself. Here are some tips to remember while asking a woman for a date:
→ Try to be natural. Don't put extra pressure on yourself. Girls like men who make them laugh. So, before asking for a date, build up a good rapport with her. Get into a conversation with her but don't go overboard to impress her. Instead pay her attention and respect.
→ Don't ask directly, "Will you go out with me?" These words tend to put extra pressure on the girl. The main purpose of a date is to know each other better. So, just ask her casually if she would like to go to a movie or have coffee. Try to know her preferences earlier so that it's easy to decide where to go. (Bloggers note: don't hire a private investigator or rifle through her trash. That's going a little overboard and if you find yourself doing that or wanting to that, you should probably not ask her out. Call your Mom and ask for help.)
→ If she says no, then don't take it too personally. You have to move on. If you already have a good rapport with her, then respect her decision and keep up the friendly relation.
Well, those little gems of advise should get you no where. Get yourself online and have a friend write a dating profile for you. If you don't have any friends, just steal one that someone else wrote. While you're at it, you might as well use a photo from the Sears cataloge of a good looking, non-threatening guy. Try and pick one that resembles you slightly otherwise you may have to do some explaining. Now start looking for a date.
This blog is a behind the scenes look at CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360°" and the stories it covers. The entry for today - February 14th - Valentine's Day - is rather interesting. If you enjoy Anderson's style of journalism, you may be surprised at his blog entry, although he does have a nack at uncovering interesting stories. Give it a read, but be forewarned, it is not graffic, but it entitled, "You too can be a 40-year-old virgin". Happy Valentine's Day and may your love never lead you on a path to persue what Anderson's blog entry talks about.
*Update - we had a meeting here and came to the conclusion that if you have the bucks you should do it. The world could be a better place with rejuvenated v-----s everywhere.
Could it be true? Does someone other than my mother have affection for me? Probably not. Happy Valentine's Day to all those folks who still have functioning hearts and are capable of love. If this isn't you, rest assured there are people trying to help. The scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine have revealed that "Broken Heart Syndrome" is REAL and POTENTIALLY DEADLY. I am afraid there is very little the medical field can do for you other than give you some happy pills. Until you reach that point, check out these guys.
Parade of Lost Souls is a massive street party that celebrates Halloween. Held on Commercial Street in Vancouver, thousands of people take over the area and don disguises and costumes spicing up their dreaded and dismal lives for one night. FYI: Although the pirate costume was born out of necessity - arrrgh - a mean pirate I make! Images are here.
Made in 1982, Vincent is Tim Burton's first film that was actually released into theatres. Disney didn't put it on many screens and very few people actually saw it, nonetheless, this amazing stop motion short film should been seen by all. It served Burton well as his proverbial "foot in the door'... Hollywood style.
Based on a poem that Burton had written, Vincent is about a young boy and his fascination with Vincent Price - a storyline that is oddly similar to Burton's own life. Watch it here.
Burton's next film, Frankenweenie, is another dark and morbid tale... this time about a boy and his dog. There is an underlying theme not unlike that of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. Think misunderstood monster. Hmmm... does that sound like Edward Scissorhands? If you ever have the opportunity, watch Frankenweenie. We used to have a copy of it on VHS. Vee Aiche what? Good luck.
While researching the previous post, I came across this. It looked interesting but no one in the office was in the mood to really find out what it was about, so you are left with the following which was taken off their website.
"Face life with a smile! Because facing life with a smile is always easier. Since its birth in 1971, the smiley brand which was created by Mr. Franklin Loufrani has traveled the years through joy and good mood. It lived through Peace & Love, accompanied the 1980's and 90's to the beat of House Music and became a universal statement: that of emoticons. Today 97% of young people recognize smiley as being the universal brand of joy and happiness! In addition to its beneficial action to our state of mind by a new stimulus, smiley was boldly transformed into a psycho-tonic fragrance resulting from advanced scientific researches.
To conclude this new mission, smiley developed an active scent, able to give their smile back to the most stubborn... Morose spirits breathe in deeply! This contagious good mood is on its way to conquer the world. No one knows who will be able to stop smiley in its exhilarating crusade! A smile for everyone! "
Nice. Makes me want to smile. I guess Mr. Franklin Loufrani has created a perfume of sorts that makes you want to smile. It's the same thing that Mr. Walt Disney did a while back with his Magical Kingdom. Maybe this stuff should be standard issue for all armies?
SMILE = HAPPY = PEACE = SEX = BABIES = MORE MISERABLE PEOPLE TO FEED = MAYBE NOT SUCH A GOOD THING.
Twenty-five years ago, Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott E. Fahlman says, he was the first to use three keystrokes — a colon followed by a hyphen and a parenthesis — as a horizontal "smiley face" in a computer message. It was a serious contribution to the electronic lexicon. :-)
Language experts say the smiley face and other emotional icons, known as emoticons, have given people a concise way in e-mail and other electronic messages of expressing sentiments that otherwise would be difficult to detect.
Emoticons reflect the likely original purpose of language — to enable people to express emotion, said Clifford Nass, a professor of communications at Stanford University. The emotion behind a written sentence may be hard to discern because emotion is often conveyed through tone of voice, he said. "What emoticons do is essentially provide a mechanism to transmit emotion when you don't have the voice," Nass said. In some ways, he added, they also give people "the ability not to think as hard about the words they're using."
On a personal note, it is policy here that anyone in the UNP offices caught using a smiley during office hours is susceptible to severe and dire consequences.
While on the subject of smiling faces... Have you ever wanted to know who invented the YELLOW SMILEY FACE.
Here at United Nathan Productions, we not only make products for television, but we feel proud to support other well made programs. After watching a couple of seasons of Hell's Kitchen, we developed a love/hate relationship with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. He can be a complete jerk - abusing his kitchen staff with slurries of fantastically colorful and outrageous comments, not to mention the plentiful and over the top cursing and incredibly original analogies border that on insulting. What great tv!
What most of Hell's Kitchen viewers aren't aware of, is that the show seems to have had its roots in Ramsay's UK show, The F Word. As Gordon Ramsey states, "The F is for FOOD." I must admit that this show, which lasted three seasons, is damn fine. It not only shows a much more human side of Chef Ramsay, but its content is much more varied and far more interesting.
Not a run of the mill cooking show, but something that reminds me of a variety show... a three ring circus if you will. There is so much going on here - the common theme being the F word. Encompassing all aspects of food, Ramsay ties it together as the show's host. He not only takes the viewer into the restaurant kitchen, but also into his personal kitchen as well as into his personal life where he teaches his children the origins of the food they eat. Novel concept, especially when he decides to raise turkeys in his back yard. Ramsay's own kids are assigned the task of taking care of the birds (all named after famous UK chefs) until their imminent death and subsequent fate as Christmas dinner. Too much to handle? Well, in the second season the family raises pigs, while in the third season, they nurture a number of cute lamb.
As an example of The F Word's varied content, watch as food critic, Giles Coren, examines an alternative source of food... squirrel... yes, squirrels for food. Enjoy!
This is officially the 100th posting on the United Nathan Productions blog. We know that updates and postings around here have been slow and unpredictable, but things are hopefully going to get more regular. On that note, if you feel like you would like to contribute to this blog and you are creative, a good writer, and think that your additions will be an asset, get in touch with us.
There is nothing quite like a dozen or so gun shots to get you off the sofa at 9:30pm. What was a rather uneventful day in my little neighborhood, turned into quite a media frenzy when Vancouver police responded to a 911 call, finding a suspect out of control and wielding a chain. Two policemen were struck by the chain - one was hit in the head so badly that he was rushed to the hospital. Police were forced to fire upon the suspect, killing him.
A mere half a block away, myself and most of my neighbors made our way to the crime scene - Granville Street between West 15th and West 16th Avenues. Within moments, dozens of police cars and media vehicles were arriving. It was quite a scene. I managed to capture a little snippet of an official police statement with my camera phone. Apologies for the poor quality.
GNGB - Good Neighborhood Gone Bad... It started with my car getting broken into all the time and it has now progressed to the coppers shooting people. Not that the crazy bastard didn’t deserve it or was acting in a way that demanded the police use deadly force, but it just seems out of place for my nice South Granville neighborhood.
You may not want to hear this, but it was a little weird seeing the body lying there covered in a white sheet. Oddly, there didn't seem to be much, if any blood near the body.
I will update this when and if there is any new or interesting information. Until then, rest assurred that Vancouver is still a very safe place to live or visit. It's sunny here all the time too!
You know your Mom has everything she needs. The days of making bird houses out of popsicle sticks are over. No more ashtrays that you made in grade school that always turned out more phallic than useful. For Mother's Day, why not get your loving Mom a present that can benefit you as well? No, not a 52 inch flat screen tv, but rather a shirt that says it all. This is what I am getting my mom and I am wearing it to brunch on Sunday to show her how much I care. It's brilliant! Kind of like the gift that keeps giving. A billboard of sorts that tells the world how much you care - that you are sensitive and loving.
Not only will this Mother's Day gift make your Mom shed a tear or two, it could be beneficial to your social life as it is a perfect chic magnet that may even rival the effects of walking a puppy at the beach!
Also to note: Wear the shirt whenever you need your Mom to do something out of the ordinary for you: run an errand, lend you money, leave you alone, etc. You should also wear it when going over for dinner or dropping off your laundry.
By the way, if you think I am kidding, watch this - it is what is going through your mother's mind 90% of the time if you are single and jewish.
A number of months ago we posted information about a very intriguing film, 32 Hours 7 Minutes. Not only the title of the film, it is essentially the record time it took a bunch of adrenaline junkies to drive from Los Angeles to New York on October 15, 1983. Since our posting we have received emails asking when the film is going to be released. Keeping in mind that we at United Nathan Productions have nothing to do with the film. We are, however, just as interested as everyone else out there, so we contacted the filmmakers. Here is the response we received...
Glad to see there are still interested parties out there. We are really pushing for a finished film and hope to be done in 2007. As for a release date, a lot of factors play into that (distribution, festivals, etc.) but I suspect that we will have some news this spring. Maybe even a new trailer.
I wish I could tell you more but I wouldn't want to ruin the film for you! Thanks again for the continued interest. We won't let you down.
Why is it that when you are facing a deadline, time stands still? Nothing can be done to speed things up and it all comes down to how fast your computer is? Why isn't it faster and why is it taking so long??? In order to calm ourselves, we need only think back to the origins of personal computing. In the beginning, everything we now do with our pc's wasn't even a twinkle in anyone's eye. Think email, internet, digital photography, non-linear editing, big Hollywood movies with fancy special effects. Now it is easier to be a little more patient... although 37 hours is a long time to wait for this damn thing to render.
A substantial amount of time has passed since The Grand Prix of Denver, but I feel obligated to post these images from the race and the Miss Grand Prix Denver event.
One would think that after the incident at The San Jose Grand Prix, things couldn't get any more exciting on the track, but no... another interesting turn of events happened in Denver. On the last lap of the race, in an attempt to pass race leader Sebastien Bourdais, Paul Tracy's car collided with Bourdais' car and rendered both cars undrivable and unable to finish the race. In an pretty gutsy move, Bourdais ran across the track and confronted Tracy. Watch the action here.
With regards to the Miss Grand Prix, everyone did a fantastic job and congratulations to all of the finalists, especially winner, Lauren Gardner, 1st Runner Up, Kady Zinke and 2nd Runner Up, Carley Walker.
Also of note, shortly after this event, all of the Miss Grand Prix winners from Canada, USA and Australia went to Mexico City to compete for the Face of Champ Car. The world's largest grid girl contest is an international event, culminating in the choosing of one exceptional girl who will receive a promotional contract to promote the Champ Car World Series. Congratulations to the 2007 Face of Champ Car - Lauren Gardner - for a job well done.
The track in San Jose is actually the streets of the downtown core making for a really interesting and unique experience, so much so, that events transpired at this Champ Car race that were worthy of a boxing match. What you should realize is that tensions run high during the races and small mistakes can cause big effects. In this case, Paul Tracy collided with Alex Tagliani during the race and the result was not only that both cars were not able to finish the race, but a heated fist fight ensued in the pit area. Talk about excitement!!!
Although this posting is considerably out of date, I wanted to post the images from the Miss Grand Prix event at The Grand Prix of Edmonton which happened way back in July 2006. It was a great time, albeit incredibly hot - on race day I suffered the 40 degree celcius temperature trackside. I can't imagine how the drivers dealt with the heat. Nonetheless, everyone had a good time and congratulations to the new Miss Grand Prix Edmonton, Ashley Stewart, as well as 1st Runner Up - Natasha Boras and 2nd Runner Up, Christyna Chapman. Enjoy photos from the race week here.
After many requests, emails, letters and phone calls, the blog is back. I feel pretty good about it and will try not to let the lapse in posting happen again. So many people have asked, "Why?" Well, it is hard to say. There are many things that led to my BLOG FAILURE. Firstly, I got extremely busy and couldn't justify spending time on the blog when I had so many pressing things to do that were deadline dependent. You could also say that I got a little lazy. That coupled with chronic procrastination, led to a lack of postings. Apologies. During the next couple of days I will try to catch up a bit and as promised to all, the links below that are not functioning will be fixed. Welcome back!
Apologies once again for the lack of postings, but time is at a premium around here and as soon as we get home we are headed out the door again. This time Toronto lured us away for the Grand Prix of Toronto. The race can be summed up in a few words... hot, big and exciting. We can't forget the real reason for being there - The Miss Grand Prix of Toronto competition. The competition was stiff, however a well deserved congratulations goes out to Natalie Waples who is the 2006 Miss Grand Prix of Toronto. Diana Ciccone was the 1st Runner Up and Randall Lome received the 2nd Runner Up title.
Back from another exciting trip... this time to Cleveland, Ohio where I encountered every kind of weather imaginable. Luckily, the rain stopped by race day and it was sunny and clear for the 25th annual Grand Prix of Cleveland. It's a very unique race as it takes place on a fully functioning airport runway (closed for the race). The airport locale led to some fast racing and plenty of action and accidents on the track.
Over on the stage, a new Miss Grand Prix of Cleveland was appointed. Congratulations to Skylar Starks. Also of note and congratulations to them as well, are 1st Runner Up, Jessica Gidley and 2nd Runner Up, Ashley Deihl. All of the finalists did a fantastic job and wowed the crowds. A surprise to everyone, including 2005 Miss Grand Prix of Cleveland, Sarah Blanton, was when her boyfriend appeared on stage and proposed to her. He is now officially her fiance.
We're off again to spend some time with the wonderful girls who are competing in the "Miss Grand Prix of Cleveland" event. The actual race course is pretty unique as it is a 2 mile road course that incorporates airport runways and give fans views of the entire track from anywhere in the grandstands.
Please don't get mad, but posting may slow down while on this job.
As a visitor to Houston, Texas I was amazed at the heat and humidity throughout my stay. The trip was good, but I am not a fan of weather so sticky that is uncomfortable, so I was looking forward to returning home. As we approached the George Bush Intercontinental Airport the sky seemed to quickly take on a rather dark and ominous shade of grey. Moments later we were in a torrential downpour and surrounded by a breathtaking show of fork lightning.
Pulling up the terminal, it was hard not to notice the tremendously long line of planes not going anywhere. The airport was closed to all air traffic – no planes in or out. I was able to check in and sit at the gate, but there was no plane for me to get on to. As the crowd of similarly stranded traveler’s grew, I pulled out my digital camera and with sheer luck, was able to catch a stunning movie of two lightning strikes hitting the runway. The detail is amazing and you can even see the bolt of electricity travel back upward for a bit.
It turns out that one of the lightning strikes caused a power outage in part of the airport which meant further delays. Eventually I boarded my plane, although it was five and a half hours late which caused me to miss my connecting light, forcing me to overnight in Phoenix...which, by the way, was 40 degrees celsius by the time my plane lifted off the runway en route to my Vancouver home.
Pjotro loves music, dancing and engineering, and has combined all three of his loves to form the musical suit. Although this was created as a viral marketing champaign for Nokia, we don't mind because it is a pretty cool site. You become the choreographer as you make Pjotro dance in his musical suit. Try it.
It's no secret that hairy men are more intelligent than the hairless variety... or that last year men and women spent $8 billion removing their excess body hair. Body grooming is a sensitive issue which is why Phillips/ Norelco has come out with the BODYGROOM. We were so impressed by their website that we ran out to the store and bought one right away... to shave our office chimp. Wow. The thing is pretty impressive. If you don't want to cough up the cash for one of these bad boys, perhaps you should be looking into doing something productive with your extra hair? And for a little human hair removal history, go here.
The terrifically unique Adidas adicolor campaign has come to an end with the release of the last spot by Saiman Chow for the color black. Be wared, this black and white stop motion piece about a little panda is a little twisted. The film series celebrates color, customization and personal expression. Each director was given a blank canvas to create a short film based on their emotional and creative response to a given color - red, blue, yellow, green, pink, black or white. The seven directors are Roman Coppola & Andy Bruntel, Neill Blomkamp,PSYOP, TRONIC, Saiman Chow, Charlie White, and HAPPY.
→ BLACK, Once you go black, you never go back. → RED, a brief history of red by Roman Coppola & Andy Bruntel. → YELLOW, yellow is different by Neill Blomkamp. → BLUE, not the blue you that you used to know. → PINK, supremely unique with a super cute teddy bear. → WHITE, featuring Jenna Jameson. → GREEN, with the Finkel's and the Gladstone's.
Well, it is the 6th day of the 6th month of the 6th year. 6/6/6. Crazy. What's going to happen today? Is the devil coming? Will bad things happen? Cross your fingers and hopefully we'll make it through the day. In the mean time, check out a humourous look at the end of the world or read about the world's most expensive phone number at £1.5 million!!!!
The number 666 has some interesting history. Former U.S. president Ronald Wilson Reagan had six letters in his first, middle, and last name. He also live in house number 666 when he lived in California until Nancy Reagan changed it to 668. The anti-impotence drug Viagra has a molecular weight of 666.7g/mol. In 1999, Intel marketed their Pentium 666 Mhz chip as 667 Mhz, conveniently rounding up.
Serious apologies from us at United Nathan Productions. There are no excuses. We can say say that it has been rather hectic around here and we couldn't find the time to blog or we can lie and say that our procrastination has gotten the better of us. Nope. We won't say those things. We won't even mention the box of sick kittens we found out back in the alley that we have been nursing back to health. Sorry, but the blame for not blogging is entirely ours - not the kittens.
We must thank you for your readership and committment to visiting out blog. Understandably, we do recognize the importance of posting on a regular basis. The result of not doing so leads to losing numbers of faithful readers. If anyone has a heart (read the above paragraph about the kittens) you will understand and not remove us from your bookmarks.
Apologies for the delay in posting this, but it has been incredibly busy around the UNP office. Nonetheless, The Miss Grand Prix of Houston was a success and the first ever Champ Car night race at The Grand Prix of Houston was amazing. Congratulations to Miss Grand Prix winner Brooke Adams and runners-up, Angela Rutledge and Lindsay Mayfield. Also congrats to Sebastian Bordais who won the race and is on his way to yet another championship. Check out a small selection of photos here.
As posted earlier, I have been working with the folks at Face of Champ Car and this week finds me on a plane heading to Houston for the Grand Prix of Houston. Hopefully I won't melt in the heat and humidity. I will try to post some things from the race. Apologies if I can't.
FYI: The above photo is titled, "Missed it at 300 kilometers per hour."
Maybe there is a trend in black and white animation-type films right now... regardless, this one looks just as eye catching as Christian Volckman's Renaissance. Based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story, The Tell-Tale Heart, the film of the same name is a psychological portrait of a mad narrator - a murderer who can't stop hearing his victim's relentless heartbeat. In this case, the film is appropriately narrated by the long deceased Bela Lugosi (1882-1956).
Wow! Renaissance is Christian Volckman's new film. Think Blade Runner, Metropolis, The Matrix, Minority Report and Japanese manga comics all combined to create this black and white futuristic thriller set in Paris of 2054. The film looks amazing, but there is one catch, it is in French. At least the trailer is. That shouldn't stop you from seeing it - Miramax is distributing the film in the U.S. and Daniel Craig (the new James Bond) is voicing the main character. Go here for more info in English or visit the film's very well made site here.
The latest Adidas Adicolor film is out. This one is directed by one of our favorite director's, Neill Blomkamp of Tetra Vaal and Alive in Joberg fame. We were pleased to see that Yellow was shot by a friend of ours... the talented Trent Opaloch. Keep up the good work Neill and Trent!
→ YELLOW, yellow is different by Neill Blomkamp. → RED, a brief history of red by Roman Coppola & Andy Bruntel. → BLUE, not the blue you that you used to know. → PINK, supremely unique with a super cute teddy bear. → WHITE, featuring Jenna Jameson. → GREEN, with the Finkel's and the Gladstone's. → BLACK, Once you go black, you never go back.
I love teddy bears as much as the next guy, but you wouldn't want to give this bear a hug. Standing nine and a half feet tall this Kodiak Grizzly weighs more than 1600 pounds! He made his way up to Hemlock Mountain just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia to star in this commercial for BBC's More4 Russian Film Month. The premise of the commercial is quite simple. The bear represents the Russian Empire and the wolf and the bear traps are the forces that brought the once great nation down. It is the downfall of the Russain Empire... in 60 seconds.
Let me tell you that working in snow is no easy task. Everything is more difficult, plus on this job there was the added danger of being eaten by a massive bear. A one point I heard someone shout at me, "Don't pay attention to him!" With that he was referring to a wolf who was sniffing me as I was cleaning a lens. He then started to lick my face before moving on to pee in an untouched expanse of white snow. Pretty cool. Check out some photos from the shoot here.
32 Hours 7 Minutes is the record time it took to drive from Los Angeles to New York on October 15, 1983. We posted information on the film of the same name back in January. Since then we have waited with anticaption for news on the release of the film. Turns out the filmmakers are trying to get a theatrical release. Good luck to them. Failing that, the film will be released on DVD. Whichever is first, we will be the first in line to see it. Check the film's website for an updated gallery of photos from the actual race.
As mentioned in a previous post, Adidas has a great new series of ads coming out to promote their Adicolor product. The film series celebrates color, customization and personal expression. Each director was given a blank canvas to create a short film based on their emotional and creative response to a given color - red, blue, yellow, green, pink, black or white. The seven directors are Roman Coppola & Andy Bruntel, Neill Blomkamp, PSYOP, TRONIC, Saiman Chow, Charlie White, and HAPPY.
→ RED, a brief history of red by Roman Coppola & Andy Bruntel. → BLUE, not the blue you that you used to know. → PINK, supremely unique with a super cute teddy bear. → WHITE, featuring Jenna Jameson. → GREEN, with the Finkel's and the Gladstone's. → BLACK, Once you go black, you never go back. → YELLOW, yellow is different by Neill Blomkamp.
The folks at Wrigley's have done a fantastic job with the marketing of their Orbit White gum. The Step into The Bright campaign was really unique, as is a recent commercial that I had the pleasure of working on. The concept basically revolves around a man who is driving and becomes so enamored with how white his teeth are that he drives through a museum. Watch it now.
Now that you have watched it, I want to point out that the live action footage was filmed in Prague while the museum footage was filmed in a studio in Vancouver. Don't believe me? Look at the photos. The set was 13 feet long. It took a handful of guys 28 days to build and it looks amazing! Precise calculations for positioning the camera and getting the perfect angles as well as great post production allowed the miniature footage to blend seamlessly into the live action material for a great commercial.
The time has come to expand on my earlier post. As mentioned before, I am The Monkey responsible for paying the bills around here. In an effort to do so, I have become affiliated with the folks at Procon Leisure International. They are responsible for a competition the revolves around beautiful women and race cars. Call me crazy, but how could I resist.
For the 2006 Champ Car race season, United Nathan Productions has been enlisted to document the happenings of each event. Essentially, girls compete in a beauty pageant - The Miss Grand Prix - that takes place in 8 cities - Long Beach, Houston, Cleveland, Toronto, Edmonton, San Jose, Denver and Australia. Winners from those cities then go to Mexico City for the prestigious opportunity to become the Face of Champ Car and take on all the responsibilities that entails.
Taking place on April 9, The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was the first race of the season. I was there and although I concentrated on my responsibility of capturing moving images of all of the beautiful women, I managed to grab a some photos. Check them out here. Congratulations to The 2006 Miss Grand Prix of Long Beach - Holly Weber, as well as Lauren McDonald - first runner up, Venus Ramos - second runner up and all of the gorgeous girls that competed.
It's Passover and we're tired of explaining what it's all about. The fine folks at Chabad have done a superb job creating, Matzah: What's Up With It? Take a video tour of an authentic matzah-bakery in this very well made, brand-new documentary-style presentation, hosted by Jono... the puppet.
Easter is here and we understand that right now it's all about bunnies and chocolate which is why it is so hard to tell you that The Easter Bunny hates you. Rather than do that, we are going to point out a rather interesting ad campaign that Adidas is embarking on to promote their adicolor products.
Adidas is creating a film series celebrating color, customization and personal expression. Each director was given a blank canvas to create a short film based on their emotional and creative response to a given color - Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Pink, Black or White. The seven directors are Roman Coppola & Andy Bruntel, Neill Blomkamp, PSYOP, TRONIC, Saiman Chow, Charlie White, and HAPPY.
→ PINK, supremely unique with a super cute teddy bear. → WHITE, featuring Jenna Jameson. → GREEN, with the Finkel's and the Gladstone's. → BLACK, Once you go black, you never go back. → RED, a brief history of red by Roman Coppola & Andy Bruntel. → YELLOW, yellow is different by Neill Blomkamp. → BLUE, not the blue you that you used to know.
Odd timing for an introduction. I am a Nathan, but around here they call me The Monkey. My role here on the United Nathan Productions BLOG is to post items related directly to current projects I am working on. You see, unlike the other Nathan's at UNP, I have focused my energies towards paying the rent. That means that I don't always exhibit my creativity and quite often I am working for other people. Right now I am in California working on a continuing project called FACE OF CHAMP CAR. Essentially it is an event associated with the Champ Car racing series. More details later, but rest assured, it is hot, fast and loud down here.
Today something very unique is going to happen that will never occur again. At precisely 2 minutes and 3 seconds after 1 o'clock during the 4th month on the 5th day of the 6th year of this century, the numbers will allign to give us 01:02:03 04/05/06. Don't fear if you miss it at 1am. You can catch it again at 1:02:03 pm, but only on the 5th of April, 2006. [Thanks to Sharon & Connie for pointing this out.]
The time has come to introduce another member of the United Nathan Productions team. Although named Nathan at birth, we fondly call him The Monkey. Seriously. The Monkey not only works with us, but he manages to earn a living (we don't pay him) by working on film sets in some sort of camera guy capacity. He will share his experiences working on film sets by posting to the blog every now and then. Enjoy.
The dvd for our documentary, Fluffy Cumsalot, Porn Star, was released in Canada not long ago. It can be found at a number of places online including Chapters-Indigo and Amazon.ca as well as some of your favorite video rental stores. If you don't see it on the shelves, make sure to ask them to bring it in. We are told the US release should be happening very soon. In the meantime, our monthly contest continues. Don't miss out on a chance to win a free Fluffy dvd!
This is the story about Judith and her unlost, but not yet found camera and some really bad karma. Seems Judith lost her camera on a trip to Hawaii with well over 500 photos on it. You can imagine the disappointment she must have felt in losing all of those photos. Well, imagine her excitement when she received a call from a park ranger letting her know that the camera was found. One call later and she was talking to the people that found the camera. Turns out they gave it to their diabetic son who had been enjoying using the camera. Anxious to get her photos back, Judith amazingly accepts their story and asks that her memory cards be returned with a little monetary compensation for them keeping the camera - $50 - not much as it was a $500 camera. Originally she was going to give a reward for the return of the entire camera.
Two weeks later she received a package of burned cd's containing her Hawaii images. Also enclosed was a note that said they kept the memory card to use with camera and they used the cash to buy a charger. Judith called them once again and was told outright that she was lucky to get anything. Crazy bad karma on their part. Check out all of the comments from outraged people on the Lost Camera blog.
This is a really interesting optical illusion. Artist Felice Varini paints on architectural elements in a way that creates an illusion of a shape or an object that doesn't really exist. Viewing from the incorrect spot yields an unruly mess of painted lines that don't add up to anything, but once you find the one specific spot, the lines converge to form the intended pattern. Reminds us of those crazy sidewalk artists like the Master Street Painter, Kurt Wenner.
Well, it's Valentine's Day. Initially we were going to tell you how the human heart works. Then we were going to shock you by sharing the scientific truth that the broken heart syndrome is actually real. Instead, we have decided to share a little gem that is perfect for today... What is Love? Made by Paul Blanchard for his son's grade 2 class, it a short film project that doesn't need any further explanation. Just watch it.
Gorillaz worked their magic again and performed live with Madonna at the 2006 Grammy Awards. The performance was a mash-up of the songs Feel Good Inc. and Hung Up. They performed as the same holograms used at the 2005 MTV Europe Awards, only slightly altered. Midway through, Madonna gracefully appeared on stage and did a remix of Hung Up and Feel Good Inc. amazing the live audience as she walked among the animated projections as if they were actually real. She the moved to an adjoining stage and continued performing her song.
Gorillaz have also made plans for a huge world tour in 2007 - 2008 which would also use the Pepper's Ghost technology - a digital animation projected on special transparent foil in a way that appears holographic. These shows are going to be pre-recorded and Damon Albarn (founding flesh and bones member of Gorillaz) has stated that he will not even be there when the performance will happen.
Amazing new touch screen technology. Functionality and artistic qualities combined. Oddly similar to the computer that Tom Cruise used in Steven Spielberg's Minority Report. The artistic element reminds us of beautiful sand animation.
This is a really interesting concept. It is an ongoing art project by Ingo Gunther in which 12" plastic globes serve as his canvas. He represents political, statistical, informative, and/ or controversial items as art on the globes. Some of the pieces are quite stunning, some are bold, some are shocking and others are minimal. They speak as a human commentary. A view of the world. Reality turned to art. via: republish.org.
Entredeux is another fine short film from the French animation/media school Supinfocom Arles. Directed by Francois Turquety & Laurent Labouille, the film uses computer animation, an interesting story and dramatic music to bring human emotion to life. Enjoy!
It seems that every year the French animation/media school Supinfocom Arles, produces some superb filmmakers. Most notably, Oury Atlan, Thibaut Berland and Damien Ferrie, who, as a graduation project, made the beautiful, unique and truly haunting film, Muppets Over Time. This year, in what seems to be an hommage to Rube Golberg, the Peter Fischli and David Weiss film, The Way Things Go, and the Honda COG commercial, students, Aurelie Frechinos, Thomas Wagner and Victor-Emmanuel Moulin have made, ClikClak, a fun and delightful film in which two word robots embrace the curiousity of a little child and introduce him into their world. It is well worth watching.
Looking at Muppets Over Time and ClikClak, we can see that Supinfocom seems infuse its students with the right kind of passion and skill needed to bring together a great story, wonderful visual elements and perfectly suited music. The results are great films. Keep up the good work!
If you didn't watch Super Bowl XL, perhaps you were enjoying Animal Planet's second annual Puppy Bowl... complete with The Bissell Kitty Half Time Show! How can you not love this?! [via: camcorderinfo.com]
On the weekend we found ourselves thinking about the sheer scale of the Super Bowl. Not as a sport, but as a production. It is after all a major television event that demands advertising costs of $5 million per minute. Just what does it take to film Super Bowl XL??? A fine question. Evidently the answer is 36 HD (high definition) cameras. That's it. Just 36 camera's. It is substantially more complicated and involved than that, so I urge you you to read this article for the details. [via: camcorderinfo.com]
Part of a long rumored Miller Light campaign set to air during the Super Bowl, these seem to be part of the viral web aspect of the television ads. Directed by one of our favorites, Spike Jonze, these clips seem very similar to one of our previous projects. Not to say he ripped us off, but at least capturing the intrigue of the audition process is the same. Watch our trailers for the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival... Singing Jew - Meshugenah 1 - Meshugenah 2.
Sex has been great for porn giant Ron Jeremy - but for millions of unwanted puppies and kittens each year, sex means suffering and death. Ron Jeremy says, "Too much sex is a bad thing for animals." Seriously. Ron Jeremy is now working with PETA to stop over-population of furry, little animals. Oh the irony. Watch the interview here.
Aurora is a luminous glow of the upper atmosphere which is caused by energetic particles that enter the atmosphere from above. We often hear about the the Aurora Borealis of the Northern Hemisphere which is known as the northern lights, but there is also the Aurora Australis of the Southern Hemisphere, known as the southern lights. From space, the aurora is a crown of light that circles each of Earth's poles. From the Earth's surface, the ring would appear as a curtain of light shimmering across the night sky. On September 11, 2005, four days after a record - setting solar flare sent plasma - an ionized gas of protons and electrons - flying towards the Earth, the ring of light that the solar storm generated over Antarctica glowed green in the ultraviolet part of the spectrum as seen in this beautiful video. [Note: The video of the aurora is overlaid onto NASA's satellite-based Blue Marble image.]
MONTHLY CONTEST - WIN THE FLUFFY CUMSALOT, PORN STAR DVD
United Nathan Productions is pleased to announce our monthly contest. The rules are very simple: you send us an interesting link, news story, photo, movie, or whatever you think might peak our interest. We decide which entry is the best and the winning submission will receive a FREE DVD of Fluffy Cumsalot, Porn Star. This is the movie that Playboy Magazine called, "Hilarious!", so sharpen your creative noggins and get going.
[Please use your smarts. Do not send massive files. If we really must see it and it's a large file, email us and we can work something out. Legally speaking, you must be 19 to win.]
Filmmaking rule number 839: Clowns don't make for good movies. Exception to the rule: Rocky Morton's Kung Fu Clowns commercial for BellSouth Real Yellow Pages, which has been nominated for a Director's Guild of America Award. "It takes great skill to tell a compelling story in under sixty seconds," said DGA President Michael Apted. "...directors have mastered the format, using their talent, craft and imagination to provide us with some of the most innovative filmmaking out there today."
The process of submitting a film to a film festival and waiting to hear back if it got into it can be a tedious and stressful thing. As filmmakers, we have had our share of rejection AND acceptance letters from festivals all around the world, however no one ever really gives much thought to the festival programming process. For example, The Sundance Film Festival, one of the world's largest and most prominent festivals, founded by Robert Redford in 1981 and named after The Sundance Kid, Redford's character in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2006. This year the festival received 1,004 American and 936 international feature film entries, as well as 760 American and 448 international documentary submissions... not to mention the 4,311 short films sent in for consideration. Hard to imagine that amount of films all being sent to one place and being watched at least once. The clincher is that only 120 feature length films and 50 short films will be screened during the festival.
"One of the biggest distinctions that I make to my staff is that it's not simply about what you like, it's about what you should play. I think trying to be a professional programmer is not being subjective. A lot of people think that good programmers have a kind of narrow refined taste, some sort of peak of aesthetic comprehension. Whereas to me really good programmers are very receptive to a lot of different things." - Geoffrey Gilmore, Festival Director
Well, it is official... [W + (D-d)] x TQM x NA is the formula that a British scientist has developed, which, when recently used, determined that yesterday, January 23, was the saddest day of the year. The formula uses six identifiable factors: weather, debt, time since Christmas, time since failing our New Year's resolution, low motivational levels and feeling a need to take action. I don't know about you, but we spent the day sleeping on the sofa getting up now and then to play the surfing yeti game.
The first place prize for the 1971 Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash - Los Angeles to New York race was a gumball dispenser. This race spurred movies such as The Cannonball Run with Burt Reynolds and the 1976 film, The Gumball Rally. Drawing inspiration from the real 1970's race and the aforementioned movies, Maximillion Cooper started the current rally version of the race in the summer of 1999. Gumball 3000 has been an incredible success and has since gained the reputation as road race for the modern era. Each year, jaw dropping footage is captured and turned into a dvd documenting the race. Check out the 2003 Gumball 3000 right here [1 hour 37 minutes]. You should also check out the official Gumball web site.
32 Hours 7 Minutes is the record time it took to drive from Los Angeles to New York on October 15, 1983 during the last running on the US Express (originally 'The Cannonball Run'). Die-hard adventurer Erwin G 'Cannonball' Baker, the greatest cross-country record breaker of them all, set 143 American distance records including a 53 and 1 half hour coast to coast solo drive averaging over 50 mph - in 1933! Inspired by the great man and in defiance of the then introduced 55 mph US speed limit, rebellious journalist Brock Yates launched the Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. Later the race became known as the US Express, but the Los Angeles to New York route remained intact. 20 years after the final race, the footage was put together to create the gripping documentary, 32 Hours 7 Minutes. Watch the trailer or visit the site.
Originally created in January, 2000 by Sean Sosik-Hamor, the Trunk Monkey concept consists solely of a trained monkey and a steady source of ice cold high-quality import ale or lager. The Trunkmonkey lives in the trunk of any vehicle and helps to automate weight transfer at the rear wheels during spirited driving maneuvers. Redeveloped for The Suburban Auto Group, you can now control road rage with your vehicle's trunk monkey option. Check out the original Trunk Monkey here.
This was spotted early yesterday morning near us. Smart Car, yes. Smart parking, no. Parking like this will put a new meaning to the term "door dings". That's the risk you take when you park like an ass.
While in Los Angeles we spotted the modern parking lot. As if using your eyes to find a free spot wasn't simple enough, this automated display tells you how many parking spots are available on each level. The problem at this parking lot on this particular evening was that it was so busy that it couldn't keep up. The moral: if you really need to rely on a bright display to direct you to available spots, maybe you should be using the vallet parking.
Not really parking lot, but more of a car vending machine. Autostadt in Wolfsburg is essentially Volkswagen's theme park for cars enthusiasts. The town is Germany's version of Detroit, except clean and a tourist attraction. Among the incredible museums and interactive displays, there is the futuristic car delivery service. Basically, you order your new car online or at a dealership and then go to Autostadt to pick it up. Once there, the system is completely automated as an elevator ascends to one of the 20 stories in search of your new car. It is brought down from one of the Car Towers, you're handed the keys, your picture is taken, the glass doors open and your brand new car appears. What an experience! [Also of note is Volkswagen's Glass Factory.]
Simply put, the Bugatti Veyron is the world's fastest, most powerful and most expensive car. For $1.25 million US, you can purchase the car's 1000 horsepower and use them to rocket yourself to the car's top speed of 252 mph... although you'll use a tank of gas every 12 minutes at that speed!
The more we watch BBC series Top Gear, the more we like it. An interesting element to the show are the 'challenges' that take place. Usually they are along the lines of car versus man or car versus other modes of transportation. Here are some rather captivating challenges from the show...
How are some of these challenges possible? You should know that much of the exterior footage of the car driving is actually shot on the way back from the challenges with The Stig driving. The footage inside the cars are shot during the race with a static camera mounted inside the vehicle. Top Gear assures us that everything is real and the outcomes are legit. Read the production notes from the Ferrari vs. plane challenge here.
This is the first in a short series of posts relating to cars. Boring? Not at all. For the most part, the posts will be exciting, entertaining and possibly even intriguing. So here goes, the first posting for car week...
The long running BBC series Top Gear, is the most engaging car show we have ever seen. It combines captivating hosts with compelling show concepts that grab the viewers attention throughout. The show was seen briefly in North America on The Discovery Channel, but word on the street is that a US version is in the works. Hopefully it won't suck because part of the allure of the original UK show is the sharp wit of host Jeremy Clarson. The other factors that play into the show's success are the great concepts, beautiful cars and stunning camera work.
A Top Gear episode that we want to point out is the one in which Jeremy Carkson felt that since he mastered driving a virtual NSX around a virtual race track in the video game Gran Turismo 4, that he could drive a real car around a real race track - Laguna Seca - at least as fast as his did in the video game. So Clarkson flew to California where a NSX and an empty race track awaited him for the 'video game versus reality race' episode. Watch it here.
Originally this post was going to be about Thomas Mottl's unique quicktime vr water bottle, but with it developed into something a bit bigger. The world of vr (virtual reality) panoramas has taken scenic photography to a new level. Essentially, this technology allows the user to navigate a 360 degree photograph almost as if he one was there in person. Given the right locale and proper execution, the results can be stunning.
Apple's Quicktime website has always been an incredible resource when it comes to viewing movie trailers online. However, we recently came across Movie-List, another resource that offers not only the newest trailers, but a great deal of classic trailers as well. Check out this unique trailer for the amazing Orson Wells film, Citizen Kane. What a great way to present the film to potential audiences back in 1941. Enjoy!
Alive in Joburg is Neill Blomkamp's follow-up short film to his truly amazing spec spot, Tetra Vaal. Alive in Joburg is also heavy on CGI, but it is an unsettling and eerie story of an alien invasion in Johannesburg, South Africa. Filmed documentary style, there is a mix of interviews and 'reality/news-style' footage which makes it seem very believable, especially as the underlying theme appears to allude to the effects of apartheid and the current political/ social issues that now exist in South Africa. Nicely done Neill!
Tetra Vaal isn't a new piece, but it is continues to raise the hairs on our necks. Why? It is so well made that you will find it hard to believe that it isn't real. Directed by Neill Blomkamp for The Embassy Visual Effects, it was made as a spec spot for a fictious robotics company. Better Policing Through Robotics. Catchy tag line. The spot was shot in Blomkamp's native South Africa and does an effective job at illustrating the rise of violence and need for an effective means to defuse the current situation.
Shortly after the release of Tetra Vaal, Blomkamp was awarded a number of high end contracts which produced award winning spots, including, Citroen's Alive With Technology, Nike's Evolution and Nike's Crab.
Sometimes a DVD contains contains hidden features or "Easter Eggs" that are not brought to our attention. These features could be something as simple as a trailer to another movie or as interesting as behind the scenes footage. You can explore your movie collection with ease by going to dvdeastereggs.com or dvdtown.com for hints on exactly how to access these hidden features.
[note: an Easter Egg feature is usually in addition to any other special features, but more likey than not, something a little wacky or interesting.]
First there was Sweden's Ice Hotel and then Quebec's Hotel de Glace, but now the ice establishment has left its rural setting and moved to the heart of downtown Toronto with the creation of the Ice Lounge. With ice walls, ice chairs, ice tables, ice glasses and a constant -5 degrees celcius, guests wear trendy parkas and cozy gloves provided by Roots while they sip on their icy cold martini's in Toronto's newest night spot. All this and vallet parking. Very cool!
Ever want to shoot an AK47 into the air for New Year's? Well we at UNP hate to disappoint you, but it is not a good idea. In fact, "celebratory firing" in many places is actually illegal. You find that hard to believe? Check out what The Los Angeles Police Department has to say about it. Why would anyone want to stop you from shooting your firearm into the air to celebrate??? Quite simply, it is dangerous. What goes up must come down and when it does it can travel over 200 feet per second, which is fast enough to do some serious damage to your head, neck, shoulders or your fat ass. Don't be stupid. Use you gun to rob a liquor store, not shoot into the air to celebrate a holiday.
"Rare Exports Inc. delivering Father Christmas' since 1793. Through extensive training of manners and language skills the product is prepared to meet the needs of millions of children."
Directed by Jalmari Helander, Rare Exports Inc. was originally intended as the end-of-the season gift for the clients of Woodpecker Film, a Helsinki based production company for TV commercials & music videos. Placed on the company website, the film gathered nearly half a million unique viewers in just a few months. The film went on to play at numerous film festivals and win a number of awards. Kudos to the filmmakers from us at UNP. We'll take two please!
There is the main page from which you can launch the spoof commercial or you can also view the extended episode. Both are a bizarre take on the food obsessed holiday season. Warning: vegetarians may not enjoy this!
Opening in Paris on December 21, 2005 after a media black-out, ANGEL-A has proven that Luc Besson has still got it.
[via aintitcool.com] The movie is beautiful in every aspect. Short, well paced and efficient. The musical atmosphere fits the scenes perfectly. Technically flawless. The story is the one the trailer gave us a glimpse of. Andre (Jamel Debbouze) is a con-man, who owes money to too many people. He's considering suicide, and suddenly meets Angela (Rie Rasmussen), who is in the same state. He thinks he's ugly on the outside, she thinks she's ugly on the inside. Each tries to convince the other that he shouldn't die. Eventually, it's the sweetest story I can think of... and it's not as cheesy as it sounds.
For a more detailed review, check out Variety. Also of note are the two dark and dramatic posters... poster 1 and poster 2.
We could never remembered the names of the two grumpy old men making obscure and clever, albeit sometimes mean comments from The Muppet Show balcony until now. Movies.com has reinstated Statler & Waldorf and given them their own show reviewing Hollywood movies. It really is quite clever and full of wit and off-beat humor. These muppets aren't just for kids - they are sharp! New episodes are added all the time, but they are not scheduled so they just pop up. Be sure to watch for Pepe the King Prawn doing hilarious red carpet interviews as well as other Muppets making special guest appearances.
On an August morning in 1978, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, a professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speeds throughout the heart of Paris. No streets were closed, as Lelouch could not obtain a permit. Reaching speeds of nearly 140 MPH in some stretches, the driver completed the course in about 9 minutes - a good thing as the camera was only equipped with 10 minutes of film. The footage reveals him running real red lights, nearly hitting real pedestrians, and driving the wrong way up real one-way streets.
Upon showing the film in public for the first time, Lelouch was arrested. To this day he has has never revealed the identity of the driver and an air of mystery continues to surround the film. Was this really possible? Was the car a Ferrari 275 GTB as we are led to believe, or was it Lelouche's Mercedes. Was the sound on the film from the actual car or a different car? Numerous questions have led people to try to debunk the film. An interesting and informative article can be found here. Regardless of what you believe, it is still a pretty incredible little film. Remember... it was filmed in 1978.
Recently the film was restored and remastered resulting in a stunning DVD worth checking out. It is also online here.
*UPDATE - This film is actually owned by Spirit Level Films and they are doing a good job at removing the movie from the internet. With that said, the links above to the movie may not work and if that is the case, I urge you to seek it out or better yet, buy the DVD... it is worth it!
Starring Gilbert Melki (Crustaces et coquillages) and Sara Forestier (L'esquive) the production has been protected by a total media black-out, however, we are told that it is described as a romantic comedy by its principal actor. From the recently released trailer, we can also tell you that the film, like Besson's first feature, The Final Combat, is beautifully shot in stunning black and white.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Burt Bacharach is a tag line that is as famous as the man himself. It was made popular again by Mike Myers in his Austin Powers movies, but I recently heard it while walking out of a restauant in Los Angeles. Seems that there was a taping of a Christmas show featuring none other than Burt. Hard to imagine he needs a teleprompter to remember the words to his most famous song!
Gorillaz, the world's most successful virtual band recently won Best Group at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Lisbon - November 3rd, 2005. Then they took the stage and performed "Feel Good Inc." in a ground breaking live performance. It's hard to imagine a 2 dimensional, animated band performing live, but the result is what appears to be a 3 dimensional, almost holographic representation of the band.
Cara Speller, producer of the Gorillaz live extravaganza at the London animation house Passion Pictures, said: "It's quite old technology. It's essentially Pepper's Ghost, which was a Victorian invention of reflection and projection on to mirrors." Of course, there is a little more to it. Ms Speller added: "Our Gorillaz aren't holograms because holographic technology isn't quite up to what we need. It is digital animation projected on special transparent foil in a way that appears holographic." Read more here.
It used to be that after you make a film and have it screened in the theatres it would sit on a shelf and gather dust. Now DVD's have enabled high quality distribution of films with the added bonus of the ability to include addition of material.
Sony has got balls. 250,000 'superballs' shot from cannons flying down a San Francisco street can be quite dangerous, but director Nicolai Fuglsig thought this was a brilliant way to express that the Sony Bravia LCD TV is 'like no other'. The crew had to be equipped with safety helmets and protective shields to film this beautiful flood of colour. Check out the gallery and the behind the scenes for a look at how this was accomplished. Make sure to watch both the 60 second commercial and the 3 minute extended version.
Most of us at United Nathan Productions have fond memories of The Muppets which is why you will find the occasional posting about them here. Whether it was the original television show or one of their movies, we feel that The Muppets have earned our respect as entertainers, innovators and extremely talented puppets.
With that said, it seems that if you can't make a reality show, you might as well spoof one. ABC is developing America's Next Muppet, a new Muppet tv show that finds Kermit and the gang in search of a new muppet cast member. The current plan is to parody America's Next Top Model and American Idol.
Muppets Over Time is a stunning hommage to muppets creator, Jim Henson. Directed by Oury Atlan, Thibaut Berland and Damien Ferrie as a student film, it is haunting yet beautiful. A truly unique and inspiring film that more of us should aspire to. Watch it a number of times to appreciate the subtle nuances and attention to detail. The short features equally moving music from the Silberman Orchestra as well as compositions by Ornadel and the Starlight Symphony.
Originally Muppets Over Time was brought to our attention via the Joey Tomatoes web site, which disappeared briefly, but is now back up in an abreviated form. Joey Tomotoes offers exposure to unique commercials and is worth checking out.
At first this seems to be just a guy playing the George Harrison song, While my Guitar Gently Weeps, but give it a few minutes and you will be in awe of the raw talent he posesses. Jake Shimabukuro is not just some guy in the park. He has mastered the ukulele and his rendition of the George Harrison song, aptly renamed, While My Ukulele Gently Weeps is more than impressive.
It's hard to imagine that for such a small instrument, the ukulele can be so powerful. Imagine it in the hands of a 700 pound Hawaiian man. It may be hard to believe, but the result is one of the most moving renditions of Somewhere Over The Rainbow you have ever heard. The late Israel Kamakawiwo'ole was truly a talented man.
It is now official... the United Nathan Productions BLOG is now open. This text marks the inaugural blog; the proverbial breaking of the bottle on the hull of a new ship. It is what we at United Nathan Productions hope will serve as an interesting resource to post updates on current, past and future projects. Not just a supplement to the United Nathan Productions website, but also a forum to discuss other things that pique our interest.
Bookmark us as United Nathan Productions is going to go where no other blog has gone before... we are going to allow our pet monkey the priviledge to post to our blog whenever he desires.
United Nathan Productions is a global media company focusing on film and video production. We continue to grow and expand our grasp on society by harnessing the talents of Nathans throughout the world. Our creative strategy is unique as it involves locking all of these Nathans in a room until excellence is achieved. Results have proven successful as awards and exposure increase daily.