Office 2010: The Movie

posted by Stal on 2010.01.13, under Stal

Attention office drones: you too could live an action-packed thriller like this one.

[ Office 2010: The Movie trailer / YouTube ]

Windows 7 Whopper

posted by Stal on 2009.10.22, under Stal

Windows 7 launch is today, and to celebrate, they have paired up with Burger King in Japan to promote this 7-layer Windows 7 Whopper for 777 yen.

[ Gizmodo ]

Extreme Pool Jump

posted by Stal on 2009.08.19, under Stal

An awesome clip of a guy rocketing down a hill and landing neatly in a pool:

Pretty nifty, eh? The comments section, of course, is littered with cynics shouting “FAKE!!1!” and unfortunately, a little digging reveals that the stunt is indeed a trick of the camera, and was intended as a viral ad campaign for Microsoft, to boot.

So, how did they really do it?

It’s a case of creative compositing, meaning that the clip we get to see is based on multiple elements that were combined together to create a final video. A stuntman slides down the slide, secured by a rope. Then there’s a body flying through the air, which is animated. And finally, the big splash. “He actually jumped from a wooden ramp into the pool,” explained Koenigs. Of course, you don’t get to see any of this in the final clip, thanks to careful editing that makes it look like a single take.

Here’s a short clip demonstrating the stunt technique:

Still hella cool, imo.