Visual Effects Expert Howard Jones on Early Man and the Future of Animation

Last January, Early Man was the latest release in a string of movies produced by stop motion powerhouse Aardman Animations. Also known as Aardman, the studio is the creative force behind popular animated films Chicken Run, Flushed Away and the Wallace and Gromit franchise. Read More >>

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I Went Inside Someone Else’s Virtual World and Cried My Eyes Out

Imagine you’re standing in a driveway with no shoes on, just your socks, facing a house. The world unfolds around you in glorious illustrations – it looks like you’re inside a living comic book. A warm voice invites you to open the door in front of you and when you reach out, you can feel it. You open the door and step inside, and instead of hard floor you can feel carpet beneath your toes. You’re home. Read More >>

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Feel the Force: Haptics Could Soon Make All Your Ready Player One Dreams Come True

Last year’s hit VR movie Ready Player One featured some fantastic future dream tech, from omni-directional treadmills that you can set up in your front room to a sprawling virtual world called The Oasis that everyone unashamedly prefers to the real one. Read More >>

A 45-Year-Old German Film Knew Things About Virtual Reality We’re Just Discovering Today

Imagine you’ve put on a VR headset and you’re about to enter a virtual world. When you get there, it looks just like the real one. So much like the real one that you get confused. You begin questioning everything, from whether the furniture and room around you is real to whether you’re real yourself. Luckily, you’ve got an escape route. You can get back to the ‘real world’ through telephone wires. Or can you? Read More >>

Netflix Set The Bar For Grown Up Comic Book TV, Will Disney Step Up?

A tortured hero in a mask torn between two lives, a sociopathic villain hellbent on power at all costs and plenty of prolonged shots of a dark and moody cityscape. Daredevil may have all the ingredients for a comic book story come to life on the screen, but with one major difference - it has a soul. Read More >>

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Scaring Us Silly: How VR is Making Horror More Realistic Than Ever

Games developers and film-makers have been creating spine-chilling experiences within the horror genre for decades. Combining haunting soundtracks, shadowy threats, elements of surprise, otherworldly aliens, unsteady found-footage camerawork, grotesque imagery and so much more to scare us silly on big and small screens alike. Read More >>

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Welcome to Your Online Breakup: How to Handle IRL Heartbreak and Your Social Media Headache in 2016

Whether you’ve been together two months or two decades, I think we can all agree that breakups monumentally suck. Read More >>

The Bizarre Evolutionary Anomaly That is Travel Sickness

They say it’s not about where you’re going, but how you get there. And that you should enjoy the journey or the ride as much as the destination. But you know what makes that really hard? Feeling like you’re actually about to die when you’re travelling anywhere. At any time. In any conditions. Read More >>

Myths, Monsters and Heroes: How Comic Books Were Influenced by the Stories From Our Past

It doesn’t take an expert in ancient cultures to draw parallels between the stories of our favourite comic book heroes and the demi-gods from Greek myths, prophets from religious traditions and monstrous characters from folk tales all over the globe. Read More >>

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Five Important Life Lessons We Can All Learn From Yoda

“Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose." Profound, right? But no it’s not from Buddha or Osho. That awesome pearl of spiritual wisdom comes courtesy of everyone’s favourite Star Wars green guru, Yoda. Read More >>

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A Guide to Snapchat (for the Over 16s)

When the creepy little Snapchat ghost first came scuttling into our lives a few years ago, its image became synonymous with sexting, sexting and an avalanche of dick pics. Read More >>

Meet the Wonka-Worthy Robot Nose That Decides What Chocolate We Eat

It’s not everyday you get invited to the place where Oreos, Milka and Creme Eggs are dreamed up, as part of a trip to witness the unveiling of a huge olfactory robot. In fact, normally you’d have to buy thousands upon thousands of chocolate bars in search of a golden ticket to even get close to that kind of Wonka tech. Read More >>

Is Kickstarter the Right Place for Your Idea?

So, you’ve got a smart idea you think the world desperately needs, you know how you’re going to bring it to the masses and you’re passionate about shouting about it from the rooftops. Although Kickstarter may seem like the perfect platform for crowdfunding, there are some things you need to think about before you get stuck in. Read More >>

How to Run a Successful Kickstarter Campaign

If you have a brilliant idea, a smart strategy to get it out into the real world and a burning desire to raise cash to turn it all into a money-making, ground-breaking reality, then Kickstarter is a brilliant platform. It enables you to connect with early adopters on the lookout for bright sparks and “the next big thing”, chat with big-bod investors and potentially share your story with millions of people across the planet. Read More >>