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Zack Snyder Reveals New Batmobile and Batsuit

O-M-G! (regulate breathing). Zack Snyder has revealed the new Batmobile and Ben Affleck’s Batman on Twitter. Both are different to the Frank Miller grey/black suit and tank I was expecting, but the Nolan/Burton combination that it appears to be looks awesome! There even seems to be a drop of Schumacher’s Batman Forever in the vehicle too. The suit looks less reliant on armour now and more fabric, suggesting a physically stronger Batman this time around. This makes sense given he will be going toe-to-toe with the Man of Steel. Batfleck looks mean and moody too.

 

 

As an avid Burton and Nolan Batman fan, everything so far looks positively exciting. I still have some hesitation over Wonder Woman and Cyborg being thrown in to the mix for the Justice League link. However, based on these updates I’m warming to the idea.

Shooting with the cast has been rumoured to have kicked-off this week. May 2016 couldn’t come round any sooner.

Future Cinema Presents… Ghostbusters

Last night, Future Cinema triumphantly emerged once again at The Troxy in East London for a live screening of Ghostbusters. If you’re not familiar with Secret or Future Cinema, they transform the location into a location from the film (this case being the Sedgewick Hotel) and have actors perform live events around it. After the Ghostbusters car pulls up outside whilst we’re queueing, we finally get inside of the “hotel lobby” to be greeted by Janine, who quizzes us on any paranormal activity that we’ve seen. We finish the questioning and then enter the main auditorium where we bump into Winston Zeddmore, Walter Peck (receiving boos from the crowd as the villain of the evening) and Louis Tully (who offers to do our accounts!).

The Troxy itself was a great venue. It has that retro feel and versatility that could be used for countless different films. Around the room before the event there is the obligatory bar, Ghostbusters paranormal testing area (!) plus somewhere to grab a hot dog and a twinkie! When the screening time came around, Janine took to the stage to announce a ghost sighting. The lights come down, and the screen comes up. During the screening actors simultaneously perform iconic points from the film, such as getting their first call (“We got one!”), catching Slimer (“We came, we saw, we kicked its ass!”) and Louis Tully being chased by the Gozer demon (“Let me in!”). Towards the finale and to the audience’s raucous applause, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man even made an appearance! These segments were the highlight of the evening, as the majority of the room would have seen the film already, but this almost interactive element gave the film so much more attention.

All in all, an amazing evening and cinema experience. We’ll be keeping a close eye on any updates for Future Cinema’s next event.

New York City

After rummaging around the the extensive archives of my photography hard drive, I rediscovered my shots from New York in 2009. One of the main highlights was being present in Time Square for President Obama’s official inauguration into The White House. With the shots being taken on a Sony Cybershot digital camera, it’s safe to say they needed a bit of a post-production boost.

You can view the rest of the album over on my Flickr profile here.

Sunset Over Clapham

With the recent summer spell here in Clapham, London (it has lasted almost a whole week!), I finally had the opportunity to grab some sunset stills whilst the skies were clear.

8-bit Lane

The Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, Shoreditch was transformed at the weekend by Disney as part of it’s promotional release for Wreck-It-Ralph. 8-bit Lane allows you take a pixelated walk down computer memory lane to see pieces of gaming architecture reminiscent of Tetris and Pacman. Notable sights include a London taxi, a burst water pipe, pigeons and the world’s first ‘Blippable’ building. Scanning the building poster via the Blippar mobile app activates a Wreck-It-Ralph playable game, transforming the building into an augmented reality level.

My personal favourite was the 8-bit pigeons who happened to be joined by a live one. The lane could have done with a few more pieces dotted around. However, all-in-all it was a great thing to see….and unleash the inner geek!

 

Wreck-It-Ralph is released in the UK on February 8th 2013.

London Cable Car

On the run up to Christmas, I finally had the time to take to the skies (!) on the London Cable Car, also known as the Emirates Air Line. Have to say, I really didn’t pick the best day either. Due to the fog I could barely see further than Canary Wharf. To me it seems strange to travel from the Excel centre at the Royal Albert Docks to the O2 in North Greenwich, other than during the 2012 Olympics. There’s just nothing really there to see!

The cable car ride itself lasted no longer than 5 mins, and you just hop on an open carriage whilst it’s still moving, and disembark the other end in a similar style. It’s not the busiest method of London public transport, and it was never designed to be. However, the ease of using an Oyster card or buying from the ticket kiosk makes it easily accessible to anyone. Unless your visiting the Excel/O2 there’s easier and quicker ways to get to either destination, but it is one of those things I would recommend to do once. I’d advise to pick a sunny day for best results!

A Different Perspective of London

At the weekend I finally took to the (surprisingly) blue skies of London on a helicopter tour of the city. It was the first time earning my stripes in a chopper, and luckily managed to grab the co-pilot’s seat. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to co-pilot! The fight was a lot smoother than I anticipated, given the windy weather conditions. The views were absolutely stunning though; we flew in from the East over the Olympic site, then worked our way down the River Thames past Canary Wharf, the Gherkin, the Shard, London Eye and Westminster. We even saw the helicopters parked in The Oval cricket ground that were being used to film Tom Cruise’s new film All You Need Is Kill in Trafalgar Square that day. Unfortunately some of my photos appear unstabilised, but it was harder than expected to operate manual focus through the scuffy windscreen and the sharp turning of the helicopter. I was using my 18-55mm Canon EF-S kit lens which was fine for the panoramic shots (perhaps slightly too much, as at 18mm I still had the dashboard panels in view), but some people may crave the need for the extra zoom. So if you get the chance to take to the skies, I’d recommend taking along something additional like a 70-200mm lens and definitely a lens hood. A fish-eye lens will probably be wasted, as the majority  of your shot will be dashboard. I’d save that lens for the viewing gallery at the top of The Shard when it opens in 2013.

The ’21st Century Light Space Modulator’ Is Finally Launched

You may have read my previous post about this collaboration project between Havells Sylvania, Jason Bruges Studio and the London Southbank Centre. Last night was the final unveiling of The 21st Century Light Space Modulator, located under Hungerford Bridge. The piece was inspired by László Moholy-Nagy’s work on the Light Prop for an Electric Stage in 1930. The modulator itself is an interactive piece of artwork that reacts to activity and motion, and was last night showcased by a 20 minute evening performance from South Asian dance studio, Akademi. The project is a visual representation of the Havells Sylvania philosophy: a fusion of invention, innovation, eastern and western influences which have the power to transform a neglected space through the use of light.

The modulator will remain under the Hungerford Bridge until November 1st, and after that it will be transferred to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) until January 31st. For more information, please head over to the official website or check twitter at #modulator.