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Dave Winfield

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« on: January 25, 2015, 11:02:59 AM »
So, I finally got to see Interstellar two nights ago.
And I have to say, I was not disappointed.

It wasn't exactly what I had expected, but amazing none the less.
I can see why many watchers would have 2001 syndrome, and not like the film.
Understanding the entire film requires paying very close attention, and accepting what you may not understand.

C'mon, its science fiction. You gotta give a little.
The story really isn't that involved.

For me, I was amazed at the technical production.
Christopher Nolan's works always impress me, and I had already discovered a lot of background information for this film.
The lack of CGI is obvious in the believable spacecraft and space scenes.
The sets, costumes and miniatures are some of the best I have ever seen.

For most people, the Robot Marines...specifically TARS...are the comic relief and loveable robot sidekick element.
For me...its Robbie, Gort, B9, Marvin and now TARS.

Everything about TARS...or the ex-Marine so cool and inventive.
And they work...believably.
Did you know the robots are real functioning lifesize robots, built for the film?
Not actually self controlled however, they are remote controlled by the actor who provides the voice.
He was on set, behind the Robot, operating it and speaking, during filming.
In fact, he was a little taller than TARS, so his head had to be CGI removed from many scenes (in post production).

Anyway, after seeing the film, I couldn't wait to add a TARS robot to my collection of Robots.
So, here he paper!

I have packaged the model as a three page PDF.
It includes a 1/6 scale and 1/12 scale version  (estimating that the robot stands about 6ft tall - 1.8 metres).
The model is articulated, in the sense that you decide how to pose him by using the two supplied swivel tubes
and fitting them where you want (using the three swivel positions on each section of the robot).

I built the 1/6 scale version...and I am just about to assemble the smaller one.
Just to make sure there are no surprises.
Then I will release the model.


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Re: Interstellar
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2015, 04:03:09 PM »
Mini Tars is a go!

Model is available now in my Free Models section!
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The multi-page PDF features a 1/12 version of TARS
and 1/6 scale versions of TARS, CASE and KIPP.
Of course, the 1/6 versions can be printed at 50% to produce 1/12 scale models.

I've added some layered parts for the screens and the articulating tubes allow various poses.

Get it quick.
This model will only be available until the Saturn relocation.

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Re: Interstellar
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2015, 05:37:00 PM »
Very cool, sir
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Re: Interstellar
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2015, 09:38:53 AM »
Perfect Chief
Sorry for my english, i come from Germany

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Re: Interstellar
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2017, 11:41:17 AM »
Just watched Interstellar again...that makes three times.
Boy oh boy I wish I had got to see this on the big screen!

Every time I see it, it gets better.
The sound track blows me away.

The sets and effects are better each time too.
I like Nolan's approach to building real sets for his green screen and CGI if he can avoid it.
He built full size spacecraft for his actors, and miniatures for better visual effect.
Even TARS, the robot, is a full size walking talking robot...sort of.

I love movie music...especially sci-fi stuff.
I sit and listen to Soundtrack albums more than anything else.
Sometimes, its just the perfect collection of known songs...all in just the right places.
But sometimes it a completely original soundtrack created just for that film.

Music by great composers like Vangelis, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, James Horner, Daft Punk, Tangerine Dream...

I believe a soundtrack can make or break a film.
And a good soundtrack can turn a lackluster story into a great movie.

Interstellar is already a great film, in so many ways.
If you can get past the "difficult to wrap your head around" ending...
and the time looping element... its a fantastic story and screenplay.

But Interstellar's soundtrack sets a pace and mood that is truly remarkable.

You might not even notice how much it controls the film.
Its very repetitious...which is pretty normal for a lot of soundtracks...
but its powerful and disturbing and epic...emotional and sometimes even annoying. works.

I recently saw Dunkirk...another Nolan film...which uses the same technique.
The music is simple and repetitive...very repetitive.
Loud at times, quiet at times...moving, noisy, painful at times.
And it perfectly sets the tone of every scene.

Wow...I guess this has turned into a Christopher Nolan review! lol
Batman Begins anyone?
He does seem to add just the right soundtrack to all of his movies.