If you've seen a Jerry Bruckheimer or JJ Abrams film—like, ever—you've witnessed the handiwork of the Russian Arm. You can thank this robotic, gyroscopicallly-stabilized camera crane for filming some of the most famous car chases in the last three decades.
More than his vast fortune or rocket-soled boots or even Pepper Potts, the thing I envy most about Tony Stark are his computers. Here's a video of how motion design company Prologue perfected Tony's fantastic holographic interfaces.
Unless you go to the gym regularly, and can defend yourself against wannabe supervillains wanting to kick your ass for wearing an Iron Man t-shirt. [Likecool]
If you don't know the name Shane Mahan, that's your loss. He's the real Tony Stark, the practical effects wizard leading the team who constructed the actual Iron Man suit for the Iron Man movies. And he's a great interviewee:
We have three clips for you—three very awesome clips, not only of Tony Stark's toys, but the before and after visual effects shots that you'll need to convince your brain that they aren't real. However, they're kinda spoileresque.
"Rhodey, get down!" And with those words, a one-second effect, a secret Iron Man weapon that was so stunning and so unexpected and so well rendered, forced the audience to make a noise I'd never heard a group make before:
A three volt battery pack may not be enough to power Iron Man's armor, but it's all the juice you need for this incredible home-made arc reactor. And if you don't believe me, just check out the instruction manual.
The graphics are lovely, the controls are pretty decent, and the game's rather fun. But the Iron Man 2 iPhone app still seems a bit overpriced at seven bucks. Either way, it's available now and looks like this:
Remember the briefcase-transforming Iron Man suit from the last 2 seconds of the recent trailer? Here's a full minute of that scene. Spoiler alert: It's totally awesome.
Current events often lurk below the surface of fantastical films—it's no secret, for example, that Avatar reflected America's unsavory imperialism (/Pocohontas?) Early audiences of Iron Man 2 are noticing a slightly less predictable allegory: Jobs vs. Gates.
Click to viewChad Barraford has designed a "digital life assistant" who recognizes him, cooks hot dogs, and alerts his friends when he has a migraine. Unlike Tony Stark's J.A.R.V.I.S. though, this one only cost $691.98 to build.
The iPad itself looks OK, but it has a drab, pansy background. So we picked the two movies that we're the most shamelessly excited about and resized their images (to 768x1024) for you: Tron Legacy and Iron Man 2.