Personal favourite: Ghostbusters POV shot. You can watch the entire scene below.
No Small Parts is a documentary web-series about character actors in the entertainment industry. It is the labour of love of Brandon Hardesty, a self-proclaimed character actor himself. Each episode serves as a comprehensive biography for one particular actor. In addition to the longer biographical episodes, there are also short episodes focusing on more specific topics, like cop roles played by Dean Norris.
The second episode in the series features one of my favourite character actors, Vincent Schiavelli. For over 40 years Vincent pretty much acted on every television series ever and numerous films. He is the archetypal ‘that guy’ or character actor – an actor who everyone recognises but hardly anyone remembers by name. His real passion in life, however, was the town of Polizzi and his Italian heritage. The documentary mentioned within the documentary, “Once upon a time in Polizzi“, is every bit as good as Brandon says it is and well worth a watch.
You can support Brandon and his amazing series here.
I trust all ya’ll are familiar with Superego by now. However, if this is not the case, you can now get to know them through their very own YouTube channel. There are several fabulous animations and terrifyingly accurate live action sketches for your viewing pleasure. In addition, there’s a promise of more to come from their Facebook page so you should at least contemplate subscribing.
While I have your attention, just a friendly but stern reminder that Superego will return with their 4th season in September. Paul F. Tompkins will join them as a regular and ever so lovely cast member. Season 4 will also feature guest stars Andy Daly, Tom Lennon and others.
Until then, check out them videos and keep counting those bottles.
A weekly appreciation of classic film and television soundtracks.
I love Sparks and “Eaten by the Monster of Love” and “Angst in My Pants” are just a couple of my favourites by them. You can hear both on the Valley Girl (1983) soundtrack and watch a clip with the former above. Slightly NSFW, blurry shower scene and 1980’s fashion.
A British company has produced a material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light, setting a new world record. The “super black” material is a type of coating made of carbon nanotubes (each 10,000 times thinner than a human hair), developed onto sheets of aluminium foil. It is so dark it confuses the human eye. Shapes and contours are lost in its field of nanotubes. Meet Vantablack, a material so dark it looks like a black hole.
Vantablack conducts heat seven and a half times more effectively than copper and has 10 times the tensile strength of steel. It also has the highest thermal conductivity and lowest mass-volume of any material that can be used in high-emissivity applications.
If it was used to make one of Chanel’s little black dresses, the wearer’s head and limbs might appear to float incorporeally around a dress-shaped hole.
Actual applications are more serious, enabling astronomical cameras, telescopes and infrared scanning systems to function more effectively. Then there are the military uses that the material’s maker, Surrey NanoSystems, is not allowed to discuss.
“We are now scaling up production to meet the requirements of our first customers in the defence and space sectors, and have already delivered our first orders. Our strategy includes both the provision of a sub-contract coating service from our own UK facility, and the formation of technology transfer agreements with various international partners”, says Ben Jensen, Chief Technology Officer at Surrey NanoSystems.
While the prospect of a little black dress with the ultimate optical illusion may seem tempting, it seems Vantablack won’t be available for fashionistas any time soon. The cost remains a secret, which usually equals very very expensive.
Vantablack will be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show this week.