A handful of 10-inch posable puppets in tailored costumes -- some in checked three-piece suits, others in floor-length gowns -- are lined up on a shelf, like a collection of Victorian-era action figures.But what lies beneath those serene puppets is the stuff of nightmares. "I'm going to take this wonderful puppet and rip his face off," says Brian McLean, director of rapid prototype at Laika, the stop-motion animation studio behind Kubo and the Two Strings and Coraline. The now faceless puppet, with its circuit-like innards, suddenly looks more like an android from TV's Westworld.McLean is demonstrating one of the ways Laika has worked to make its puppets more lifelike than ever for its latest movie, epic adventure Missing Link. And it starts with replacing the puppets' faces, sometimes up to 24 times for one second of film. The technique, called replacement animation, involves taking a picture of the puppet wearing one face and then swapping in another with a slightly different … [Read more...] about Making Missing Link, the movie of 100,000 faces
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Funbag Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? [Email the Funbag](mailto:[email protected]). Today, we’re talking about peanut butter yogurt, pot pies, P.J. Fleck, and more. Your letters: Joe: Why not expand the number of sports where players use headsets? Would football be better if a quarterback could use a little radio thing to speak directly with the other players and make an audible or even change things up mid-play, and vice versa? (*KSSSHK* “I’M OPEN, DANNY”) Forget football. The QB has enough to process already. He doesn’t need some yippy wideout screaming “I’M OPEN!!!!” at him while he’s busy dodging Mack trucks in the backfield. The coach/QB headset is already a needless intrusion on the game that encourages coaches to micromanage the on-field action more than they already do. I am a sports purist in that I’d like to remove all of that tech, and let the … [Read more...] about Give Pitchers And Catchers Headsets
Each new “best albums” list published seems to confirm: We couldn’t agree on much this year. And it’s extremely exciting. The music industry at large continued to decentralize, with our biggest stars and returning veterans sharing airtime with newcomers and indie upstarts. Really the only constant seemed to be in hip-hop—its domination of the charts, its relentless pace of releases, its public beefs. To that end, if you want to explore a wider scope of the year’s music by genre, we recommend checking out our top 10s in metal, punk/hardcore, film soundtracks, country, electronic, hip-hop, pop/R&B, and indie/rock. As for the top 20 overall below, even if our music critics’ ballots reflect very different means of getting there, our final list shows we were all looking for a similar experience. Overwhelmingly, we turned to artists seeking new horizons, deconstructed or genreless landscapes where we might find more honest connections and … [Read more...] about ’s 20 best albums of 2018
What if you never cut your hair? ©iStockphoto.com/DomenicoGelermo Typical human hair consists of the hair shaft, which sticks out from the skin, and the root, which is sunk in a follicle, or pit, beneath the skin's surface. Except for a few growing cells at the base of the root, the hair is dead tissue and made up of keratin and related proteins. The hair follicle is a tube-like pocket of the epidermis that encloses a small section of the dermis at its base. Cells divide rapidly at the base of the follicle to form human hair. As the cells push upward from the follicle's base, they harden and undergo pigmentation. And, voilà, you have hair. OK, so this process happens over and over again. You're probably thinking that if you never cut your hair, it would just grow and grow and who knows how long it would be. It's not that simple. Your hair actually doesn't just grow and grow. At any given time, some of your roots (about 15 percent or so) are actually on a growth hiatus. … [Read more...] about What if I never cut my hair?
The fetus grows from an embryo into a baby ready for birth. See more pregnancy pictures. Publications International, Ltd. The journey of the fetus through pregnancy is a complex and fascinating miracle that scientists have broken into three phases -- the three trimesters that represent a nine-month pregnancy. The fetus metamorphoses from an embryo of multiplying cells into a being with organs and muscles that is ready for life outside the womb. Read about the journey of the fetus here: How a Fetus Develops in the First Trimester During the first trimester the initial cell multiplies, and organs grow visible even before the embryo becomes a fetus. The head grows disproportionately large and the tiny heart begins to beat. The fetus is two to three inches long and weighs less than one ounce by the end of the third month, at which point it begins to make breathing movements, and the intestinal and skeletal muscles begin to work and respond to local pressure.How a … [Read more...] about How A Fetus Grows