Today at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC they held an exhibit focused on the science behind entertainment in the fields of special effects, make-up artistry, video game design, comic book art, and staged combat. My friend/partner and founder of TriOut Lawrence Ingraham had a booth setup for his iPhone and iPad kid application gaming business called Tantrum Apps. I stopped by the museum to show my support and got a chance to meet Dave L. @sonofalink and @TeddHuff as well as a chance to see a lot of awesome “Heroes, Villains and Special Effects”.
Here’s a list of the exhibit participates:
Emmy Award-winning special effects make-up artist and director will be on-hand displaying his masks and making up models. His impressive credentials include Pirates of the Caribbean, Day of the Dead, Star Trek and more!
Local actor, stunt coordinator, and fight choreographer demonstrating stunts
with a sparring partner.
Accomplished artist, science fiction diorama and model maker presenting his superhero and
pop culture work.
Star Wars characters
The Carolina 501st Garrison, a volunteer international Star Wars costuming organization which makes appearances to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, will roam throughout the Museum grounds.
Test our mini stunt men and woman as they crash cars and jump off buildings. What can you do to keep them safe? Come to The Lab on the second floor 10:30-12:30 and 1:30-3:30 on Saturday.
Redstorm Entertainment, Inc. division of Ubisoft Entertainment will demonstrate how game companies take ideas and translate them into features through animation and prototyping. The studio will show off early, playable prototypes of past projects and show how concept art helps to bridge the gap between the ideas and the final game.
Epic Games Inc. Established in 1991, Epic Games develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its Unreal series, including Unreal Tournament 3 for PC, PLAYSTATION®3 and Xbox 360®. Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 has also been recognized as the number one game engine by Develop magazine.
Virtual Heroes, a Durham based company will demonstrate and discuss the design and creation of its Moonbase Alpha game, an exciting new, free online video game designed to show how NASA content could be combined with a cutting-edge game engine to produce an experience that inspires interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
Republic of Fun (SATURDAY ONLY) has created a proprietary technology and process for using crowd-sourcing as a way to produce and develop games for iPhone, WiiWare, Xbox LIVE Arcade, the PlayStation Network and now iPad. By focusing on community, RoF gives gamers a chance to be involved in the development process, producing games that they really want.
Tantrum Apps Fun, simple games to play with your children, and great distractions to avoid a meltdown. Each game is designed by parents, for parents, featuring high quality images and sounds along with bright vibrant colors. Educational and entertaining, Tantrum Apps iPhone games are great for kids of all ages.
Walking around with my trusty iPhone 4 I took a few photos. Below are a some of my favorites along with an embed flickr gallery.
The exhibit is open tomorrow and if you have the opportunity I recommend you stopping by.