Beware of dog
3-D Printing Reality
In the film Bladerunner, Replicants are androids - biorobotic, synthetic humans that try to pose as real people to avoid being terminated. They can pose as humans, despite being genetically engineered robots, because the differences between humans and androids in Bladerunner’s timeline is almost indistinguishable. What I am trying to point out is that in that universe, humans and technology have co-mingled in an intricate and intimate enough way to make them almost unrecognizable from the other. In a project that has the same title as the androids, Replicants, artist Lorna Barnshaw has tried to demonstrate the level of human interaction with technology and software by replicating real human portraits into a digital computer application, and bringing them back into physical reality via 3D-printing.
Using three different computer platforms and interfering as little as possible with said programs, Barnshaw has created a series of mask-like sculptures that both imitate and abstract the human form. One of the programs was set to turn a photograph into a 3-D model, resulting in a highly rendered, yet somewhat pixellated portrait mask. Another program has turned the face into a geometric, melting set of forms, turning the human face into a set of abstract, three dimensional data. The aim of the project was see what would happen if humanity was put through a digital filter while ‘replicating’ reality as closely as possible, manipulating each 3-D printing program as little as possible. While Bladerunner resides in the realm of science-fiction, the relationship between humanity and technology it portrays is echoed and applied in Replicants, a work made possible by real science and technology that is becoming more present and assimilated into mundane life.
To view the project web page, click here.
- Batman film: I think some parts of the Batman mythos are a little too silly or outlandish to work on film, like the themed, superpowered villains, Robin, and the fact that he has a Bat-everything
- Warner Bros: Okay, well, let's construct a more realistic, grounded world, limit ourselves to unpowered villains, have people who represent Robin's role in the story without actually wearing red and green tights, and get rid of the "bat" prefix on everything and just let the audience infer that his car is the batmobile and his cave is the batcave.
- Superman film: A lot of people are put off by the fact that Superman is so powerful as to be undefeatable, and they think Kryptonite is a cheap shortcut to get around that. Also, it bothers people that the only things the films show him doing are flying and lifting stuff, and they have a hard time believing everyone just accepts that he's an alien without making a big deal out of it.
- Warner Bros: Okay, we can work around that. Let's make Superman less omnipotent, match him against an equally powerful villain. Instead of making "he can't use his powers because of Kryptonite," we'll put him in a situation where even his superpowers can't solve everything, and maybe make an ending that's not so morally black-and-white, so you can't really call it a loss or a win, that way he's not undefeatable. Oh, and we'll make it a first contact story, and show the freakout that would happen if a superpowered alien really arrived on Earth!
- Green Lantern film: Green Lantern doesn't really have a very big fanbase, and there's four different Green Lanterns. Everybody who loves Green Lantern has their favorite, and most of them don't really like the other three.
- Warner Bros: Let's fast-track this thing, and pour lots of money into it. Maybe if the movie does well, we can make other movies that introduce the other Lanterns, and then it will have a huge fanbase!
- Flash movie: There's been like a hundred different Flashes and they all have different origins and variations on their powers, and a lot of them have a different source for their powers. Also, the flash has very few popular villains.
- Warner Bros: Can you have it ready by 2016?
- Wonder Woman movie: Wonder Woman's pretty much always been Diana, an Amazon princess who left her ancient Greek-inspired, all-female homeland. She's a skilled warrior, brilliant in hand-to-hand combat, and is one of DC's most iconic and popular characters. She's got an invisible airplane, but a lot of people think that's silly, so a lot of interpretations show her as just able to fly, or turn it into a plane that can turn invisible, or an invisible projection like the ones made by Green Lantern's ring. Her rogues gallery is also largely mythological, which the popularity of Thor proves is popular with audiences. Because she's a superpowered woman who leaves an all-female utopia to enter our incredibly unequal patriarchal society, her triumph will be all the more satisfying because society doubted her because of her gender. Seeing as half our fans are women, but we always act like none of our fans are women, it would really get us a lot of money to show a movie where the message is that it's wrong to underestimate women, as well as launching a new franchise and building hype for a Justice League film. Plus, Wonder Woman is a fan favorite among both men and women, especially people who watched the "Justice League" cartoon. She's almost universally loved, and the Wonder Woman animated film was one of our best sellers, everybody loved it!
- Warner Bros: Invisible Plane, you say? There's no way to make that work on screen, and people would be mad if we didn't have it. Besides, there isn't a huge market for a Wonder Woman movie! She doesn't have a clear origin story, not many people are familiar with her. Men won't buy tickets to a superhero movie with a female lead, and we just don't have that many fans who are women! Besides, she's too mythological, it would alienate people! Let's keep saying we're going to make a Wonder Woman movie, but then shelf the project before anyone can actually start to make it.
- Fans: But we really all want a Wonder Woman movie! Please make one, I don't see why you can't have both a Superman/Batman movie and a Wonder Woman movie! We're begging you, you've just launched the second cinematic Superman franchise, and you're about to launch the third Batman cinematic franchise. Can we at least have the FIRST Wonder Woman franchise?
- Warner Bros: Pshhh, a Wonder Woman movie is tricky! There's too much stuff we would have to work around, and besides, nobody wants to see one!
- Fans: It would take no effort to work around those things, and we really want to--
- Warner Bros: --NOBODY WANTS TO SEE ONE.