- Wally Pfister — the regular cinematographer for Chris Nolan – is working on his directorial debut. Supposedly it’ll be some sort of plausible science fiction type deal, reportedly titled “Transcendence”. Johnny Depp will be playing the lead. Christopher Waltz will likely get a supporting role. Naomi Repace will likely be getting a supporting role. These are all good things. Oh, also at the link he’s ragging on the framing of many of the shots in Avengers. Which on its own is interesting to read about (coming from a cinematographer); I had noticed some of the crooked angles for no reason upon first viewing, not sure if that’s Whedon or his DP.
The Orionid meteor shower — one of the year’s most spectacular natural light shows — is upon us. This weekend, Earth will plow through a dense stream of celestial debris given off by Halley’s Comet. These fragments of Halley will collide with the planet’s atmosphere at speeds approaching 150,000 miles per hour, setting the night ablaze as they streak and explode across the pre-dawn skies of Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st.
- Nice Mario Brothers/Contra mashup: