TyRuben Ellingson

Elysium

The fantastically talented TyRuben Ellingson has been painting the future for years. Getting his start as a VFX art director on Jurassic Park, he’s gone on to envision vehicles, worlds and weaponry for James Cameron, Guillermo del Toro and more. This summer his work can be seen stomping in Pacific Rim and flying through Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, and we were lucky enough to speak with him about his ever-expanding sci-fi universe. Plus, Geoff defends screenwriter Damon Lindelof for saying he’s tired of destruction porn with a straight face, and we challenge ourselves to sum up the week’s movie news in only three words. You should check out Ellingson’s website, and follow the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) on Twitter for more fun stuff on a daily basis. And, as always, we welcome your feedback. Download Episode #28 Directly Or subscribe Through iTunes

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For a company with the motto “Don’t be evil,” it’s a bit ironic that Google is enabling TyRuben Ellingson to create weapons of mass destruction. Ellingson — the lead vehicle designer for James Cameron’s Avatar, whose credits also range from Battle: Los Angeles to Hellboy and Blade: Trinity — was singing the praises of Google Sketchup Tuesday night. While speaking at his undergraduate alma mater — St. Cloud State University — he praised Google’s free 3-D modeling software as an easy-to-use tool for creating conceptual designs, including the deadly powersuits used by humans to rain devastation upon the unfortunate Na’vi. Aside from ease-of-use, Ellingson noted the program is free which means that even you can start drawing things meant to kill other things in wonderful, violent ways. So, as countless people are out there using SketchUp to create detailed virtual cities, you’ve got Hollywood artists using it to create equally detailed city-vaporizing toys. Is anyone else fighting back the urge to burst into “The Circle of Life“ right now?

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