Earlier this year I received an e-mail from Mike Jutan, a Research & Development Engineer at George Lucas’ visual effects powerhouse Industrial Light & Magic, who was prepping his TED Talk. Despite having previously worked at Pixar, Mike was having trouble gaining clearance for a WALL-E image he had found on /Film. I was able to connect him with the right people, and he finally got the mouse house’s permission. Jutan’s TED Talk is about “The Power of Enthusiasm”. While the movie isn’t completely movie-centric, I think it’s worth sharing. Here is a brief description from Mike:

A large portion of the talk (begins around the 8 minute mark) is about the moment I first saw the friggin’ epic T-1000 effect in Terminator 2 as a 10 year old kid and I knew at that moment I HAD to do visual effects with my life. I talk a lot about my journey, from dream to little wins, internships at Pixar, and finally achieving my dream to work at ILM 15 years later.

I think in this cynical world, Mike’s message is important. Watch the TED Talk now embedded after the jump.
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Rapper DeStorm‘s latest music video recreates 10 famous movies in one-take. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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VOTD: Patrick Boivin’s Black Widow Gone Wild

We’ve featured a bunch of Patrick Boivin’s videos in past editions of Video of the Day, including AT-AT Day Afternoon, a Batman vs. Hellboy movie trailer mash-up, Iron Man vs. Bruce Lee, Bumblebee’s stop-motion animated dance and Boba Fett’s stop-motion Mandalorian Dance. The French Canadian director has just released his newest creation, a stop-motion animated action figure short titled “Black Widow Gone Wild.” The short takes an action figure of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and pits her against some of movies biggest stars, Whiplash, the t1000, Rocky, Michael Jackson, Superman, Batman, Jack Bauer, Predator and Spider-Man. And what if Black Widow was War Machine? Watch the short embedded after the jump.

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What’s the best use for post-converted 3D? If you’re James Cameron, the answer is obvious: it should be applied to bring established classic films into the 21st century. The director is planning a 3D conversion of his mega-hit Titanic to be released in 2012, on the centennial anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Asked about the conversion he has a few things to say, and suggested that another one of his films could get the 3D treatment. Read More »

VOTD: Terminator 2: The Opera

In May, we posted a faux music video of Arnold Schwarzenegger performing “The Mountains of Mars” from “Total Recall: The Musical”. Jon and Al Kaplan have returned with a follow-up, Arnold Schwarzenegger laments his inability to kill in the aria “To Kill Someone Again” from Terminator 2: The Opera. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.

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Do you remember those Little Golden Books? They were a staple from my childhood. Pixar Animation Story Artist Josh Cooley (Cars, Ratatouille, Up, George & AJ) is working on an awesome “Lil’ Inappropriate Golden Book” titled Movies R Fun.

Cooley has been working on this compilation of movie art for two years and will be publishing the collection in a book which will be available at Comic-Con this year and APE Expo San Francisco in November. And don’t worry, the books and prints will also be available on Cooley’s Blog. High quality, “classy” prints will also be available as well.

Illustrations reference film classics such as The Professional, Terminator 2, Godfather, Goodfellas, Apocalypse Now, Se7en, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Graduate, Terminator, Silence of the Lambs, and The Big Lebowski. Check out some of the art embedded after the jump.

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VW See Film Differently Ad

I admire Volkswagen for their support of independent film over the past decade. If you attend a regional or big time film festival, you’re likely to see them listed as a sponsor on the big screen before each film. In the past, we’ve featured some of their “See Film Differently” television spots which featured film fanatics sharing their vastly different interpretations of classic movies (if you haven’t seen those, check them out now). Last year we featured a series of “See Film Differently” ads directed by Seth Gordon, the filmmaker behind The King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters.

/Film reader James F recently sent over a couple of print ads that VW is running that “see films differently” by presenting them in police reports, Insurance Filings, and other forms. Check them out after the jump and try to figure out what movies each form represts.

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The annual Toy Fair takes place this week in New York City. Sadly, we are unable to attend. But thanks to the wonders of the internet… we’ve had a chance to browse most of the new toys and collectibles that premiered at the event. After the jump you will find a round up of some of the cooler or noteworthy items.

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