Monthly Archives: September 2010

Pokemon Apokelypse: Live Action Pokemon Fan Trailer Revealed


Yep it was all a hoax. Good on those of you who spotted it. Shot in Vancouver it was made by SFU film students and local actors. If you’ve ever been to SFU or watched Stargate then you might even recognize some of the locations. The writer and co-director, Kial Natale, has no intention on extending it to anything more than a trailer, so the impassioned roars of an outraged internet crying out in anger over seeing their favorite franchise turned into a B-movie will finally be assuaged. No M. Night Shyamalan, no Nintendo going insane, it was all just a joke and loving tribute made by film-savvy fans.

It draws attention to the accelerating skill and dedication that we’re seeing in fan works. Short videos shot by teens with camera phones and camcorders with pirated MP3 soundtracks have evolved into detailed productions with rented camera, lighting and sound equipment, actor auditions, professional level CG modeling and animation, and custom orchestrated soundtracks. The gap between the professionals and the amateurs shrinks as fans stand up, take the media they enjoy and make it their own. This project literally began like fan fiction, with words on pages exchanged between fans, but rocketed into a production we can watch and listen to in HD. The people who worked on it may have been film students, but such skills needed to make such a video aren’t out of the reach of the average fan. Natale taught himself how to model in 3D, animate and composite on his own time while working multiple jobs. The video was shot, edited, and scored in the time people had after work and between life. It’s efforts like this that usher in an age where fans can become participants in the media, in their media.

Leaked Live Action Pokemon Movie Trailer

Is it a real movie? Is it a trailer poised to become a movie in the same vein of Machete, Black Dynamite, and Mortal Kombat Rebirth? Only time will tell.

Google TV

by Irma Arkus

Google announced today that it will start its pilot TV live programming on YouTube.

Howcast, Next New Networks, Rocketboom and Young Hollywood will be the first 4 channels that will provide live broadcasting scheduled to run from 11 ET onward.

For years now, ability to simulcast has been sitting in the shadows, despite its overwhelming potential to transform the business of broadcasting.

While Apple has been toying with the idea of iPod show, albeit not live, and reviewing the potential for AppleTV, Google is a huge contender for a spot in a remarkable technological development that will combine video content with a far more accurate, targeted niche advertising.

While YouTube emerged as a go-to video channel, initial responses from the networks were to block or remove as much content from YouTube as possible. But those days are over, say Google executives, who are seeing YouTube climbing in profits as more networks view potential content release as another avenue for advertising revenues. Live simulcast would open that unexplored market much further, allowing advertisers to receive far more accurate statistics on ratings, viewership and marketing.

Klingon Opera Returns!

Remeber what Worf did while being stranded in an escape pod for days, mourning Jadzia’s death? Singing. Singing what? Klingon Opera.

And he is not the only one. Apparently, now that we’ve learned that all those years spent watching slow-moving Star Trek episodes (no wire-work action sequences, loads of “technobabble” and moral lessons) are over, as everything will be replaced by faster, more action-oriented teens with self-righteous views of their place in the universe, some of us are getting nostalgic.

I present Klingon Opera! By Zeebelt Theatre in Netherlands, where various prototype Klingon Instruments are joined with fierce operating feats.

Here is the primer on who, what and how, and the video below is an excerpt from the actual performance held at the Zeebelt Theatre. Kaplah!