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November 22, 2014 6:41 pm

Brian Cox and Framestore to make augmented reality installation

Brian Cox, ex D:Ream keyboardist turned poster boy for popular science, is to team up with Framestore, and film director Kevin Macdonald to produce a show for the Manchester International Festival, which tells the story of the origins of the universe using augmented reality. The show, entitled The Age of Starlight will use the newly developed Magic Leap system, which seems to be a suped-up version of Google Glass. (There’s not much on Magic Leap’s on website about what they do, but they seem to have good a good pedigree – the big names are Richard Taylor of Weta Workshop and Rony Abovitz of medical robotics company MAKO Surgical. There’s an interesting article in Gizmodo which gives a bit more detail).

Cox says that this will be more of an experiential art piece than the documentary style programs he is currently know for.

“Whereas in television documentary you’re attacking these ideas from a scientific perspective, in this case it’s much more of an emotional experience and I think it should be disorientating … I want people to stagger out and have to have a sit-down for a long time before they go home. Don’t forget, it’s an art installation. That’s what the Manchester International Festival does. It’s supposed to be beyond what you would get in a documentary. It’s not a science lecture, it’s not a science documentary. It’s a piece of art.”

Quoted in BBC News

I’m really excited by the idea of the this installation and might even have to take a trip to Manchester to see it if I get the chance. Look out for ticket information coming in Spring 2015.
Read the full article on BBC News.

November 7, 2014 2:54 pm

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer

The new trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the final installment in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy, has dropped in preparation for the film’s Christmas release. While I wasn’t overly enamored with the previous installment, which suffered somewhat from being a middle film with no beginning and no end, the final act looks like a suitably epic conclusion to the story, with the stunning effects work we have come to expect from Weta Digital. I will definitely be booking tickets to see this film in 4K stereo. But I’ll probably give the 48fps a miss this time.