Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wondrous Wednesday? Star Wars gets an incredible Oculus Rift VR trailer, the science of shrinking in Ant-Man is broken down and a Jurassic Park "special edition" puts everyone in high heels. We also have a sneak peek at future 8-Bit Cinema episodes and discover "everything wrong" with the first three Mission: Impossible movies. So, sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
With last weekend's release of Ant-Man, which follows Paul Rudd's Scott Lang as he gets shrunk to the size of an ant by wearing an incredible suit, VSauce teamed up with Paul Rudd himself for a new video, where they break down the science of shrinkage. This is all predicated on the notion that one would be actually able to shrink down in size. But there are some very interesting facts about what you would need to survive, if this did actually happen to you.
Star Wars Virtual Reality Oculus Rift Trailer
Hammerhead VR's Rob McLellan has released the first trailer for the proposed virtual reality video game Star Wars VR, which will allow fans to use the revolutionary Oculus Rift headset to immerse themselves in the Star Wars franchise. The trailer was completed in two weeks with two artists creating footage using Unreal Engine 4. The project isn't affiliated with LucasFilm or Disney, and it remains to be seen if this virtual reality game will ever see the light of day. But, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens' December release just around the corner, the franchise is certainly more popular than ever, which could certainly improve the game's prospects.
Jurassic Park 'Special Edition' Puts Everyone in High Heels
Jurassic World has taken the box office by storm, earning $612 million domestically and over $1.5 billion worldwide, but there is an aspect of this blockbuster that has most fans scratching their heads. Bryce Dallas Howard's Claire spends a good portion of the movie running in high heels, which many fans had issues with. That's where the folks at XVP Comedy come in, with their parody trailer for Jurassic Park "High Heels Edition," where every character, even the dinosaurs, are shown wearing heels. Sure, this is silly, but it's still not as bizarre as when Steven Spielberg replaced the guns in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial with walkie-talkies for a special edition release.
8-Bit Cinema Behind-the-Scenes Sneak Peek
I'm always on the lookout for new episodes of Cinefix's 8-Bit Cinema series, and while we don't have a new installment today, the whole team behind these videos offer us a behind-the-scenes look at how these episodes are created. We also get a few sneak peeks at upcoming episodes, featuring movies such as District 9, with one of the artists hand-drawing one of the alien guns, along with a glimpse at how the music is created. Princess Mononoke is one of the other movies that may be featured in upcoming episodes, so stay tuned for more 8-Bit Cinema episodes.
Everything Wrong With the First Three Mission: Impossible Movies
With Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation hitting theaters next weekend, the folks at CinemaSins have broken down everything wrong with the first three movies, Mission: Impossible, Mission: Impossible 2 and Mission: Impossible III. Since these videos have been released over the past few weeks, it's a safe bet that 2011's Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol will be skewered next week. In the meantime, there is plenty of "sins" in the first few movies to check out, if you have 45 minutes to kill.
Learn How a Film Projector Works
Engineer Guy has an in-depth video that breaks down the intricate mechanics of how a film projector actually works. While a vast majority of the industry currently shoots on digital, there are still those like Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino and J.J. Abrams, who shot Star Wars: The Force Awakens on film, trying to keep 35MM alive. While film projectors are starting to become obsolete, the mechanics behind it are still quite remarkable.
Paula Abdul Re-Enacts Her "Opposites Attract" Music Video
While paying a visit to The Late Late Show with James Corden, Paula Abdul and the late-night host re-enacted the singer's music video for her hit 1990s song "Opposites Attract." James Corden himself even got in on the act, playing a live-action version of the animated MC Skat Cat in this hilarious video. We also have the original 1989 music video to compare this re-enactment to.
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