Sci-Friday #103 – ZORG Industries ZF1 from ‘The Fifth Element’

Ever look at a scifi ray gun and wish you could have one? You aren’t the only one. For this Sci-Friday, enjoy a real-life ZORG Industries ZF1 from ‘The Fifth Element.’ According to the builder, he’d been working on the software and hardware for over a year. Now it’s finally ready to show off!

‘The Fifth Element’ ZORG Industries ZF1 – Fully animated movie replica kit

Keep watching past the original picture – he includes a walkthrough of how he put everything together. Really comprehensive if you’re into making scifi cosplay or collectibles. Everyone experiences scifi in their own way, and this guy is at the top of his game.

ALSO –

I released some new memes from ‘Real Genius’ this week to Imgur. RG is one of those classic cult 80s movies that provided some of the inspiration for Mesh. Hope you enjoy these, too:

Real Genius Memes

This ZORG Industries ZF1 from ‘The Fifth Element’ validates what I’ve said before: Makers are gonna make, no matter what. That’s what I was channeling when I made those memes and I hope this inspires you to keep on making whatever makes you happy! Have a great weekend!

 

Sci-Friday #102: Billy West – Futurama Voice Actor Bloopers

If you love scifi, you love Futurama – it’s that simple. Matt Groenig’s love letter to pop culture and science fiction included some of the top voice actors in Hollywood including a guy named Billy West. Billy, if you didn’t already know, had already built a successful voice career doing Ren and Stimpy. He went full ‘Mel Blanc’ in Futurama, providing many of the beloved, bizarre characters you came to know and love. It’s always fun to watch a gag reel, so sit back and enjoy these Futurama voice actor bloopers:

Don’t stop here, though. Billy West has a channel on Youtube talking about some of his experiences as a pro voice actor. Definitely worth checking out if you’re interested in that side of the business.

Part of the benefit of watching Billy West and the Futurama voice actor bloopers is that it de-mystifies the entire process of making scifi. At the end of the day, it comes down to regular people coming together to make something awesome. Always has, always will. If you like Sci-Friday, you can go down the rabbit hole of every other Sci-Friday I’ve published in the past couple years. Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

Sci-Friday #100 – We Did It! – Scifi and Blender

Drum roll, please … Hooray, we did it! We made it to Sci-Friday’s hundredth post – huzzah! I’ve been doing this for one hundred blog posts now, and it’s been a fun, fascinating challenge to find something every week to highlight the fun side of science fiction.

In this week’s Sci-Friday, we have a breakdown of the VFX going into an upcoming game. Thanks to Blender, all we need to make a rich, beautiful scifi universe is a great artist, actors, and green-screens. Watch!

Sci-Friday #99 – Jawa Van Halen – Fun Scifi Stuff

Did you know the Jawa’s like Van Halen? Neither did I. And yet, this stop-motion animation provides undeniable proof of the galactic popularity of EVH. The beauty of scifi, as I’ve said, is how it lets us leverage our weaknesses into strengths. The creator himself candidly pointed out: “A Jawa Plays Eruption: A Tribute to Edward Van Halen is exactly that! This was an extremely FUN way to pay respects to a musical Legend and to also challenge myself to recreate Eddie’s amazing solo, frame by frame via stop motion animation. Is it perfect? Of course not, that’s impossible and nothing ever is :-)”

Now, kick back and watch a Jawa shred on Eddie Van Halen’s eponymous work, ‘Eruption.’

Hope you enjoyed ‘Jawa Van Halen, ‘ and if you like Sci-Friday, you can go down the rabbit hole of every other Sci-Friday I’ve published in the past couple years. Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

 

Sci-Friday #98 – John Williams is the Man

For this Sci-Friday, we want to remember that John Williams, aside from being a musical genius, is a lovely person. Here, a couple of people decided to play the Star Wars theme outside of his house. Instead of being annoyed, Williams came out to say hello:

Science fiction isn’t cold and dark, it brings people together through its unique perspective on art and beauty. And if you like Sci-Friday, you can go down the rabbit hole of every other Sci-Friday I’ve published in the past couple years. Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

Sci-Friday #97 – Lightsaber Sound Design – Fun Scifi Stuff

For this Friday, please enjoy the charmingly low-tech origins of the Star Wars lightsaber sound design. It actually comes from two places (movie projector motors and TV tube interference). For any budding foley artists out there, this is a masterclass in using low tech to achieve high tech sounds:

I’ll post more ‘how did they make that sound’ videos. And if you like Sci-Friday, you can go down the rabbit hole of every other Sci-Friday I’ve published in the past couple years. Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

Sci-Friday #96 – George Lucas’ Greatest Performance

Fun fact: when George Lucas isn’t making movies, he makes a living as a background extra. Here he is in his greatest performance ever, “Average dad walking through the background of the narrator:”

I’m just kidding, George Lucas isn’t a background extra – it was just a random ‘what are the odds’ moment on a random street corner. Happy Friday, and enjoy your weekend!

Sci-Friday #95 – Jamming with Baby Yoda / Grogu

For your daily dose of ‘aww,’ I present this video of Robert Rodriguez jamming with Baby Yoda / Grogu on the set of the Mandalorian. Watch him close to see how organic and life-like the puppetry feels:

Now, here’s an important question: is it okay to still call him ‘Baby Yoda?’ I think the answer is yes, and here’s why.

‘Baby Yoda’ is a gesture of affection. We’re not making fun of him. After all, we call Chewbacca ‘Chewie, C3-PO ‘Threepio,’ and R2-D2 ‘Artoo,’ right? Just like the nicknames kids get from their older siblings, it’s Baby Yoda. Hopefully, Grogu can live with that.

I hope this discussion, along with the video jamming with Baby Yoda / Grogu, can hold you over until Season 3 and The Book of Boba Fett come out on Disney+. Have a great weekend!

Sci-Friday #94 – Star Trek Bloopers Ft. Chris Pine & Benedict Cumberbatch

For this Sci-Friday, enjoy some Star Trek bloopers featuring some modern man candy: Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s also got some great one-liners from Karl Urban and Simon Pegg:

And if you like Sci-Friday, you can go down the rabbit hole of every other Sci-Friday I’ve published in the past couple years. Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!