Creating Fantasy User Interfaces (FUIs)

COSMOS Banner FUIs

COSMOS MOVIE PRODUCTION BLOG 15:
CREATING FANTASY USER INTERFACES (FUIs)


You’ve probably never heard the term ‘Fantasy User Interface’ but I can guarantee, you know exactly what one is.

An FUI is the super cool and futuristic computer display system found in movies, TV shows and computer games. Obviously these FUIs are not real computer programs but bespoke animations created with the purpose of helping tell the story. In modern filmmaking, most of these FUIs are added in post production but some films still feature on-set displays that the actors can interact with.

For COSMOS we need to create several FUIs of our own, and in researching the topic we found ourselves entering a vibrant sub-culture of FUI designers and admirers. If you’re interested in learning more about the cool user interfaces in your favourite movie, please check out Kit FUI which is basically an IMDb-like database for anything and everything FUI. You can also lose hours marvelling at the intricacy of these designs and enjoy the talents of their creators such as Jayse Hansen, OOOii and Mark Coleran.


 

green screenMoving onto COSMOS we need three different displays for the three main characters to work from. As discussed in a previous post about Building the Goodman Satellite in Blender, we’re big fans of practical and physical effects (for both photographic and budgetary reasons!). (more…)

Most Popular Posts

Robert Rodriquez – 1o Minute Film School
Banner

Cinematography Resourcescinematography_banner

The Best FREE VFX Software For Filmmakers
blender

Storyboarding – Make Your Movie, Before You Make Your Movie
COSMOS Banner Storyboarding

5 Top Tips For Location Filming
5 Location tips

10 Lessons Filmmakers Learn When Shooting Film
shooting_film_banner

ON LOCATION: Tips & Tricks
Africa_MainBanner

Hope you enjoy. Thanks for stopping by — Elliot & Zander Weaver
Reel Deal Online Film School

5 Top Tips for Filming on Location

5 Location tips


“By failing to prepare… you are preparing to fail” — Benjamin Franklin

Shooting out on location can be one of the most exciting, rewarding but testing aspects of filmmaking. Working outside the comfortable studio environment inevitably brings with it many challenges – juggling time pressures and permissions of locations, working with the available light and around the changing weather all while lugging your gear from here to there.

But thankfully, the very nature of this high stress environment breeds highly capable and efficiency filmmakers. You learn how to control what seems uncontrollable, how to make the most of the time available and how to creatively solve the never-ending challenges.

Zander grass

One man and his camera

The most extreme form of this filmmaking is found in the world of documentaries, where you’re tasked with capturing real life as it happens, no rehearsals, no retakes, no second chances!

I can personally vouch that for the budding filmmakers, there is NO better training in the world than working on documentaries. And even if you’re planning a career in shooting drama, I’d recommend a ‘stint’ on docs to put you ahead of the crowd in no time.

So, here are our Top 5 Documentary Tips for Filming on Location

(more…)

AUGUST 2014: Best Trailer Music OTM

Trailer Music


It’s that time again, we’re back to review the month’s best epic trailer music.
Here are the top offerings this month, our top 5 for AUGUST 2014. 

1.
Heavy Young Heathens – House of the Rising Sun
Revenge Of The Green Dragons – Trailer 

(more…)

%d bloggers like this: