Save the Planet Game for ‘Independence Day’ Release

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In the office, our team just completed designing and building a throw-back, arcade-style video game for the release of Independence Day: Resurgence in June!

The game is a simplistic jet versus alien ships flying through the desert, city, and finally entering the mothership to drop the missile to save the whole planet — the retro 8-bit design and up/down/shoot functionality will bring you back to the good ol’ days of a pocket full of coins at the arcade (well, most likely if you’re 30 or older…)

We found a little write-up about our game on Mashable, announcing the new movie and game. (See the whole article here)

Try it for yourself– shoot up some aliens and destroy the mothership to save the planet here. :)

RIP PRINCE (1958-2016)

Prince Rogers Nelson died this morning in his home in Chanhassen, MN.  Prince was a true artist and revolutionary. His genius was other-worldly. Not only is he a major source of pride for my hometown, and a hero of the Midwest, but loved all over the world as one of the greatest musicians ever.  He could never be forgotten. I hope to take on some of his fearlessness. It is a truly sad day, but perhaps he’s just back on his home planet, sexily laughing and tossing his hair…

Thank you, Prince, for all you have given us.

 

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Visualize “The Jungle Book” (mainly because it opens in theatres today)

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Growing up with the animated versions of the Disney movies that are now being made into “live-action” incarnations, there is a twinge of skepticism that I feel whenever I see a trailer for one. But as I watch the trailer for “The Jungle Book,” it feels a bit different than the rambunctious cartoon I watched as a young child. I’m actually very curious how the story is told and how the animals are created digitally. I want to embark upon a dream-space in the jungle, where I can imagine myself as Mowgli, and reflect on the relationship between humanity and nature. Will it end up being just a glorified rehash of the 1967 animated version of the story? Or will my inner nostalgia buff be satisfied with enough nods to the former version, while still introducing new ideas and imagery? I will be seeing it tonight, and hoping for the latter… to rediscover an old text through director Jon Favreau’s eyes. Let the adventure begin.

View showtimes for the Jungle Book here!

 

FINALLY, ENNIO! (And oh yeah, you too, Leo)

When I was in college, I took a “Music in Film” class. This class was broken up into chapters by composer, and one of the first names we learned was Ennio Morricone. Understanding how vital music is to the soul of a film, I began to obsessively watch the movies he scored to learn his methods and style; he was obviously a master. The narrative melodies of his compositions were quite an imaginative partner to his visual counterpart. I was in awe of his talent, and understandably excited to learn he scored the newest Tarantino film, especially because I knew it was Western-inspired.

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Daily Inspiration: Photos of Shaolin Monks in Training

Sometimes in life we endure real pain. Emotional, mental, or physical… but how we react to that pain is the ultimate test of the mind. Buddhism teaches peace for all, through a journey to happiness and enlightenment. It teaches us that these virtues dwell inside all of us, and it is up to us to unlock our nirvana.

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Go on a GIFscapade !

You know you love responding to your friends’ text messages with a GIF that expresses your sentiment exactly. Well, we’ve created our own GIF keyboard App, Gifscapade ! Download right now from the App Store here !

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BEST IN SHOW

Congratulations, CJ ! The winner of the 2016 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Today’s “GIF of the Day” was dedicated to you– who’s a good boy?!?

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Check out our other GIFs here !! Or download Gifscapade from the App store to get your own keyboard, including all our GIFs and plenty more from Giphy.com

The Annual LA Art Book Fair

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The annual book fair took place this past weekend at the MOCA Geffen in Little Tokyo. As usual, the place was packed and filled with work of all kinds from creatives. If you missed this year’s event, you can always try next year!

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LOVE LOVE LOVE

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, so here’s a few GIFs from Cinema Paradiso to get you in the mood. (Try to watch this movie and NOT cry.)

Have a happy Valentine’s Day!!

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Check out more LOVEly GIFs here, and also, our Gifscapade App channel for more of our movie GIFs.

XOXOXO

Romance on a Budget: Tips from a Broke Valentine

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Here we are, at that time of year when Americans are expected to spend an arm and a leg to show how much we love our significant others. Roses, teddy bears, expensive meals and wine/champagne are thrust in our faces… making it hard to get away from the cliché ideas of this holiday— and trying to make us feel guilty for either not having a partner to share it with, or perhaps that we need to be overly extravagant on this one day to make up for a year of ‘mediocrity.’

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“The things we fear most in organizations—fluctuations, disturbances, and imbalances—are the primary sources of creativity.”

-Margaret J. Wheatley, Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World (1999)

Revisiting “The Future” : Joe Marchese in 2015

Remember 2015’s Future of StoryTelling Summit Speaker, Joe Marchese?

Marchese said, “Advertising is the transfer of attention, from something they desire to do, to a paid message.” Great content generators and great storytellers are paid to gather a large audience and capture their attention. However, the evolution of media is faster than advertising, and always has been.  Continue reading

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