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Take a Deep Breath: Enthralling Space Exploration Tribute 'Voyage'

Voyage - Space Exploration Tribute

"We'll find a way. We always have..." The countdown is at T-minus 44 days until Interstellar arrives in theaters. With the hype growing more and more every single day, fans are starting to show their love for the wonderful world of sci-fi in exciting ways. I was sent this video, made by FS.net reader Robbert Doelwijt, titled Voyage that is an Interstellar-inspired tribute to space exploration. It's a quick video focusing mostly on the recent space exploration movies hitting theaters, though there are nods to 2001 and Apollo 13 in here. It's simply an enthralling reminder of the awe and great mystery of space. Can I visit out there yet?

 Posted September 24 in Feat, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

How Did Robert Zemeckis Film the Opening of 'Back to the Future'?

Back to the Future

There's no doubt that Back to the Future is one of the classics. The film is highly regarded as one of the best time travel movies ever made, but even outside of the realm of sci-fi, it's simply one of the best motion pictures in history. And while over the years there's been a lot of focus on the DeLorean time machine or even the elements that come into play Back to the Future II like hoverboards and whatnot, it's time to just hunker down and look at the hard work and talented filmmaking that went into the film. One of the sequences that goes overlooked is the long-take, opening sequence of the first film with all the clocks. It seems simple, but it turns out that making that whole sequence happen was anything but that. Watch now!

 Posted September 24 in SciFi, To Watch | Comments

Watch: David Weinstein's Incredible Sci-Fi Robot Short Film 'Envoy'

Envoy Short Film

"You don't even know what it's capable of! Or what it's doing." Wow - this is one of the best shorts I've seen in a while - David Weinstein's Envoy, uploaded to his Vimeo recently. Stellar VFX combined with an emotional, compelling story - a kid and his robot, think Transformers with a little The Iron Giant. And I love that it goes all out, never shying away from showing the robot and some awesome action scenes, and it follows through until the very end. Envoy is under 10 minutes and is worth a quick watch, it's refreshing to see something so good for a short film like this. Someone let this guy make a movie, I don't want this to end.

 Posted September 24 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

William Shatner Has a Cameo in 'Star Trek 3' But He Has to Accept It

William Shatner

The reboot of Star Trek was directed by J.J. Abrams, and although he wasn't a longtime fan of the classic sci-fi property, he managed to take fans on a new path with familiar characters while keeping the old mythology intact. There's actually more than a direct connection with the original Star Trek characters (beyond following the alternate younger versions of them) since the alternate future Mr. Spock has popped up in both the 2009 reboot and the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness. And now there's a chance for William Shatner to have the same kind of cameo in Star Trek 3, appearing as the alternate Captain James T. Kirk.

 Posted September 22 in Casting, Movie News, Rumors, SciFi | Comments

Familiar 'Jurassic Park' Location Teased in 'Jurassic World' Set Photo

Jurassic World

Following the death of Sir Richard Attenborough late last month, director Colin Trevorrow posted a picture of their tribute to him as John Hammond that will be seen in the forthcoming Jurassic World. Now another look behind the scenes shows off a familiar location to fans of Jurassic Park. In the original film, you might remember that Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) tried to smuggle dinosaur DNA out of the park in order to sell it on the black market But he got lost in a rainstorm and didn't know where to go. Well, since Jurassic World goes back to Isla Nublar, it looks like we're going to return to that area at some point.

 Posted September 22 in Hype, Photos, SciFi | Comments

Watch: Zacarias & Macgregor's Sci-Fi Short 'Similo' Years in the Making

Similo Sci-fi Short Film

"I remember you." This may be worth your time, even though it's 21 minutes long, it's a good one. There's a short that has been in the works for at least seven years, filming back in 2007 through 2009. And it's finally done and ready for public consumption. The short is titled Similo from Spanish filmmakers Zacarias & Macgregor, set in the distant future about a man and a woman and what each one desires. Explained on their website: "Similo started as a simple yet ambitious idea: to make a realistic science fiction love story. The combination of these two aspects,' science fiction' and 'realism', was quite an exciting challenge for us." The results are something to behold, and it looks gorgeous on top of everything, so fire this up and dive in.

 Posted September 19 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

'Interstellar' Gets New Poster + Solar System Creation & Travel Game

Interstellar

Just after two new posters for Christopher Nolan's space travel drama Interstellar debuted, one more gorgeous one is here, this one with a bit more hope and inspiration in the tagline "Go further." And now, if you just can't wait to see Matthew McConaughey trek across space in November, you can do some space exploration of your own. Along with the new poster, Paramount Pictures unveiled a new game app that allows you to create your own solar system and also travel through other player-created systems in the ship Endurance from the movie. There's even real science applications with how you use gravity and fuel. Look!

 Posted September 18 in Cool Stuff, Hype, Posters, SciFi | Comments

Matthew McConaughey Gazes at the Cosmos on 'Interstellar' Poster

Interstellar

Following the recent poster for Christopher Nolan's promising sci-fi drama Interstellar that shows Matthew McConaughey on another planet glimpsed in the powerful trailer from not too long ago, another poster has popped up. This one features McConaughey standing alongside Mackenzie Foy, who plays his daughter in the film as their farmhouse, staring up at the starry sky. Forget the fact that it seems to be dusk on Earth and the sky wouldn't look like that, it's still a great contrast of imagery for a poster. We're wondering if the debut of these posters means there's another trailer on the horizon before November. Look!

 Posted September 17 in Hype, Posters, SciFi | Comments

Mondo Releasing 'Shaun of the Dead,' 'Looper' & '2001' Vinyl Scores

Shaun of the Dead

The first ever MondoCon is right around the corner on September 20th & 21st, and the line-up of artists and goodies that will be there is incredible. Now even more awesome stuff from Mondo has been unveiled. The collectible arthouse (which is now venturing into collectible toys) has also dabbled in special edition releases of film scores on vinyl like Jurassic Park, Gravity, Oblivion & Halloween. Now they've announced three additions to their vinyl selections with the score for Shaun of the Dead available for the first time ever in any format, the lost original score for 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the score for Looper. Look!

 Posted September 16 in Artwork, Cool Stuff, SciFi | Comments

Much Cheaper 'Back to the Future Part II' Shoes Now Available to Buy

Back to the Future Part II

Just over three years ago, Nike made the dreams of Back to the Future fans come true by announcing limited edition Nike MAGs, inspired by the futuristic shoes worn by Marty McFly in Back to the Future Part II. However, they were exorbitantly expensive since they were very rare and part of a charity auction to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation. But the good news is that while we wait for Nike's power laces to become a reality in 2015, you can get ahold of a much cheaper set of official licensed shoes inspired by the time traveling sequel. They're not Nike shoes, but they're likely the best option for us common folk. Look!

 Posted September 16 in Cool Stuff, Feat, SciFi | Comments

Review: Wes Ball Delivers with Engaging 'The Maze Runner' Adaptation

Wes Ball's The Maze Runner

What do we do? How do we get out? Sometimes I love going into a film without knowing anything about it, without knowing about or having read the book, without knowing the plot aside from whatever glimpses have appeared in trailers. Usually, if the film is compelling, and everything is laid out in a coherent way that builds properly, this can lead to an incredible experience involving suspense wrapped around mystery. The Maze Runner is an awesome, suspenseful movie that shows how easily a director can step up and compare to other "big" adaptations by focusing on telling a good story. I must admit that I haven't read the book and went into this fresh, but it was still a fully entertaining and engaging experience. Wes Ball is the real deal.

 Posted September 16 in Review, SciFi | Comments

Matthew McConaughey on Another World in New 'Interstellar' Poster

Interstellar

Following yesterday's awesome Poster Posse collection from Blurppy for this fall's release of Interstellar from director Christopher Nolan, an official poster from Paramount Pictures has debuted online. This one is a little more conventional as it merely shows Matthew McConaughey on another world, which we've seen glimpsed in the most recent trailer for the film as well. Some think that the most recent trailer showed too much, but considering it's all out of context and a Nolan movie has never been spoiled by trailers, it shouldn't be anything to worry about. Could we get one more trailer before the release? We'll see.

 Posted September 16 in Hype, Posters, SciFi | Comments

Get Even More Excited for 'Interstellar' with Blurppy's Latest Artwork

Interstellar Artwork

Our Destiny Lies Above Us. If you can believe it, we're only 53 days from the release of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Meaning it's almost time...! To keep the nearly unbearable hype going, while not revealing anything big before release, there's a fantastic set of artwork for the film released from Blurppy as part of their Poster Posse series. This month they're highlight Interstellar meaning we get a bunch of new posters and digital art for the movie, created by great artists from all over. The first batch has arrived and it's quite wonderful, showcasing Matthew McConaughey as Cooper, and the space exploration theme with a rocket ship. Doaly even made a few stamps and mission patches, different from the one given out at Comic-Con.

 Posted September 15 in Artwork, Hype, Posters, SciFi | Comments

Watch: First Teaser Trailer for Hasraf 'HaZ' Dulull's New Sci-Fi 'Sync'

Hasraf 'HaZ' Dulull's Sync

"I will find you." How about a bit of homemade sci-fi to start off the week. Today we're featuring the brand new teaser trailer for a project called Sync, the latest from VFX artist/filmmaker Hasraf 'HaZ' Dulull. You may recognize that name as we've featured his space exploration "documentary" Project Kronos, which gave him a big boost in the industry and now he's off working on more. Sync is one of those other projects and it looks... just okay. To be totally honest, I'm not that impressed by this trailer at all. The footage looks very cheesy, blatantly dull and the CGI looks like glossy embellishment that doesn't add much. Take a look.

 Posted September 15 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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