The Costumer's Guide lays out research and imagery related to four iconic outfits

I stumbled upon this post while trying to look up what the name for this style of suit was. I still don’t know, but I do now know a ton more about these four specific ones. Not only does the post do an amazing job cataloguing reference images (including ones taken of John’s actual suit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and screenshots from The Beatles Rock Band video game), it also does an in-depth analysis of materials, construction and accessories, and even elaborates individually on each Beatle’s outfit one by one, noting their subtle differences. I’m consistently impressed with the communities that exist on the internet that are devoted to recreating movie objects, down to the last nut or bolt or stitch. Expect more of that stuff on here. Highlight: the medals worn on their jackets were civilian medals, as opposed to military, which had a white stripe down the middle. Other highlight: The macrame tutorial.

Dave Addey dissects an 80's classic to examine its sets, props, signs, and more

According to the about page of typesetinthefuture, the Venn diagram of “people who are interested in sci-fi” and “people who are interested in fonts” have “a remarkable overlap”. While that may be the case, it’s still cool to have Dave Addey take you on a sightseeing tour of design curiosities in a movie many other people have cut into in many other ways. Not just limited to identifying fonts, Addey goes so far as to analyze architecture, investigate interfaces, scrutinize signage, and do a little logospotting. Highlight: when he identifies that the metadata on a photo actually comes from the leftover scraps of a Letraset sheet.

Is this leaked "Death Note" script real? Gwern Branwen considers ALL the factors.

It starts with a simple enough question: In 2009, a pdf file circulated the Internet purporting to be a leaked script of Hollywood’s adaptation of the popular anime Death Note. Is it real? Gwern Branwen, in an impressive showing of detective work, breaks down various pieces of evidence to figure out the answer, ranging from checking the location and timestamp metadata on the pdf file itself, to mathematically comparing the style of the script against the supposed author’s previous works, plus a whole load of Death Note fanfiction. Not only that, but they also use probability to assess the level of confidence when weighing different factors. Overall, it’s a remarkable analysis worthy of L himself (that’s a Death Note reference).

Bradley "Gmunk" Munkowitz goes behind the scenes in creating ornate and futuristic interface graphics for the movie Oblivion

Look at this. This is just flat out beautiful. Not only that, but it has the very iceberg-y quality of something that someone spent hours and hours toiling over but that will only be seen for a few seconds at a time. As an added bonus (or curse?), you won’t be able to watch a sci-fi movie after this without paying very close attention to all the screens.

Watch the reel at the top of the page, click through the slideshows, and watch the interview with the director (and Gmunk) about their process. You get to see him nerd out over grids, I love it. Highlight: As intricate as the whole thing is, Gmunk still humbly refers to it as “just dots, lines, and circles, really”

Derrick Rossignol scrutinizes and analyzes High School Musical's portrayal of Basketball

Quick! How many of the basketball players in High School Musical are using illegal numbers on their jerseys?

Stumped? It’s two.

If you didn’t get it right, you’re probably like me in that the accuracy of regulation uniforms for high school basketball teams in the state of New Mexico isn’t the thing at the forefront of your mind when you watch High School Musical. Most likely though, neither of us are Derek Rossignol. Aside from uniform legality, Rossignol also touches on such topics as: “Does Coach Bolton actually know what he’s talking about?” and “Could the specific model of scoreboard used malfunction in a specific way it does in order to advance a specific plot point?”

Ben Burtt, sound designer on WALL-E, talks about how he created a universe "from the sound up"

Foley artists are some of the coolest people precisely because not a lot of people know they exist. Originally I had written a bunch about what Foley is and why and how the people that do it are awesome but the first 15 seconds of this video explain it better than I ever could, so just watch it. Highlight: Burtt uses a slinky to create a laser gun noise.

(Be sure to watch Part 2 as well!)