Friday, October 31, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Sadan Edition.

This unusual take on Cthulhu is brought to us by Sadan. I'm not a fan of overly athropomorphized depictions, but the anatomical detail is amazing.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Terrible Tome

Propmaker Stefan Askernäs brings us a prop version of the Necronomicon from the upcoming independent film "Into the Town of Madness". His post includes a complete build log and a nifty prop shipping label you should check out.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Missing Movie

Google is failing me, so I thought I'd ask for your help.

I'm trying to track down a movie that I only know from it's trailer.  It's a relatively recent indy film, a neo-noir with strong action/martial arts elements.

- The trailer opens with a guy waking up in a pool of water and blood. He says something like "I could taste blood in my mouth.  I wasn't sure whose blood it was."

- One scene features the protagonist getting beaten up and giving his attacker pointers, including a reference to using proper form to get an explosive release.

- At least one scene involves a field of wind turbines.

- The closing scene of the trailer has the protagonist sitting across from an older man while they eat sausage with a knife.  The older man makes a reference to something along the lines of  "when two masters meet the battle is decided before it even begins" and then lunges with the knife.  The older man is played by a character actor who I've seen a million times, but I can't think of his name.

- The trailer uses either the theme from "The Third Man" or something very close, with the action beats of the trailer edited to the music.

I know this seems incredibly obscure, but I'm at my wits end.

Update:  My thanks to bob_d, a god amongst men.  Despite my vague and inaccurate description he recognized it as "The Perfect Sleep" from 2009.

This does have a Lovecraftian connection.  I remembered this trailer had an absolutely perfect rhythm edit that I wanted to point out to a fledgling filmmaker working on a Mythos project.  The middle of the trailer is mushy and kind of formless, but at 1:22 from the kick onward it's a beautiful piece of work.  What's interesting about it is that the dragging middle actually increases the impact of the final 30 seconds.  It's flacid and dull and then..boom!  Music stinger and kick, action pause as music rolls in, and then a series of shots perfectly edited to the music cues.  Notice how the editor used sound effects as a counterpoint to the music.  That's a pro at work.

And, yes, I realize how freakish it is that I would remember this trailer's editing and forget the film's actual title.  I was an editor for years before my career path went horribly awry.  Heh.

The Dubious Expedition

The age of exploration is filled with strange tales, but none more remarkable than the story of the H.M.S. Chimera.

"While other ships’ logs mention coming across the H.M.S Chimera during their own voyages, reporting the crew in good spirits and great health, the H.M.S Chimera disappears from records in 1877. In 1878, the ship and her crew are considered officially lost at sea.

In 1900, the H.M.S. Chimera returns home with a cargo hold full of dazzling and wonderful things, but only two crew members - the ship’s navigator, and the cook. Neither navigator nor cook were able to explain the contents of their cargo hold, or in fact - any aspect of their voyage at all. The ship’s cook was institutionalized shortly thereafter, and the navigator spoke of little else but the “glorious horrors” until he disappeared on a Scottish moor three months later."

Tóbal brings us a collection of items recovered from the ill-fated expedition.  You really need to follow the link and take a look at his work.  The sheer number and variety of items is quite impressive.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Werewolf Fetus

Tammy Maggard brings us this interesting fetal lycanthrope.  This is going to look awesome when it's displayed floating in a jar of preservative.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mara's Eye Font

Neale Davidson of Pixel Sagas brings us the "Mara's Eye" font.  It's based on the characters used in the Indiana Jones ride at Disney, but would make a great filler font for fantasy maps and scrolls.  The Larry Niven fan inside me thinks it comes pretty close to matching the "commas and dots" description of written Kzinti.