Becoming 3D: Holograms and the Entertainment Industry

Michael Jackson performs in hologram form.

If you’ve watched any science fiction movie from the last… ever, you’ve probably been exposed to the idea of a hologram. The concept of being able to project your image or recreate something without it physically being there is insanely tempting. In fact, for many, holograms are the very definition of “future technology.” But here’s […]

CGI and The Magic of Movies

A woman's face being scanned and created using CGI technology.

If you were to watch the original Jurassic Park and then immediately follow it with Jurassic World, you’ll likely notice a few key differences. For starters, one has Jeff Goldblum while the other has Chris Pratt. The other is the difference between CGI dinosaurs and using practical effects. CGI (short for computer-generated imagery) is ubiquitous […]

Lighting the Forge: The Blacksmithing Revival

A piece of metal being forged.

If there’s one profession that seems destined to remain in medieval times and fantasy worlds, it’s blacksmithing. Most people have no need for a sword or battleax, which makes the practice somewhat obsolete. But blacksmithing has not been lost to time or dismissed as something from Dungeons and Dragons. The job is still around and […]