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It’s been over two months since our last round-up, for reasons which we can’t divulge just yet. Needless to say: we’ve been rather busy. The FXhome.com community has been as busy as ever, however, and there’s lots to catch up on. Let’s kick off with some rather exciting news from the Cinema…
The Latest Blockbusters
The impossible has happened: Art of the Saber has been beaten. After ruling supreme in the FXhome.com All-Time Gold Chart for years, the Ho brothers’ classic has finally been usurped by not one but two new arrivals!
Lucky Strike – Appearing without warning, Lucky Strike immediately found itself at #1 in the charts, riding high on a stylised mixture of slapstick violence, spot-on performances and glorious 35mm cinematography. The movie’s success shows the demand for high quality filmmaking here at FXhome.com, regardless of genre.
Dark Resurrection – Star Wars is never far away, though, with the second Dark Resurrection trailer Force-jumping its way to the #2 spot in the All-Time Gold Chart. Showing off some extremely impressive visual effects that wouldn’t look out of place in your local multiplex, this looks set to take sci-fi fanfilms to a new level.
Flying Sock – While the high production values of Lucky Strike, Dark Resurrection and Between the Lines might be grabbing all the headlines, we wouldn’t want anybody to think that we’re ignoring our roots. Flying Sock is a genius reminder of the hilarious simplicity of the Room series, with innovative ideas overcoming miniscule resources. It may not be shot in Paris or feature giant spaceships but it does have a flying sock and, frankly, that’s all you need.
Eye on the Forum
In Round-Up #3 we mentioned the Superman Returns and Transformers are ALIVE threads, both of which are still going strong thanks to Superman’s staggered global release and the recent revelations regarding Michael Bay’s so-called ‘Transformers’ movie. Check out the topics if you want to see how the discussions have developed!
FXhomers get musical – Elsewhere, it’s all gone a bit surreal in the General Chat forum. What began as an innocent query about the forum rating system resulted, two pages later, in Digerati Media singing the ‘FXhome Pokemon Song’. We’ve called the men in white coats and they assure us that Digerati will be taken care of at their special institute in Belgium.
Brainstorming – In a rather more standard discussion, no_hole sparked an interesting debate about where ideas come from. Do you start from the end and work backwards, find inspiration in real-life, look at artwork or listen to music or pop down to the local mini-golf course? Everybody has their own methods – let us know how you massage your grey matter.
Snakes on a Plane – No website is complete without an obligatory mention of this unlikely movie phenomenon. Of course, unlike the movie studios we’re all fully aware of the Internet’s word-of-mouth power – but is the movie actually any good? It’s on general release, so now is the time to find out and let us know.
Redhawksrymmer is officially a Man on a Mission. His mission? To become the world’s greatest living FXpreset creator. He’s already well on his way with an astonishing run of top quality presets that belong in any FXhomer’s collection. To recognise this and his other contributions to the community, we're pleased to be able to promote him to Superuser status!
Many thanks to all the preset creators for their hard work – it directly benefits the FXhome community, so we all owe them one!
Portal – Something rather special, this one. You can tell because it comes in five separate parts. Although a bit tricky to set up, it’s well worth it, with Redhawk having crafted a fantastic Stargate-style watery teleport effect that has some beautiful light effects.
Water on lens – We always like to see the effects engines used in unexpected ways and that’s exactly what Darth Penguin has achieved here. Everybody has experienced the wet/dusty lens problem, often not realising until getting back to the lab. This preset could prove invaluable for matching shots together and simulating a dirty lens – or you could just keep a lens cloth in your camera bag.
Soft handgun – Another fantastic muzzle flash from Axeman, once again showing his total mastery of the engine. A brief lick of flame and and a burst of gas make for a highly realistic flash.
As mentioned earlier, the FXhome team has been working in overdrive for the last couple of months. You’ll be seeing the results over the next few months but to kick things off we have a slight improvement to the FXpreset submission system…
Make FXpresets for Force! – That’s right, the preset submission system has been upgraded to reward talented preset creators with Force points. Bronze awards receive 5 points, Silver gets 15 and the rare Gold awards provide a massive 40 points. If you’ve been looking to extend your forum lightsword and community rating, now’s your chance!
VisionLab Studio reviewed – In the first of what we hope will be many positive reviews, Microfilmmaker Magazine has published its in-depth analysis of VisionLab Studio, awarding it a fantastic 9.0 final score. As always, we’ll be taking a close look at Microfilmmaker’s comments to see if we can improve the program even more in future updates.