Willow early concept art by Moebius was different from the film


Man Moebius really kills it with his art for the movie willow. Though the film turned out different. These designs really show a different fantasy world envisioned by the artist. I hope someday these can be repurposed in another film or concept elsewhere.

Tell Forward Blog discovered this and he describes the work of moebius, was really able to understand George Lucas influences and translate them to a drawing to inspire the film’s concept.

The sheer amount of art that has been produced for Lucasfilm projects is overwhelming in its quantity and quality. One of the artists, whose contributions to Lucasfilm’s archives are particularly exciting, is French master illustrator Jean “Moebius” Giraud.

When I was in college, a friend showed me a book that was a retrospective of Moebius’ diverse works for various clients over his long career. I was stunned when I came to a series of spreads exploring a rich fantasy world through pen and ink and watercolor. I was further surprised when I realized that these designs were commissioned by Lucasfilm for the film “Willow.” As an enormous fan of Moebius and as a huge fan of these sketches, it is impossible for me not to imagine what a film driven by these designs would have looked like.

Moebius shows himself to be a master of understanding George Lucas’ influences for this film, which included Akira Kurosawa’s Noh influenced samurai films. His use of a Noh theater mask for the character of Sorsha is one of my favorite decisions. Another example of Moebius’ playfulness as a creative thinker is his making the Kael character a purple beast with a tattoo of a green dragon on his forehead. Essentially, a monster who has a tattoo of a monster on him!


Red Camera gets into Smartphones

Red just announced a new Smartphone type camera named the Hydrogen. It is a holographic media machine that is going to assault the senses. Just like how RED hyped that film is obselete with the original RED One. They are now touting that Glasses are Obsolete for the new VR/AR/Mixed Reality world.

Price wise it is a bit expensive. But then again we do not know what this smartphone will be.

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Leaving Medium 


Ok not leaving medium entirely, but getting back to posting here on this blog for a while. I did not feel so good about Medium around early 2017 when Medium had to layoff its design team, as they look for a new business model for their platform.

There has been a change to a subscriber model to let users have the best writing content on the platform. While good it’s bad that only a select few will get the exposure, leaving those niche content types to be less known. No good or bad here, but medium is shaping up to be a platform for a certain type of audience, mainly startups and entrepreneurs and productivity hackers.

There has been articles written, about whether you should blog on the Medium Platform. Its entirely up to the content creators whether they want to cead control to a algorithm, though I love the writing tools over there and the built in audience. There is also no API to allow bots to spam the comments sections.

I decided to take a step back after seeing Filmschool Rejects left medium. I feel that I rather spend time building up content for my own domain and use medium as a distribution channel. I think a text only strategy is not good enough in this day and age, where the attention online is going more visual thanks to videos.

But overall if you are starting out blogging medium is a good place to start and keep a blog without all the hassles.

Some things Like about medium

  • Built in Audience
  • Good writing tools to help you format your article.
  • No API (No automatic posting or liking)

Lessons Learnt.

  • Get your own platform (You do not have to be a host server yourself)
  • You have better control on your platform like wordpress.com or squarespace.

Going forward I am thinking to try making more visual media rather than blogging. But medium has certainly help me to practice writing and getting work out there.

P.S One thing I found interesting is now WordPress.com can import medium posts.

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