Sunday, 25 June 2017

star wars on the spectrum

This is Star Wars for the ZX Spectrum, released in 1987 by Domark Ltd and developed by Vektor Grafix. It was also released on the Commodore 64 and Amstrad CPC. It involves tie fighters, space battles and massive fireballs. Nice.



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Saturday, 24 June 2017

dinosaurs of jurassic park

Between now and the end of this blog I’m going to live out a childhood dream of mine, and many other young children I’m sure, which is to be a paleontologist.

Naturally for those like me who love dinosaurs, the feeling never really seems to leave us. And the films of the Jurassic Park/World series always do a good job of reinvigorating that burning desire to grab a pick and brush and go out into our backyards and start digging. Of course what we find are usually plain ole rocks that have no value whatsoever—but it’s always fun to pretend.

I was convinced for many years that the chunk taken out of the curb down the street from my parents’ house was made from a claw of a T-rex foot. In the words of Master Yoda, “How truly wonderful the mind of a child is.”

When the first Jurassic Park film hit the screen over 20 years ago (one week after my high school graduation) I was floored. I never saw dinosaurs portrayed so realistically on screen! However realistically they looked, how they were used in the films wasn’t always as accurate as some paleontologist might argue. For example, it’s highly unlikely that a Brachiosaurus could stand on its hind legs, even for just a moment, to reach leaves atop a tree top. It really wouldn’t need to.

In preparation for this blog, I watched all four films and wrote down each new dinosaur as they appeared—never repeating any species. Regardless of the title of the film series, many of the great lizards did not live during the Jurassic period, Parasaurolophus being one such example. The hadrosaur lived during the late Cretaceous period along with Triceratops and the T-rex. While I was watching the movies, it occurred to be that not only did these dinosaurs not live during the Jurassic period; they lived many millions of years apart. It’s hard to grasp how long that is considering humans have only been around for a comparatively short period, but who knows how a Velociraptor would react to seeing a Stegosaur? Not to mention their geographic differences. Spinosaurus lived in what is now North Africa, no other dinosaur in the series lived in that location while they existed.

dinosaurs of jurassic park

Now I’d like to group together all the dinosaurs from all four films and discuss when/where they lived and perhaps go a little deeper into their skeletal structure and classification. I think the best way and the way that makes most sense is starting with the earliest living dinosaur and working my way towards the end of the Cretaceous period, when the asteroid hit and essentially wiped them from the earth.

The two earliest living dinosaurs in the films were the Dilophosaurus, which lived in N. America and the Dimorphodon (the small flying reptile from Jurassic World), which lived in what is now Europe. Both existed during the early Jurassic period. Right now there is now hard evidence to support that Dilophosaurus could spit venom or possessed frills that fanned out. Also the one scene in Jurassic Park is much smaller than a living version. A living Dilophosaurus reached about 20ft long while the one in the movie was maybe 6ft, unless the one in the film was not full grown.

The rest of the dinosaurs were split pretty evenly between Jurassic and Cretaceous time periods, and the majority of the remaining dinosaurs lived in North America, with a few living in Europe and Asia, and one in North Africa.

To get a clearer picture of who lived when and where, I’ll just list the dinosaurs that lived during the Jurassic period in North America minus the aforementioned Dilophosaurus which already became extinct when the following dinosaurs evolved, keeping in mind that at this time all of the continents were massed into one giant continent:

  • ·       Brachiosaurus (Jurassic Park)
  • ·       Apatosaurus (Jurassic World)
  • ·       Stegosaurus (Lost World: Jurassic Park)

And the ones that lived during the same period in Europe minus the Dimorphodon:

  • ·       Compsognathus (Lost World: Jurassic Park)
  • ·       Stegosaurus Note: Stegosaurus lived in N. America and Europe during the Jurassic period.

The remaining dinosaurs lived in Asia during the Jurassic period:

  • ·       Velociraptor (Jurassic Park)
  • ·       Mamenchisaurrus (Lost World: Jurassic Park)

So you can see here the T-rex and the Velociraptor did not live during the same time. Note: Stegosaurus lived in N. America and Europe during the Jurassic period.

The following is a list of dinosaurs that lived in North America during the Cretaceous period:

  • ·       Tyrannosaurus rex (Jurassic Park)
  • ·       Parasaurolophus (Jurassic Park)
  • ·       Triceratops (Jurassic Park)
  • ·       Pachycephalosaurus (Lost World: Jurassic Park)
  • ·       Corythosaurus (Jurassic Park III)
  • ·       Torosaurus (Jurassic World)
  • ·       Ankylosaurus (Jurassic World)
  • ·       Pteranodon (Jurassic Park III)
  • ·       Mosasaur (Jurassic World)

The only ones that lived during this period and not in N. America are:

  • Gallimimus (Asia) (Jurassic Park)
  • Spinosaurus (N. Africa) (Jurassic Park III)

Note: Mosasaur lived in the inland lakes of Europe and N. America during this time.


dinosaurs of jurassic park

While I was mapping out this whole project, a few things started to become apparent as far as the dinosaurs classification. Most dinosaurs are divided up into two Orders which is determined by their hip structure, Saurischia (lizard-hipped) and Ornithischia (bird-hipped). The only exceptions here are the two flying reptiles, Pteranodon and Dimorphodon which are Pterosaurs, and Mosasaur is part of the Order called Squamata.

All of the large herbivores like Brachiosaurus and the bipedal (two-legged meat eaters) like T-rex, belong to the Order Saurischia, while all of the bipedal and smaller quadrupedal herbivores, like Triceratops and Parasaurolophus belong to the Order Ornithischia.

dinosaurs of jurassic park

Breaking that down even further into suborders, there are three: sauropods (lizard-foot), theropods (beast-foot), and ornithopods (bird-footed). Try to think of sauropods as having feet like an elephant, theropods as having feet like a chicken or ostrich, and ornithopods as having feet like a rhino or hippo.

All of the giant herbivores are sauropods, all of the bipedal carnivores are theropods, and all of the dinosaurs that have a bird-like hip, also have a bird-like foot structure.
So there you have it. A quick run-down of the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park/World.

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Friday, 23 June 2017


Here's a toy version of Star Wars: A New Hope using audio from the 1979 read along story book tape from Buena Vista Records.  Thankfully when you hear R2 beep like this you don't need to turn the page, just enjoy the video.


The video was created by Youtuber dyna74 using his Star Wars figure collection.  Mainly comprising of Power of the Force figures with a few vintage figures thrown in.  It's really well done with a slight tongue in cheek vibe.  Pretty good special effects too although there's no ring of fire around the planets explosions.  Maybe in a future version.



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Thursday, 22 June 2017

jurassic world fallen kingdom

Earlier today Jurassic World producer, Frank Marshall tweeted the name for the sequel and its called JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM.  Accompanying the tweet was a simple poster boasting the new title and simply the words "Life Finds a Way."  Frank Marshall actual tweet is below:





Also tweeting was Chris Pratt who will reprise his role as Owen Grady.  He revealed a little bit more in his tweet stating they had been filming for 80 days.


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will hit cinema screens June 2018.   Frank Marshall is married to Lucasfilm president, Kathleen Kennedy so they've both had a busy day with Ron Howard being announced as director for the upcoming Han Solo movie.  Kim Masters tweeted Frank Marshall with the following:

Imagining chats between married producers Kathy Kennedy and @LeDoctor coordinating announcements on #StarWars and #JurassicWorld this AM.

Frank Marshall replied admitting he had to get up early.  Busy day.

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Today Lucasfilm announced Ron Howard as the new director for the standalone Han Solo movie which will hit screens next year.  It's not the first time Howard was offered the director's chair for a Star Wars movie.  He was offered the big seat for one of the prequels.  In an interview on Happy Sad Confused podcast last year he revealed how he was approached by George Lucas:

“He did, he did [ask],” Howard said. “He didn’t necessarily want to direct them, and he told me that he had talked to [Robert] Zemeckis, he talked to me, he talked to Steven Spielberg. I was the third one he spoke to. They had all said the same thing, ‘George, you should just do it!’”

And by the sounds of it. Howard didn’t even really consider it. He said “Willow” was his “least personal” film because it was in service to Lucas’ vision and added about “Star Wars”: “I don’t think anybody wanted to follow up that act at the time. It was an honor, but it would’ve been too daunting.”

He also mentions that he has been offered Superhero movies and turned them down too:

“I’ve had opportunities over the years, and I really feel like that you shouldn’t make a movie as a kind of an [intellectual] exercise,” he explained. “And I was never a comic-book guy. I like the movies when I see them for the most part, especially the origin stories. But I never felt I could be on the set at 3 o’clock in the morning, tired, with ten important decisions to make, and that I intuitively on a gut level know what the story needs. It’s a little bit different tone. … For me, I’d be copycatting, and not inventing. So I’ve just never said yes to one.”

Well, it seems that he doesn't feel too daunted by the prospect of this latest Star Wars project.  Lets hope his talents shine through.  Time will tell.

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Breaking news straight in from Lucasfilm:  We reported via an announcement from Lucasfilm yesterday that told us that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are departing the Han Solo stand alone film over "creative differences."  Well now we get another official statement, this time that RON HOWARD is to take over directorial duties.

“At Lucasfilm, we believe the highest goal of each film is to delight, carrying forward the spirit of the saga that George Lucas began forty years ago,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “With that in mind, we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

Howard has made some of the biggest hits and most critically-acclaimed movies of the modern era. Among his many films are Lucasfilm’s Willow, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind (winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director), The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon, and Rush. He also narrated and produced the beloved comedy series Arrested Development, starred in George Lucas’ American Graffiti, and remains a TV icon for his roles in The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days.

The untitled Han Solo film is slated for a May 25, 2018, release.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017


An announcement from Lucasfilm tells us that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are departing the Han Solo stand alone film over "creative differences". A new director will be announced soon.

Over on the official site we get a statement from Kathleen Kennedy.  She tells us:

“Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm.

“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew,” stated Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

This is a rare occasion as Kennedy points out that Lucasfilm are not one to promote "creative differences" so this situation must have been bad to force them down this path and to announce it as that too.  The movie is still scheduled for May 2018 but lets see if that changes.  Could we see in years to come a situation not unlike Richard Donner and Superman II?  Could we see two different movie cuts?  Time will tell.

We'll keep you updated on the situation.


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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

star trek ilm visual effects

I Came across this gem of a video showing how the special effects were created for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.  There are a bunch of interviews with staff from Industrial Light and Magic and how they came on board straight from working on Return of the Jedi.  There aim was to bring the special effects to life but have a balance that would still look part of the Trek universe created in the sixties TV series.

An interesting part is how they explained that a test screening for the movie was given and instead of incomplete visual effects or animanics they would just insert the storyboard where a visual effect was to be shot.  They said it worked better and the audience totally got it.

The epic nebular shots from the movie especially during the main battle at the end are all explained and how they used salt to give the illusion and how the Reliant model was made smaller than the Enterprise to make it easier to move around.

It's a really informative video and worth a watch just to find out how they used raspberry jelly with the Ceti Eel.

Wow!  I got all this way without mentioning the infamous Genesis CGI.  Of course it's on here.



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Monday, 19 June 2017

girl watching star wars rogue one

This fan's reaction to the ending of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is priceless.  It shows how much passion Star Wars fans have and the emotions that can be triggered from a good movie.  It's so wonderful to have escapism like this and we have to thank the clever creative talent that bring us moments like this.  May the Force be with them all.

The lady in the video told MakingStarWars.Net: "I have loved Star Wars for as long as I can remember.

"This whole video is just so funny for me to rewatch and see others’ reactions to because what you see in it is completely me!

"I hope even more people can see this video and be inspired to watch Star Wars; to take it a little more seriously, considering how much it means to so many people, including me."




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