Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse; Visual Style Mashup Deluxe

This post is about why Into the Spiderverse looks fantastic, for that I’ve taken some screenshots of the official trailers at intothespiderverse.movie to illustrate what I’m talking about.

The vibe I got from the trailers was that it’d be a similar movie to Big Hero 6 and I wasn’t disappointed. Into the Spiderverse is a great animated movie that does not take itself too seriously, has a fine story for the first of a potential series and is visually stunning.

It’s a PG movie (meaning no actual age restriction) so you can see it as a kids movie, but if you’ve seen any of the spider man stuff, especially the Toby Maguire ones, there’ll be stuff to laugh about.

Anyways, the story in a super hero movie isn’t exactly what you’re going for, but how the characters are going to overcome their challange and what funny stuff they say along the way.

The Visuals

The graphical style and combination of the movie pretty much blew me away. It’s a glitchy combination of:

  • relatively realistic 3D
  • old school comic looks
  • some anime elements

and a lot of street art style aesthetics come up in one way or another.

Generally the movie is in the 3D look, sometimes cutting over to the comic style for just a few frames, that are probably accurately enough grabbed from the comics to compete with Sin City on that one:

the most common 3D style

Notice the halftones that pretty frequently are used for varying effects, mostly to actually define brightness gradients of areas.

The composition with the split frame that has things happening in sequence was great as well, because it compresses a flashback or a scene where something expected happens in an entertaining way:

Next up is one of my favourite things, the channel splitting, which was actually sometimes used as a way of focusing. We watched the movie in 2D (because preference) but the channels are still split harder further away from the center or used in some action scenes:

Notice the blue and reds splitting away from the hand.

Lastly, the hatching was a welcome comic relic, which also was used to shade and shadow areas:

and this all is just what I noticed. I hope nobody from the studio reads this, because I probably missed a ton of things, but this was really different and really, really awesome.

9/10 would watch again!

Let me know what you thought about it if you’ve seen it!

Medieval Market at Burg Satzvey (May 2018)

Last weekend I spent at Burg Satzvey with the Lady. It’s a fairly intact castle and they have multiple medieval markets per year and it was a blast!

There were birds of prey, a super cool tournament with stunt riders (and horses) and it was overall just brilliant.

Medieval role (or cos-play) is super amazing and you should put this on your bucket list right now if you haven’t. It’s another world and a great time to tune out and into something else. It’s a perfect retreat from the technocracy.

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Redlands #1: Witches in Florida

Redlands is a graphic novel that we picked up during our trip to London to see Hamilton (briefly mentioned here) we stopped by Forbidden Planet and a graphic novel caught my eye.

Redlands is something you might describe as:

If Tarantino directed True Blood, took out the clichés and Frank Miller came up with the evil characters.

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It’s a bit shit, but I like it

Sometimes I think I should really travel more and just listen to strangers conversations. When we were on top of Primrose Hill in London we listened to a couple of teenage boys talking about a… well, not super great TV show:

I’m watching Jessica Jones.
It’s a bit shit.
But I like it.

These three sentences are actually pretty good I thought, (hat tip to the original author) to me they mean that you can enjoy things you know aren’t really good. Either morally or qualitatively.

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Perceived vs Actual Cause of Death by Aaron Penne

I came across this graphic in three parts of perceived causes of death, news site headlines and actual causes of death in comparison.

Original Reddit Post

The difference in certain areas isn’t surprising to me, for example that deaths in the media caused by terrorism gain much more attention. Even if you would run the same data on violent deaths, you’d still have a very low terrorism ratio.

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Taking Things for Granted

When people ask me how I am, the answer usually is wonderful, which doesn’t necessarily reflect the absolute truth, but it does reflect the general picture quite well.

I was lucky to build a life that went beyond of what I would have expected few years ago and certainly goes far beyond my lack of imagination while I was enduring school and studies.

Few days ago I came across a post titled I’m a “highly functional” Autistic. It takes a lot of work., which yet again showed me how many things we take for granted. To us, everything is a sliding scale and it’s only supposed to move one way. The way we desire.

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Glass Half

Glass Half is one of the Open Blender Movies and it’s pretty cool. We saw it on the plane on the way to greece and I noticed the blender logo in the end. So I just got it together and re-watched it.

My better half and I looked at each other because we can related to the respective characters.

If we would play instruments, she’d probably play the violin, with lots of facettes and amazing tones and I’d be the guy beating a barrel with a baseball bat.

PS: Check out Blender

Belle Cooper on Learning How to Write

Belle Beth Cooper just contributed her last post so far to the GHOST blog. It’s about Learning to Write and she tells a pretty great story about reading a bunch of books about that.

What’s really great is the way she makes you empathise with her and describes the relationship she develops with the individual authors. It was a pleasure to read and join her in this experience.

Simply by exposing myself to wonderful writing, great examples of the craft, honest accounts of the writing process that speak to me with finesse and polish so the words sink in is my education. My writing is improving through osmosis. I’m picking up on how to craft a better sentence, how to reach a reader, how to employ language to the best of my ability. I’m taking it all in, even if I can’t highlight it on the page.

With that paragraph she makes a really important and also wonderful point. We need to expose ourselves to great things, before we meaningfully can transform all that into something even better. It’s essential to not accept things that are wrong or flawed as something thats probably fine.

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Failed Start-Ups and what they learned from it

Recently multiple stories have popped up on Hacker News about failed Start-ups. I think this is amazing, because these brave people enable others to learn from their mistakes.

The ones thought would be nice to share are the one of 99 dresses, My startup failed, and this is what it feels like… and the one of DinnrSeven lessons I learned from the failure of my first startup, Dinnr. Continue reading “Failed Start-Ups and what they learned from it”

Buffer Jobs, hiring page done right!

I just stumbled upon buffer’s hiring page and I think it’s great. It shows what they’re doing, is visually beautiful and deserves a look! Buffer allows you to time your updates on social networks like twitter, facebook, linkedin and google plus. You can set which post you want to publish on which network and also when, so your posts don’t stop when you go offline or so you’re sure to hit your target group when they’re browsing a tag. Continue reading “Buffer Jobs, hiring page done right!”