Morrison wants to write Dr Who

According to geek-bible IO9.com, global media comic icon and all round purveyor of weird and cool, Grant Morrison says he would ‘really love to write Doctor Who.’ Clearly something that is likely to be filed too cool to actually happen; those same things could be said of Robert Downey Jr playing Tony Stark, the Guardians of the Galaxy being green lit and an episode being written by Neil Gaiman (already done). Before you dismiss this as mere throwaway gossip – you should know that Morrison has even had mutual friends reach out to Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. The liklihood is that this’ll never get passed the idle chit chat stage but as Comic Resources said ‘Morrison writing for Matt Smith’s Doctor might just break the universe.’

I’d anticipate a few drafts before one that doesn’t mentally scar children is completed. Can Morrison actually write Doctor Who while still maintaining his psycho sexual, media chic? Love to see him try. If I was Moffat though I’d be worried about an intellectual take-over.

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The Astonishing Cloud Atlas Trailer

Were you ready for that? Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tyker’s ‘Cloud Atlas’ appears here in a blistering array of dizzying visual motifs. If that sound precocious that’s likely the work of the Wachowski’s. An unsuspecting world wasn’t prepared for the existential conundri that spurged out of the second two movies of the Matrix Trilogy, effectively killing the franchise before it had finished.

The Wachowski’s are comparably weird by anyone’s standard but they are artists working in a medium of film and, with the help of Tykwer – who provided the score along with Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil – sound. It just happens that thanks to the notoriety (and from the looks of it Asian budgets) they are working at a more commercial level. Other artists in the passed have loaded their bowels with multicoloured paint and expelled it onto canvas. An artists work isn’t automatically high art or accessible and whether this will be remains unproven.

But this trailer, the longest I’ve ever seen (I think) suggests a plethora of set pieces of such dizzying confidence and clarity that if the build up to the moments depicted in this spell binding trailer bear up in the final reel this has the potential to bring art house cinema crashing successfully into mainstream cinema. Based on the novel by David Mitchell, perhaps the borders laid out by an existing plot will keep the existential nonsense to a minimum. I hope so, because the Wachowskis at their best deserve a place in cinema history for the Matrix alone.

Watch a man turn into a blowfish in a short film (Fugu and Tako)

Watch as a man turns into a human pufferfish, but carries on with his normal life, in Ben West’s short film Fugu & Tako. The pufferfish man sings karaoke, drinks with the ladies, and passes out on a train (note the gills!). The detail is so intense you can even see the tiny stubble on the Pufferfish Man’s face.
West is a part of the Australian visual effects studio Robot. This is just the trailer, but let’s hope the full short film is out soon. Reminds us of a certain Moon faced boy… named Moon!! Turning heads into other stuff is fun!!

Assassin’s Creed Screenshots leaked onto the web

In Dan’s continuous hunt for infinite coolness on the web we found the ‘leaked’ screenshots from one of the most anticipated games in recent years.

A few days ago, news broke that the new installment in the Assassin’s Creed series, Assassin’s Creed 3 — not to be confused with the actual third Assassin’s Creed game that didn’t actual employ the suffix of “3″ — would be set in the American Revolution. The Internet freaked out, because that’s pretty darn cool (or terrible, depending on which way you freaked out regarding the news). Today, some screenshots have leaked into the wild, and show the still unidentified main character walking around a colony, as well as skulking around the wilderness.

The trim on the character’s outfit shows up as blue in these screenshots, though the reveal yesterday showed red coloring — blue and red being the colors of the opposing forces in the American Revolution. So, one could speculate that there will be some kind of disguise mechanic where the main character can flip between both sides of the war. Also look, he’s going to shoot some game:

Considering America didn’t exactly have huge, sprawling cities like the ones found in the previous games, this screenshot of the assassin hiding behind some trees, following a group of red coats could be a sign of how stealth will be handled in this game. After all, it’s the Revolutionary War, home of guerilla tactics.

We’ll be paying attention to the series a little more closely than usual now that the setting has been revealed to be the American Revolution — it’s something that high profile games tend not touch, and it’ll be pretty interesting to see if some historical figures play significant roles in the game’s narrative.

Introducing Ivanna Matilla : Colourist on Moon

We would like to take this opportunity on the run up to the big launch to introduce Ivanna Matilla, colourist on Moon 1. After the creation of the first 12 pages of Moon it became clear that the work required a deft hand. At Beyond the Bunker our intention is always to put out the best work possible and while there were possibilities of myself (Steve Penfold) doing the colour there were very good reasons why I should not. Namely that I was not adept enough at colouring digitally (as was required) and that I was no where near fast enough. I had already had experience of working with a colourist on Fallen Heroes with Gat Melvyn (introduced next week) and have enjoyed a good working relationship with him throughout (excluding a couple of hiccups – you’ll see what I mean next week) but nothing could prepare me for the sheer exuberant sweetness of working with Ivanna Matilla. Perpetually cheerful she has been brilliant throughout what would have been a really difficult process of bringing on a new creative and showing them the ropes.

NAME: IVANNA MATILLA
HOME COUNTRY: ARGENTINA
PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: THE UNFORGIVABLE (Graphic novel) http://www.theunforgivable.com/
INFLUENCES: LIQUID (Christian Lichter) and SIMON BORK.
INTERESTS: Painting, Cinema, Teaching, Learning languages

An English teacher 200 miles from Buenos Aires in Argentina, Ivanna Matilla has a boyfriend with a comic book shop in the town in which they live. Making time to paint (digitally), Ivanna stands out as one of the best digital colourists out there. Totally self taught (‘because she didn’t have time to study’) she only has one professional job to her name (much like everyone else on Beyond the Bunker), a graphic novel named Unforgivable. (http://www.theunforgivable.com/). A late find in the search for a new colourist for Moon 1 her eclectic and abstract style was not immediately the first choice – as we were looking for a horribly commercial artist – but with second looks at her Deviantart page she completely won us over. Between her skin tones and clothing detail and her lighting and shading her work represented something we initially thought was too advanced for our comic book – but we thought nah, let’s treat ourselves. And we were wrong to ever doubt it, her style fits well with a story of a fairytale gone slightly sideways and she had been a pleasure to work with throughout. Moon 1 was completed within two months (an incredible feat considering it is neither her day job and Christmas and a trip to her brothers for a week coincided with it. But nothing stopped her and Moon 1 simply wouldn’t have happened without her. We (and you I imagine) look forward to more of her stuff in Moon 2 and we are really proud to have her as the third member of Beyond the Bunker.

She also has a habit of ‘marking’ my work with arrows and questions about what this means and what’s that for. Two characters would not have had had hands in Moon 1 if it hadn’t’ve been for Ivanna. She requested two air tickets to Britain for the ‘Beyond the Bunker launch party’ as payment for the work she’s done. Unfortunately we can’t stretch to it right now but if her work attracts as many people as it should we should be able to afford a private jet within a few months.

Every time I see more of Ivanna’s work I am more and more in awe of her talent. We hope we can work with her for as long as we can hold onto her as she represents an incredible talent. Well, take a look for yourselves…. we’ll be showcasing her favourite pieces from her Deviantart collection over the coming weeks.