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Visual Effects on the Big and the Small Screen

People love a good story line in a movie but the visual effect often times make the move. It creates a realistic look that seems real but is a skillfully designed illusion. Visual effect allow the creator to let their imagination go where ever it feels like going. Anything can be captured on the big screen with imagery generated using a computer and animated and composting software.

When you enjoy the look and scenes in a movie those are the visual effect. With the help of computers and affordable software visual effects artist are making amazing scenes come to life. IMDB suggests that once the film is completed visual effect are added to the film. They are carefully blended into the film to create the right effect at the right time. Visual effect uses computer technology and software loaded with capabilities to create things like exploding cars and high speed chases on land or water. The possibilities are limited only to your imagination.

Scenes take on emotion when you add visual effect. Imagine a wild animal suddenly appearing. It looks so real and natural but it is just visual effect added to the film. It is like coloring a picture to make it come alive. It makes movies pop and engage the viewer with stunning imagery they will remember long after the movie is over.

Since visual effect happens after the movie is completed it is a style of editing. Visual effect artist add and manipulate emotional images that convey the story the filmmaker has written. Visual effect are used on the big screen and small screen using images which are blended seamlessly to create emotional effect. With the continued advancement of technology visual effect get more spectacular and entertaining to watch.

New Image Recognition Revolutionizes Mobile Shopping

Mobile shopping is actually coming along quite nicely. Out of all online sales in 2014, according to one leading retailer, mobile accounted for 18 percent of the purchases, up from previous years.

Which means that if you have a retail business, you may be able to grow your online market over the next few years if you have technology that compels your users to buy. One of the brightest areas of mobile shopping thus far is image recognition, or the ability for your buyer to use images to find what they want.

There are at least a couple of current implementations of image technology in use. The first is to pick an image out online and search against it. The second is to take a picture or upload an image and run it against a proprietary database that is built into your search experience in order to find a product that matches what you want.

With regards to the second technology, its impact is potentially very strong. Imagine not knowing precisely what it is that you like, but being able to have a visual sort of Shazam technology that finds the manufacturer and the price online for you. The net result is a big time savings for you. You simply offer a photo and see the actual product with all of its features and price options in front of you.

In this regard, Slyce, a leading image recognition vendor, has moved to the forefront of the marketplace with its applications that allow you to take pictures of objects or scan objects and compare them to actual products available from leading retailers. The upshot for users is that if you find a dress that you like, you no longer need to know who designed it in order to buy it. The company has already signed several of the top online retailers to bolster the feedback it provides to shoppers, making it a nice fit for retailers that want to join a service that is growing substantially in volume.

If you are someone who has an extra part or screw that needs replacement in the course of your household duties, there are also other applications that are now being released that focus on allowing vendors of home improvement items to have some of the same technology.

So if you are considering adding features to your online presence and want to add sales on the mobile side, take a look at image recognition and what it can do for you as a retailer.

Settlers of Catan Film Rights Sold to Producer

Coming soon to a theater near you will be a movie that details the adventures of settlers trading lumber for brick, and trading wheat for sheep. It will also follow the exploits of these settlers as they build settlements and cities with their resources, while at the same time avoiding the dreaded robber. Does this sound at all familiar?

If you’re a tabletop gamer,  like most of us here at CipherCloud, than you probably recognize this as a description of Settler of Catan, which has grown into one of the most popular board games in the world. Now, it appears the German-based game may soon be headed to the big or small screen.

According to ScreenRant, producer Gail Katz has acquired the movie rights for Settlers of Catan. She is the producer of such films as Bicentennial Man and In the Line of Fire, and such television shows as Cashmere Mafia. Katz offered no details as to her plans for the game and if it will land on the big screen, small screen or somewhere else.

Katz said she became interested in the game after being introduced to it by her obsessed college-aged children. She also talked about the mythology of the game, which is strange considering there is no mythology.

This news is not too surprising considering several board games have been turned into movies in recent years with more on the way including Monopoly.

The Breakfast Club Coming Back To Theaters


For all of the fans of the movie “The Breakfast Club,” there is good news coming your way, Dan Newlin says to be sure to hop on! This year marks the 30 year anniversary of the film and it will be coming back to theaters for a short time next month.

Thanks to Fathom Events, BY Experience, and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment the movie will be remastered to be shown it is highest quality. According to an article found on reddit and written by, it was restored already and will be showing in movie theaters across the United States between the dates of March 26 and March 31. In addition to that, the film will have a shorter film play before it on the big screen in which the actors from the movie will make a few comments. It will be good to see all of their faces together again, and it will be a huge treat to be able to see this 1980’s classic in the theaters again.

This movie has been rather transcendent for many generations, providing lots of laughter and good times for all of us that have experienced the craziness of high school. In addition to the movie back in theaters, a special 30 year anniversary DVD will be hitting the market on March 10. This is a treat for the fans of the movie and will likely gain some new ones as well.

Will Tom Rothman Replace Amy Pascal?

Amy Pascal has been a mover and shaker in Hollywood for almost three decades. As a high-powered entertainment executive, she has spearheaded such films as “Groundhog Day” and “Men in Black”. After recently announcing that she is stepping down from her important post to form her own company, speculation has abounded as to who will replace her. To make a long story short, former CEO of Fox Tom Rothman has emerged as the top candidate to replace the Columbia CEO. This story was originally reported in the LA Times.

Rothman ended his tenure with Fox in a hostile takeover maneuver after 18 years in 2012. He was responsible for several hits, including James Cameron’s “Avatar” and “Titanic” films. Rothman was also the founder of Fox Searchlight, which was responsible for a string of other hits, including Oscar-winning films “The Descendants” and “Black Swan”.

Indeed, Mr. Rothman has even had some exposure to Amy Pascal herself. In 2013 he was hired by her to help restore the struggling Sony Tri-Star label back to an effective prominence. Many have felt that Rothman has a keen eye for recognizing talent and that should serve him if he indeed is able to get the position at Columbia that ability will serve him well in the future projects that the production company will undergo.

Rothman’s potential promotion to chief executive at Columbia will not be without competition however. Doug Belgrad and Jeff Robinov have also been noted as potential candidates to replace Amy Pascal as well.

Read the original article via LA Times

Jurassic Park: Mistake or Masterpiece?

Many fans like Ken Griffin have been excited by the announcement of Jurassic World trailer airing during the Super Bowl on February 1st, but there are many other fans of the Jurassic Park series who aren’t excited to see this film at all. After seeing the first Jurassic World Trailer, fans were cynical of the hint of a hybrid dinosaur. After the failed third installment of the Jurassic Park series, Jurassic Park III, many believe that it’s a mistake to continue Michael Crichton’s story, especially if the film won’t depict the sociological and scientific themes of his two novels.
Yet the story line of Jurassic World seems to already have more depth than Jurassic Park III. The park is finally open, and surprisingly successful. There is a hybrid dinosaur of some sort, and even though altering dinosaur genes was a big theme in the Jurassic Park novel, the hope is that it will be fleshed out more in this movie than it was in the first movie. It is feared that this hybrid dinosaur is only for the thrills of watching an intelligent, carnivorous creature stomp after humans (and eat the bad ones) but there is a chance that it’ll be more than that. This will in no sense be a masterpiece, but neither is it a mistake. The story line of Jurassic Park is always worth watching, even if it contains CG raptors running alongside Chris Pine.

‘The Interview’ Review


I finally got a chance to see the highly controversial film, ‘The Interview’ with my friend who works at BRL Trust. The film centered around the imaginary assassination of the North Korean President, Kim Jong Un. The North Korean government (in real life) was outraged by the release of the film. By now, everyone has heard about the ‘Sony’ hacks carried out by the North Korean government. It was widely thought that Sony Studios would not release the film. After much backlash from the American people, the film was released on Christmas day. Many people went out and saw the film because of all the publicity.

‘The Interview,’ was a moderately funny movie that had its moments. James Franco played the part of an eccentric journalist. Franco’s character, Skylark, had the opportunity to party with Kim Jong Un, and let me tell you, it was absolutely hilarious. I won’t give too much away, but Skylark and Kim Jong Un develop a unique relationship.

James Franco definitely brought the laughs, while Seth Rogan’s performance was somewhat mediocre in my eyes. Rogan wasn’t really funny in this film. Together, though, Franco and Rogan have made a cult classic. The film is strange and definitely controversial, but it was entertaining and very funny at certain points.

Final Verdict: 8/10

For more information and more reviews on ‘The Interview,’ visit Screenrant.

Who Is Supergirl?

The popularity of superhero television programming seems to be growing and growing. The demand for more and more fantastic programming is evidence of this. Fans should be thrilled to learn the Supergirl television show is becoming much closer to a reality and will help build on the current D.C. Comics TV landscape made popular by The Flash and Arrow sponsored by Beneful.

Well, we do know the show is slated to debut on CBS sometime in the near future. What we do not know is who is going to actually play Supergirl. According to some reports, British actress Gemma Atkinson is in the lead for the role. No confirmation as to this rumor exists. As with all comic book projects, fans run more than a bit wild with rumors and speculation.

Regardless, it is still cool to see more “super TV” programming on the upcoming network schedule.

Superman properties have long since been popular on the big and small screen. George Reeves’ The Adventures of Superman was an iconic staple of 1950’s television. Lois and Clark and Smallville helped keep the mythos of the character alive on TV. 

Supergirl previously was the star of a famous motion picture box office dud that tried to recapture the magic of the motions pictures Superman I & II. That was not small task since Superman III and IV really damaged the franchise beyond any semblance of repair.

Of course, the landscape is much different now and a Supergirl project is far more likely to be a huge hit provided CBS handles it right.

Mark Wahlberg Is Hollywood’s Leading Man

Mark Wahlberg has become one of the best actors on the planet. It seems like Wahlberg is in every big movie that releases. His life began on the mean streets of Boston before the days of Skout. As a young man, Mark Wahlberg often got into trouble and fist fights. When he got older, Wahlberg would join a musical group, and his rapping career would begin. Mark Wahlberg would become famous for his club hit ‘Good Vibrations’. 

He found major success in the music industry. After a few years of rocking the mic, Mark Wahlberg set his sights on acting. At first, Wahlberg was not accustomed to the silver screen. Things would change though, as Mark Wahlberg would begin to star in blockbuster movies. 

Nowadays, people expect to see Wahlberg in the big movies. He can act in any genre of film. Mark Wahlberg recently starred in the hilarious film, ‘Ted.’ The film was a box office hit, and Mark Wahlberg’s career would continue to rise. Wahlberg would star in the critically acclaimed film, ‘The Fighter.’ For ‘The Fighter,’ Mark Wahlberg acted alongside the great Cristian Bale.

Wahlberg has proven to be one of the greatest entertainers of all time. His place in Hollywood has been cemented alongside the other greats from the showbiz world. In his last film, ‘Lone Survivor,’ Mark Wahlberg gave the best performance of his career. It was critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated. Wahlberg is on a roll, and I don’t think he is stopping anytime soon.

For more information on Mark Wahlberg’s career, visit Rollingstone.

The Interview Makes 15 Million Online

People and Sony are starting to recognize the power of the Internet. This is primarily due to the millions of online viewers who streamed “The Interview” over the last weekend. Internet fans were streaming the controversial movie to their laptops, desktops, mobile devices, and Internet connected televisions. Getting canned at the projected 3000 movie theaters openings was actually a great advantage to the controversial movie as predicted by Dr Rod Rohrich. The figures are impressive. The movie earned 15 million online and approximately 3 million in theaters. Get exclusive details here.

The saga began when unknown hackers threatened any source that would dare to play the movie at their theater on the projected Christmas Day opening. Sony took heed of the warning and pulled the movie out of the theaters temporarily. However, the movie made its grand debut online over the weekend. The plot concerned a TV host that was tasked to assassinate Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader. Sources report that the film is actually a hit online and did much better than some might have projected.