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Monday, March 17, 2014

Stunning Canceled BIOSHOCK Movie Concept Art by Kasra Farahani and Jim Martin

Bioshock concept art by Kasra Farahani

Check out Bioshock concept art by Kasra Farahani and Jim Martin!

A film based on the hit game Bioshock was proposed in 2008. It went through directors like Gore Verbinski and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo before the project was dropped because of the proposed R rating and soaring budget. Two artists who worked on the film have released concept art that show what it could have looked like.

Kasra Farahani is a professional concept artist who's worked on big budget films like Avatar (2008), Alice in Wonderland (2010) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). Jim Martin is a professional illustrator who's worked on Hollywood films like Superman Flyby, Spider-Man (2002) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).

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Kasra Farahani

Jim Martin

See more of Kasra Farahani's marvelous portfolio at zafron.com and Jim Martin's awesome illustrations at jimmartindesign.co.

Click on the links if you want to see more of Kasra Farahani's work, Jim Martin's designs or Bioshock on my blog.

Via Comic Book Movie (Nailbiter111)

What do you think of the concept art? Would the Bioshock movie have been any good?

Official Bioshock Game Summary
BioShock lets you do the impossible as you explore a mysterious underwater city. When your plane crashes, you discover Rapture - an underwater Utopia torn apart by civil war. Caught between powerful forces and hunted down by genetically modified "splicers" and deadly security systems, you have to come to grips with a deadly, mysterious world filled with powerful technology and fascinating characters. As little girls loot the dead, and biologically mutated citizens ambush you at every turn. Now you're trapped, caught in the middle of a genetic war that will challenge both your capacity to survive and your moral allegiance to your own humanity. Make meaningful and mature decisions that culminate in the grand question - do you exploit the innocent survivors of Rapture to save yourself - or risk all to become their savior?
Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Gore Verbinski)
Planned Release date: November 30, 2011 (USA)
© Copyright 2011 Take Two, Universal Studios. All rights reserved

Packaging For The Happy Show's Typographic Films by Sagmeister & Walsh

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These beautifully designed limited edition Blu-ray packages for three of Sagmeister & Walsh's typographic films, currently shown as part of the traveling exhibition "The Happy Show", each contain a unique earthenware USB drive (specific to each film), the disc and a certificate of authenticity. All the black boxes were individually written on by Stefan.

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Be more flexible IIHIH
if i don't ask IIHIH
Now is better IIHIH
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Centered around the designer's ten-year exploration of happiness, the traveling exhibition of Sagmeister & Walsh's The Happy Show presents typographic investigations of a series of maxims, or rules to live by, originally culled from Sagmeister's diary, manifested in a variety of imaginative and interactive forms. To contextualize the maxims that appear throughout the exhibition, Sagmeister has gathered the social data of Harvard psychologists Daniel Gilbert and Steven Pinker, psychologist Jonathan Haidt, anthropologist Donald Symons, and several prominent historians. In addition to individual works, some of which have been custom-made for this exhibition, The Happy Show includes a personal narrative, as Sagmeister's individual experience is portrayed beside social data detailing the role of age, gender, race, money, and other factors that determine happiness.

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above photo of Stefan Sagmesiter and partner Jessica Walsh, credit to John Madere (johnmadere.com)

Stefan Sagmeister talks about The Happy Show exhibit:

Bill Rodgers of C-file reports that "The Happy Show was a 2012 traveling exhibition by the New York design firm Sagmeister & Walsh. Spearheaded by Stefan Sagmeister, the show premiered at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia in August 2012 (and has since traveled through Los Angeles, Toronto and New York). In addition to being a personal narrative of Sagmeister’s quest for happiness through meditation, therapy and pharmaceuticals, The Happy Show also looked at happiness through social data with factors such as age, gender, race and money. Sagmeister’s work employed graphic design, graffiti, bright yellows, free gumballs and activity cards suggesting things such as cutting out of the show early to go home and have sex.

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Video was also a feature of that exhibition. Three of those films are now available in a limited series of boxed USB drives. Each box was written on by Sagmeister; they bear individualized therapeutic reminders to be present, flexible and to ask for what you want. The USB drives themselves are made of ceramic and resemble horns, or tentacles or worm specimens. They look like exhibits taken from the mental health wing of the natural history museum.

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Physical media is dead. The conventional wisdom among people who produce this soon-to-be-ancient material is that physical media works best when it enhances the experience of the song or video contained within. Within the last decade we’ve seen musicians release albums that are pressed on X-ray images or are part of a vast alternate reality game. Sagmeister, who has worked within the music industry creating album art for musicians such as Lou Reed and OK Go, seems to be working with similar logic as he created a highly-personalized artifact from his exhibition that draws the experience of his work forward, even if you’re only viewing it from your home computer."

Creative Director : Stefan Sagmeister
Art Director and Designer : Santiago Carrasquilla
Designers: Christian Widlic, Esther Li, Thorbjørn Gudnason
Ceramic Production: Janine Sopp
Box Production: South Side Design and Building

Check out the fun title sequence on this one Happy Show video:

all images and information courtesy of Sagmeister&Walsh
Sunday, March 16, 2014

Aston Martin Unveils 2015 Black and White Carbon Editions Of The DB9.

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When it comes to pure car body styling, the Aston Martin DB9 has always been one of my favorites. Now, it's even sexier in two new special editions, Carbon Black and Carbon White.

Style and visual drama are the special editions hallmarks as they perfectly emphasize the timeless GT’s sporting nature.

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The new Carbon Black accentuates the 183 mph DB9’s 6.0-litre V12 potential through a strong dark theme underpinned by a unique combination of lightweight carbon fiber features. Meanwhile, the contemporary Carbon White special edition creates a dramatic visual effect with the carbon fiber and dark elements contrasting strongly against the Stratus White paint and accented caliper color.

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Inside, a strong black styling theme with a choice of accent colous in line with the caliper shade showcases carbon fiber details and new black hardware.

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Striking exterior additions for both Carbon Black and Carbon White editions include carbon fiber side strakes, black window surrounds and a black diffuser, reinforcing the powerful visual themes.

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The cars have details like embroidered headrests, a bang & olufsen stereo and carbon fiber door handles. Bespoke sill plaques with the Carbon Black or Carbon White logo, communicate the cars’ rarity, too.

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Of course the styling changes don’t alter the DB9’s inherent grand touring capabilities, qualities that make it the world’s most admired and desired GT.

Today’s DB9 features the modern AM11 V12 engine which uses ‘Gen4’ VH architecture and hardware, tuned to suit the character of a classic GT. The result is an engine with effortless torque of up to 620 Nm and peak power of 517 PS.

Prices for the special edition DB9 Carbon Black and Carbon White models are available on application at any of Aston Martin’s 147 dealers.

Aston Martin Design Director Marek Reichman explained: “The classic DB9 Carbon Black and daring DB9 Carbon White special editions give this timeless GT a fresh and highly desirable new appearance. Meanwhile, the exciting details that define N430 should leave no one in any doubt about the car’s motorsport roots. Bold graphic treatments and the option of vivid colour combinations conjure up clear visual echoes of the race circuit.”

year: 2015
make: Aston-Martin
Model: DB9
Engine: V12
Horsepower @ RPM:517 @ 6500
Torque @ RPM: 457 @ 5500
Displacement: 6.0 L
0-60 time: 4.6 sec.
Top Speed: 183 mph

all images and info courtesy of Aston Martin