Sunday, March 24, 2013

Fan Made Ender's Game Poster Give Away!

Everyone, I am coordinating a contest with, where I am giving away one of my Ender's Game poster designs away to 3 individuals. Read the details below: (Cross posted from Ender's Ansible)

Giveaway: Fan-Made ‘Ender’s Game’ Posters

by Artist Darian Robbins

Hey Ansible readers! We’re giving away some posters from ‘Ender’s Game’ artist Darian Robbins. Darian has rendered designs that appear in various ‘Ender’s Game’ comic books, including the battle school crest and a drawing of Steve Sywak’s battle school design. He has also designed army logo T-shirts that appear in Orson Scott Card’s online store.
We will randomly select 3 winners at the end of the contest and each winner will receive one poster designed by Darian of his/her choice. The rules are simple:

1. Be a resident of the United States or Canada. (Minors, please ask your parents for permission before entering this giveaway.)

2. You have the opportunity to enter only twice.
First, you can leave one comment on this post telling us which poster is your favorite. Multiple comments by the same user will be deleted. Please fill in your email address when you comment so we can contact you if you win!
Secondly, you can tweet both Darian and the Ender’s Ansible Twitter once. Example: @Darian_Robbins @EndersAnsible I love the Save China poster! #endersgame”
3. This giveaway will end on Sunday March 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM PST.
The three randomly selected winners will be announced on Monday April 1, 2013. The winners will have one week to claim their posters by emailing us which poster they would like and their full name and address as it should be mailed. If any winner has not claimed his/her prize in one week then he/she forfeits the prize and a new winner will be selected.
Some of Darian’s posters are pictured below Check out more of Darian Robbins’ ‘Ender’s Game’ posters and other fan art on Darian’s blog or in our fan art gallery.

Go to right now and enter!!!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Ender's Game Movie: Let the Online Marketing Begin... and Continue

After much wait, it seems that the Ender's Game Movie marketing has been turned on. You might have read that that Cryptozoic Entertainment, who will be producing a trading card set for the movie, released what was described as a "1 minute and a half long" trailer of the movie with "raw footage" and special effects (c/o  to attendees at the GAMA Trade show in Las Vegas,NV.

Reviews were positive, and you can glean more about that from tweets from the lucky attendees included in posts on the fandom websites. (,,

But wait ladies and  gentlemen there's more:

Not only are they sprucing up the 1st trailer for mass distribution, it appears that the other gears of online marketing like websites and social media campaigns are cranking up too.

Facebook, you mean? No, not just Facebook! Yes, they already have an official page and you can visit here, That's been up for some months.

I'm talking about standalone websites and a presence in more Social media venues that the public can engage and consume info. about the movie.


No, there is nothing there now, but it now points to the Summit Entertainment website. (That wasn't the case about week ago). You can visit the subpage for Ender's Game which features a crisper logo and...

A couple "active" links. If you click on the "Visit the Official Page button" it will take you too...

What the?!! A bad link! That might be intentional because they might not be ready yet. (If it's not, please fix , Summit Web Team.) If you look at "The requested..." line, at the end you have the URL of what might be


Right now if you click it, you are directed to the Summit Entertainment homepage, but in the near future it might be a companion site that hosts games, downloads, info, etc.



I put quotes around that because there have been some that give the impression, but are not. No shade just facts.

If you are on Twitter, follow them now, and let them know we are glad they made it!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Formics, Flash Suits, and the VFX Industry

It's been an exciting couple weeks in the Ender's Game Movie Universe with the release of another movie still and some logos of Battle School Armies. Every time I see new pictures that show how they are bringing the movie to life, it makes me want to see more.

I go searching for movie related imagery on the internet, mainly using the IMDB, to look up the artists who are working on the movie and then check their online portfolios. (if they have them)

Most of the time I don't get anything, but other times I hit pay dirt.

My latest find comes from a marvelous CG artist named Frank Belardo, check his work out here at His work is phenomenal! Frank happens to be doing work on Ender's Game, but these images are NOT, I REPEAT, NOT, IMAGERY FROM THE MOVIE. He lists these as sketches in his portfolio on his website. Of course, If I get a request to take them down and they disappear from the said artist website ...then you make your own judgements. Not like it hasn't happened before *blank stare*


...but if it was... I wouldn't be mad because they are close too how I envisioned a few things. My first picture resembles how I thought a Formic would look.

I'm not going to spend time trying to find a quote from the book and match the description, his picture just reminded me of my own vision, as you can see below.

How I envisioned the Formics would look from the Ender's Game Movie, art by Darian Robbins

Frank also created a model in his portfiolio that he called "Future G Suit" that I think would be perfect for a Flash Suit.

Future G Suit by Frank Belardo. How I envisioned the Flash Suits would look from the Ender's Game Movi

It is form fitting with protective padding much like a motorcycle rider suit. Below is how I envisioned the Flash Suits.

Flash Suit by Darian Robbins. How I envisioned the Flash Suits would look from the Ender's Game Movie

I make posts like this because not only do I want to see the world that they are creating inspired by one of my most favorite books I have ever read, but more importantly, to highlight the awesome artists who are bringing their expertise to this film. These people are not just names that roll with the credits at the end of the film, they make the vision that you see on screen. They create the environment and the action that allows you to suspend your belief and enjoy the story at it's full capacity. They provide you an escape route to entertainment and make it possible for "unfilmable" films to be made.

There have been news reports that 60% of this movie will have CG effects in it. That's alot. The movie would not look and feel the same without their efforts, technical expertise, nor professionalism. I have never paid to see a movie that had acting in front of a green screen ONLY *cough* ...Before Effects Tumblr. Not denying the power of a great actor to entertain and engage your attention through their talent and  presence alone, but if that is what I wanted for this movie, it should of been a stage play.

With all the turmoil going on the in the VFX industry, I detect a lack of respect for artist like Frank and their contribution to the movies we watch today. I have watched how Rhythm and Hues went bankrupt from their work on Life of Pi. Heck, even Digital Domain, the company responsible for the CG effects on Ender's Game is just emerging from bankruptcy proceedings.  In the Life of Pi, a movie that won Best Visual Effects Oscar because most of what you see on screen is CG, and yet Ang Lee couldn't say any congratulatory note to them? Even the Visual Effects Supervior, Bill Westenhofer, got ran off stage when he tried to mention the plight of the VFX industry. Ridiculous!

I understand the artist are paid a salary in exchange for their efforts, and maybe part of that exchange contractually does not include the "pay" of appropriate recognition in the public. If that is the case then Studios and VFX company's should make sure the the "appropriate" recognition should be the type that folds and fits well in the wallet.  That "appreciation" should be enough to fund that artist's life so that they can continue to make art and worlds that Movie Studios love to capitalize.

Unfortunately, that doesn't even seem to be the case anymore, as evidenced by the growing amount of frustration and protestation I am learning about from social media of VFX artists (Check out the VFXsoldier Blog). I didn't mean for this to turn into a rant, and surely I am missing some understandings about transactions  between Movie Studios and the VFX industry. I am an outsider looking in, and there are alot of things I admit I do not know. But what I am seeing...I'm not liking. So, if there is something I am missing from the studio side, please inform me.

As I have researched artists who have or are working on this movie and shared brief engagements with some of them, cI have come to respect their hard work and creativity. Not Frank, btw, I have never communicated with or met him. Hope too though! I would hate for Ender's Game to get some awards next year, but not recognize the talented individuals behind the scenes that make the impossible possible and bring fresh stories to our eyes to enjoy. This sentiment extends to prop makers, costumist, gaffers, lighting, etc....everyone behind the camera. I acknowledge your talent and effort.

May the spotlight shine as brightly on you as you take a bow.

In the future, I will highlight some more artist working on this movie. They deserve shine as well!