CLOSING SHOP

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Well, that time has finally come for the shutters to close on this blog. Goodbyes are usually hard for me, so luckily this is more like “See you later!” Godspeed, The Sci-Fi Film now has a new home. Visit us at  there for the complete 411 on the project, including the latest news.

Many thanks for rolling with me on this ride. This blog was my first, and like most firsts (!!), it was a HUGE learning experience. Figuring out my own voice and how to share things that intrigue, move and inspire me has been a true journey. A lot of work, but well worth it — and a lot of fun.

I’m stoked there’s even more excitement ahead…..my new blog:
The FutureSexy.

See you on the other side!

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The Robots Are Coming

artificial intelligenceArtificial intelligence has just evolved in a huge way. The NY Times reports that scientists at Google and at Google Stanford University have developed a software that can teach itself to recognize what’s happening in photographs. Google’s old-school image-recognition software could only teach itself to identify individual objects. (After seeing 10 million images from YouTube, it taught itself to recognize cats. Ha!) This new program is braniac in comparison; in most cases, the software’s photo captions were pretty much the same as those of human observers. It’s very cool, but maybe a little unsettling? I just wonder, when the software describes  “A pizza sitting on top of a pan on top of a stove,” what does that mean to the software? What is its understanding of what pizza, a pan, and a stove are?

I guess one day very soon, I’ll be able to ask it myself.

Women. Film. Now.

Women + Film = Power

Women + Film = Power

If you don’t do anything else the rest of the day, read this little ditty:
Here’s Why Female-Driven Films Are Important Right Now
by filmmaker Alexis O. Korycinski

Indeed….what she said (so well). For now, let’s just stick with business. I suspect that, as with much cultural progress facing futile resistance these days, the money will win out in the end. Women spend a lot of money going to the movies; neglecting that audience/market segment is simply idiotic. And I, for one, am not an idiot. That is all.

This Woman Knew How to LIVE!

gal-angelou-8-jpgMaya Angelou (4.4.28 – 5.28.14)
“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.”

“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

Well played, lovely lady.
Thank you for shining your brave, elegant, brilliant, passionate, sassy, truthful light on us.
Enjoy the next leg of your journey!

Alien Daddy: H.R. Giger (1940 – 2014)

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PHALLIC DURESS by H.R. Giger

Swiss surrealist artist H.R. Giger was a king of erotomechancis. This man’s mind….wow.

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NUBIAN QUEEN by H.R. Giger

He created the iconic alien of the ‘Alien’ film franchise, created murals for the Alien prequel ‘Prometheus,’ among other very cool work in films and music (including album artwork for many and even a custom microphone stand for Jonathon Davis of the band Korn). His vision of biomechanics made the relationship between (wo)man and machine incredibly sexy, dripping with the promise of inhuman pleasure. In a 1979 interview, Giger said: “My paintings seem to make the strongest impression on people who are, well, who are crazy. If they like my work they are creative … or they are crazy.” Count me in.

Enjoy the next leg of your adventure, Mr. Giger.

 

How Star Wars Ruined Sci-Fi

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It’s been a long slide downhill since the original….

If you care about sci-fi, check out this piece entitled “How Star Wars Ruined Sci-Fi.” It’s one of the best op-ed pieces I’ve read in a minute. Big up to this writer for so eloquently and insightfully discussing the demise of sci-fi film and the slippery slope of commercialism that has transformed the very chromosomes of the American film industry — particularly science fiction. Yes, there is a business that supports film — but do not get it twisted: filmmaking is an art.

I give the writer, Lewis Beale, even more love for not only shouting out Octavia Butler, but also for pointing out the insanity of her work and the work of other top-notch sci-fi novelists (like Joe Halderman’s The Forever War) not being adapted to film because they’re ‘too smart’ and don’t fit into Hollywood’s moronically simplistic sci-fi lexicon of CGI, weapons battles and tired archetypes. Can I get a witness?

I have two things to say: a new day is dawning…and sci-fi 4eva!

Introducing Roxë15, The Movie Art

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ARTWORK and TITLE: Copyright 2013, Artistic Freedom Ltd. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Any duplication, derivation or use is EXPRESSLY FORBIDDEN.

We are pleased as punch to unveil the key artwork for my sci-fi short film, Roxë15. UK artist Rowan Stocks-Moore has produced 3 hot & gorgeous pieces of artwork for the project. Rowan was the bomb.com to work with and we’re stoked about how this art captures the stark world of the film *and* hints at the psycho-digital thang that rocks Roxë’s world.

Meantime, post-production marches on. Editor Jack Pearley is rolling with the creative punches, working it out. Also, we’ve just brought on NYC visual effects artist Adam Wiesen to give Roxë15 a nice dose of “yuck” factor. Welcome to Team Roxë, Adam!

Next up: motion graphics wizard Kate Thomson will soon be bringing her cyber-fabulous-bad-assness to the mix. Stay tuned.