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This is the first of what we hope will be semi-regular community round-ups, taking a closer look at what’s been happening at FXhome.com and pointing people at all the cool stuff that shouldn’t be missed.
The Latest Blockbusters
The new-look Cinema has proven very popular since it went online just before Christmas. It’s great to see so many people embracing the new poster format – there’s nothing better than seeing a kick ass movie at #1 with an exciting poster splashed across the front page.
Here’s a few highlights:
Warning Sign – Leaping straight to the #1 position, the latest production from Leeds University’s ls:tv is a classy act and one of the best movies we’ve ever had at FXhome.com. Set to a haunting Coldplay song, the music video features beautiful black and white photography, with high quality camerawork and strong visual concepts. We can’t recommend this highly enough – if you haven’t watched it yet, start downloading!
Between the Lines Teaser – Meanwhile, Tinyworld Productions unveiled their first teaser for upcoming World War 2 epic Between the Lines. For once a teaser that knows how to ‘tease’, it’s very short and restrained but sets up the mood perfectly. We’re looking forward to this – keep an eye on the movie by reading the official production diary here.
Eye on the Forum
There’s a massive variety of ages and cultures here at FXhome.com and it’s a great testament to every single member of the community that we can almost always count on friendly and intelligent discussions. It’s a rare thing on the Internet these days, and shouldn’t be taken for granted!
Here’s a few of our favourite topics from the last few weeks:
Windows Vista – Probably the most heated debate recently has focused on Microsoft’s next PC operating system. Some say it’s a bold step forward for the most popular OS on the planet, while others maintain that it’s a flimsy excuse to add graphical gimmicks. What do you think? If you haven’t weighed in on the topic, now’s the time!
RECON 2022 – More than two years ago the RECON 2020 (aka Power Corps) trailer blasted its way into the FXhome.com cinema. In 2006, Christian (aka John Carter) Viel and his team are back with the explosive sequel, and this time they’ve got Sollthar along for the ride! Check out the latest production stills courtesy of the director himself. Keep an eye on FXhome.com for more RECON 2022 features coming soon!
A Scanner Darkly – 03ruby drew our attention once again to the forthcoming Richard Linklater film A Scanner Darkly, based on a Philip K Dick short story. Developing techniques he first used on Waking Life, Linklater has crafted a unique rotoscoped visual aesthetic. While debate raged about how the technique is accomplished, Oily meanwhile leapt into action and created a couple of presets to simulate the general appearance using FXhome products. Check out his presets by clicking here and here.
A Good Year for Presets
Despite only being open for a couple of months, the Preset Library has already grown to over 200 individual presets, all free to download for FXhome customers. Thanks go to everybody that has put in hard work to create a strong collection in such a short time!
Here are some of our personal favourites:
Caprica – We’re rather big fans of the redesigned Battlestar Galactica here at FXhome. Following on from Cogz’s rather spiffy hyperspace jump optics (click here and here), Oily has continued the space opera theme with ‘Caprica’, a beautiful grading preset that perfectly captures the warm, saturated yellows of the home planet.
Very Old Film – We’ve had a few ‘old film’ presets and they always seem to be popular. The latest is from preset regular Oeyvind, whose creation conjures up a classic, grainy, black and white image that evokes Pathe newsreels from World War 2.
The FXhome Fanfilm Competition
Finally, it’s time to say thanks to everyone that entered the Fanfilm Competition. It’s the first competition we’ve held here at FXhome.com, so we weren’t sure quite what would happen!
The final total was 51 submissions from 34 participants (although those with multiple entries will only be able to win a single prize). Our plan is to get the team together with some beer and pizza and have a marathon viewing session, complete with score cards – it should be a fun night!
We won’t be announcing the winners for a good few weeks, so please have patience while we investigate, ruminate and cogitate!
Thanks for reading!