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I remember when they did this with a TRex and it cost millions.
Place this under the ‘stranger-than-fiction’ category, this Martian landscape seems more like concept art. Look at those fractured swirls!
The default reaction of journalists is “we want to explain why dinosaurs are an evolutionary failure”, and you can tell them again and again that we should consider, according to the current score, dinosaurs as the most successful dominators of terrestrial ecosystems.
Required reading: marcus-clauss-explains-codron-et-al-2012
It hurts when someone like Alex Wild, who shares his fantastic imagery with me via his blog, writes something like this:
I’ve had not one but several pest control operators claim that all internet images including mine are public domain, refuse to remove images, repost images after DMCA takedowns, question my ownership rights over my own photographs … and accuse me of being a predatory copyright troll out to hurt small businesses.
Widening the scope of recent events, ArtEvolved is confronting an image-pilferer and numerous bloggers and re-bloggers are plugging palaeoillustrations, with or without author credit and artists are accessing information and skeletal reconstructions blogged by scientists. One step further back reveals a political party here in Germany is making waves for restructuring the political process (for which I find them very sympathetic) and also championing rights to copy… yeah, what? extremely vague definitions of author and usage rights. (If you are in America and view even a third party such as the independents as a freak appearance of some eccentric millionaire then you likely fail to appreciate the impact this will have. A topic outside my normal posting scope)
As a 3D artist, I’m very aware that the methods I use involve the cumulated efforts of literally hundreds of artists, programmers and business folk. Imagery I make often involve texture, lighting and tool presets that others have made, that I have tweaked… and for which there are no credits because it doesn’t fit into the neatly packaged definition of a signed artwork. My own compass in all these issues is centered about ‘intention’ – a wholly subjective and vague appraisal of usage based on interpretation of the goal. Pff.
Is the 3D artist who googled and incorporated a photograph into the background of his/her dinosaur render exercising infringement when the image is used one-to-one? Spliced and cut up into a matte painting? Mapped onto geometry and used as diffusion, displacement and specular maps on a mesh which is then rendered? Who is the author / authors of a textured mesh created via photogrammetry techniques from a museum display which is part bone, part sculptural reconstruction?
Man schützt, was man liebt, und man liebt, was man kennt.
You protect what you love, and you love what you know.
Camilleri is head of the new Disney nature department, making family-safe wildlife documentaries which concentrate on dramatic stories. Fothergill, maker of Earth, is now filming a documentary Lion King called http://www.disney.de/disneynature/filme/raubkatzen/. Seriously. Read about it in the Spiegel and the above quote is brought up to justify the editing decisions – no sex, no all-too-bloody kills, one case of vfx to clean up a lion’s bloody snout… It’s an old argument, and I tend to think documentaries should be documentaries. But the way we’re consuming our way through every biotope on the planet I’m willing to wish them luck.
Animal Logic is calling for production coordinators for animation, lighting and compositing on the stereoscopic feature “Walking with Dinosaurs”. They ask for skills in VfX and animation, of course, but fail to mention anything in the way of “familiarity with the biomechanics of ornithischians and extant species of related archeosaurs”. Would be cool if. Jus’ sayin’.
Whack the image to zap on over. They’re also inviting interested artists for whatever… so, maybe they would pick up on a consultant. Sydney – lekker.
(Compare that static graphic above with this.)
Interactive gadgets … are classified as supplemental material, or maybe educational software, and are not seen as an integral part of the publication itself. Years ago, many publishers segregated photographs and certain other kinds of illustrations in an analogous way. They were printed on special paper and bound in a separate section of “plates.” That practice ended with improvements in printing technology. Likewise, when publications are distributed over the network and read on a computer screen, active graphics can be integrated into a document in the same way that ordinary photographs and drawings are. There’s no reason to keep them out of the mainstream.
via Flowing Data
The English film subtitle “Band of Scientists” gets an American work-over into “Band of Misfits”. What’s the difference?
There are of course various theories doing the rounds. One suggests that the animator is a “national treasure” here in the UK, is known for its [very British] eccentricity and therefore we are more tolerant of its whims…and seemingly its film titles. Sounds reasonable. Another theory suggests that the film title was dropped in the US because the film makers did not want to risk offending – and, presumably not selling tickets to – the considerable proportion of the US population who do not accept the theory of evolution. After all, Charles Darwin is the grand daddy of evolution. Again, plausible if hardly enlightened. However, I believe there is a more simple explanation: what is fixed, and problematic, is that word “scientist”.
Add crowd-funding to the many ways to participate in science, thanks to Microryza. Am curious what the scientists think about this venture, which is basically kickstarter for science funding. I’m a bit skeptical if the public will fund things that they don’t understand, but I think this could be interesting as a model for outreach projects. And for filling holes in projects like… excavating a Triceratops? Adopt a dinosaur, like you can adopt zoo animals?
The Center for Cretacious Studies highlights Scoot Hurlman’s fishing Unenlagia comahuensis. Good site for news about lake-dwelling sauria and other serious science.
note: while I checked that Scott was properly credited, there are apparently numerous other images at the site that weren’t, so I’ve removed the link for now.