‘I Was a Failed Gallimimus': Jurassic Park Through The Eyes of One of Its Magic Creators

We chat with TyRuben Ellingson, the visual effects art director of the original Jurassic Park about the world of effects, then and now.

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Broken Projector: The Man Who Paints The Future

The fantastically talented TyRuben Ellingson has been painting the future for years. Getting his start as a VFX art director on Jurassic Park, he’s gone on to envision vehicles, worlds and weaponry for James Cameron, Guillermo del Toro and more. This summer his work can be seen stomping in Pacific Rim and flying through Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, and we were lucky enough to speak with him about his ever-expanding sci-fi universe. Plus, Geoff defends screenwriter Damon Lindelof for saying he’s tired of destruction porn with a straight face, and we challenge ourselves to sum up the week’s movie news in only three words. You should check out Ellingson’s website, and follow the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) on Twitter for more fun stuff on a daily basis. And, as always, we welcome your feedback. Download Episode #28 Directly Or subscribe Through iTunes On This Week’s Show: Rule 34 [0:00 - 1:00] Lindelof: Hired Gun
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Exclusive First Look At New Art By Tim Bradstreet For The 20th Anniversary Edition of Vampire: The Masquerade And Interview With The Artist

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Yesterday, we brought you an exclusive interview with the Ccp| White Wolf development team behind the 20th Anniversary Edition of Vampire: The Masquerade with an inside look at how this definitive edition is a must-have collector’s item and how open development with fans all over the world is helping to shape the book. This 20th Anniversary Edition is not only a game book but also an art book with brand new art by Masquerade-era artists like Tim Bradstreet.

Bradstreet’s iconic images for each of the vampire clans in Vampire: The Masquerade has helped to shape how we visualize vampires today. Today, we bring you an exclusive first look at three never-before-seen pieces of artwork by Bradstreet for the 20th Anniversary Edition of Vampire: The Masquerade spaced throughout this article and an interview with Bradstreet himself.

I asked Shane DeFreest of the Ccp|White Wolf development team behind the
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Interview: Inside the fiendish designs of Battle: Los Angeles' war machines

[Editor's note: This awesome interview was originally published by the great Charlie Jane Anders on]

Creating an alien invasion from scratch takes amazing design skills. Good thing TyRuben Ellingson, the designer who's worked on Avatar, Hellboy and several other movies, was on the case. Ellingson talked to us about creating an overwhelming alien strike force.

Ellingson worked on Battle: Los Angeles as a conceptual designer, and he mostly designed the aliens' hardware — but he was part of the design process of creating every aspect of this extraterrestrial onslaught. Learn about the kind of world the aliens come from, and how the aliens feel about being bogged down in a war against the Earthlings. Also, Ellingson talked to us about his work on the post-apocalyptic vampire movie Priest — including one crazy vehicle.

We've also rustled up a ton of concept art from the film, by various artists. Minor spoilers below...

We've read that a lot of the movie's design concepts originally came from the artwork of Paul Gerrard,
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TyRuben Ellingson Uses Google to Rain Conceptual Movie Death Down From Above

For a company with the motto “Don’t be evil,” it’s a bit ironic that Google is enabling TyRuben Ellingson to create weapons of mass destruction. Ellingson — the lead vehicle designer for James Cameron’s Avatar, whose credits also range from Battle: Los Angeles to Hellboy and Blade: Trinity — was singing the praises of Google Sketchup Tuesday night. While speaking at his undergraduate alma mater — St. Cloud State University — he praised Google’s free 3-D modeling software as an easy-to-use tool for creating conceptual designs, including the deadly powersuits used by humans to rain devastation upon the unfortunate Na’vi. Aside from ease-of-use, Ellingson noted the program is free which means that even you can start drawing things meant to kill other things in wonderful, violent ways. So, as countless people are out there using SketchUp to create detailed virtual cities, you’ve got Hollywood artists using it to create equally detailed city-vaporizing toys. Is
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First Look at the Beautiful Aliens of Battle: Los Angeles.

Thanks to i09, we finally get an up close look at the aliens in the upcoming science fiction alien invasion movie Battle: Los Angeles! From i09 The new issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland (#254) has a fantastic "making of the monster" article, where monster designer and concept artists such as TyRuben Ellingson explain all the work that went into creating Battle La's beasts.
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Exclusive: Producer Jon Landau Chats Avatar Blu-ray, Fantastic Voyage and More

Catching up with Avatar producer Jon Landau these days is almost as difficult as mounting a Leonopteryx. Blindfolded. He's an extremely busy man in working to bring Avatar to home video and add new footage for a theatrical re-release, keep Fantastic Voyage moving forward and, of course, early work on Avatar 2.

Our own Jason Krahn was fortunate enough yesterday evening to catch up with Jon and discuss the arrival of Avatar on Blu-ray and other topics while the producer made his way home through a maze of California traffic. There's no rest for the weary, but Jon is loving every minute of his amazing filmmaking adventure alongside legendary James Cameron.

I wanted to start by saying I'm a huge Avatar and Titanic fan. And it was a pleasure to watch both films where the producer along side a visionary director care more about creating an amazing movie experience rather than just generating box office.
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