Blog Posting Comes to an End

What has been very short lived has been written blog posts here. We have enough video and sound equipment to begin our journey in video blogging. Our first episode of The Elder Blogs has launched on YouTube, and a second blog show will be airing sometime in the middle/end of February. We will continue to use this posting space as updates with our projects and behind the scenes exclusives.

DC Variant Covers Scheduled for March

4-cool-movie-themed-variant-cover-art-for-dc-comics1
image-176

That should pretty much say it all.

DC Comics has a new set of variant covers scheduled for March in 2015, and the theme this time is movie posters.  This is totally a cash grab move, but what isn’t in business.  And everything can be considered business, including art.  I’m, personally, very excited for this series of variant covers since I’m a movie fan.  I need that Wonder Woman/300 cover, it’s just so badass and the tone I see the Wonder Woman movie having. Blood and Honor.

Check out the whole list of variant covers scheduled for March, and check out some images of them after.

March MOVIE POSTER variant cover list:
ACTION COMICS #40 inspired by BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, with cover art by Joe Quinones
AQUAMAN #40 inspired by FREE WILLY, with cover art by Richard Horie
BATGIRL #40 inspired by PURPLE RAIN, with cover art by Cliff Chiang
BATMAN #40 inspired by THE MASK, with cover art by Dave Johnson
BATMAN & ROBIN #40 inspired by HARRY POTTER, with cover art by Tommy Lee Edwards
BATMAN/SUPERMAN #20 inspired by THE FUGITIVE, with cover art by Tony Harris
CATWOMAN #40 inspired by BULLITT, with cover art by Dave Johnson
DETECTIVE COMICS #40 inspired by THE MATRIX, with cover art by Brian Stelfreeze
FLASH #40 inspired by NORTH BY NORTHWEST, with cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz
HARLEY QUINN #16 inspired by JAILHOUSE ROCK, with cover art by Dave Johnson
GRAYSON #8 inspired by ENTER THE DRAGON, with cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz
GREEN LANTERN #40 inspired by 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, with cover art by Tony Harris
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #40 inspired by FORBIDDEN PLANET, with cover cover art by Tony Harris
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #10 inspired by MARS ATTACKS, with cover art by Marco D’Alphonso
JUSTICE LEAGUE #40 inspired by MAGIC MIKE, with cover art by Emanuela Lupacchino
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #40 inspired by BEETLEJUICE, with cover art by Joe Quinones
TEEN TITANS #8 inspired by THE LOST BOYS, with cover art by Alex Garner
SINESTRO #11 inspired by WESTWORLD, with cover art by Dave Johnson
SUPERGIRL #40 inspired by WIZARD OF OZ, with cover art by Marco D’Alphonso
SUPERMAN #40 inspired by SUPER FLY, with cover art by Dave Johnson
SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #17 inspired cover by GONE WITH THE WIND, with art by Gene Ha
WONDER WOMAN #40 inspired by 300, with cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz

1
image-177
2
image-178
3
image-179
4
image-180
5
image-181
6
image-182
7
image-183
8
image-184
9
image-185
10
image-186
11
image-187
12
image-188
13
image-189
14
image-190
15
image-191
16
image-192
17
image-193
18
image-194
19
image-195
20
image-196
21
image-197
22
image-198

[SOURCE = DC Comics]

An Experiment in Parenting and Video Games

Eliot, a 10 year old boy, is a prodigy at video games and he may have his father to thank.  His father, who grew up during the growth of the video game industry, got permission from his wife to try out an experiment on their newborn son.  “What happens when a 21st-century kid plays through video game history in chronological order?”  When Eliot was 4, he was given his first video games as a birthday present; a Plug-n-Play loaded with Galaxian (1979), Rally-X (1980), Bosconian (1981), Dig Dug (1982), Pac-Man (1980), Super Pac-Man (1982), Pac-Man Plus (1982), and Pac & Pal (1983).  Eliot and his father would play together regularly, and only six weeks in Eliot was starting to beat his dads high scores.

Jump 4 months later; Eliot is now at the beginning of the 8-bit era with the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).  By 5 he was beating sections of moderately-difficult platformers, like Super Mario 3’s world 1, on his own. By 6, he was crushing games all by himself. They beat classics together, and Eliot by himself as well, like Super Mario Bros. 1-3, Mega Man 1–6, Castlevania 1–3, Rygar, Contra, and Duck Tales.

By 2011, Eliot was at the beginning on 3D games with the Nintendo 64.  By age 7, Eliot had collected every star is Super Mario 64 all by himself.  Once he had slayed all the big hits, and underrated titles like  Rocket: Robot on Wheels, he got to jump to the next era of consoles with the PS2. On the PlayStation 2, they played through ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, and the original Katamari Damacy, released the year he was born.

The experiment was complete.

At the end of it all, Eliot has a desire to play the more independent games of today instead of what’s more mainstream.  His favorite game, at the time of the article being written, is Spelunky.  Not only does Eliot have a great appreciation for the video games themselves (not the money spent on it or how new it is), but his favorite thing to do is play video games with his dad.  Add on top of that him being really really good at video games, and recent studies showing how video games have multiple benefits for kids, and it sounds like this experiment was a huge success.

I highly recommend reading the whole article, which you can find here.

[Source = Medium]

Wanderers – a short film by Erik Wernquist

I’m a bit of a sucker for all things space, but believe me when I say Wanderers is all kinds of brain candy.  This short by Erik Wernquist is very well done.  It’s narrated by a clip of a quote taken from Carl Sagan about exploration. The visuals are mostly digital effects, but it helps with the style; which is a really nice blend between live and animated.  All locations depicted are based of off data collected where available.

I recommend watching this on full-screen with the lights off and the volume turned up.

PS:Sorry for the slow updates, it’s finals season and I’m the only one writing here at the moment.

Star Wars – The Force Awakens Trailer Drops

Shut up.

Okay, now let it sink in that Episode VII is only a year away. I have no idea what this movie is about, and I love it that they’re giving nothing away. (I haven’t read the mass rumors and script leaks online, and if you haven’t either, awesome) Disney understands that we (the audience) only need small glimpses until showtime. We might want more, but why spoil their hard preparation; which is to entertain us. This trailer looks fantastic, and I will be watching it multiple times because that Lightsaber at the end looks devastating. Please don’t ruin that like Darth Maul’s potential was ruined.

New Trailer – Jurassic World (Summer 2015)

This summer is going to have a lot of potential great films for us.  One of those is Colin Trevorrow‘s Jurassic World.  Universal picked a relatively unknown director for this film, and instead of doing the usual babysitting, it looks like the gave him a lot of trust.  He was able to write the final script, and the film looks solid in narrative and imagery scale.  This formula really paid off for Warner Bros. earlier this year with Godzilla, and success looks like it can repeat itself.  After the Lost World, this franchise just lost me, but after seeing this trailer, I cannot wait to go to Jurassic World.  The park opens June 12, 2015.

image-150
image-151

New Trailer – Pan (Summer 2015)

It may be an origin story, but it’s one we’ve never seen on-screen before so I can get behind that.  Beside Hugh Jackman’s terrible wig*, this looks fantastic.  From this trailer, the whole movie looks cast so perfectly; especially Garrett Hedlund who seems to disappear into the role of James Hook.  The trailer focuses on pretty much introducing us to the basic plot of this is Peter’s first time in Neverland.  And the spectacular imagery.  Pan is due in theaters on June 26, 2015.

*It’s supposed to look terrible since in this version Blackbeard is bald.

Warner Bros. have also released the first 4 character posters for the movie, and all I can say is I hope Jackman keeps the wig off more than on during the movie. I know I’m being picky, and the wig is probably going to help establish something about his character.

pan-poster-levi-miller
image-121
pan-poster-hugh-jackman-blackbeard
image-122
pan-poster-rooney-mara-tiger-lily-690x1024
image-123
pan-poster-garrett-hedlund-hook-690x1024
image-124

TED Talks: Kare Anderson on Being an Opportunity Maker

“We all want to use our talents to create something meaningful with our lives. But how to get started? (And … what if you’re shy?) Writer Kare Anderson shares her own story of chronic shyness, and how she opened up her world by helping other people use their own talents and passions.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.”

Star Wars – The Force Awakens Trailer Hitting Theaters Friday

Just a few hours ago, news hit the internet that a select number of Regal Theaters would be showing The Force Awakens trailer in front of all its movies. Last week, this was a rumor going around as an idea Disney had, but with no theater chain in mention. Now Abram’s himself has dropped a confirmation on Twitter that this isn’t a rumor anymore.

Thanksgiving weekend is usually a big time of the year at the box office, so it makes sense to drop it in front of all movies that weekend to start building the hype. But now you may be thinking, why only a select number of theaters? Well, it seems that all is changing as AMC and Cinemark have both announced they will be airing the trailer as well this weekend. Although, no locations have been given yet for either chain.  This is big news for any Star Wars fan since the chances of it playing at your local cinema have now skyrocketed. I imagine the trailer will “leak” online after the weekend, but Star Wars fans do some passionate things sometimes. I sense packed theaters everywhere this weekend.