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Cinelinx's Ultimate Lightsaber Tutorial Resource

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What's the one thing every Star Wars fan wants to do (besides becoming best friends with George Lucas)? Put Lightsabers into every picture/video that they can. Fans have been trying to recreate the effect since they first hit the big screen, but for years, money was a huge factor in not being able to get that look. These days with technology being what it is, just about anyone with a computer and the will can get those great Star Wars effects.

With a new crop of Star Wars films on the horizon and in honor of our ongoing Star Wars month here at Cinelinx, today I wanted to throw all of you filmmakers and fans a gigantic bone. Scouring the Internet I've compiled for you the best Lightsaber effects tutorials around the web. So this can be your one-stop resource (with links to free software, tutorials, etc.) without having
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An asteroid, a 300ft giant and sex-inducing drugs in comedy fantasy Apocalypse, CA

There's nothing like the end of the world to give someone a new lease of life. But that's just what happens in director Chad Peter's new indie comedy fantasy Apocalypse, CA.

Throw in a 300ft giant, a genie granting magic wishes and a group of young people who want to enjoy every moment as the world heads towards annihilation and you get an idea of what's in store.

Chad has assembled this crazy goodie bag of genre filmmaking ideas for his debut feature film, which was completed last month and hits DVD, iTunes and Netflix on December 13.

Apocalypse, CA has a cast including Nick Mathis (Grim Reaper), Erin Bodine, Anne McDaniels (Death on Demand), Alexander Cardinale, Elizabeth Sandy and Sarah Smick, plus an original score by Avi Ghosh.

An official synopsis, poster and images are included here.

Official synopsis

Wry, cynical and full of off-beat humour, Apocalypse, CA is
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Indie Corner - The end of the world is nigh in the trailer for Apocalypse, CA

If you thought mankind had it bad in recent 'end of the world' efforts such as Contagion and Melancholia, then spare a thought for the inhabitants of Apocalypse, CA, who find themselves having to contend with a horde of unfortunate problems including a massive asteriod, sex-inducing drugs and a three-hundred foot giant!

The feature debut of indie filmmaker Chad Peter (Roleplayed) and featuring impressive visual effects from artists Ryan Wieber (Ryan vs. Dorkman) and Teague Chrystie (The Pacific), Apocalypse, CA has just received a new trailer ahead of its release on DVD in North America next month - check it out here, along with the synopsis...

Mysterious radio personality and apparent part-time genie, 'Sassy Boots' (Elizabeth Sandy) takes it upon herself to grant John Parsons (Nick Mathis) a few wishes five days before the world is to be destroyed by an asteroid. Only problem is John's wishes aren't exactly calculated,
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Unique Dark Fantasy Comedy Apocalypse, CA Coming December 13th

Okay, answer this one…what has giant asteroid on a collision course with Earth, a 300-foot tall woman, mind-bending drugs an all-out gun battle? If you said Apocalypse, CA, the upcoming film with a December 13 DVD release date, then you were absolutely right! (and probably a bit psychic…how could you know that?)

From the mind of writer/director/cinematographer Chad Peter, Apocalypse, CA stars Nick Mathis, Erin Bodine, Anne McDaniels, Alexander Cardinale, Elizabeth Sandy, Sarah Smick, Ryan Jordan with a score penned by Avi Ghosh. We've got the trailer for you below. Check it out and you'll see what I mean when I say unique. This film looks like it has real potential to be something interesting and different.

If you're interest is piqued, continue on to the official Apocalypse, CA website

From the Press Release

Wry, cynical and full of off-beat humor, Apocalypse, CA is the story of
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"Inception" Tops Visual Effects Society Nominations!

The Visual Effects Society (Ves) has announced the nominees for the 9th Annual Ves Awards ceremony recognizing outstanding visual effects artistry in 24 categories of film, animation, television,

commercials and video games.

Christopher Nolan's "Inception" dominated the nominations receiving four nods. Nolan will also be honored at the event with the inaugural Ves Visionary Award. Ray Harryhausen will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Ves Awards will take place on Tuesday, February 1 and will air exclusively on Reelzchannel Saturday, February 19 at 10p Et/Pt with encore presentations throughout February.

Here's the complete list of nominees for the 9th Annual Ves Awards:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Feature Motion

Picture

Inception

Paul Franklin Visual Effects Supervisor

Chris Corbould Special Effects Supervisor

Mike Chambers Visual Effects Producer

Matthew Plummer Visual Effects Producer

Iron Man 2

Ben Snow VFX Supervisor

Ged Wright VFX Supervisor

Janek Sirrs VFX Supervisor

Susan Pickett VFX
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Trailer: “Apocalypse, CA” Features An Attack Of A 50 Foot Woman

Synopsis:

Wry, cynical and full of off-beat humor, Apocalypse, CA is the story of John Parsons and his

ill-fated friends as they prepare for certain death at the hands of a massive asteroid, sex-

inducing drugs, a three-hundred foot giant, and a horde of other unfortunate problems.

Apocalypse, CA is an indie cult film of catastrophic proportions, featuring outstanding visual

effects from artists Ryan Wieber (Ryan vs. Dorkman) and Teague Chrystie (The Pacific) in this

feature film directorial debut by Chad Peter (behind the popular Internet short films, Sex, Drugs

& Natalie Portman & Roleplayed).

Mysterious radio personality and apparent part-time genie, ‘Sassy Boots’ (Elizabeth Sandy)

takes it upon herself to grant John Parsons (Nick Mathis) a few wishes five days before the

world is to be destroyed by an asteroid. Only problem is John’s wishes aren’t exactly calculated,

or even planned – the end result of which is a situation far worse than before.
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Chad Peter's "Apocalypse, Ca"

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The indie feature "Apocalypse, Ca", is a new fantasy comedy, directed/produced by Chad Peter, starring Nick Mathis, Erin Bodine and Anne McDaniels.

Visual effects are by Emmy Award winner Ryan Wieber ("Ryan vs. Dorkman") and Teague Chrystie ("The Pacific").

"...Mysterious radio personality and part-time 'genie', 'Sassy Boots' (Elizabeth Sandy) takes it upon herself to grant 'John Parsons' (Mathis) a few wishes, five days before the world is to be destroyed by an asteroid.

"Only problem is John's wishes aren't exactly calculated, or even planned - the end result of which is a situation far worse than before.

"Accompanied by his brother 'Hank' (Alexander Cardinale), Hank's friend 'Renee' (McDaniels) and John's childhood crush 'Jacklyn' (Bodine), John and friends take the high road to Palm Springs - otherwise known as the 'epicenter' where the asteroid will first strike Earth.

"With a 'bite the bullet' approach, John and his friends
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The End Comes With Asteroids, Sex And An Enormous Woman In Apocalypse, CA

Chad Peter is looking to make the step from internet sensation to full fledged film maker. The director of Sex, Drugs & Natalie Portman has recruited the help of special effects man Ryan Wieber - an Emmy winner and also the guy behind the Ryan Vs Dorkman online shorts - to create end of the world feature comedy Apocalypse, CA. Here's the official word:

Wry, cynical and full of off-beat humor, Apocalypse, CA is the story of John Parsons and his ill-fated friends as they prepare for certain death at the hands of a massive asteroid, sex-inducing drugs, a three-hundred foot giant, and a horde of other unfortunate problems. Apocalypse, CA is an indie cult film of catastrophic proportions, featuring outstanding visual effects from artists Ryan Wieber (Ryan vs. Dorkman) and Teague Chrystie (The Pacific) in this feature film directorial debut by Chad Peter (behind the popular Internet short films, Sex,
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The End Comes With Asteroids, Sex And An Enormous Woman In Apocalypse, CA

Chad Peter is looking to make the step from internet sensation to full fledged film maker. The director of Sex, Drugs & Natalie Portman has recruited the help of special effects man Ryan Wieber - an Emmy winner and also the guy behind the Ryan Vs Dorkman online shorts - to create end of the world feature comedy Apocalypse, Ca. Here's the official word:

Wry, cynical and full of off-beat humor, Apocalypse, Ca is the story of John Parsons and his ill-fated friends as they prepare for certain death at the hands of a massive asteroid, sex-inducing drugs, a three-hundred foot giant, and a horde of other unfortunate problems. Apocalypse, Ca is an indie cult film of catastrophic proportions, featuring outstanding visual effects from artists Ryan Wieber (Ryan vs. Dorkman) and Teague Chrystie (The Pacific) in this feature film directorial debut by Chad Peter (behind the popular Internet short films, Sex,
See full article at Screen Anarchy »

2009 Emmys Light on Horror Nominations

Despite being nominated for Best Drama and having its star Anna Paquin win Best Actress in a TV Drama at this year's Golden Globes, "True Blood" was shut out of the major categories for the 2009 Emmy Awards, which announced its nominees earlier today. But that's not to say it, and a few other genre-related shows, won't be showing up at the party.

Here's a list of the horror-tinged shows that were recognized (with a few others whose fanbase includes a lot of our readers thrown in for good measure):

Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-Camera Series

Bones • The Hero In The Hold • Fox • 20th Century Fox Television

Michael Mayer, Production Designer

Gregory S. Richman, Art Director

Kimberly Wannop, Set Decorator

Heroes • Cold Snap • NBC • Universal Media Studios in association with Tailwind Productions

Ruth Ammon, Production Designer

Sandy Getzler, Art Director

Ron Franco, Set Decorator

True Blood • Burning House Of
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