Each morning on my ride to work from downton Phoenix to Scottsdale AZ I pass by the First Solar headquaters in Tempe AZ and am greeted by a different message "written" in the adjustable panels in the buildings. The design of the building, and the playfulness and creativity of using the building is pretty cool. I'd love to see more compaines do things like this. A creative alternative energy company is the type of copmany that might someday lure me out of academia.
Below are a few pics I captued during my morning commutes:
Photo: Jim Merithew/Wired.com, From Giant Midwest Mecca of Nerditude in Oklahoma
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I saw Hugo tonight in 3D, and it was pretty good. And by pretty good I mean the story, not the 3D. The 3D was abused in this film as it is in most 3D films. Damn near every scene was 3D which limited the effect quite a bit. In fact, you start to stop noticing the 3D after a while. My problem with 3D runs a little deeper though. For one thing the image is less clear, and 3D doesn't handle motion too well without a sort of fluttering. Frankly, I see it as nothing more than a gimmick that doesn't add anything to a film (except nausea for some).
This 3D business has also resulted in a money grab for studios who're now rereleasing every past movie they think will make them money. During the previews tonight there were previews for Beauty and the Beast 3D, Star Wars Episode 1 3D, and Titanic 3D along with a few other new movies. This seems really lazy, probably because it is.
The last problem I (currently) have with 3D films is this: Like books, movies tell a story. They're supposed to draw you into their world but 3D pushes the setting and characters out of their world and into ours. This leaves me self-conscious, and keeps me from becoming fully engaged in the film.
3D doesn't take storytelling anywhere nor does it take filmmaking to the next level.