Posts Tagged ‘3D’

Release Date: 17 June 2011

Directed By Alister Grierson
Screenplay By: John Garvin, Andrew Wight

Produced By
Ben Browning, James Cameron, Ryan Kavanaugh, Michael Maher, Peter Rawlinson, Andrew Wight

Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Rhys Wakefield, Alice Parkinson, Daniel Wyllie, Christopher Baker, Nicole Downs, Allison Cratchley, Cramer Cain

Genre: Action/Adventure
Classification: 13LV
Running Time: 108min


Looking back on this film there is a lot for me to say about Sanctum, sadly not good things although I know the heart that goes into making a movie. It should have gone straight to DVD if its intention was to train the next generation in film-making.

The film is based on a true story of a cave diver’s expedition into the Esa-ala Caves of Papua New Guine, which is said to be the largest cave system on the planet. Frank Mcquire (Richard Roxburgh)is a master diver taking along his 17 year old son Josh (Rhys Wakefield), financier Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd) and other crew along on this expedition. Richard Roxburgh has an impressive list of castings behind him like Van Hellsing, Moulin Rouge and Mission Impossible 2 to name a few. Off course most of the people in the Marvel universe will know Ioan Gruffudd as Mr. Fantastic from the movie, The Fantastic Four. When the expedition’s exit out of the cave is cut off prematurely by a flood resulting from a storm, they are forced to radically alter their plans. With their supplies underwater from the flood, Frank and his team must face the unmapped underwater cave system to make it out….

The storyline follows a similar pattern in similar films i.e. usually one guy makes it out alive. Thinking aloud, “Is it just a very odd coincidence for a true story?” Another observation begs a second question: “Why was this film shot in 3D”? With all the close-ups accompanied by low lighting it would have been fine without it because it wasn’t spectacular with it. What I also did not like is the dead give away that this is make believe with the awareness of the back-light in some of the cave shots.

From a story point of view, I felt the end was very flat leaving me with one thought of the story as a whole. Was it built around a teenager getting closer to his father in some odd way and the backdrop was a cave expedition? Like me, some of the audience will not know its a true story. It would have worked on some level if they both made it out alive if that was the angle but it would have conflicted with true events. But in saying that one could have found a different approach. The film poses a moral question: “Is it all-right to take a life if your life is on the line?” What didn’t work narratively here is the film answering the moral question for the audience. Now this is a problem when your sub-plot becomes your theme and the true theme moves out of focus. It might make for great debate but I wont buy it for my DVD collection.

Ioan Gruffudd wanted to look more natural in his acting with starting out calm and moving to a raw edge. It looked phoney! Bad directing because we know he can act. His downward spiral was too weak in during the story and all of a sudden he goes over the edge. A few shots of a facial expression that he is hiding his true fear would have helped the audience connect with him going over the edge, which is not an option if a film has a lot of close-ups already. I expected more from the film seeing that James Cameron was the executive producer. It gets a narrow three out of ten. See you at the movies.

PS. The film uses language that might be offence to sensitive viewers.

Review By Jozua Judah

the grass is always greener on the welded side

Heavy Mech Art

Posted: April 21, 2011 by weldedgrass in Arts, Design, Fashion, Technology
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I love mech’s. The heavier the better. They’re the ultimate personal defence suit, Iron Man has got his down to perfection, now its time for the rest of us. This awesome rendering is brought to you by Mike Jensen. Here’s what he had to say:
I was very inspired by the Marine and the Firebat from Starcraft 2. I enjoyed that game a lot and loved the designs so i wanted to achieve something similar. Also I was trying to focus on maneuverability of the character it self. I wanted to create a mech that would have as little self collision as possible.

And wanna know how he did it?
So recently I’ve been working on an eat3d tutorial teaching people how to get hard surface results similar to that of a traditional 3d package. It was just released so I figured I’d upload it.

You can find the tutorial at

The tutorial covers a bit of the concepting, reworking, sculpting the final model, rendering with Vray, and compositing in Photoshop.

Via Geek Tyrant

the grass is greener on the welded side

Some more movies to lookout for this year!

Another Movie roundup for 2011

Jake Gyllenhaal is what seems to be a very exciting movie. SOURCE CODE. I must admit, I know very little about this movie, according to IMDB I have this An action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train.” Sounds riveting


Prequel to Planet of the Apes, the sort of origin story of how it all began can be seen in the upcoming Rise of the Apes, Starring man of the moment James Franco. I was never a fan Franco, but he is doing some seriously great work. Andy Serkis dons the mokap once again to play “caesar”.


X-Men First Class, yet another prequel this year, starring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. Adding some more insight to the Xmen Movie Franchise. I hope it doesn’t turn out to be a mess like Wolvering Origins movie.


Who really seems to be the Lady of the moment. Former high school muscical brat Vanessa Hudgens is the beauty in the Beauty and Beast rehashing in the form of BEASTLY, in which an arrogant pretty boy gets what he deserves by being turned into a freak, by a vengeful goth.


Childhood favourites The Smurfs come to in 3D this year too. Hank Azaria playing the evil wizard Gargamel. Movie also features the voice talents of Neil Patrick Harris and George Lopez.


Tom Cruise, Paula Patton and Simon Pegg, star in Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Recon. Coming out the end of the year. I seriously enjoyed this fanchise.  As far as sequels go, my expectations are somewhat higher than average.


Johnny Depp, Alfred Molina, isla Fisher and Timothy Olyphant also doing their bit for Animation in pirates director Gore Verbinski’s  Rango, the westerned themed story of a  Chameleon who aspires to be a hero.


In closing, a movie I will probably never watch is Drive Angry 3D. Nicholas Cage makes me sad.  Story is about a man who escapes from hell to wreak vengeance upon the killers and kidnappers of his daughter and grand daughter respectively.


Others to look forward to are Matt Damon in Contagion, Harry potter and Green Lantern


Korean electronics giant LG is set to release the the world’s first ‘full 3D’ smartphone in mid-February.

Dubbed the Optimus 3D (Transformers anyone? ;)), users will be able to record and view video in 3D. Special glasses are not mandatory, as is the case with larger 3D-capable devices. The phone will sport a dual-lens camera for 3D recording and multimedia connections including HDMI and DLNA that will let users stream 3D video to TV screens and computer monitors.

There have been other 3D capable smartphones but those required 3D glasses (who wants glasses to look at their phone?)

Sprint Nextel, HTC, Sharp & Samsung are also planning on releasing 3D capable smartphones in the next couple weeks.

Tech it or leave it 😛