Daily Archives: April 6, 2010

Mythbusters’ Grant Imahara builds Craig Ferguson a robot sidekick

Last night, Mythbusters’ Grant Imahara unveiled Craig Ferguson’s robot sidekick, Geoff Peterson. Check out some of the footage of the robot. The robot army is not far away.

Mythbusters’ Grant Imahara builds Craig Ferguson a robot sidekick

Craig Ferguson – Dancing With The Robot Skeleton Sidekick

More about Grant Imahara

Electronics and radio-control specialist GRANT IMAHARA is a former animatronics engineer and model maker for Industrial Light & Magic, where he worked on such movies as The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence and Van Helsing. Grant also worked on The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions. In addition to operating R2-D2 (one of only a handful of official operators), Grant has another claim to beloved-character fame: developing a custom circuit to cycle the Energizer Bunny’s arm beats and ears at a constant rate. In fact, he’s responsible for all the electronics installation and radio programming on the current generation of bunnies, even serving as the bunny’s driver and crew supervisor on numerous commercials. A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Grant earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. He’s also the author of the book, Kickin’ Bot: An Illustrated Guide to Building Combat Robots. His own machine, DEADBLOW, is a former BattleBots champion.

Birdemic : Shock and Terror

Birdemic : Shock and Terror

Birdemic : Shock and Terror, the new feature from writer/producer/director James Nguyen, is described by Nguyen as “a romantic thriller.” The film is a horror/action/special-effects-driven love story about a young couple trapped in a small Northern California town under siege by homicidal birds. BIRDEMIC also tackles topical issues of global warming, avian flu, world peace, organic living, sexual promiscuity and lavatory access. Here’s the synopsis:

A platoon of eagles & vultures attack the residents of a small town.
Many people died. It’s not known what caused the flying menace to attack.
Two people managed to fight back, but will they survive BIRDEMIC?

Nguyen, a 42-year-old Vietnamese refugee, wrote, cast and shot the film over the course of four years using salary from his day job as a mid-level software salesman in Silicon Valley. The film pays homage to Hitchcock’s THE BIRDS via location shooting in Mission Bay, California, as well as an appearance by star of THE BIRDS Tippi Hedren. When rejected for an official screening slot at Sundance, Nguyen spent eight days driving up and down the festival’s nearby streets in a van covered with fake birds, frozen blood and BIRDEMIC posters, while loudspeakers blared the sounds of eagle attacks and human screams. (He was driven to promote his film.) The tactic caught the attention of festival organizers, filmgoers and local police, as well as executives from Severin Films.

The film is quickly becoming a cult classic. Although the film was rejected by film festivals, it’s finding its own way through self distribution. The film has already sold out in several cities. Take a look at some of the clips and you’ll quickly understand that Birdemic : Shock and Terror is in a breed of its own. It’s so bad, it’s good.

Thanks to S. Kong for the tip.

Birdemic Press

Birdemic Trailer

Blap Box – Episode 1

Here’s new web series that takes an inside look at the adventures of music producer illmind, his team, and the various projects/situations they put themselves into! The first episode features Jared Evans with cameo by Rik Cordero. In future episodes, they’ll have footage from video shoots, to studio sessions, to B.L.A.P. event planning and a look into what it takes to put it all together!

Blap Box – Episode 1

If you’re in the NYC area, also check out this event


Curious about a career in music production or radio? Interested in what it takes to be a filmmaker or a hip hop artist? Then, come join TASA as we take a look into the lives and careers of five of the most successful Asian American entertainers in the industry. Hear stories from Rik Cordero (music video director), Jin (rapper), Miss Info (Hot 97 radio and TV personality), Dave Liang of the Shanghai Restoration Project (electronic producer), and !llmind (hip hop producer). If you are Asian American, or simply want to learn more about a career in media, you want to be at this panel discussion. All five panelists will be available for questions from the audience.

For more details, go here.

Mouse by Greg Pak

Greg Pak’s award winning 1997 short film “Mouse” is now viewable online. A young man tries to avoid a conversation about pregnancy with his girlfriend by chasing a mouse around his apartment. It won Best Narrative Short at the 2000 San Diego Asian Film Festival. Written and directed by Greg Pak. Starring Seung-Hwan Han and Jo Shui.

Also check out his new short online Mister Green featuring Tim Kang.

Mouse by Greg Pak