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.
Herb Jeffries was born in 1913 of a Black Father of Sicilian Descent and an Irish mother, in a 1920 Census Document he was described as ‘Mulatto.’ He grew up as a ‘Ghetto Baby’ in a diverse neighborhood in Detroit and was not exposed to severe Racism early on. He began singing as a teenager and later dropped out of school after The Wall Street Crash of 1929 to hopefully earn a living as a Singer.
Woodrow Wilson Woolwine Strode was one of the first Black TV Cowboys who grabbed my attention as a kid, firstly because he resembled my Uncle Ford, who was the only Black Cowboy I knew and secondly because he was one of the few on TV and in movies in the Sixties.
We all know the face of Eugenia Cooney most likely-She's a youtube star in her early adult life (age: 24) that lives with her parents, whom her friends have equated her mother to being an awful mother. But since Eugenia has not spoken on this issue and has not outright said that her parents had any hand in worsening her disorder, there's no way to actually tell for sure.
There are few faces or voices as instantly recognizable as that of British actor Christopher Lee. With amazing film credits, such as the Star Wars villain, Count Dooku, and Lord of the Rings baddie Sarumon, Lee appeared in over 200 films, which have grossed some of the highest amounts in Hollywood history. That said it's the unusual happenstance and bizarre coincidences of Lee's life that make the man more interesting than any of the characters he's portrayed.
Do you ever feel like you're obligated to know what you're doing in life the minute you turn 18? Have you ever been given the impression that you need to be extremely confident to be validated in life once you're an adult, and a struggle to have social skills like a "normal" person would just make you worthy of being shoved to the side like you're not worthy? Well, the dynamic duo that consists of Daniel Howell and Phil Lester are just the examples to prove to you that awkwardness and any types of struggles doesn't mean you aren't worry of current help/respect or a good future to look forward to.
On the 10th of June, 1922, the singing and dancing actress Judy Garland was born. She is probably most well-known for her role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, which later became a cultural icon because of her character. She's also known for her brilliant singing voice, her incredible stage persona, and her overall absolute beauty. Of course, she is also the mother of another Queen of Broadway, Liza Minnelli.
Born on the 9th of June, 1963 Johnny Depp is a native of Kentucky, having grown up elsewhere in the United States. He is quite possibly one of the most versatile actors of the 20th and 21st Century; he always begs you to question with his changing appearance on roles if you actually know what he really looks like.
On May 26, 1966, the lovely Helena Bonham Carter was born in Islington, London. She became famous during her performance of the title character of Lady Jane in the film of the same name. Her out-of-the-box acting style changed her typecast as the quintessential English girl to being cast as edgier, and more complex characters. Her outspoken and royalty-inspired fashion sense is another thing that made her iconic—with her outfits always turning heads whether on the street, or on the red carpet.
As the immortal Buggles sang in 1979, video killed the radio star. As time progresses, many sayings we are used to spewing suddenly become obsolete and we're left being asked the question "... What is that thing used for the 'save' icon?"
Ever since the beginning of high school until now and beyond, I have had a healthy obsession with the actor formally known as Matt Damon. "Damon" has been a staple at the end of my Facebook name since then and I would like to present my version of the famous Browning sonnet complete with gifs and (not even close to) half the talent of Browning.
When we were first introduced to Chris Pratt's Star-Lord, the legendary outlaw was searching for an orb on the planet of Morag. As he delved into this foreign planet, he puts on his iconic orange headphones attached to a vintage Sony TPS-L2 Walkman before melodically dancing to Redbone's 'Come And Get Your Love'. From that point on, the Sony Walkman acts as an extension of Quill's character throughout the film, and the music included in his 'Awesome Mix' cassettes moves the story forward. It shouldn't be that surprising then, that the iconic device has been an increase in demand with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2.