THE BEST OF: The Powerpuff Girls

“The City of Townsville…” there lived three superhero girls made from sugar, spice and everything nice… The Powerpuff Girls. I always thought I would grow up to be bubbles, maybe I still can… If not I can always make an awesome Coplay like these guys and pretend for a few hours.

Harmony (Cosplay, Australia)
RadClawedRaid (Cosplay, Australia)
Kiarakirameki (Cosplay, Australia)
mtknotP (Photography, Australia)
ISHIKO (Cosplay, Japan)
Miho-Shizue (Cosplay, France)
Sayu (Cosplay, Taiwan)
Shi Shi (Cosplay, Hong Kong)

The Wild Places

Anna Fischer is a talented fashion photographer whose work has been published in The New York Times and The Wallstreet Journal just to name a few. However Anna’s Cosplay photography is probably what she is best known for, particularly her project ‘The Wild Places‘.

The Wild Places is a photo project taking top-tier cosplay talents on  a photo-odyssey across the untamed landscape of America.  I want to expand the scope of what cosplay photography can be. I think it’s time to go big. It’s time to break cosplay out of the photobooth, the pool deck, the hotel lobby. I want to take it to the desert, to the ocean, to the mountains. I want to take cosplay away from the tame spaces, and to the wild places.

– Anna Fischer

I LOVE this project, America provides great landscapes from deserts to dense forests. The only issue is money, cosplay photography isn’t that lucurative in the West. Anna Fischer tackled this problem with her Kickstarter project – The Wild Places. When Anna posted ‘The Wild Places‘ on Kickstarter she aimed to get $3,000 in donations, to date she has received over $26,000, and here’s why people want to fund this project:

I think this is a really strong project and set of images that give a breath of fresh air to the world of cosplay photography which is often repetitive and never leaves the convention grounds. I love seeing when new images are published and the next locations. It’s one to keep your eye on if you love cosplay or photography in general, you could always donate and get involved! See the project website here.

Homunculus by Humble TV

This video first caught my eye because the only place I have ever heard of the world Homunculus is in one of the best anime/mangas ‘Full metal Alchemist’. This video follows the same concept as the anime, that Alchemist beliefs thought that Homunculi (little person) can be created from dead bodies.

Humble is proud to present, Homunculus, the first of an annual series of experimental films by our in-house directing collaborative, Hydra. Conceived of and directed by Sam Stephens, Homunculus is a dark and twisted fable of spontaneous generation and untrammeled id. Taking its title from the Latin word for “Little Human”, the piece is an associative mashup between the two concepts behind the word: The first being middle-age alchemical beliefs that “little men” could be spontaneous generated from dead or decaying matter. The second being Carl Jung’s usage as a personification of pure id. These ideas, combined with our love of Dutch still life’s “beautiful decay,” sowed the seeds for this unique little monster of a film.

The Hydra team assembled an entire still-life spread; fruits, cheeses, flowers, fish, and an uncooked pheasant. They then sealed it off in a 6×6 foot plexiglass box. 3 DSLrs, set at varying angles, were set to shoot a frame every 5 minutes for 11 days. Meanwhile, co-director Chris Mauch began to design a series of “little men,” some cute and cuddly, some not so much. In Maya, Chris and our team of volunteer animators and modelers began to build and rig the creatures.

Over the course of 4 months, in between jobs and on weekends, Sam, Chris, and the team pieced together the sometimes funny, sometimes disturbing madcap narrative –a mixture of Tex Avery cartoons and H.R. Giger inspired body horror.

True to its subject, and to the surprise of its producers, what was to be a small 30 second blip organically grew into an entire HD short film. With the completion of the 12-tone score by Koven Smith and the surround sound mix by Joe Muiccio, we’re pleased to premiere our furry little labor of love. Please enjoy…hopefully on an empty-ish stomach.

(Text taken from vimeo)

Another great video made by Humble TV is Muse’s music video for “Uprising”. The combination of special effects and trickery turns soft teddy bears into killer monsters. A great example of how scale distorts reality.

Humble directing collective Hydra, wins its first Moonman for Best Special Effects at the 2010 MTV VMAs with an epic narrative of tiny proportions. For “Uprising,” the lead off single from Muse’s eagerly anticipated new album, our boys tweaked both time and space to create an dystopic, ultra slo-mo world in 1/25th scale. We shot for 4 days on 2 continents, with two 1938 GMC pickup trucks (of drastically different size) using both the RED and Phantom cameras to get the dreamy,
slo-mo look the story demanded.

A compressed delivery schedule meant an intense 11 day in-house edit/compositing marathon, with our whole post team living, eating, and breathing bears for way longer than what could be considered physically or mentally healthy. Fortunately, we feel our delirium translated quite well into the paranoia and nightmarish anti-logic of the finished piece.

Note: Many teady bears were indeed harmed in the making of this video.

Special thanks to Warner Brothers for supplying us with so much bonfire fodder. And to the lovely woman on Ebay who sold us the antique Hungarian bear, know that he’s now resting in a much better place with a steel yarmulke stitched into his head.

(Text taken from vimeo)

Light patterns

The night photography project isn’t coming together too well, i’m taking an image a night on film but this means waiting a month before i see the results, so i wanted to do some digital work just to make me feel like i was doing something, as I was laying in bed i notice that if you lay at a certain angle the light from the tv reflect on my white walls and create interesting colours, shapes and patterns, which are all different every time, so here are some of the images that came out of playing around whilst watching Disneys Hercules at 2am….

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There is deffinately room for improvement with these images, more could be explored, like angles of the tv, and placing multiple tv’s facing one wall and seeing how that creates light across a whole wall.