"Bigmouth" used to be the Prime Minister there.
Malaya has many bigger problems to deal with than Big Foot: like, for instance, implementing Democracy and the will of the people.
> and there's the possibility of something other than animals, then maybe we would put camera traps..."
These jokers will probably set down machine-gun traps for Big Foot. If there ever was such an animal lurking in the Malay penninsula, soon there won't be.
"Koooo-Eeeee! Big Foot! Yeh, mate! Keep yer head down until these larrikins give you the vote! Mate, I mean it!"
Maybe these bigfeet are some of the beast men the russians tried to make for invincible soldiers. They escaped.
When Malaysian shoe factories are cranking out those size 21 basketball shoes...they wonder what kind of creature could have such feet
Where is Janet Reno these days?
Trying to get a new tourist stream going?????/
SHAKE Rocks King Kong
If all you wanted for Christmas was a giant ape holding a beautiful woman atop a landmark building on a superwide screen, this holiday has certainly turned out for you. King Kong roared into theaters just in time for the holiday, carrying big name talent, Oscar buzz and eye-bending special effects.
The visual effects were created by Weta Digital, the same company that did the effects for Kong director Peter Jacksons Lord of the Rings trilogy. And as it did for Rings, Weta used Shake as its primary compositing tool on King Kong.
Even More Effects
Matt Welford, the films 2D sequence lead who worked on most of the films New York sequences, quantifies the task. Kong has a little shy of two and a half thousand visual effects shots.
This was a more intensive effects package than Lord of the Rings, says Welford, because Kong is more action-packed from start to finish. In the Rings trilogy there were frequent breaks in the action. Not so in this film. And then of course, there were all the creatures that Peter Jackson loves to put into these films the bugs and worms and flies. So the shot count went up just because of those sequences.
It is difficult for people who have seen King Kong to believe that the sequences, which prominently feature 1930s Manhattan, were shot on a one-story high New York street back lot in New Zealand and then digitally extended by a crew of 500 artists and technicians using thousands of carefully researched and prepared elements.
We had a huge library of reference photos, and a department of researchers who were able even to find out what color the street signs were in 1930s New York, says Welford.
He points out that that the jungle scenes were similarly shot and altered. Animation would animate the creatures, the modeling guys would build the models, the TDs would light whatever was needed, and then pass them over to the comp department. We would take those elements and integrate them into the plates that were provided by Peter Jackson and the shooting crew. Then it would be our job to basically layer it together with any extra 2D elements that we need. Using Shake, we could integrate those in with the CG and the plate and come out with the final shot.
Welford says that Shake was also used for some 3D work in the roto and paint departments. Our TDs could actually do rough comps of their work before they pass elements off to the comp department, so they could check that their elements were working before we actually start.
Welford, who has used Shake since it came out, says the product was perfect for their task. Personally, Im a big fan of the node-based compositing. Its a lot more logical and it allows for you to change things quickly, so you can experiment and jump around to different parts of the tree. Youre not locked into pre-rendering elements and then working on those pre-renders.
Another advantage of Shake was its ability to work with independent bit depth images.You can have an 8-bit file, a 16-bit file and a float file and Shake will resolve and comp them all together, he says.
And at a fundamental level, the large available Shake talent pool allowed Weta to scale up quickly and dramatically from a small core compositing crew essential, it turned out, to meet a challenge as big as Kong.
from December 2005, related to two others.
'Bigfoot' sightings in Malaysia
News 24 (South Africa) | January 8, 2006
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Malaysia Creates Team to Track Bigfoot
Fox News | January 26
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