“Back to the Future II” Was Supposed to Happen in 2015. How Close Did It Get Today?

Two major milestones have been reached in 2015. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, and the year Marty McFly traveled to in the sequel, Back to the Future II. This has a lot of people asking one thing: “just how accurate did the second film get our current year?”

As with most future predictions, it’s a mixed bag. We’ve more than surpassed communication technology with smart phones (and thank goodness they’re not awkwardly strapped to our wrists)… but where’s my hoverboard??

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Original Concept Artwork for the Characters of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

If you’re one of the fans who contributed to the $73M opening weekend box office success of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, then you will love to see how it all started. The Aaron Sims Company which was responsible for the character design has released some of the concept artwork that they generated for the movie. Working closely with Weta digital on this sequel as well as the first film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, they created all of the characters from scratch.

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Chess Pieces Come to Life: A Brilliant Conceptual Photography Set by Francesco Ridolfi

1 Chess-Portraits-White-Queen by Francesco Ridolfi

One of the greatest strategy board games ever made, chess has been around since 1090. The game reached Europe via the Islamic world the word and the term “checkmate” began as the Persian phrase “shāh māt” which means “the King is helpless.” Now it is one of the most popular games in the world and Italian photographer Francesco Ridolfi has decided to bring both sides of all 6 chess pieces to life. In his exquisitely imagined and executed “Chess Portraits” series, Ridolfi shows us the duality of each piece with a white and black costumed version of the Queen, King, Bishop, Knight, Rook and Pawn. The props, character choice, and costuming is so well done that it will be difficult not to picture these characters during your next chess match.

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Visual Bits #358> Conceptual Thinking: Photography

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25 Ridiculously Cool Concept Yachts

Every year at yacht shows around the world, new edgy concepts are released as enthusiasts, designers, and people with really deep pockets look on hoping to catch a glimpse of something that stirs their souls. Unfortunately, just like in List25’s article on 25 of the world’s coolest concept cars, most of these models will never make it too market. Even if they don’t though, they’re at least fun to look at and in the worst case scenario you’ll still end up with a  list of 25 ridiculously cool concept yachts to dream about.

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The Lion King: Original Concept Art

Last week Lion King 3D hit theaters, so we wanted to bring you some of very cool concept art from the original production. So far the new rendition of the film has earned a whopping 29 million on it 3D release, greatly surprising executives at Disney who where estimating it would make around 10 to 12 million. You can see Lion King like never before, from Setempber 16th to October 1st.

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Floating Dream Worlds: Utopian and Haunting

Interested in concept-art, graphic novels and animated movies from a young age, Saint-Petersburg based artist Alex Andreyev makes dreamlike paintings both nightmarish and utopian. Interestingly he has used everything from traditional ink and paint to Photoshop and managed to keep his style consistent along the way. This is possible, he says, by limiting his digital tools to a simple set of brushes.

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