Friday, October 29, 2010


In the city of Los Angeles, after a late night party, a group of friends are awoken in the dead of the night by an eerie light beaming through the window. Like moths to a flame, the light source is drawing people outside before they suddenly vanish into the air. They soon discover an other-worldly force is swallowing the entire human population off the face of the earth. Now our band of survivors must fight for their lives as the world unravels around them.

Skyline is a sci-fi thriller, made as a completely in-house production by the Brothers Strause, whose company, Hydraulx, created the visual effects for films including Avatar, X-Men-3, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and 300.

Colin and Greg Strause, collectively known as the Brothers Strause, have been excelling in the world of visual effects since their teens. They began their careers crafting VFX for music videos and commercials and went on to created their firm, Hydraulx, as a full-service VFX house.

In 2009 a discussion grew over lunch with friends and co-workers about the sort of production the team could produce if it was created entirely in-house.

Liam O'Donnell, a frequent writer of the Brothers Strause music videos and commercials, said: "We were trying to figure out what we could do with our own cameras and other equipment, and we had just shot a music video with longtime animation supervisor of Hydraulx, Joshua Cordes, at Hydraulx studio. The brothers own all these great spaces, and we had these awesome cameras and wondered what we could do to take advantage of that. We realised Greg had this amazing view of the city, and our story quickly became the end of the world outside of his window."

It turned out that Joshua had written a horror screenplay which he shared with his longtime collaborators. Explains Cordes: "While I was writing that script, I gave it to Liam to get his thoughts. Then he started giving me his scripts, and we began a working relationship. When the brothers suggested doing something internally, Liam approached me about joining forces and tackling this project."

Director Colin Strause explained: "It's a visually powerful epic alien-abduction movie with a great character story and heart. The premise is mass abduction on a global scale. For example, most people driving on a freeway who see an accident would look at the wreck. If some entity used these instinctual weaknesses against us, then it would wipe us out instantly. The event makes everyone equal. Everything flatlines at that point, and they are trying to survive what could be the end of the Earth."

Greg Strause added: "One of the reasons we embarked upon Skyline was that in this day and age, movie budgets have become enormous. At the same time, movie studios have generally been cutting down the number of films they make. We were just at the boiling point. We said, ‘We're going to shoot a movie ourselves.' Skyline has gone from concept to release date in less than a year."

To prove that Skyline could be done on the budget and with the schedule they imagined, the production team put a teaser trailer together in a one-day shoot and acquired the necessary financing for a full film (and international presales) at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2010. Explains Greg Strause: "We told our investors, ‘Well here you go! That was a one-day shoot, so check out this teaser.' Everyone was sold and believed we could do it."

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Skyline opens in cinemas in Australia on November 11th, in the UK & US on November 12th, and in New Zealand on December 2nd.

~ Rogue

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tron Night - 2010-10-28

A group of Chaotic Geek critters ventured forth to see the awesome that was TRON NIGHT at an IMAX screening in Melbourne, Australia. We rambled on about all sorts of geekery and were the noisy kids in the cinema... until the Disney representative approached the podium. All hail the Disney rep, for she shall grant us the screening of WIN we crave :D

We listened as she spoke and applauded her at the end, then fell silent as the events began. What followed was gorgeous to view and stunning to hear! If you'd like the spoiler filled version of events you can read more on the forum, here :)

Afterwards ten of us talked like naturally hyper bunnies on a sugar-induced high, and we all agreed that December cannot come quickly enough for any of us!

Tron: Legacy is going to rock!!!

Now I'm just waiting to see how many Quorra's we see at Halloween ;)
~ Rogue

Thursday, October 21, 2010

ChaoticCon: Tron Legacy

Tron: Legacy is the 2010 big screen must see for proud geeks everywhere!

Tron: Legacy is a 3D action-packed adventure set in a digital world. Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Oscar and Golden Globe winner Jeff Bridges), a man once known as the world's leading video-game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the abandoned Flynn's Arcade that could have only come from his father he finds himself pulled into a world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-or-death journey across a visually-stunning digital universe -- created by Kevin himself -- which has become far more advanced with never-before-imagined vechiles, weapons, and landscapes and a ruthless villian who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape. Presented in Disney Digital 3D and scored by Grammy Award winning electronic music duo Daft Punk.

Chaotic Geek invites you to join us on December 16th to enjoy Tron: Legacy in a cinema filled with exquisitely comfy seats, perfect viewing angles, and top quality digital equipment, so strap on your 3D glasses, and get your geek groove on for the movie of the year!

Chaotic Geek presents...

Tron: Legacy

Thursday, December 16th
Screening at Hoyts Cinemas
Melbourne Central Director’s Suite
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

This will be a deluxe event featuring not only the awesomeness of Tron: Legacy in 3D digital glory on the big screen, but also includes the following Chaotic Geek exclusives for every attendee!

  • Movie screening in Director’s Suite luxury cinema

  • Access to exclusive lounge area

  • Commemorative event ticket

  • Limited Edition Tron: Legacy film cell display

  • Swag Bag

  • Chance to score even more goodies on the night through further giveaways!

  • First option on tickets to the next Chaotic Geek event

  • After Party at Rockstar Bowling

  • Seats are incredibly limited, and tickets will only be secured on receipt of payment. Tickets are $40 and payment can be made via direct deposit. Please head to the forum and contact xombiekitty via PM for further details.

    Feel free to use the hashtag #ChaoticCon when discussing the event on twitter, and a big thank you to Cybertron Ax for the original hashtag idea!

    With thanks to our Sponsors...

    Please Note: We reserve the right to refuse entry to this event to anyone, for any reason. Behaviour unbecoming to an exclusive event of this sort will result in those responsible being ejected from the event. Refunds will not be issued in such circumstances. Purchase of any tickets is agreement to these conditions.

    TRON & BSG watches!

    Over on Tokyoflash is an ongoing worldwide competition for people to submit watch designs. When people submit designs the public can rate them, mark yes or no to show their interest in buying the piece, and leave comments if they choose.

    Now for those that don't know Tokyoflash, they sell wearable art... in other words, awesomely funky watches! Their pieces are limited release, so you have to be on the ball to buy the right piece for you.

    Two designs have been submitted by a UK fellow by the name of Scott. I don't know him, but boy do I absolutely love the designs!!!

    I thought I'd share them with you guys, & of course, if you want to head over to the pages and vote for them, maybe we can all buy them one day!!!

    Vote for, & read more about, the TRON inspired watch after you ohh & ahh at these piccies! The face design is based on the identity disc design, while the choice of red, yellow, and blue for the lightup display is based on the original lightcycle colours.

    Then vote for, & read more about, the BSG inspired watch after checking out these pics :D It's industrial metal look with red scan visual won't display the time, instead a vocoded voice tells you the time.

    I soooooo want these!!!
    ~ Rogue