New Official Trailer for Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull’s Space Sci-Fi ‘The Beyond’

The Beyond Trailer

“To find our place in the universe, we must venture beyond our boundaries.” Gravitas Ventures debuted this full trailer for the space sci-fi The Beyond, one of the first features from Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull, who got his start making cool sci-fi short films on Vimeo. We featured a teaser trailer for this earlier in the year, but the film has undergone extensive reshoots and re-edits, and this new trailer is a better look at what HaZ has cooked up. The Beyond is a low-budget sci-fi somewhat based on the idea first introduced in his short Project Kronos – first contact. It’s about astronauts going through a wormhole (“The Void”) to another part of the universe, who return early, and now everyone wants to know what they found on the other side. The cast includes Nigel Barber, Jane Perry, Brian Deacon, and David Bailie. Sci-fi geeks need to see this. ›››

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Shadowhunters, Beyond, Siren and Cloak & Dagger NYCC Details

Shadowhunters, Beyond, Siren and Cloak & Dagger NYCC Details

Shadowhunters, Beyond, Siren and Cloak & Dagger NYCC details

Freeform, Disney’s young adult television and streaming network, announced today that it will host New York Comic Con activations for its new and returning series directly across from the Jacob K. Javits Center, starting Thursday, October 5, through Sunday, October 8. The activations will complement the network’s NYCC panels for  Shadowhunters, Beyond, and new series Siren, in addition to teasing the new series Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.

The multifaceted attraction, located on the corner of 37th Street and 11th Avenue across from the Jacob K. Javits Center, will offer fans a way to experience their favorite and highly anticipated Freeform shows in an unprecedented way, for free with or without a New York Comic Con badge.

Shadowhunters Jade Wolf Take-Out Cart:
The Jade Wolf restaurant, which is featured on the series “Shadowhunters” as the New York werewolf pack’s headquarters, will be opening its to-go service during New York Comic Con. Continuing to act as a cover for mundane eyes, this restaurant will be serving fortune cookies to the public from its take-out cart. Fans who are lucky enough to receive a “prize” fortune will receive New York Comic Con exclusive premiums consisting of a Jade Wolf t-shirt or an exclusive Marvel artist-designed poster.
Thursday, October 5, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friday, October 6, 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 8, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.


Marvel artist: Szymon Kudranski

Beyond 360 Video Booth:
Freeform will redeliver an iconic scene in the woods from season 1 of “Beyond” with a 360 video booth placing fans in the center of the location where Holden finds himself on a recurring basis, featuring his supernatural abilities. This activation is socially enabled and offers a multimedia video fans will want to immediately share. After participating in the booth, fans will receive an exclusive Marvel artist-designed “Beyond” poster.
Thursday, October 5, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, October 6, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 8, 11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Marvel artist: Marco D’Alfonso

Siren Live Mermaid Exhibit:
The Bristol Cove Marine Research Center from “Siren” will showcase mermaids through a live mermaid exhibit. Fans can peek into a tank that contains a live, swimming mermaid. The exhibit will also feature mermaid/siren educational information about their history, anatomy and abilities. After viewing the exhibit, each person will receive an exclusive Marvel artist-designed “Siren” poster.
Thursday, October 5, 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.
Friday, October 6, 9:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 9:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 8, 9:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.**
**Final exhibit viewing will be 30 minutes.


Marvel artist: Kirbi Fagan*

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger Bodega:
“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” is set in New Orleans and Freeform is bringing a Big Easy style pop-up bodega to New York Comic Con. Fans will be given a tarot card, which will reveal their prize under a black light at the bodega. Each participant will receive a New York Comic Con exclusive premium including either a “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” t-shirt, Marvel artist-designed poster, a black and white cookie, or branded tote bag.
Thursday, October 5, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, October 6, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 7, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Marvel artist: Elizabeth Torque*

In addition to these activations, Freeform will host previously-announced show panels for Shadowhunters, Beyond and Siren.

Saturday, October 7
Shadowhunters and Beyond: Back-to-Back Panels
The Theatre at Madison Square Garden
Panels from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Jacob K. Javits Center – Room 1A06
Panel from 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

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‘Beyond Skyline’ Trailer: The Sequel to That Awful 2010 Movie Looks Surprisingly Not Awful

beyond skyline

Do you remember Skyline, the 2010 science fiction movie about people trapped in an apartment during an alien invasion? Of course you don’t. It was awful. Terrible. Probably one of the worst movies given a wide release in theaters that year. But it was also cheap, produced for a modest $ 10 million budget, allowing it to make enough money to justify a sequel. And now, seven years later, the trailer for that sequel has arrived.

And it looks…not bad? Perhaps that’s because Beyond Skyline features a new cast, a new setting, a new director, and only a tenuous connection to the original movie.

To be fair, the Beyond Skyline trailer (originally unveiled over at AICN) isn’t going to appeal to those who aren’t already okay with watching low-budget science fiction movies that look like they’re one step removed from premiering on SyFy. But this looks like a very, very good low-budget science fiction movie, the kind of B-movie junk food I can totally get behind.

That’s Frank Grillo in the lead role as a father whose son is abducted by aliens. You may remember Grillo from his minor role as Crossbones in the Captain America sequels or from the Purge sequels, where he lent his trademark gruffness and hyper-masculinity to the proceedings. He would have been a bonafide movie star in 1971, but he’s starring in Beyond Skyline in 2017. Anyway, he’s great. Also great: The Raid and The Raid 2 star Iko Uwais, who plays the fellow who recruits Grillo’s character into defending his town agains the alien threat. But Grillo just wants his son back! What’s a glowering hero to do?

Beyond Skyline is directed by Liam O’Donnell, who co-wrote the first movie. He’s stepping in for original directors Greg and Colin Strause, who were also responsible for the truly wretched Alien vs. Predator: Requiem. While they’re still producers on the sequel, them not being behind the camera is reason enough for me to give this a shot.

And why not? It has Frank Grillo firing rockets at giant aliens! Cataclysmic destruction! All kinds of extra-terrestrial beasties causing all kinds of havoc around the globe! Sure, it has that above-mentioned direct-to-DVD tinge, but there’s enough here to scratch a serious B-movie itch that’s been building up ever since more honest genre trash started getting replaced with self-aware junk like Sharknado.

Beyond Skyline will have an international release in theaters, but American audiences will have to settle for a limited theatrical run and a VOD release. And perhaps that’s for the best. This looks very much like the kind of movie that will play better to a living room than an auditorium.

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When It’s Time to Look Beyond the DSLR

I started my career before you could capture video on DSLRs. Right out of business school, I started shooting local cable commercials first on a 1/3rd inch chip Sony PD150 at the tail end of the “DV revolution” before graduated to an HDV Sony Z100 and then making my way to full HD 1/2 inch […]

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Beyond the Basics: Keyframing in Adobe After Effects

Up your After Effects game with these advanced keyframing tips and tricks.

Keyframing is one of the most important and powerful features of Adobe After Effects. Knowing how to apply and manipulate them will help you to become a more seasoned motion graphics artist. Let’s take a look at a few advanced tips and tricks when it comes to working with keyframes in After Effects. We’ll focus on five methods in particular, including precisely editing values, reversing time, changing interpolation, adding roving keyframes, and working with expressions. We’ll use these advanced methods to bring an airplane graphic to life.

Precisely Edit Values

In After Effects, you use keyframes when you want a value of a layer to change over time. Adding two keyframes to a layer at different times with differing values will bring that property to life.

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Writing Characters: Go Beyond Stereotypes

Go beyond stereotypes

Do any of these sound familiar TV shows or films you’ve seen?

  • The cop whose marriage broke up because he could never switch off his work
  • The hooker who is only doing that kind of work because she’s a single mother
  • The young bully who turns out to be bullied or abused by his father

Probably they do, because they’ve become stereotypes. Stereotypes are based on facts–a lot of police officers’ marriage do break up, a lot of prostitutes do have a child to support, a lot of bullies were themselves bullied. But when we see only these aspects of these characters they feel predictable and not that interesting.

First let’s see how NOT to go beyond the stereotypes, and that’s to go for the exact opposite of what people expect. When you do that you just create new stereotypes: the grandmother who rides a Harley, the boxer who loves poetry, or possibly the earliest version of this, the sad clown.

A more effective method is to make sure you give the characters enough attributes to reveal them as individuals. These don’t have to be exposed through exposition, sometimes you can use the setting, or the character’s appearance, or who he or she hangs out with, to give clues.

For instance, maybe our cop’s marriage did break up because he brought his work home too much. Instead of being a broken man who now drinks too much (more stereotyping) maybe he’s looking for somebody new among the ranks of the female police officers. Or maybe he has a new girlfriend who loves being with a cop (maybe she is just that bit too interested…)

If you have problems doing this, take a minute to consider to consider the complexity of the people around you and use that for inspiration. 

Ask your characters for help

If you get stuck, who are you going to call? One good option is to ask your characters for help.

What I suggest is interviewing your characters. Each of them wants something (even if sometimes it’s just to be left alone). They want something in general, and they want something in the scene you are writing.

Let’s take an example: You’re writing a scene for a romantic comedy in which Brad and Jane meet on a blind date. You’ve written some good dialogue for their first awkward moments and you know that you don’t want them to get along too well at this first meeting, but you’re not sure exactly what to have happen in the body of the scene.

In this case some good questions to ask both of your characters would be:

  • what’s the best thing that could happen on this date?
  • what’s the worst thing that could happen?
  • what do you think the other person wants?
  • What do you find attractive and unattractive about them?

Those questions alone might well be enough to get you going. If he says the worst thing would be if she turns out to be clingy, but you don’t want her to actually be clingy (after all, we want them to get together at the end), what could happen in the scene that would give him that (wrong) impression? Maybe she’s afraid of spiders and there’s one crawling along the wall; she’s embarrassed by this phobia but whenever the bug crawls near to her she can’t help grabbing Brad’s arm and moving closer to him–to be farther away from the spider, which he can’t see.

Or maybe she says the worst thing would be to have him be one of those driven types who check their phones for new messages every thirty seconds. If we want Brad to do this even though that’s not his usual habit, we need to plant a reason for him to check his phone on this occassion, and make it something too embarrassing or personal for him to be willing to reveal to her since they just met.

This interview method works for bigger plot points, too. Ask your characters what they want, what they fear, what their secrets are and you’ll soon have enough raw material to get you back on track.

PS: If you don’t know their desires, fears, and secrets, spend some time fleshing out the characters, then return to the problem.


Week 2 of Jurgen Wolff’s Script Coach workshop at Raindance is all about creating memorable characters that make your script stand out. You can sign up here.

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Beyond Good and Evil 2 Video: Meet the Game Team

Check out the team from Ubisoft in a Beyond Good and Evil 2 video

Check out the team from Ubisoft in a Beyond Good and Evil 2 video

Ubisoft has released a new Beyond Good and Evil 2 video. The sequel to the much beloved 2003 open world action adventure game was announced at E3 2017 on Monday, and today we have a brand new video that lets you meet the Ubisoft Montpellier team behind the game and get a little more insight into what we’re going to see when the game is released. You can check out their vision for the game in the Beyond Good and Evil 2 video, as well as their community-focused live development initiative called the Space Monkey program.

RELATED: Ubisoft trailers including Beyond Good and Evil 2 and more!

You can check out the new Beyond Good and Evil 2 video as well as the trailer in the player below. Journey to System 3 for the prequel to one of Ubisoft’s most beloved games! Fight alongside unforgettable characters in a stunning new solar system, as you struggle for freedom and the right to determine your own fate among the stars. Play the adventure by yourself or with friends in a vast and seamless online playground.

System 3 has become the center of interstellar trade and colonization in the Milky Way of the 24th century, thanks to the creation of Hybrid slaves. While private enterprises fight over resources and power, the first colonists weave together the rich and diverse spiritual and cultural heritages of Old Earth to give meaning to their existence. In this new era of piracy, we will rise from lowly pirate to legendary captain at the helm of massive star-faring vessels, adventuring alongside crews of colorful characters to fight for freedom and the right to determine our own fate among the stars!

Beyond Good and Evil 2 is the spiritual successor to the cult classic, a prequel that will transport players into a profoundly multicultural world, capturing the spirit of the original with grandiose decors and intense dramas that play out across a vast universe. Through the Space Monkey Program, Ubisoft Montpellier will be developing the game alongside its community of fans.

What did you guys think of the Beyond Good and Evil 2 video? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

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Out-of-this-world possibilities: A look at life-sustaining planets beyond Earth


For as long as man has looked up at the heavens, he’s pondered one question: Are we alone in the universe?

While the answer remains unclear, there’s a tonne of research being conducted to determine just what life-sustaining planets beyond Earth might exist — and what they might look like.

There’s no shortage of imaginative renderings and fiction about what such worlds may entail, as well. Countless movies and works of literature envision fantastical worlds full of complex life forms and spacecraft that travel at physics-defying speeds. In EA Games’ latest installment of the Mass Effect series, Mass Effect: Andromeda, game designers bring a variety of hypotheticals to life. The game’s plot revolves around humans’ search for a new, habitable planet; each of the game’s Golden Planets represents a literal world of possibility explorable via immersive, stunningly visual gameplay. Read more…

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‘Legion’: Peter’s Thoughts on the Pilot, Trailers for Episode 2 & Beyond


FX’s Legion aired last night and I have some brief thoughts on the pilot episode. You can find those after the jump, alongside the Legion season 1 trailer, a teaser for Legion episode 2, and a good making-of featurette on the creation of the world of the series.


Remember when we used to refer to a comic book film as being “good, for a superhero movie”? Filmmakers like Sam Raimi and Christopher Nolan were able to evolve our thinking on the genre and now I think we live in a landscape where we are often presented with superhero movies which stand on their own as very good films.

But as much as I love parts of shows like Daredevil, live-action superhero television shows have not really crossed the line from “great superhero TV series” to “great TV series.” For the most part the available selections range from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which is just a couple levels above Heroes) to some of the more interesting DC shows on The CW. Personally, I have enjoyed the Marvel Netflix shows the most out of the bunch, but they still don’t quite stand on their own as great television.

Legion might be the first superhero television series that I unabashedly love. It’s all sorts of crazy, and it might be all over the place at times (for instance, some of the latter visual effects look bad, but I strangely didn’t care, maybe because it was in the context of a fun one-shot action sequence). Legion feels fresh, dynamic, and interesting in a way none of the previous superhero shows have been able to accomplish. I should also mention that Aubrey Plaza is on a whole new level in this series and I hope we get lots more of her.

And it doesn’t hurt that the series was created by Noah Hawley, the showrunner of one of my favorite modern television series, Fargo. It’s probably too early to praise the series as an evolutionary leap when I’ve only seen the hour and a half-long pilot episode, but I’m so very in. Anyways, this was not meant as a review but merely as a rant: if you’re not watching this show, you should seriously seek out the pilot episode and give it a go.

Legion Episode 2 Trailer

FX has released a bunch of videos promoting the series. First up here is a trailer for Legion episode 2:

Legion Season 1 Trailer

Next up, here is a preview of what is coming up in Legion season one:

Legion Season 1: The World of Legion

And probably the most interesting of all, a featurette called “Inside Legion Season 1: The World of Legion” which takes us behind the scenes at the development and creation of the series:

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Editorial: Warner Bros Needs to Expand the DCEU Beyond Batman

Ben Affleck - Batman

At the climax of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Superman has literally fallen into the arms of his love, Lois Lane. The ending is far from romantic, however, as Batman and Wonder Woman stand beside the slain hero, heads bowed mournfully. Who knew this downer of an ending would signify more than just defeated heroes, it also acts as an analogy for the entire trajectory of DC Comics on film. By the time Suicide Squad rolled around, you could argue the DC Extended Universe had been put on suicide watch. For Ben Affleck, what started as a co-starring role has morphed into possibly being the DCEU’s only saving grace. ›››

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