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…Killer Bean Forever looks awesome?

Killer Bean Forever

When you’re the lead animator for The Matrix Reloaded, it’s probably a good bet that you’ve got some skills behind a computer.

Four years ago, Jeff Lew decided to take those skills and use them to make his own feature film, so he quit his job to follow his dreams.

Finally, after working at his computer for 14 hours a day, 7 days a week, spending his entire life savings, and maxing out his credit cards, he’s almost done.

(Keep in mind, this was all done by a single person.)

Want some facts and figures to ogle over? How about:

    The current length of the movie is 85 minutes.

    The screenplay was written over a a 1 ½ year period.

    Previsualization took 9 months.

    Modeling and texturing took about 6 months.

    Animation took about 2 ½ years.

    Final renders are in high definition.

    Rendering final shots started well over a year ago and still continues.

    There are over 1000 shots.

    The longest shot is a continuous 1 minute 16 seconds shot.

    The shortest shot is 8 frames long.

    The renderfarm started with 3 dual core computers. They have now been replaced with 4 quad core computers.

    Each rendering computer is equipped with 2 gigs of ram.

    The maximum amount of polygons rendered for a single shot is 1.9 million polygons.

    Every shot is rendered using a simulated physical camera using true depth-of-field.

Amazing!

[Killer Bean Forever]

…Rock Paper Scissors is harder than you think?

Rock Paper ScissorsRock Crushes Scissors
Scissors Cut Paper
Paper Covers Rock

Simple, right?

For most, yes, Rock Paper Scissors is a simple game; but for some, it’s a game of skill and strategy that demands top performances out of the athletes that dare to play.

Rock Paper Scissors is a documentary about those faithful few who devote their lives to mastering the game.

It follows Graham and Douglas Walker (aka the Walker brothers), the founders of the World Rock Paper Scissors Society and the World RPS Championships, as they try to keep their child’s game a good-natured competitive sport.

Big business, talk show pundits, Playmate mascots, and a battle of good versus evil asks the question: Can purity beat commerce?

I can’t wait to find out.

[Rock Paper Scissors]

[Via: Retro Thing]

…Fixie bikes are unstoppable?

Fixie

The New York Times put together a great piece on the ‘unstoppable’ trend of fixies, or fixed geared bicycles. Designed for the track, these bikes, favorited for years by messengers and hipsters, have no breaks and no gears, and are stopped by an artful combination of reversing the pedals, skidding, or skip stopping. Their purity is their appeal, as the fixed gear bike has become both a fashion statement and a demonstration of skill. With the New York Times covering it though, I think that the fixies are going to have to come out of their underground hiding and into the spotlight as more and more people jump on the single speed bandwagon.

[New York Times – Unstoppable]

[Via: High Snobiety]