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Jurassic World



I’m so excited to finally share this shoot! We shot it last fall, and I had the dinosaur files courtesy of my awesome friend Travis Mangaoang, but I had artistic hangups about getting them merged into the photos properly, so I’ve been sitting on them for months. Yesterday, I decided enough was enough, and just went ahead with it.

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Saw UP, And Loved It!


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So, as part of the “away-from-computer” day, Gabe and I went to see UP in Disney 3D at Ward yesterday.  As per usual with us, we didn’t really know what it was about, but we automatically go to see anything by Pixar (I’m hoping Gabe works for them someday!), and as I had never seen a movie in 3D before, we decided to fork out the extra $3.50 for the glasses and the experience.

Here’s the synopsis from the movie’s official site:

From Disney-PIxar comes “Up,” a comedy adventure about 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America.  But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell.

There were so many things to love about this movie.  I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t go into any specifics, but there are a few things I have to point out.  I absolutely loved all the old photographs of Carl and his wife Ellie through the years.  In fact, in one sequence they are on a picnic as a young couple, and I’m pretty sure I somewhat squealed when I spotted a Brownie Bullet camera almost exactly like my dad’s first camera that was recently given to me.  I was also in love with the dog Dug, who, through a special collar, is allowed to speak to people, and what he says is exactly what I’ve always imagined dogs to sound like.

The animation and textures were absolutely beautiful.  I love how Pixar has perfected the stylized human being while still making them feel human to the viewer.  Because Gabe is studying animation, and thus I’ve been studying it over his shoulder, we really appreciated all the nuances in movement in all the characters.  The 3D aspect of the movie was pretty neat too.  At first, I was worried the glasses were going to give me a headache, but by the end of the movie I had almost forgotten them, as if all movies should look 3D.  However, it was a trailer for a documentary on prehistoric aquatic creatures that made me fully appreciate the 3D technology when a dinosaur of some sort lunged out of the screen toward my face!

So, I highly recommend that everyone go see UP!  Expect some tears, as there were some truly heartbreaking moments, but also expect a lot of laughs and enjoyment.  WALL-E was my favorite Pixar film so far, but I think that UP might have taken its place.  Pixar always seems to outdo themselves with each film they do, so I’m very much looking forward to Toy Story 3!