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Submission + - Alien-Esque Short Film ATROPA Captures the Feel of Gritty '80s Sci-Fi ->

Wierzbowski85 writes: Via io9: Proof-of-concept short film ATROPA wears its 1970s and 1980s scifi influences on its sleeve, capturing the feel of films like Blade Runner and Alien in a tale about a space detective who discovers a research ship that has gone missing — and the bizarre phenomenon linked to its disappearance. The filmmaker told Blastr, "The idea was born out of my love for the dark and gritty sci-fi movies of the '70s and '80s — that definitely informed the visual style and tone, but I especially like the fact that they are strong character stories. Our film follows that lead, with a new and unique take on some classic themes. I'm really excited about where we go with it — the cliffhanger ending of the short is only the setup to a much larger human mystery."
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Submission + - Space detective short captures the feel of 'Alien' and 'Blade Runner'

An anonymous reader writes: Via io9: Proof-of-concept short film ATROPA wears its 1970s and 1980s scifi influences on its sleeve, capturing the feel of films like Blade Runner and Alien in a tale about a space detective who discovers a research ship that has gone missing — and the bizarre phenomenon linked to its disappearance.

Submission + - Old School Sci-fi Short Starring Keir Dullea Utilizes Classic Effects->

Wierzbowski85 writes: Indie Kickstarter-funded sci-fi short HENRi features classic visual effects and storytelling – with a twist. As detailed in Cinefex magazine (issue 134), the film itself utilizes a mixture of the old and the new — combining live-action sequences with puppetry, quarter-scale miniatures, and modern CGI. Speaking with Wired, the film’s Director said: ‘The goal was to seamlessly integrate these different techniques to create the world. My philosophy is that effects are merely a tool to help the story, and that in mind, we used pretty much every trick in the book.’ The film also stars genre legend Keir Dullea, of 2001: A Space Odyssey. In a making-of video for the film, Dullea says, ‘Having done 2001, [HENRi] was a wonderful homage to Stanley Kubrick and that film.' The short is now available for free viewing online at Hulu.
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Movies

Submission + - Indie Low-Budget Sci-fi Short Combines Miniatures With CGI-> 1

An anonymous reader writes: The filmmakers behind Indie Kickstarter-funded sci-fi short HENRi chose to photograph the film practically with miniature sets and rod-puppetry, as opposed to relying solely on CG animation, to create the uniquely visual world from the script. NoFilmSchool writes: "The film is a unique blend of traditional miniature and puppetry effects alongside more modern motion-reference animation, and the results are simply stunning.” The film’s director, Eli Sasich, explains in an article for Filmmaker Magazine, "The concept of using quarter-scale miniatures to create HENRi was initially born out of necessity – but I also wanted to use the technique because that’s how the classics were made.” In addition to the effects, HENRi pays homage to classic science fiction in another way – it stars sci-fi legend Keir Dullea (2001: A Space Odyssey) in the title role. The trailer and film are available now on the film's official website.
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Games

Submission + - In the Future, We Will All Be Jedis

An anonymous reader writes: Throw Trucks with Your Mind is the most amazing game you've never heard of. The guys over at Venture Beat demoed it and called it "seriously awesome" and pretty much the best biofeedback game they've ever played. Its originality got the attention of Kotaku for being one of the zaniest games they've ever seen. The game works by "doing a bunch of crazy math on your brainwaves to determine how calm and focused you are" and transforms those mental conditions into psychic powers. Literally, you can throw trucks with your mind in this game. Insane.
Sci-Fi

Submission + - 2001: A Space Odyssey's Dave Returns to Sci-fi in New Film-> 1

An anonymous reader writes: Indie Kickster-funded short HENRi stars sci-fi legend in a roll very much like HAL-9000 — with a twist. WIRED writes: "If it sounds a little bit like 2001: The Later Years, then here’s the real twist: HENRi, the ship/body, is voiced Dr. Dave Bowman himself, Keir Dullea." In a making-of video for the film, Dullea says, "I guess you could say the character of HENRi was a sane version of HAL." The film itself utilizes a mixture of the old and the new — combining live-action sequences with puppetry, quarter-scale miniatures, and modern CGI. The official trailer has just been released.
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Open Source

Submission + - LiceCode Kickstarter Most Successful Development Tool Raise Of All Time->

MikeyTheK writes: To fund a move to Open Source its engine, LiveCode, a descendent of HyperCard, turned to Kickstarter. With 8 hours still to go, the project has raised over $650,000, a staggering amount for a development tool on Kickstarter. With only a couple of stretch goals remaining, it is by far the most successful raises for a development tool.
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Businesses

Submission + - EA Building Microtransactions Into All Of Its Future Games->

An anonymous reader writes: Develop reports on comments from Blake Jorgensen, Electronic Arts' Chief Financial Officer, speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference. As you may have guessed from the name of the conference, the business aspect of EA was the topic. Jorgensen said, 'The next and much bigger piece [of the business] is microtransactions within games. ... We're building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way, either to get to a higher level to buy a new character, to buy a truck, a gun, whatever it might be, and consumers are enjoying and embracing that way of the business.' This is particularly distressing given the reaction to EA's recent implementation of microtransations into Dead Space 3, where you can spend money to improve your weaponry.
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GUI

Submission + - TED 2013: SpaceTop 3D see-through desktop-> 1

another random user writes: TED fellow Jinha Lee has been working on the SpaceTop 3D desktop in collaboration with Microsoft.

Allowing people to interact with machines in the same way they do with solid objects could make computing much more intuitive, he told the BBC. He can see the system coming into general use within a decade.

The system consists of a transparent LED display with built-in cameras, which track the user's gestures and eye movements. The design was inspired by what he sees as a human need to interact with things.

"Spatial memory, where the body intuitively remembers where things are, is a very human skill," he said. Translating this to the digital world will enable people to use computers more easily as well as complete more complex tasks.

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