Saturday, 31 October 2015

Halloween at Geek Mash: Our Favourite Films

Happy Halloween!
Photography by Kayleigh Powis.

Here at Geek Mash we love a film night or two, and themed film nights are the best! A bunch of us are celebrating Halloween with a few of our favourite spooky films. Take a look below to see our Top 4 Halloween movies!

Friday, 30 October 2015

Guest Post: Lexy's Pinker's Top 10 Science Fiction Horror Movies.

It's Lexy
This Halloween there is an abundance of horror films to choose from so if you're sick of the same old slashers, ghosts and ghouls why not try something a little different? Science fiction horror is without a doubt my favourite genre so here are my top 10 to get you into the Halloween spirit!

10. Cube

Six strangers find themselves trapped within a maze of Cubes, to escape they must work together yet as the traps become more unpredictable the tension between the characters rises. This film is often overlooked in the sci-fi horror genre but it certainly ticks all the boxes. It can be extremely tropey, it is after all a 90s horror film but it does deliver some good twists and raises a lot of questions. If you enjoy a horror film that focuses on the psychological element this may be the one for you.

Playstation plus - November 2015 games revealed.

Oh hai! Jason here with the playstation plus line-up for November 3rd 2015. Lets do this. Or at least that's what my draft on Wednesday said, but Sony have been worryingly late releasing the line-up. None the less its out now so lets look at what we've got.

The walking dead season 2 - (PS4)
While not quite as good as the first season the ongoing adventures of Clem were still very good. This is a good game, but I suspect most people who were interested in it already had it.

Magika 2 - (PS4)
This appears to be a top down RPG-lite game along the lines of Diablo. I've heard that this ended up being a let down and a flop compared to the original.

Mass effect 2 - (PS3)
This is the best game in the mass effect trilogy and is a brilliant game, but its also quite old....and my brain was sure we'd already had it on PS+? Still if you're using your PS3 still then this is essential.

Dragon fin soup - (PS4, PS3, Vita)
Our regular 'exactly the sort of game you expect to get on plus nowadays' game Dragon fin soup is a top down rpg that looks like an inferior zelda but with added guns...could be fun, we'll see.

Beyond good and evil HD - (PS3)
Considered on of the great but unloved games of the PS2 era, this HD remake is...well over-rated. Yep I already have this and while BGAE has some great ideas the controls are a bit of a pain and there were lots of times I didn't have a clue what was expected of me.

InviZimals - (Vita)
Holy crap, an actual full fat game for Vita! other than tearaway this must be the last one we haven't got on plus other than the various Japanese games that never appear on plus. It's a little digimonish with monsters battling and uses those augmented reality cards you forgot you had.

EDIT - So apparantly InziZimals is a PSP game...thats horrific, especially as there is a Vita update.

So that's Novembers games...another pretty weak month, will we get a Christmas present next month with a full fat game? I doubt it.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

MCM London Comic Con 23-25/10/2015 Recap

On the 23rd to the 25th of October 2015, Geek Mash writers Brad, Casey, Jason, Kayleigh, Neil and Ross took a trip to London's Excel Centre to check out MCM's London Comic Con. 

Plus we are pleased to be joined by guests Jack Powis, and Sarah Cassidy of The Strolling Unwell

The three day show saw 130,560 pass through the doors of Excel London, eclipsing the record-breaking 122,600 attendees at May's MCM London Comic Con and the 110,200 at last October’s event.

Essentially this cements MCM London Comic Con’s position as the third largest Comic Con on the planet — just behind illustrious US rivals in New York and San Diego. To add some UK context it’s also around 10,000 more people than attended both the Man United v Man City and Sunderland vs Newcastle matches this weekend — two of premier league football’s biggest derby matches.

Brad, Ross, Kayleigh, Jason, Casey and Neil waiting to go in!

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Paris Games week Playstation press conference news.

Oh hai, Jason here. Last night I live-tweeted Sony's Paris games week press conference and thought I'd sum up what happened and my views on a nice lovely this one here. So let's do this.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

MCM London Comic Con 23-25/10/2015 Cosplay Pics

On the 23rd to the 25th of October 2015, Geek Mash writers Brad, Casey, Jason, Kayleigh, Neil and Ross took a trip to London's Excel Centre to check out MCM's London Comic Con. 

At these shows you always see some awesome costumes, so during the day I kept leaving the group when I saw something that just had to be caught on film

Our own Geek Mashers dressed up for the occasion too

Kayleigh as Alice from the Madness Returns

Casey as Man-Spider
Ross as a Miraluka Sith

So Check out some awesome Cosplay from the con

Plus check out all of these plus 100 more photos on our Facebook page


Saturday, 24 October 2015

Alternate Character Themes


Characters have their own theme tunes when they appear on screen

Either a leitmotif or a full theme tune for that character

I thought I would take some characters, some chosen by me and some chosen by my fellow Geek Mashers and then I would come up with an alternate theme tune for that character

So come with me on a musical journey...

Marty McFly - Sk8er Boi


Because Marty McFly skateboards everywhere

He skateboards at the beginning of part 1, on the way to school and back in 1955 to escape from Biff's gang around the town square and again in part 2 Hoverboarding away from Griff's gang

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Street Fighter V Beta impressions.

Oh hai! Jason here. So earlier on today I received an invite for the Street fighter 5 beta. Now that I've played it a little I thought I'd give my impression, although first off I'd like to admit that I'm not much of a fighting game guy, and even less of a street fighter person. I have played a few previous instalment's in the past (mainly SF2) but I'm far from an expert. None the less, here's what I thought.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Back To The Future Day

It's Back To The Future day! 

21st October 2015 is the date that Marty McFly and Doctor Emmett Brown landed their Delorean in the future. Of course, not everything they experience has actually happened yet (close to a Hoverboard soon though!), but it was fun to see their own theories in Back To The Future Part II regardless. 

To celebrate Back To The Future Day, the Geek Mash team have answered a few questions, sharing many of their favourite moments, quotes, characters and more. Join us as we celebrate this fantastic trilogy!

Monday, 19 October 2015

Casey's Room Tour

This week I thought I would show you more into my personal life and give you a picture tour of what my room looks like and what I like to collect, etc. Everyone loves to customise their room to what they like and show people when they come around what they are into. With me I love games, anime, movies, collecting statues/figures and general geeky things.

So here is a collection of pictures of my current room. I do have more stuff but unfortunately with the size of my room at the moment, I cant display it all. I have more geeky things in my storage including more of the same stuff plus my comics and art books. I cant wait until one day when I have a big enough place where I can display it all properly with all my girlfriend's nerdy things in our ultimate nerdy house.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

My top 15 Anime Closing Titles.

Oh hai! Jason here

Not long ago a did a list of my five favourite anime opening sequences, but the closing credits can be equally as good. So here's a list of my personal 15 favourite (in alphabetical order to avoid inner conflict). There are a few honourable mentions including the Kawaii complex guide to manors and hostel behaviour, Fruits Basket, Baccano and D-fragments...probably a few others that my brain can't recall at this given moment. Let's do this!

1. Angel beats

2. Another

3. Attack on Titan (Closing 1)

Saturday, 17 October 2015

The Muppets Top 10 Original Songs

The Muppet Show is a family-oriented comedy-variety television series that was produced by puppeteer Jim Henson and features The Muppets

From the Muppet Show, the Muppets went on to have 
8 Feature films
2 direct to TV films
8 spin off TV shows
and about 27 TV specials

The 3 most enduring things about The Muppets are
1. The Comedy and jokes
2. The Characters
3. The music

Today I'm going to be looking at the various original songs the Muppets has featured over the years and put together my Top 10 favourites

I also did a sister post in which you can read about the Top 10 Covers here

10. Cabin Fever

From Muppets Treasure Island

When the wind drops, and the Hispaniola begins to drift, the crew go stir crazy out of boredom. The human pirate twosome, Calico Jerry and Easy Pete, are the first to succumb to cabin fever, and the rest of the crew quickly follow suit.

The Muppets Top 10 Cover Songs

The Muppet Show is a family-oriented comedy-variety television series that was produced by puppeteer Jim Henson and features The Muppets

From the Muppet Show, the Muppets went on to have 
8 Feature films
2 direct to TV films
8 spin off TV shows
and about 27 TV specials

The 3 most enduring things about The Muppets are
1. The Comedy and jokes
2. The Characters
3. The music

Today I'm going to be looking at the various covers the Muppets has featured over the years and put together my Top 10 favourites

I also did a sister post in which you can read about the Top 10 Original Songs here

10. Feelings

Feelings is a song written by Louis Gasté and Brazilian singer Morris Albert.

Over the years Feelings was performed by many other vocalists including Ella FitzgeraldNina SimoneEngelbert HumperdinckShirley BasseyJulio IglesiasDobie Gray and Johnny Mathis.

Here it's covered by Beaker with his trademark Mee-Mee's

Friday, 16 October 2015

Face Off {or was it On?}: An interview with Cassidy Fidler

So about 2 weeks ago I was scrolling through twitter as I was battling my odd sleeping patterns and I was thinking for ideas for the blog, now I know that the Artificer's Almanac posts are always popular but I wanted to branch out and try something different, so I was thinking of conducting some interviews, I had some ideas but no real data of who to go to or on what subject and then suddenly in my activity feed a name popped up.

Cassidy Fidler, intrigued I went to her profile and there were the golden words, "Amateur SFX Make-up Artist".
Cassidy had obviously been sent from the writing deity!

So ladies and gentleman, boys and girls I present to you, an interview with Cassidy Fidler! 

1. So tell us a little more about yourself?

Where do I begin? I’m best known as Cassie but my full name is Cassidy. I am recently 25 and currently work as a special needs teacher. I have always been creative, I studied performing arts and got a 1st class degree in media studies at university. I did a PGCE so that teaching was always a secure and stable option as the creative industries can be so cut-throat and tough. I fell in to SEN teaching but I do love it, it’s very rewarding. Some other quick facts about me: I have a little bunny called Milo, I worship elephants – I think it comes from my granddad. I love macaroons and sipping tea (especially after a long day or during an SFX make-up session). I used to sing a lot but that’s gradually fading out as I don’t find so much time to get up on stage! I love vintage and old Hollywood glamour and I’ve incorporated that in to some looks I’ve done. I generally have lots of things I enjoy and as long as I keep myself busy and spend lots of time around good people then life is grand! 

2. So what got you into to SFX make up? Are you thinking of developing this as a career or was it something you just fancied having a go at?

Well I’ve always been creative but I think it all started from being a child and loving dress up, I loved any excuse to dress up in to a character! It was never just about the outfit for me, it was always about make-up and hair too, I especially loved fantasy characters such as fairies. For many years it would just be about parties or Halloween but then I started to notice make-up in films more and visited the Harry Potter studio tour and was fascinated and overwhelmed by the creature shop and that’s when it really started to take off.
I guess it started as something I just enjoyed and then became something I would love to develop in to a career but it is a very difficult industry to get in to, the doors are very far and few between.  

3. According to your Twitter account, you say that you are an amateur. I’ve seen your work and you are very good. Have you had any training, formal or informal? If so, who from?

Thank you. I haven’t had any training, except for tutorials and information online. There are two very wonderful make-up artists in the UK, Stuart Bray and Neil Gorton. I added them both on Facebook, Stuart gave me some good tips and Neil has a page for 911 make-up support which is very helpful. Other than that it was just a case of experimenting and practising. 

4. Have you worked on any stage or film productions? If so, care to mention a few?

I haven’t yet had the chance to work on any stage or film productions, however I have been asked to assist with make-up for a local pantomime in January, so watch this space! 

(N.B: Cassidy may be working on Peter Pan with West Wickhan Pantomime Society {Twitter: wwpanto})

5. What are your favourite pieces of SFX make up you have seen, and were they in film, cosplay, or on stage?

I think it has to be the pieces on display in the Creature Shop at the Harry Potter studio tour in London. They are just so amazing and just thinking about them brings out my passion. 

6. When you create a piece, do you create a diagram of what you want to do first or do you just work via trial and error until you get your final piece?

I always have an idea in mind, sometimes I look for photographs or tutorials to inspire me and act as a reference during the process but generally is trial and error for me. I feel it’s the best way when you’re an amateur and learning by yourself. 

7. I presume it can get pretty technical?

It can sometimes, there’s quite a lot to consider if you’re making very heavy or layered pieces. I haven’t worked with too many big technical pieces so it’s not been too tricky yet.  

8. I have tried the odd bit of make-up for various cosplays, mainly scar based make-up. Mind giving us a brief tutorial on making a decent looking scar?

It’s important to look for reference material and it all depends on the type of scar you want. A wonderful product to use is called Rigid Collodion, it produces very realistic scars. To use it for a scar you’ll also want a thin paintbrush and a pale pinkish face paint. 

1.    Make sure your skin is clean and clear of other products.
2.    Apply a thin streak of face paint in the shape of the scar you want to produce. Remember that no scar is ever perfectly shaped or straight.
3.    Using the Rigid Collodion, apply a thin layer over top the face paint. Allow to dry and repeat this process several times. You’ll notice that as it dries it becomes taught and almost sucks in the skin.
Rigid Collodion is very cheap and is easily bought online or in party stores. It has a very potent smell but it really is an amazing product for creating lifelike scars on the skin. 

9. For any novice artists out there, what would you recommend as a beginners kit?

I would say the staple items for any SFX artist would be liquid latex, spirit gum, fake blood, cotton wool, scar wax, cream face paints and some good quality brushes and sponges. All of these things can easily be bought online and sometimes you have a lot of good items around the house like cotton wool for instance. For a slightly more advance kit I would recommend these products: 

•    Kryolan cream face palettes which come in three main colour ranges which are; skin tones, bright colours and colours more suited for casualty and horror FX  (or you can create custom palettes). 
•    Kryolan clown face white face paint as it lasts so long and is a really bright and pure white colour.
•    Derma Shield mousse which forms a layer between skin and make-up to protect is from sensitivities toward make-up.
•    Kryolan tooth paint for going the extra mile when creating looks.
•    Thick blood and fresh scratch blood to give depth and realness to casualty FX pieces as let’s face it, not all blood is bright red and runny.
•    Stippling sponges because they really help to blend and create some cool effects!
•    Good quality make-up remover and brush cleaners.
•    3rd degree or Gelafix to help build different looks and wounds/scars
There are so many amazing products out there! Charles Fox in London and Guru Emporium are two stores where you can browse, try and buy in London.

10. With the film industry moving into CGI, do you think makeup artists are becoming a rare breed nowadays?

I think that’s a tough one to answer. CGI is wonderful, it really can do so much more than is sometimes possible in film but I think make-up artists will always be required. I don’t think you can get the same truthfulness from CGI alone, close up shots require genuine make-up even if just as a base because otherwise people don’t find it quite so realistic. Also, let’s not forget that make-up artists will always be required for theatre and fashion!

Keep your eyes out around Halloween as some more of Cassidy's work will go up on the site!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

My Top 5 Games From PlatniumGames & Clover Studios

With Transformers: Devastation out it made me think about all the amazing games PlatinumGames/Clover Studios have brought us.

I have been a fan of the studio since Viewtiful Joe was released back on the Gamecube and still to this day I have loved every game that they have brought us. 

It is like they know exactly what I like and the games are catered for me personally. Every time they announce a new game coming out, I buy on it day one regardless of the length of the game. Even if it is a short game i still thoroughly enjoy every minute with it. 

The company knows how to make the perfect mix of gameplay, intense fights and epic moments making you go "wow, I cant believe I am playing this!"

Unfortunately most of the games dont sell enough for publishers to carry on bringing out their games, but luckily though other publishers keep seeing their potential, granting them exclusives to consoles like Wonderful 101 and Bayonetta 2 to Wii U and the future release of Scalebound to Xbox One. 

Back in late 2006, Capcom closed Clover Studios due to poor sales of the Okami and Viewtiful Joe series, but we was in luck when in early 2008 PlatinumGames was introduced with a 4 game deal with Sega, where they released Bayonetta, Infinite Space, Madworld and Vanquish.

Nowadays PlatinumGames is a more well known company. People eagerly anticipate their new releases, waiting for them epic moments that they always deliver on.

So because of this, I thought I would share my top 5 games I love from this company. 

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Guest Post: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Crazy Party Night

 It's Deakin!

On the way to see Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's show at the Roundhouse, London, I began to worry. Not worry about seeing a Japanese idol who I'd admired for her quirkiness, but worried that as a man in his 30s going to see a cutesy J-Pop idol on my own I was going to look like one of those dodgy old men I'd seen in a maid cafe when I visited Tokyo earlier this year. The Japanese family I sat near staring at me, did nothing to ease my concern, but maybe I was just being paranoid. Thankfully, when the show started all of my worries disappeared, as I was just having too much fun.

Joined by her ever faceless dancers, in masks and dresses, Kyary started off with Fashion Monster, one of my favourites. Indeed, the show was a greatest hits of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, with a couple of worthy extras thrown in. Recorded backing vocals and music were not misplaced for her 'Crazy Party Night' as the show was called. In fact with the base turned up and the wildly flashing lights, at times it felt more like a night club than a music venue. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu was skilled at blending the cutesy and childlike, with something that could still resonate with the adult.
A couple of songs in, Kyary brings out a piece of paper, and readings out greetings to the audience in English. She also takes this oportunity to proudly announce that she has a gorilla DJ. Actually not the guy in charge of music, but another dancer, wearing a Gorilla mask and headphones. Soon they were also joined by who I can best describe as the Harajuku version of Kid Rock, who during a costume change for Kyary, puts on a mind bending light show involving twirling sticks that form words and pictures in the air.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Geek Mash's Top: Quotes

So the movie list went down a storm, now we are going to wander into the world of quotes and emotions.
As always we will have a quote from each of the Geek Mash team and how it makes them feel.

Here is a handy little guide for you all:

PC: Phil
KP: Kayleigh
RA: Ross
MP: Matthew
BF: Brad

CW: Casey


"Crom, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if we were good men or bad. Why we fought, or why we died. All that matters is that two stood against many. That's what's important! Valor pleases you, Crom... so grant me one request. Grant me revenge! And if you do not listen, then to HELL with you!"
"I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together."
-Marilyn Monroe.

I agree with everything but the lies part in this quote (there's people in my life that I'd trust wholeheartedly, so that is out of the equation). However, the rest of this Marilyn Monroe quote is pretty fitting. I do believe things happen for a reason for the most part. My life changed significantly in October of last year after a failed relationship and cancelled wedding. At this point in my life, I felt like I had lost everything, but suddenly this changed. I made a new group of friends who are some of the best people I'll ever know, and met a new boyfriend who makes me feel like I'm worth something. Things are moving pretty well for me right now, and I truly believe that things had to go wrong when they did to get me to this happier, more fulfilled position I am in now. So Marilyn, I nod in agreement. My friends, family and boyfriend all helped me on my way through so that "better things can fall together."

"Surely you can't be serious. I am serious, and don't call me Shirley."
MP: For me, I came across this only recently, I will admit I am not the greatest of comic readers, however I have a love for the art, the story and the characters.

Now as we all know, recently there was an anniversary to mark a very dark day in modern history.
This day affects some more than others, but regardless it was a day that will be marked in history, I am talking about 9/11.
Now unbeknownst to me, there was comic written about this day, it was featured in The Amazing Spiderman (#36).
Here is the quote:

"Because the story of humanity is written not in towers, but in tears, in the common coin of blood and bone. In the voice that speaks within even the worst of us and says; this is not right."

This quote resonates many emotions within me; sadness, joy, love, hate, humility, hubris and so much more. It is a simple two line quote but speaks so much about people as a race. I think if you ever needed a primer for the regular person, this would be it.

“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.”
— The Doctor, Season 5, Episode 10

From a very emotional episode of Doctor Who "Vincent and the Doctor" where Amy and the The Doctor travel back in time to France and meet Vincent Van Gogh. I won't go into more detail, all that I ask is for you to watch it and come away with your own thoughts on this quote and if you have seen it you know how much this quote means to not just Vincent, but to everyone watching too.

Mine would have to be from Naruto Shippuden when Jiraiya says 

"getting dumped always makes a man stronger, but then again, men aren't meant to pursue happiness" I like it as its true in life.

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