Storytelling with Industrial Light & Magic’s Tim Alexander
Originally posted on May 4, 2017
When the first Star Wars film (Episode IV: A New Hope), hit theaters in 1977, it was an instant hit. With a budget of just $11 million, this simple story of good versus evil brought science fiction into the mainstream with a box office blowout of over $775 million. So, what made this new space epic so popular? Three simple elements: great story, a strong supporting cast, and unbelievable special and visual effects like nobody had seen before.
Forty years, (currently) eight movies, countless … READ MORE
A Comic-Con Special: Unmasking the The Secrets of Comic Book Physics
From Spiderman’s web-slinging to The Flash’s super intense metabolism, Superhero Science continues to inspire Nerds.
When you think of Comic-Con, you might think of characters from the Marvel or DC Comics universe and the many summer blockbuster action movies they’ve spawned. Or you might think sci-fi, which has its own comics following and is no slouch when it comes to blockbusters – cough…Star Wars…cough.
Then again, if you’re like University of Minnesota physics Professor James Kakalios, author of The Physics of Superheroes, you just … READ MORE
Taking Story-Telling and Origami to a Whole New Level
“I think everyone is born an artist – we just forget it or lose confidence as we get older because we think we aren’t good enough. Kids don’t have those art hang-ups. I envy them!”
– Matthew Reinhart
Even before they get to preschool or elementary art class, our kids have explored and expressed their creativity through paper. They’ve feverishly scribbled with crayons into coloring books (and, sometimes, onto walls, furniture, and family pets), made collages with construction paper, and dipped curious fingers into paints to turn blank sheets … READ MORE