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Journal Entry: Fri May 9, 2014, 7:19 AM


The Cities Of Linestra Pt I

As you probably noticed I just finished uploading my little 3 piece series of scifi cities. I decided to create a Wallpaper pack with 1920x1200 & 1680x1050 versions for each pic. Feel free to download it here: v5.tigaer-design.com/?page_id=…


Cities Of Linestra Pt1 Wallpaper Pack


*~*~*


"While I respect the Judeo-Christian ethic, as well as the Eastern philosophies and of course the teachings of Mohammed, I find that organised religion has corrupted those believes to justify countless atrocities throughout history. If I were to attend church, I'd be a hypocrite."

Hyde - That 70s show

"I never know what I want but I know when I'm low that I... I need to be in the town where they know what I'm like and don't mind..."

(Elbow - Station Approach)

"...Just because you know there are people with far worse problems than yours... doesn't mean you don't deserve a piece of that cake called 'luck' too."

(A Friend - 07.2007)


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You are all pioneers!"

Dylan Cole (Digital Matte Painter)



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The Luminarium Exhibit #23

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 16, 2014, 5:48 AM





THE LUMINARIUM - INTERNATIONAL ART COLLECTIVE




Here we go...


In our 23rd exhibit, we have explored the cybernetic & cyberpunk universes and our take on the idea of a Kibernetik future.

With over 30 pieces our artists have approached the theme in a variaty of ways and each presented their own unique visions of the Cyberpunk environment by creating stunning pieces about computer systems, mechanical structures, symbiotic biological & cognitive organisms.

This exhibition presents a crossing between advanced technoligical surroundings and post-apocalyptic worlds.

The Luminarium presents Kibernetik


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Did you buy a print of mine?

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 23, 2014, 8:00 AM


It Would Be Awesome!



For a very long time now  I'm selling prints through deviantart here. I'm by far not a print powerseller but over the years I sold a few pieces. Which amazes me, thinking that my pictures are featured in someone's home. That's just great!

Now to my question. If you read this, and you are one of the fine folks who bought a print of mine, I would love to see a photo of it! How you use it or where you use it. Same goes for feedback about the print itself.

So yeah... if you have bought a print of mine, just drop me a mail or send me a note via deviantart. Would love to see what you did with it and if you're happy with it. =)

It would be very appreciated!


*~*~*


"While I respect the Judeo-Christian ethic, as well as the Eastern philosophies and of course the teachings of Mohammed, I find that organised religion has corrupted those believes to justify countless atrocities throughout history. If I were to attend church, I'd be a hypocrite."

Hyde - That 70s show

"I never know what I want but I know when I'm low that I... I need to be in the town where they know what I'm like and don't mind..."

(Elbow - Station Approach)

"...Just because you know there are people with far worse problems than yours... doesn't mean you don't deserve a piece of that cake called 'luck' too."

(A Friend - 07.2007)


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henning ludvigsen & natascha röösli interview syd mead interview gary tonge interview dylan cole interview

"We may feel that we have figured out a lot of great things with digital, but in reality we are just in the infancy of digital image creation. Traditional painting took thousands of years to perfect. We have only been doing digital art for a couple of decades.

You are all pioneers!"

Dylan Cole (Digital Matte Painter)



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Workshop Book Released

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 8, 2014, 5:14 AM


Photoshop Artworks - Die Tricks Der Photoshop-Profis



Photoshop Artworks - Die Tricks Der Photoshop-Profis


Mid 2013 the German publisher Galileo Design approached me asking if I’d be interested in writing a Workshop for an upcoming book release. I previously worked with them on a Video Workshop project which turned out really nice. After a short time thinking about the offer, I sat down with them and talked about what we could do for the book. We ended up with my suggestion to bring interested people a little closer to what’s all possible with Fractals. In my eyes Apophysis deserves more exposure since I find it a very inspiring and creative tool to create some really cool looking stuff. Just today I noticed that my last released Fractal piece was 2009. A far too long time! So it doesn’t surprise me how much fun I had creating the piece I did for the Workshop. The book itself comes in truly top shape quality. Especially the paper quality surprised me and is really worth every cent. Also a big thanks to everyone involved for their advice and help during the writing process!

If you are good with the German language then maybe the book might be something for you.

Get It On Galileo Design - Here

Get It On Amazon - Here

Harmony In Colour by tigaer


*~*~*


"While I respect the Judeo-Christian ethic, as well as the Eastern philosophies and of course the teachings of Mohammed, I find that organised religion has corrupted those believes to justify countless atrocities throughout history. If I were to attend church, I'd be a hypocrite."

Hyde - That 70s show

"I never know what I want but I know when I'm low that I... I need to be in the town where they know what I'm like and don't mind..."

(Elbow - Station Approach)

"...Just because you know there are people with far worse problems than yours... doesn't mean you don't deserve a piece of that cake called 'luck' too."

(A Friend - 07.2007)


HIRE ME!!!




got a job?




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henning ludvigsen & natascha röösli interview syd mead interview gary tonge interview dylan cole interview

"We may feel that we have figured out a lot of great things with digital, but in reality we are just in the infancy of digital image creation. Traditional painting took thousands of years to perfect. We have only been doing digital art for a couple of decades.

You are all pioneers!"

Dylan Cole (Digital Matte Painter)



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The Luminarium Artgroup

Scifi 2014

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 6, 2014, 4:21 AM


2000 Crazy 14


Here we go into a new year. Hope everyone had some good days with friends, family or both! This time it’s 2014. Me being born in 1982 the number 2014 sounds so Scifi that it’s hard to believe we live in that year now. Now let’s see if there are some more cool pictures coming along this year. Of course there will be wallpapers which, I hope, will get a chance to grace your computer desktops! Until then… have a nice and successful year!


*~*~*


"While I respect the Judeo-Christian ethic, as well as the Eastern philosophies and of course the teachings of Mohammed, I find that organised religion has corrupted those believes to justify countless atrocities throughout history. If I were to attend church, I'd be a hypocrite."

Hyde - That 70s show

"I never know what I want but I know when I'm low that I... I need to be in the town where they know what I'm like and don't mind..."

(Elbow - Station Approach)

"...Just because you know there are people with far worse problems than yours... doesn't mean you don't deserve a piece of that cake called 'luck' too."

(A Friend - 07.2007)


HIRE ME!!!




got a job?




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MEET THE INSPIRATION




henning ludvigsen & natascha röösli interview syd mead interview gary tonge interview dylan cole interview

"We may feel that we have figured out a lot of great things with digital, but in reality we are just in the infancy of digital image creation. Traditional painting took thousands of years to perfect. We have only been doing digital art for a couple of decades.

You are all pioneers!"

Dylan Cole (Digital Matte Painter)



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XMAS LIMITED TIME WALLPAPER PACK

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 23, 2013, 12:36 PM


Time To Share


Hello ladies and gentlemen,

in this magic time of the year it's all about sharing. I want to do my part and created a wallpaper pack, with selected pieces off my gallery, that might (if you let them) be very happy to grace your desktop backgrounds with their shining glory! This pack will only be online for a limited time until Jan. 5th. So grab this almost 20mb heavy pack while you can! 27 pieces in 1920x1200 condensed in one package.





This pack is only available until Jan. 5th 2014. So grab it now before it's too late! =D Until then, thanks for your ongoing support, merry christmas and a happy new year to all of you. Thanks.


*~*~*


"While I respect the Judeo-Christian ethic, as well as the Eastern philosophies and of course the teachings of Mohammed, I find that organised religion has corrupted those believes to justify countless atrocities throughout history. If I were to attend church, I'd be a hypocrite."

Hyde - That 70s show

"I never know what I want but I know when I'm low that I... I need to be in the town where they know what I'm like and don't mind..."

(Elbow - Station Approach)

"...Just because you know there are people with far worse problems than yours... doesn't mean you don't deserve a piece of that cake called 'luck' too."

(A Friend - 07.2007)


HIRE ME!!!




got a job?




got a job?


MEET THE INSPIRATION




henning ludvigsen & natascha röösli interview syd mead interview gary tonge interview dylan cole interview

"We may feel that we have figured out a lot of great things with digital, but in reality we are just in the infancy of digital image creation. Traditional painting took thousands of years to perfect. We have only been doing digital art for a couple of decades.

You are all pioneers!"

Dylan Cole (Digital Matte Painter)



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The Luminarium Artgroup

The Luminarium Exhibit #22

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 20, 2013, 6:26 AM





THE LUMINARIUM - INTERNATIONAL ART COLLECTIVE




In few words...


The Luminarium presents our 22nd Exhibit : Illuminate V. This exhibit is the continuation of our great Illumination series and
our artists explored the freestyle theme once again with high quality artworks.
Digital paintings, matte paintings, music, photography and more, The Luminarium is proud to share a huge diversity of artworks with more than 40 incredible pieces !



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Facebook Me! Finally!

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 9, 2013, 11:55 AM


Like Me!


I really am a very very very big Facebook skeptic/critic (for all the right reasons if you ask me). There is rarely a week going by where I'm not reading any weird news about what they can do with all the things you post on that site. So I avoided it as good as possible. Recently though I spoke with a couple of friends about it all, and when it comes to promoting my work, even the skeptics among them told me to go for it. After literally 2 months of thinking back and forth I decided to give it a try. So yeah, there I am, still looking a little confused at what Facebook can do. It's really a beast and luckily some of my friends guided me through it. Especially the privacy and security settings. A big thanks out to them.

There are already some things up and ready for you to view, but I have other things planned to do on my Tigaer-Design.com Page - well, aside of the usual posting of artworks, I also plan to drop a couple of detail snapshots of my artworks every now and then. Due to the fact that I'm a little ridiculous with putting detail in my pics, that no normal being could ever see on the downsized pics I usually post. The pics within pics so to say. =)  There are a couple posted already. Larger than the usual print preview pictures I create for my bigger projects.

Now hush and go LIKE ME! - Tigaer-Design.com Facebook Page


*~*~*


"While I respect the Judeo-Christian ethic, as well as the Eastern philosophies and of course the teachings of Mohammed, I find that organised religion has corrupted those believes to justify countless atrocities throughout history. If I were to attend church, I'd be a hypocrite."

Hyde - That 70s show

"I never know what I want but I know when I'm low that I... I need to be in the town where they know what I'm like and don't mind..."

(Elbow - Station Approach)

"...Just because you know there are people with far worse problems than yours... doesn't mean you don't deserve a piece of that cake called 'luck' too."

(A Friend - 07.2007)


HIRE ME!!!




got a job?




got a job?


MEET THE INSPIRATION




henning ludvigsen & natascha röösli interview syd mead interview gary tonge interview dylan cole interview

"We may feel that we have figured out a lot of great things with digital, but in reality we are just in the infancy of digital image creation. Traditional painting took thousands of years to perfect. We have only been doing digital art for a couple of decades.

You are all pioneers!"

Dylan Cole (Digital Matte Painter)



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The Luminarium Artgroup
  • Mood: Wow!
  • Listening to: The Polyphonic Spree
  • Reading: At The Mountains Of Madness

The Luminarium Exhibit #21

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 2, 2013, 5:42 AM









Here we go again! "Elements" is the 21th Exhibit release by The Luminarium Artgroup. #21's topic "Elements" focused on things that are pretty much responsible for 'existence' in itself. This time it took a while to get the exhibit off the ground due to lots of busy members. The group nonetheless managed to collect a wide array of artworks that fantastically represent the topic at hand. Yet again it's something for everyone - may it be Photography, Digital Art or Music. All of surely a nice source for inspiration! So be sure to check it out -> Elements










  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: The Polyphonic Spree
  • Reading: At The Mountains Of Madness

Tips And Tricks For Vue Users

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 29, 2013, 10:27 AM


Time To Share Some Wisdom


Hello ladies and gentlemen, dear Vue users and interested folks. In this little article I, once again, plan to share some wisdom with you fine folks. Said wisdom was partly very painfully acquired through creating a lot of nice pictures. I'm sure you've seen some of them. If not, shame on you and go here! Most of these pictures were created by using Vue and Photoshop. Some of these pictures really got me on the edge of the possible. Both mentally and technically. I had to find several workarounds to avoid really painful slowdowns. Especially when scenes were loaded with hundreds of objects. And I'm not counting Vue Eco-system objects here. Since Eco-system objects are handled differently then normally placed (by hand so to say) objects.

There are a couple of things I want you to keep in mind, regarding the hints and tips I want to share. I'm not a studio person/artist. (These people probably know a lot more neat tricks) So it could be that some things mentioned are an old hat and fairly well known. The tricks I'm about to list up are things I'm working with on pretty much every project. Things that help me to keep the workflow fluid. In that regard it's also important to mention what specs the PC has on which I collected most of the experience on:

OS: Windows Vista/7 (64bit)
Intel i7 920 (not overclocked)
GF 560GTX 2gb RAM (previously a GFXCard with 1gb RAM)
12gb 1066mhz RAM


The most stable machine I ever had, but I'm also looking out for a new one right now. After 4 years working with this setup, I guess it's time.

All hints are regarding still image renders and not animations.


>>>Hint #1 - Infinite Loop

Every now and then I had the problem that Vue drowned in some sort of infinite loop. It looked like it was trying to refresh the preview windows. The titlebar kept flashing weird. Happened on scenes with very very high polygon count. Problem was that Vue got stuck and no further work was possible. BUt it also didn't exactly crash!

Solution: Now this sometimes worked (not always!) and it could help you as well. Just minimize the Vue application into your taskbar. Wait a few seconds. Maximize the window. Chances are good that Vue calmed down and is ready to work again. First thing to do: save your progress!




>>>Hint #2 - Panning Does Not Work With Wacom Pen

After setting up a new Windows recently, I discovered that Vue suddenly refused to pan when holding the Right Click button on my Wacom Pen. I remember it working fine before I had to reinstall Windows. No idea what went wrong. It literally took me months to figure out what caused my Wacom Pen not to work properly in Vue.

Solution: What seemed to have happened is that I accidently changed the Left/Right Click configuration of the Mouse and switched the buttons. Something that can be handy for left handers like me. I also had a special Mousedriver Software installed. In that case the SetPoint software by Logitech. There I did not change/switch the Left/Right Click button configuration. I guess the Windows and Driversoftware configuration have created a conflict that confused the Right Click of my Wacom Pen. I have no idea how that's possible but after setting the Windows Left/Right Click setup back to normal... the panning with the Wacom Pen worked again.




>>>Hint #3 - Some Value Fields Go Higher Than 100

This is probably something you know forever. Well, it took me a while to learn about this. So it could be that there are still folks out there who don't know this. Especially in Atmosphere settings you can go into extreme values. Fog, Haze, Glow for example allow you to go higher than 100. Same goes for the Cloud Settings. So if some effect is not quite where you want to have it while being on 100 already... try a higher number. Same goes for fields that only seem to go to 4 or 10. Chances are good that it works. Still... there are some settings that won't go higher than 100.




>>>Hint #4 - Keep The Workflow Fluid

If you are working with Vue, and load a couple of heavy scenes in one session, it could be that you will experience a massive slowdown. Or that even simple objects will be drawn with a box instead of a more accurate model.

Solution:
Then it's good to try File > Purge Memory. This clears your memory from all data that is currently not used and makes space for the things you are working with at that moment. Or clean up the memory by just closing Vue and reopen it. Can cost time if you have to load heavy scenes but you will get the time back since the workflow is more fluid again. You should also work with layers a lot and use the 'Show Only Object From Active Layer' option in your Main Camera view. That can be very helpful when working on polygon heavy scenes.




>>>Hint #5 - Rendering Clouds

Whenever you expect a render to be very time consuming, try to minimize the effort by splitting your project into different renders. Especially with a spectral atmosphere and spectral clouds. First render your scene without clouds. Then go for a second render with clouds. Clouds of course take ages to render. Clouds in Vue can look good with lower quality settings. The only thing to keep an eye on is the atmosphere quality. That should at least be on 2 - to minimize noise withing the clouds. Advances effects quality can be 16%. That's not the best value for the scene render. But clouds still look good with only 16%. LAst but not least render with multipass to have your clouds rendered with a mask. This will allow you to place your clouds within your scene in no time. Cloud shadows can easily be painted in via Photoshop.




>>>Hint #6 - Be Careful When Saving Vue Objects (.vob)

I recently stumbled over a weird issue when I tried to render a picture with active multipass options. The scene had a couple of Ecosystems that contained Vue objects (.vob) I saved over the time for later use. The render couldn't be started and I got a message that told me I don't have enough RAM. That was weird since I already rendered much larger pictures than the one I wanted to do then. Then I noticed that the render process always tried to render passes I did not even select to render. When the render tries to render 40 3500x2000px pictures... of course the RAM is not sufficient. Then I noticed that it's always Ecosystem materials that were marked in the options. Removing the marks did not help. The render process was always rendering the Ecosystem material passes no mater what I tried. Then, in a painful timeconsuming process, I filtered out the objects that contained said materials and opened them one by one in a new Vue scene. Sure enough these objects were saved WITH active multipass material options. I deactivated the selected material passes and saved the objects without a single selection active in the multipass options. A clean save so to say. Then went back to my original scene and replaced the old objects in my Ecosystems. Sure enough the render did what I wanted without trying to render the phantom passes from earlier.

This problem really took my a while to figure out. I cannot even say if it's a feature or just a bug. I can imagine situations where pre-selected passes for objects can save a lot of time... but not for me. =)

This list will probably extend when new stuff comes up so please feel free to check my site every now and then.


*~*~*


"While I respect the Judeo-Christian ethic, as well as the Eastern philosophies and of course the teachings of Mohammed, I find that organised religion has corrupted those believes to justify countless atrocities throughout history. If I were to attend church, I'd be a hypocrite."

Hyde - That 70s show

"I never know what I want but I know when I'm low that I... I need to be in the town where they know what I'm like and don't mind..."

(Elbow - Station Approach)

"...Just because you know there are people with far worse problems than yours... doesn't mean you don't deserve a piece of that cake called 'luck' too."

(A Friend - 07.2007)


HIRE ME!!!




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got a job?


MEET THE INSPIRATION




henning ludvigsen & natascha röösli interview syd mead interview gary tonge interview dylan cole interview

"We may feel that we have figured out a lot of great things with digital, but in reality we are just in the infancy of digital image creation. Traditional painting took thousands of years to perfect. We have only been doing digital art for a couple of decades.

You are all pioneers!"

Dylan Cole (Digital Matte Painter)



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The Luminarium Artgroup

Wacom Driver Not Booting Properly?

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 13, 2013, 8:47 AM


Time To Share Some Wisdom

Trouble with your Wacom driver not booting properly on windows? For the longest time I had problems with my Wacom tablet being ready to work once Windows finished booting. When I picked up the pen it just didn't move. When I tried to open the Wacom Tablet Properties I got the message that the driver did not load or something. Only way to resolve this was to reboot the machine. Not via 'restart' no... a complete shutdown was necessary. Very annoying when your Windows takes a while to boot. Mine surely does.

Recently I had enough and started to look for a solution (for the 10th time or so). With the difference that I seem to have found one now. Don't bother with the Wacom forums. As far as I can see they don't have much of a solution. But anyways. What can you do to solve the issue? Well, time to share some wisdom. Here we go:

1. Click the Windows button and type Services into the quick search
2. Click the icon on top of the upcoming list
3. Look for a service called Wacom Professional Service (that goes at least for the Intuos 5)
4. Double click that service and set the Startup type to Manual
5. Apply and OK it


What we did here was to deactivate the Wacom driver to load at the start of Windows. Somehow the Wacom driver doesn't like to be treated like all other drivers and wants to be loaded separately. I don't know why. Wacom should be able to find a solution to this problem but obviously fails. Since I had a similar problem even with my Intuos 3.

Now what you can do is to start that service manually by hand when Windows finished booting. Just open the Services, find that Wacom Professional Service and press the Start button. That's faster than restarting over and over again until the driver decides to be ready. Or you can create a shortcut for your desktop. Here is how you can do that:

1. Right click on your desktop and create a new text document

2. Copy the following part into it:

net start "WTabletServicePro"

3. Save the file on your Desktop and give it a name of your choice. Important here it to use a .bat extension instead of .txt - For example: startwacom.bat

4. Next time you start Windows just wait for it to calm down with the boot process and just right click startwacom.bat, Run as administrator and the service should be started. Your pen and tablet should work perfectly fine now. No need to go into the Services anymore each time after Windows booted.


That at least works with my Intuos 5. Other tablet versions may not work and may also have services with different names. But anyway... I'm just happy I found a solution for my annoyingly stupid problem. Maybe it helps someone else too.


*~*~*


"While I respect the Judeo-Christian ethic, as well as the Eastern philosophies and of course the teachings of Mohammed, I find that organised religion has corrupted those believes to justify countless atrocities throughout history. If I were to attend church, I'd be a hypocrite."

Hyde - That 70s show

"I never know what I want but I know when I'm low that I... I need to be in the town where they know what I'm like and don't mind..."

(Elbow - Station Approach)

"...Just because you know there are people with far worse problems than yours... doesn't mean you don't deserve a piece of that cake called 'luck' too."

(A Friend - 07.2007)


HIRE ME!!!




got a job?




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henning ludvigsen & natascha röösli interview syd mead interview gary tonge interview dylan cole interview

"We may feel that we have figured out a lot of great things with digital, but in reality we are just in the infancy of digital image creation. Traditional painting took thousands of years to perfect. We have only been doing digital art for a couple of decades.

You are all pioneers!"

Dylan Cole (Digital Matte Painter)



ADDITIONAL STUFF




The Luminarium Artgroup
  • Mood: Confused
  • Reading: Douglas Adams &amp; Stephen King
  • Playing: Several Stuff
  • Eating: Too Much

The Luminarium Exhibit #20

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 13, 2013, 12:36 PM









The Luminarium is proud to present our 20th exhibit Adventure! It is quite a milestone for us and we are glad to share with you what is our biggest, and quite possibly best, release yet. Adventure explores that inner curiosity that drives so much of humanities achievements. That desire to know what is over the horizon, what is beyond the next turn. The Luminarium has been quite an adventure for many of us over the course of our 20 releases and long may it continue into the future. Adventure holds over 50 pieces of artwork and music, with pieces from old hands like Glenn Clovis, Chris Cold and Alex Fralin, some outstanding work from Kuldar Leement as well as some notable debut's from Erik Schumacher, Anna Hollinrake, Matthias Utomo, Jakob Hansson and Scott Steadman. Come and Join us on our Adventure.








  • Mood: Confused
  • Reading: Isaac Asimov &amp; P. K. Dick
  • Playing: Several Stuff
  • Eating: Too Much

Shameless Xmas Plug

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 21, 2012, 5:53 AM


Scifi Calendar 2013

It's this time of the year again to post my products for a shameless plug. Naw I don't feel guilty. I just want to show you some alternatives. I'm sure you don't mind... =)





The Art Of Christian 'Tigaer' Hecker – Vol. One



The Art Of Christian 'Tigaer' Hecker


If you are planning to invest into something big, then I would recommend going for this nice book. The pictures in it represent some of my finest work and are printed on quality paper. To make the pictures work in their full glory they are printed on two page spreads. That allows the viewer to dive into the rich detail I always tend to put into my work. Details that are mostly visible in big prints only.

Check The Previews - Here

Buy The Book - Here



*~*~*


"While I respect the Judeo-Christian ethic, as well as the Eastern philosophies and of course the teachings of Mohammed, I find that organised religion has corrupted those believes to justify countless atrocities throughout history. If I were to attend church, I'd be a hypocrite."

Hyde - That 70s show

"I never know what I want but I know when I'm low that I... I need to be in the town where they know what I'm like and don't mind..."

(Elbow - Station Approach)

"...Just because you know there are people with far worse problems than yours... doesn't mean you don't deserve a piece of that cake called 'luck' too."

(A Friend - 07.2007)


HIRE ME!!!




got a job?




got a job?


MEET THE INSPIRATION




henning ludvigsen & natascha röösli interview syd mead interview gary tonge interview dylan cole interview

"We may feel that we have figured out a lot of great things with digital, but in reality we are just in the infancy of digital image creation. Traditional painting took thousands of years to perfect. We have only been doing digital art for a couple of decades.

You are all pioneers!"

Dylan Cole (Digital Matte Painter)



ADDITIONAL STUFF



The Luminarium Artgroup
  • Mood: Confused
  • Reading: Isaac Asimov & P. K. Dick
  • Playing: Several Stuff
  • Eating: Too Much

The Luminarium Exhibit #19

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 21, 2012, 11:44 AM









In our 19th release The Luminarium explores our more sinister side. We look for our deepest, darkest desires. Those things we wish for in the dead of the night, or that fit of rage. Our ghosts, our demons, the skeletons in our closets. The Luminarium presents The Dark Side of the Mind.








  • Reading: Isaac Asimov & P. K. Dick
  • Playing: Several Stuff
  • Eating: Too Much

The Art Of Christian ‘Tigaer’ Hecker Artbook

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 7, 2012, 5:09 AM


The Art Of Christian 'Tigaer' Hecker – Vol. One



The Art Of Christian 'Tigaer' Hecker


Yet again I have to announce something that makes me proud. For the past year I sat down and created a neat little art book. This book contains 9 of my personal portfolio favourites on a very high quality 30×30 cm / 12×12 inches paper. All of them on two-page spreads. So basically 60cm wide. That gives some amazing detail! Additionally it's packaged in a very well produced and manufactured binding. For details feel free to check this page. There you can find all necessary info about the book as well as detailed photos.

Check The Preview - Here

Buy The Book - Here


Daily Deviation: The Moebius Passage

This one was a surprise and I even almost missed it. I'm very happy that it got the award of course. The feedback that came with it, over the past couple of days, was very positive and appreciated a lot! I'm glad there are so many people enjoying the view and may come back for more! Things like that are a great motivation.

The Moebius Passage by tigaer




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"While I respect the Judeo-Christian ethic, as well as the Eastern philosophies and of course the teachings of Mohammed, I find that organised religion has corrupted those believes to justify countless atrocities throughout history. If I were to attend church, I'd be a hypocrite."

Hyde - That 70s show

"I never know what I want but I know when I'm low that I... I need to be in the town where they know what I'm like and don't mind..."

(Elbow - Station Approach)

"...Just because you know there are people with far worse problems than yours... doesn't mean you don't deserve a piece of that cake called 'luck' too."

(A Friend - 07.2007)


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The Luminarium Exhibit #18 - Gaia

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 17, 2012, 3:21 PM










Our 18th release is a tribute to that which gives us all huge amounts of inspiration. The natural world. Nature has been an inspiration for those of an artistic bent for time immemorial, from cave men drawing the animals around them on cave walls to the great impressionist Monet's landscape paintings. At The Luminarium we are no different, so Gaia we salute you.











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The Avengers & X-Men First Class

Journal Entry: Tue May 15, 2012, 3:20 AM


Marvel's The Avengers

Comic fans around the world, for a long time thought, that a movie like this one would be impossible. And their concern is quite understandable. Marvel, for the past 5 or 6 years, slowly built up momentum for this movie. They did it with small little scenes in all the superhero movies. Most famous one probably the one after the credits in the first Iron Man movie. Where we get to see a Nick Fury character for the first time. Since then we had similar scenes in Hulk 2, Thor and Captain America.

Especially in Thor and Captain America we finally really knew where it all is heading. The Avengers movie. All of the movies were quite successful and managed it to appeal to a wide audience. Some more… some less. But altogether, quite a lot. So the inevitable, almost impossible had to happen! All of these heroes in oooone big show! I, honestly, had no big hopes. And I didn't care too much too. I'm not a big comics guy. Even though I enjoy the movies they made. 'Doubt' was written all over that Avengers movie.

The name 'Joss Whedon' spawned hope though. Some say he's one of the most overrated guys ever. Others think he is a god amongst men. He's the guy that brought us Buffy – The Vampire Slayer, Angel and one beautiful season of Firefly. Somehow he knows how to create characters that work great together. His way of writing is able to create a very good chemistry between characters. The one point that spoke against Whedon was the fact that he never directed a really really big movie. Until now. Everyone had a good right to be sceptical. So ultimately Joss Whedon was a perfect and very risky choice.

And well, what's to say? Joss Whedon literally must be a god amongst men. He managed to get that impossible project right. And he did it all, ALL, right. The Avengers is certainly the best comic movie out there. Right next to The Dark Knight. One thing The Avengers do different though, is the humour. That's the one component that really makes The Avengers shine. These well dosed moments of refreshing humour. Sometimes very unexpected humour. Perfectly timed. Mixed with action that was quite amazing too. Well… all around great experience.

The actual story of the movie requires a little backstory from the Captain America and Thor movies. But it's not entirely crucial to know these things. All characters get introduced properly. So that even newbies understand who is who. Ultimately it's about a bad guy, Thors half-brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who wants to conquer Earth. But he needs a mystical energy source that was discovered in the Captain America movie. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and his buddies from the 'Shield' initiative try to fight that. But they alone surely aren't enough. That's why they try to recruit guys like Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Of course all these characters start out with problems. Especially when Thor (Chris Hemsworth) joins. That's nice to watch because it also reveals all the little character moments. All of them have their strenghts and weaknesses. And the movie does it right to bring it all into the spotlight. It also gets it right, letting all the characters shine when they work together. Of course they understand, they have to work together, to beat the bad guys.

Loki's motivation is of course revenge on Thor (for happenings in the Thor movie). Loki wants to attack Earth because Thor gave an oath to protect the planet on all costs. So the best way to hurt Thor would be to attack the beloved thing he tries to protect. So Loki formes an alliance with some evil alien race (that is not further introduced in the movie… possible hint to a second Avengers movie), to lead their army through a gate to Earth. And Loki manages it to open that gate. It's nice to watch how Loki is following/unfolding his plan. And I admit… I like Loki. It's a great character and Tom Hiddleston surely gets it perfectly right. Now all the superheroes forged an alliance to cross Loki's plan.

The movie does a remarkable job, giving all these strong characters all the demanded screen time, all of them really deserve. And because of the fact all the characters are so distinctively different, it's very easy to set them apart from another. Each one of them has a certain skill and look. Easy to recognize. Which leads to the action sequences. These are done so flawlessly fluid that all the Transformers movies could take a lesson from that. No shaky cam, no lightspeed cutting. All scenes are well choreographed and easy to read. A pleasure. Which leads me to the 3d. The 3d in the movie was really good. A seldom case where I enjoyed the effect. Even though I must admit, that it only works when you look at the screen areas the movie demands you to look at. So it's hard to study elements of the pictures, other than the intended focussed spots. Nonetheless… the 3d worked fine. They used the right cameras to film it.

The VFX, once again, pretty much flawless. It's always amazing to see how well they can integrate the live action footage into the cg. Only the Hulk still looks a little too CG. Nonethelss, fun to watch. Again it's amazing how seamlessly they are now able to blend it all together. Especially in the final big fight in the city.

Pretty much everyone expected a catastrophe of a movie. I had no big expectations too. But they made it right. They did the impossible. Joss Whedon certainly plays a big role in that. But it's surely not him alone. I guess everything fell into the right hands and places.

Oh and I still like the Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) character a lot. This short scene of her with Tony Stark is so fun to watch. Great chemistry between the two. But also in general… the chemistry between all the actors in this movie works so great. Another remarkable achievement that lead to an almost perfect movie.

So yeah… great movie… perfect entertainment. Go check it out! The first big one 2012.

For me a 8.5/10

Marvel's The Avengers on IMDb




X-Men First Class

The whole time, while watching this movie, I had this question in my mind. Why does this movie function so much better than the first FOUR! movies? It's actually pretty astonishing. None of the previous films managed to get it as right as X-Men First Class did. X-Men (2000) gets close though. By getting it 'right' I mean my personal feeling of watching a good, entertaining movie.

'First Class' shows us how all the X-Men thing (according to the story) started in the 1960s. While Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) is still studying to become professor, Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) is seeking revenge for the happenings in a concentration camp during World War 2. Especially on a person that didn't really do good things to him, when he was in the camp. It later turns out, that the person Erik is looking for, is a Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon). Who is a mutant as well and planning to overthrow human society, to make place for mutants… to rule the world!

We see Eriks efforts to find Shaw and he eventually meets up with Charles. Charles, in the mean time, got hired by the CIA to find more mutants. Their plans are to create a special mutant department, to make use of their special abilities. And that's how Charles and Erik find each other. They find out what Shaw is planning and, of course, try to cross his plans.

We pretty early see that Charles and Erik follow different directions and motivations. McAvoy and Fassbender deliver great performances with their characters. Maybe it's these two actors who make the first three X-Men movies a little more plausible now. I never really got into the Magneto motivation until now. Yeah, I know what he's trying to do. But without all the backstory we now got with 'First Class', all previous movies felt empty in certain areas. At least to me. On the other hand all previous four movies were pretty much 'Wolverine' movies, if you ask me. So maybe it's because of the fact that in 'First Class' we see a much broader picture… why this movie works so much better than the rest?

Since the story of the movie is set in the 1960s, it's of course important to get the mood and tone right. And they did it fine. Even if the X-Men were always super fancy hi-tec people… we now see that they started out from scratch too. There are also some musical choices, in certain scenes that deliver some nice vibes, from the 1960s times. Especially in that one scene where these newly recruited mutant kids party around a little. I liked the scene where the kids showed off their powers. That was fun to watch. And then there was this one short scene, where Charles and Erik come into a bar, and it's Wolverine sitting there, telling them to fu** off, before they even said a word. That was a nice laugh, I admit it!

Sebastian Shaw's plan takes shape and he gets everything set into position. And that includes russians placing nuclear warheads on Cuba. What leads the whole X-Men story to a fascinating history twist. So Charles, Erik and the gang are eventually out to stop Shaw and the 'missle crisis' that's about to happen.

What I missed a little is more information about Sebastian Shaw. Maybe I was deaf and really missed it. But… who is this guy? So he worked for the germans. Is he a german? Did they hire him to, I don't know, follow their idiotic plans to create a super race? Shaw mentioned something about his power to absorb energy and we see it in action numerous times. Does this power keep him young as well? How old is he? It seems like he's just 'there' to be a bad guy. Kevin Bacon's performance was cool though. Would be nice in general to see some more work from him again. Then there is January Jones as Emma Frost. I just saw her in Unknown Identity and found her way of acting pretty cold. And I had the same impression here. As if she didn't care much about her character. At least she gives some nice views for the men, when she's in the picture.

The visual effects left a mixed impression. There are nicely executed scenes. When Shaw is entering that CIA building to get the mutant kids for example. He blows up quite some stuff there. Then there is the scene where Magneto is guiding missles back to their ships. Now when the missles exploded, it looked great. But the missles themselfes looked far far far too clean. That stole a lot of credibility. And that mixed impression went throughout the whole movie.

It's a good film with some nice acting and action. It manages to leave an impression… and both McAvoy and Fassbender play a big role in that. Their motivations and actions are understandable, and we now know where it's really coming from. Especially with Magneto who, in the end, becomes very much that what he tried to kill in Sebastian Shaw. A guy with a narrow vision, only looking out for his own kind. That was missing in the other films from my point of view. So this movie gives a little more meaning to all the other X-Men films.

Check it out! It's a fun one!

7.7/10

X-Men First Class on IMDb


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"While I respect the Judeo-Christian ethic, as well as the Eastern philosophies and of course the teachings of Mohammed, I find that organised religion has corrupted those believes to justify countless atrocities throughout history. If I were to attend church, I'd be a hypocrite."

Hyde - That 70s show

"I never know what I want but I know when I'm low that I... I need to be in the town where they know what I'm like and don't mind..."

(Elbow - Station Approach)

"...Just because you know there are people with far worse problems than yours... doesn't mean you don't deserve a piece of that cake called 'luck' too."

(A Friend - 07.2007)


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John Carter & Cowboys & Aliens

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 14, 2012, 10:44 AM


John Carter

This is the first movie this year that owned a big bright spot on my movies radar. The trailers looked fine and made me interested. It 's also always interesting to see what studios and directors can make of a very very old Scifi story. Especially when it comes to design things.

The original story 'The Princess of Mars' came out 1917 and was written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. In the following 30 years more books and shortstories spawned. All of them exploring the fantastic world created in the first book. Due to the indeed very old story I found it very appealing to see what Hollywood can make of that material. Also the fact that Andrew Stanton, (creator of Pixar's Wall-E and Finding Nemo) former animation movie director, is now attacking a live action movie.

The story is actually told rather quickly. A former soldier of the american civilwar gets captured by some of his old army colleagues. They want him to join back into the army. They got their reasons and he surely got his reasons to avoid it. He waits for the right moment to escape. When he finally breaks free he is forced to find a hideout. The only one he finds is a mysterious cave. There he encounters something that transports him to Mars. At first he's not sure what the hell happened and it takes him a while to understand. On Mars he's the outsider. He finds a world that is in a war he actually doesn't want to be a part of. Much like the world he just left. From there on he's trying to understand this new world and trying to find his way back home. But home is relative… isn't it?

The feel and the tone of the movie is pretty much an 'adventure' one. They market this movie like "a mix between starwars and avatar". Which is completely useless. There is maybe 10% Starwars and 5% Avatar in it. It is a movie on its own. The design and look of the movie stands on its own feet. And that's what I liked a lot from early on. Of course you have seen everything anywhere, sometime or somewhere but the movie manages it to keep it fresh. So visually you really get to see something stimulating.

The presentation of the storyline is a little rollercoaster. You have great and impressive battle scenes. A lot of action and speed. Then comes the romantic stuff. And I must admit that there is maybe a little too much of that. But on the other hand it's exactly this what gives the movie a very certain tone that reminds me of older movies from the 60s or 50s. I don't know if that was planned by the makers but for me it felt that way. The story of the movie technically plays 1866 and with that comes certain behaviour by certain characters. Last but not least comes the humour. There you can kind of see where the director originally came from. To me it felt like a very Pixar'ish humour.

When it comes to the acting and its quality then there is not much to say. It's certainly not overwhelming but it was ok. I'm not sure if I will become a fan of Taylor Kitsch (even if his work in this movie was totally fine). Lynn Collins as princess Dejah Thoris was a perfect cast though. She really felt and looked like a true princess. Overall the casting was fine and felt organic enough to leave an overall good impression.

The design and VFX work belongs to the best that's out there nowadays. The integration of all the CG into the live action footage looked pretty much flawless and convincing. It was a lot of fun watching the action happening. Explosions, huge cities, exotic aircrafts and all sorts of creatures. Creatures that, for once, really felt like there was a thought process behind them. Overall good stuff.

It may be the age of the original story that some parts in the movie feel a little hokey but I would say that this is just a certain charme that most movies are not able to capture anymore. The director kept its movie relatively close to the original material. The charme of an old fashioned Scifi movie. Nowadays everyone is trying to reinvent everything anew. This isn't necessary! You can create something entertaining too by just using methods that are already there.

If you're planning to see it on the big screen then try to catch a 2d showing. The 3d isn't horribly bad but it wasn't good enough to let me say "yes!". Otherwise wait for the bluray. I'm sure it'll look great in HD.

I enjoyed this film.

7.5/10

John Carter on IMDb



Cowboys & Aliens

When I first heard that title I was thinking "dear lord what can be expected from that?!". Then I read that Jon Favreau is the director. This guy is pretty good in what he's doing. The Iron Man movies are entertaining and not too stupid. The first one much better though. Beside that we also have some of Hollywood's best producers and writers on this movie. Now what's Cowboys & Aliens about?

It's about a guy who wakes up alone in the desert. He is not able to remember anything. From then on we follow him trying to remember his past. Soon enough first things clear up when he manages to get into a small town. Last but not least some aliens show up and abduct people from the town. Then our hero and some of the town folks move on to get their beloved friends and family members back.

Yes, the aliens appear out of nowhere without much of an explanation. Until the end of the movie we don't learn why these creatures are actually on earth. So it's best you go into the movie without anything… no expectations at all. The title pretty much tells you upfront that it's pure enterainment and nothing to make your brain think. Much of that can also be found in the screenwriting. There was some weird dialogue happening at certain points that partly took me out of the movie. I was thinking "Who in the world is talking that way?". Some weird choices there.

Daniel Craig is the main character and I admit he nails his character. He's the ultimate badass. Kinda like his James Bond interpretation. Then we have Harrison Ford. One of my all-time favs. I grew up with this guy swinging laser guns and whips at bad guys. He's one of my heroes! Well, in this movie not so much. At first he's written like a bad guy characters. He kinda gets together with our hero to rescue his son from the aliens. So his character leaves a weird impression and has a strange story arc overall. Sam Rockwell is the only actor in this movie who plays a character I was able to kind of connect to. He plays a saloon owner who is also a doctor. When the aliens come in, they abduct his wife. He wants her back! Beside that he's just an awesome actor. Adam Beach left a good impression too. This guy should get casted for other movies too. He's got some potential to do some more heavy lifting roles. Last but not least we have Olivia Wilde. She's basically only there to be sexy and does that nicely. Ultimately the weird writing of the partly hokey dialogue leaves an overall strange impression of all the characters. I can imagine they had some serious problems to give these characters something to say at all. I bet you could do this movie without a single spoken line!

The VFX work is overall very solid. ILM certainly did a fine job there. When it comes to the concept work for the aliens and related things then it's also well done and works in context of the movie. But then again I always wonder why the aliens always have to look like us? By that I mean you can clearly recognize a head, two arms and two legs. Star Trek aliens so to speak. I know it would be very difficult to go for a more insectoid or whatever approach… but meh… a little more originality wouldn't hurt in that department. And don't get me wrong. I know for certain how much work goes into the design of these aliens. I highly respect the work.

In the end it is a fairly simple movie. Nothing that keeps your brain too busy. It's popcorn entertainment. Is it good? Well… it's entertaining for sure! And hey, Olivia Wilde is a cutie in her own way and looks good on the screen. So you want some humans kicking alien ass? Go for this movie.

6.6/10

Cowboys & Aliens on IMDb


*~*~*


"While I respect the Judeo-Christian ethic, as well as the Eastern philosophies and of course the teachings of Mohammed, I find that organised religion has corrupted those believes to justify countless atrocities throughout history. If I were to attend church, I'd be a hypocrite."

Hyde - That 70s show

"I never know what I want but I know when I'm low that I... I need to be in the town where they know what I'm like and don't mind..."

(Elbow - Station Approach)

"...Just because you know there are people with far worse problems than yours... doesn't mean you don't deserve a piece of that cake called 'luck' too."

(A Friend - 07.2007)


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You are all pioneers!"

Dylan Cole (Digital Matte Painter)



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Devious Journal Entry

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 27, 2012, 9:55 AM










The Luminarium presents our 17th Exhibit: Illuminate IV. This exhibit is bursting with high quality artwork; from the atmospheric science fiction paintings of featured artist Kuldar Leement and the ever-present Bobby Mears to the stunning landscape photography of Edan Trevethick or the abstract creations of Thor Johannessen this exhibit definitely has something for everyone.











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Drive & The Beaver Movie Review

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 7, 2012, 3:18 AM


Drive

Due to its earlier release in the US I read and heard quite a lot about the movie and decided to see it now, since it finally reached europe. This review contains spoilers so be warned if you're interested in seeing the film.

Pretty much all the reviews I saw mentioned that the movie has quite the 80s tone and feel going and I have to agree. All that made me not expecting too much since I'm not too much of an 80s fan at all. And I guess half the audience that was in the theater did not get the movie they expected. I, on the other hand, got the movie I expected and… really really liked it!

This movie is about a young man, we call him driver (Ryan Gosling), we don't really learn much about. He's just there, living his life. This life includes being a stuntman for movies what makes him quite an impressive driver. Beside that he's working in a friends' (Bryan Cranston) car repair shop. This friend also has some questionable contacts that will come into play at a certain point in the movie. Now our driver tries to live his life between doing a few driver jobs for quick robs, work in the repair shop and being a stuntman. The driver character is a little hard to explain and leaves room for interpretation I think. We soon learn he definitely has a dark side. We, in fact, learn that right at the beginning. Right there we also see that he's an exceptional driver with quite the instinct for certain situations. We never learn where he got that from. Which, at least for me, doesn't hurt the character at all. It adds a mysterious feel to the character.

Our driver lives in an appartment building, next to a woman (Carey Mulligan) and her kid. Our driver meets them when shopping and recognizes her car broke down. For a moment we can see the thought process in his head. "Do I help them or do I mind my own business?!". He decides to help them. There we see that he also has a not so dark side. He's helping her out and both kind of develop a connection. We can see that there is more happening and that's because the movie gives enough space for the characters to play their parts. There isn't too much dialogue happening but lots of things happen in the faces of the actors. Long cuts with a lot of room. No unnecessary explanations like so many movies do nowadays, because studios seem to think the audience is dumb and needs an explanation for everything. If you're not mentally and emotional retarded then you're able to understand what's happing between these two people. And there we have our interpretation point again. Our driver is a pretty introverted character. He's careful with whom he opens up to. His life depends on it. He even may have never loved someone before. The woman and the driver deepen their connection, in a very innocent and lovely way, further and now even the dumbest person on the planet can see that they really like each other. Even the kid seems to really like the driver. We also learn that the woman is actually married and her husband, in jail, is soon getting out and coming back. Which leaves driver in a not so easy to manage position. I found it very interesting to see how he gets through that.

The husband and the driver soon are confronted with each other. One day our driver comes home and sees the husband lying bloody on the floor. Driver helps him and asks what was going on. We learn that there happened some risky protection business in jail. The husband now has to pay off the dept he owes to the people that protected him in jail. Driver decides to help him and both go to a person that has the right job for them. The bad thing is that the job is not going as expected.

At the same time driver and his car repair shop friend land a deal with some mafia/organized crime guy to finance a stock car race endeavour. And that's when it all comes together.

The money our driver and the husband are stealing is connected to the crime people who finance the race plans. It's also bad that the husband of the woman gets shot and dies… which leads the bad guys to the woman and her kid… and of course to the driver who lives next door. All this was a long planned setup to upset the east coast mafia from whom the stolen money was.

To find out who set them up and how to resolve that complicated situation our driver really goes down the violent path. Somehow he knows exactly how to handle the people he's dealing with. We still don't know exactly why and it doesn't matter. He wants to protect the woman and her kid… no matter the costs. The second half of the movie then is of course the one that gives us quite some bloody and disturbing scenes. Well placed and timed!

I realize that my description of the story doesn't make much sense but believe me… the movie get it all together soooo damn well. It's impressive.

This movie is a slow burn. The first half we have some wonderful character development. The movie takes its time with that. The cinematography, lighting, colours… the whole mood is almost mezmerizing. There are a lot of scenes where driver is just driving. We see his face and all the streetlights, all the different colours of that universe that Los Angeles can be, reflecting in his face. These scenes could easily be boring but somehow they give the viewer some room to understand what previously happened in the film. Like short intermissions. In the second half the movie starts to speed up a little. Our characters are confronted with certain situations and problems. These need to be solved as soon as possible.

The driver character sometimes has a psycho feel to him. But the way I see it he's able to control that notion. He's introverted and likes to stay by himself. This woman and her kid change his world. She could be his first true love and he's willing to do everything necessary to know that she's fine. He doesn't expect anything in return. Kind of a classic movie hero.

The woman is a little torn apart. On the one side her husband and the other that guy who is just there and creates a lovely atmosphere everytime he's around. I think she loves both of them and feels sorry. Carey Mulligan really does a beautiful job with that character. Again lots of quiet scenes that just speak for themself.

Bryan Cranston is also a great addition to the film. It's cool to see him getting big A list roles now. It almost seems he's getting bombarded with offers nowadays. Well… his 'Breaking Bad' performance surely helps him. In this film he is kind of the tragic figure that wasted its second chance.

The bad guys played by Albert Brooks (phenomenal) and Ron Perlman do a nice job too. It's interesting to see Ron Perlman play such a small role. But he fills it and gives it some depth. Albert Brooks certainly isn't playing his usual role here. It's even hard to call him a bad guy character here. In the end he's torn apart by the decisions he has to make. He just does what has to be done to resolve a situation.

This is not a 'Fast and Furious' or 'Transporter' movie. This isn't a movie made for 'entertainment'. It's a movie that requieres some investment and patience. If you're willing to do that then you might see a movie that mentally lasts a little longer than just that one evening you saw it. This movie, for me, certainly did. I wrote this review over 5 days and I'm still fascinated by the film.

Is it a movie I could watch over and over again? I think no. Like I said. It's not an entertainment film. You need to be in the mood for it. Or you need someone who you really want to show the film to. Make a nice evening and later talk about the film. And I'm sure it will be interesting to hear the perspective on the movie from another person.

8.4/10

Drive on IMDb



The Beaver

It got quiet with Mel Gibson. After that strange telephone call thing that got through all the media it seemed he took a time out. Looks like he got some problems but to hell with it… we all have our problems. Only difference is that we don't have psychos who record our phonecalls. Now this movie 'The Beaver' was the first one Gibson was in after the media buzz the phone thing caused. A movie directed by Jodie Foster who also plays one of the main characters in the movie. She's also a good friend of Gibson and may have thought "lets give him another chance!". That's what friends do and she did not get disappointed for sure.

The movie is about a Walter Black (Mel Gibson) who is the manager and head of a toy company that is sort of on a downward spiral. Right from the beginning of the film we notice that he's not on top of his game and it feels and looks like a big depression. We see how everything slips out of his hands. First his job, then family and last but not least his own life. When he tries to kill himself some switch gets on and suddenly a handpuppet of a beaver starts talking to him. Now the puppet on his arm he starts to climb out of this big hole of a depression he's in. Sometimes we all need someone who seriously kicks our ass to make us understand or do something. For Walter it's this puppet. Walter doesn't really understand what is happening but we as the audience can see how the puppet is helping him finding back on track again. While we watch him getting back in contact with his family and job we also notice that the puppet cannot be the ultimate solution. At some point the puppet has to go away. We also notice that it me require some heavy measures really get rid of it.

The movie not only shows what Walter has to go through. It also shows how a family can go down because of all the things a depression comes with. Walter's son, played very awesome by Anton Yelchin, has the most problems handling the situation. He lives in constant fear that he might become too much like his father. He also doesn't understand the whole thing with the beaver and distances himself even more from Walter. Now there is a younger son too. He of course has no problems with the beaver. He easily finds a connection to his dad again through this puppet. Walter's wife (Jodie Foster) is happy about how things slowly get back to normal. But she can also see that if this puppet thing continues… things will fall apart again. And who knows if there is a second chance. Jodie Foster's performance works really well since she manages it to make all the inner conflicts visible.

So what does the movie want to tell us here? Yes, depression is quite a serious subject. The movie tries to make the audience understand that it can be a very complicated dealing with these things. All the things with the beaver is a little weird but, at least for me, understandable. I think when you're in a situation like this one you try to hold on every little thing that might help you to get out of that mess. So is the movie a success for what it wants to be? I think yes.

Mel Gibson. Well… start to give that guy jobs again! Please! He is a good, very good, actor. He may have a complicated private life but hell… who are we to judge that? That's not our business. We as an audience should only judge Mel Gibson for what we see in his movies. May it be as an actor or director. I love both roles of him. He can create quite some epic movies. And yes, I say 'Passion of the Christ' is an underrated and misunderstood movie. But that's a review I still have to write some time. Anyway… I can see Mr. Gibson as a new Clint Eastwood. He's a champ in both disciplines.

So yeah… final words… well… sometimes it literally needs a clear cut to solve some personal problems.

7.5/10

The Beaver on IMDb


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