Art by Ashley Wood

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Here at Panic Films HQ we’re watching the mail this week in anticipation of the World War Robot: 215.mm Edition book by Ashley Wood. In honor of the newest addition to our book shelf we selected a gallery of photos of some of our favorite Ashley Wood artwork we came across online.There’s some pretty inspirational stuff here. The painting style, color palette and looseness of the work makes it feel more alive and really sucks you into the world he’s creating with his art. Good stuff and good artwork. Enjoy!

Swoon Method – Lost Lieutenant

I have some talented friends. One of them happens to be a close and dear friend named Keith who is the man behind the band Swoon Method. Check out their new song “Lost Lieutenant” which is an answer to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and Peter Schilling’s “Major Tom”. Who knew that Tom was lefty? I sure didn’t.

Game Your Video App Demo

Game Your Video is a fun little video editing app for the iPhone. Here’s a short demo we made using filters, music and some edits. The app has some good options and the included olde tyme music is pretty fun too. This is a great app for upping your Instagram videos or making fun little shorts on the run.

Evangelion: Another Impact

Here’s a great short film of what it might look like if there was a live action Evangelion movie. The scale and look of the Eva Unit is pretty on point here. The film is from Studio Khara’s Japan Animator Expo. For now, enjoy this and let’s all wait for the release of Evangelion 3.33 on blu ray.

Tuesday Crush – Lara Jade

Today’s Tuesday Crush is the insanely talented and beautiful photographer, Lara Jade. She’s a British fashion photographer who took DigitalRev TV’s “Pro Tog, Cheap Camera Challenge” series. Watch the video till the end to see the awesome photos she managed with the crappy toy camera they supplied. I also love this series just for the simple pleasure of the behind the scenes tour of Hong Kong we get to see when they go out to shoot on the streets of this amazing looking city.

Mythical Beast Wars – The Flying Heads

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Last week I had the honor of being the guest judge for Mythical Beast Wars. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a weekly contest to draw the best mythical beast and there are guest judges who pick the top 3 of all the entries that were submitted. The site is run by an old coworker from the Playboy days and he’s got quite a great thing going here. Last week’s contest was to come up with a drawing of the Flying Head.
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The winning artist was jason p with a super detailed and creative flying head. Just look at that picture. Damn. Check out the site to see who came in second and third. Visit the site for more info on this fantastic weekly contest and get your sketchbooks out to participate. Tell them Arturo sent you.

Chappie movie trailer

Ever since he directed the Halo live action short films a few years ago, I’ve been a huge fan of Neil Blomkamp. District 9 was pretty great too. Now he’s back with Chappie and it looks excellent. Starring hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and the rap group Die Antwoord the movie is about a robot designed to learn and feel that gets kidnapped by the bad guys. It’s based on Blomkamp’s 2004 short film Tetra Vaal, which you can see below. It’s nice to see the evolution of Blomkamp’s work and as with any great artist, I can’t wait to see what he does next. Chappie comes out in theaters on March 6, 2015.

Michael Bay: On Action

Transformers 4: Bay On Action from Michael Bay Dot Com on Vimeo.

I don’t care what you say about Michael Bay. As a filmmaker he’s got his signature moves: car porn, military vehicles, well choreographed action scenes, lots of explosions, and beautiful girls in slow motion. All of this usually happens within 10 seconds of each other if it’s not already in the same shot. It’s all so ridiculously over the top, but it’s also just so slick and well done. He does his thing, he does it well, and you can’t fault the guy for that. Transformers 4 wasn’t the best movie in the series but you can’t deny the eye candy and impressive filmmaking techniques in the video above. Next time I need the reference in my own work, I’m definitely going to use his tennis ball technique. Check it out and stop hating!