"He has made money off his 'Good News' program while people are dying, laid off, can't get food, etc. Smart, John." Someone tweeted. "This is a sellout move made on the backs of fans who contributed almost all of his content, and he’s not even going to keep doing it..." writes another twitter user, "never forget the rich live in a completely different world and do NOT care about us."
It is safe to say that in the past decade, Netflix has created an online entertainment empire. With over 3000 movie titles available in most regions (and new ones being added every day), as well as around 700 Netflix Original series (so not even including the ones they licence from other networks), there is certainly no slowing down for the streaming giant.
Born in 1874 by a group of young artists in Paris who were exasperated by the recurring rejection of their works from the official Salon, Impressionism was controversially perceived with intense humiliation in its fledgling days. Thirty disaffected painters, pioneered by Claude Monet, decided to independently organise their own exhibition so as to display their novel ideals on art to the general public. Their work was greeted with both curiosity and scepticism by the public and utter disdain from the popular press. As the bullseye of the scrutiny, Monet's painting Impression, Sunrise (c.1872) sparkled a mocking critic with a name for the group that stuck: "Impressionists".
Once solely the domain of children's entertainment, nowadays, a lot more effort goes into making cartoons enjoyable for all ages. A big part of this is a lot more thought going into certain characters, their feelings and motivations.
If you're anything like me, you don't need to be in quarantine to be on your 100th run-through of the great family classic The Office (US). I have to admit, though, it wasn’t until about three years ago that I watched this series for the very first time, so I was a bit late to the party. But you know something? I am eternally grateful that I didn’t see this show when I was growing up, because I know I would never have appreciated it the way I do now.
As social distancing measures continue to (rightfully) be a mandatory practice in numerous countries, many strive to feel some kind of human connection through various social media platforms. Whether it be succumbing to downloading the House Party app so you can demonstrate your amazing drawing capabilities with eight of your closest friends or tweeting incessantly at a celebrity because they just might be bored enough quarantining in their 20 acre industrial complex to give that tweet a "like."
If you're like me, CGI and VFX have been blowing your mind ever since Star Wars convinced you that epic space battles constantly rage across the cosmos. I say “ever since” because to this day my jaw still drops, and my eyes still glaze over at the sight of the magnificent effects and characters being made by independent creators and large production companies alike. Those brilliant creations largely inspired me to pursue a career in design. When I look back at the period where my passions were being realized, I think about how much I would have appreciated having an in-depth look into how characters and scenes were made. So that's what I'm making here. Hopefully this series will help illuminate what goes into making the CG characters and worlds that inspired and bewildered our collective hearts and minds.
I'm one of those people who got told a fair bit as a kid that I was "funny", which was clearly very damaging, because here I am still thinking I'm hilarious enough to write these articles and get paid for it, or do my ridiculous rants on my instagram story that will somehow lead to a book deal. Yeah, the laughter and encouragement of my off-colour jokes and sarcasm has surely lead to a life of quiet, modest hobbies. Like a podcast where I read internet banter for a half hour and howl with laughter into the microphone as if I'm NOT sitting on my closet floor by myself.
Jean Michel Basquiat was an African American, neo-expressionist artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent. Born in Brooklyn, New York , on December 22, 1960, Jean expressed a passion for art during his early childhood.