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Awesome I Know: theOneCam

AIK_WGM_tOCA while ago I mentioned on Twitter that I wanted to start interviewing the talented folks I knew personally, to bring more light on my brother creatives and give an insider glimpse into their world. Today is the start of the series 'Awesome I Know', I hope you all enjoy and keep reading!

TOC_MOW After millions of hits, features on sites, toy manufacturer recognition and the recent awesome showcase on Kotaku my OneCam carrying friend has seen much shine, let's have a chat with theOneCam and see who's behind those awesome toys shots and Creepy Woody.

So how does it feel to be the memory warping mastermind behind the creepy Woody shots? You know you've (surprisingly) messed up some people out there with those shots! Ha! It was never my intention to ruin childhood memories as it was intended for mature audiences who can separate a parody photo from an animated fictional film. And I'm pretty sure I'm not the first person who did a "creepy" Woody photo with this particular figure because as soon as I saw the prototype I knew I'm going to do something out-worldly with it. I even mentioned the idea way back when at the now defunct Spawn forums (rest in peace) when the protos were first released.

Oh you're not the first but you made it the best overall haha.

I know the feedback on your work has been amazing but there are always ones that prefer to hate or pass on as their own. What are the most outlandish comments or copycats you've seen? The worst one was some person who really thinks he embodies the personality and plays the character of "crazy Woody." Which was... okay... He created an account at DeviantArt and was uploading photos and passing it as his because, as he says, he's "crazy Woody." I think that was weird.

Yeah his covering watermark skills just weren't there yet!

Now I've been to your house and I STILL can't put a number to how many figures you have. I know you have like 4+ (big) storage containers with just accessories haha. Have you ever tried to do a figure count? I also can't put a number on how many figures I have, I'm actually scared to count it! Hahaha! I don't really take pleasure on how much I have but more on how I can use them that's why I never bother counting. That is also why you don't and won't see me showing a photo of my collection display hehehe.

Figures... you have a ton but imagine trying to count all those tiny accessories!!!

I know folks are always curious about your set-up and have asked you several times to explain it. I won't do that but I will ask you to say one thing about it that you haven't said before! As in most things. always think ahead of time when you do set-ups no matter how minor it is. The angles, the action, if you're going to convey a narrative shot, the tone, etc. And most importantly — play with the figure! So you'll be able to maximize its capability and know it's limitations.

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Being that you are always looking into detail, articulation and paint jobs on toys, what do you think is the usual culprit when it comes to Western and Eastern quality issues? There really isn't much issue when it comes to import toys because they usually set their goals and most of the time they get what they try to achieve. With US companies, it's the inconsistent paint jobs and sometimes over all quality control. So sometimes you will figures with crossed eyes, or lopsided faces. At least they're getting better. Ish.

That's what everyone looks for, figures with lopsided faces and crossed eyes no?!

We've been to Toy Fair and Comic Con and have seen tons of toy booths, what company always brings a smile to your face? Before it was Hasbro, but now they decided to pull away from NYCC, I would have to say the company that puts a smile on my face, is the company that literally has a "smile" in their name — Good Smile Company!

Yeah I can remember a certain someone going back a few times and purchasing items JUST for a Good Smile bag. I wonder who that was? Ha!

I've always said you should work with toy companies for their product photography. What do you think of the current promo shots toy companies take for packaging and showcasing their new figures? Japanese or Hong Kong based companies usually gets it right in terms of promo shots to packaging and they really follow good schedule. US-based on the other hand falls a bit flat. Sometimes you don't even see any promo shots up until a month before it's release date. I think some companies are showing digital prototype images of what the figures would look like, rather than a sculpted prototype.

I never understood why companies here stopped creating cool scenery and shots, it would just make kids (both big and small) imagination run even wilder which would equal more green for them.

What inspires you to do all of this work and awesomeness? Is it something that you can attribute to the fans or more for self? Why thank you very much sir! I get the inspiration from the figures themselves and its source material. You have to love or be interested at least on what you photograph. If you like the figure but have no idea where it came from, do a bit of research. At least you give justice to the figure and the fans who are familiar with it will enjoy it more.

In the end it's all about truly loving what you do and it's very apparent in theOneCam's work, you can scroll thru his entire site and instantly tell it's a true labor of love. I'd like to thank my best friend for taking the time out of his toy filled days to answer some questions for WGM. Hope you all enjoyed the interview and be sure to visit theOneCam's site.

Oh yeah, there are no images of theOneCam because he is... well, he's a camera. LONG LIVE CREEPY WOODY!

NY Comic Con Thoughts Part 2

Verse two, coming with that Olde E brew err.. I meant Comic Con part 2 with a bit more of the toys on display, from the awesome threeA figures, Square Enix Batman, Bandai's incredibly extensive Gundam (not Gangnam) line to a ridiculously cool custom Galactus figure/statue someone made in Artist Alley. There are quite a few more shots to share (40+) on here and will be posted in-between the music and art, I don't want to take over the site with these shots but still show you the pure awesome of what is Comic Con for those that didn't go. I hope that with these shots you get that itch to go and get your pass for next years convention!

NY Comic Con Thoughts Part 1

The Con is over and another glorious geekfest is done, it was sure tiring but as always a ton of fun. Comics, cosplay and enough toys to deplete your funds in a day doesn't sounds bad eh? I'm sure many folks went home happy as hell with their bags of awesome exclusives, nostalgia triggered purchases and new artists they became fans of. I managed to find a new book to read and got Lil Giant into G-Man as well, I didn't buy any new figures cause... well I got no more room left for figures right now haha. Hope you enjoy the photos as much as we had fun taking them and being a part of NYCC once again was fantastic. We have a good amount of photos so I'll be breaking this up into a few posts so one post doesn't weigh as much as the Power Pachyderms. They will be varied and jumbled up just like the floor in the Con. For those that have never been to one, I strongly urge you to go if you love comics, figures, art and geek culture as a whole. It's a little crowded but worth every half step you take in 5 minutes haha.

The Avengers Blu-Ray Giveaway!

So I got this brand spankin new and awesome Blu-Ray of a cool little movie called The Avengers and I want to give it away... but to who? I know there are one or two of you out there who haven't purchased or perhaps even seen it, so let's do this the good old fashioned and fair way with a trivia question. The winner will randomly be selected tomorrow, for more details read below!

If the Bifrost was destroyed in the movie Thor, how did Thor get to Earth in The Avengers?

UPDATE: Mark Foster is the WINNAH!

The answer is here:

"Loki says, 'How much dark energy did the All-father have to muster to conjure you here?' Hiddleston recited. "The Bifrost is still down, he can’t just be riding down the rainbow bridge, Heimdall [is gone], it’s all changed since the end of 'Thor' so it’s obviously cost Odin a significant amount to get there," he explained. "I guess he’s been sent down by Odin to go and deal with this crazy cat that is his brother."

Source: MTV Splash Page

You can enter by leaving a comment with your answer below. Have fun sleuthing and thanks for participating!

Rules: - You must be 17 years or older to win. - Only one entry per person. - The giveaway is open to International Giants but keep in mind that it includes a Region 1 DVD with bonus features. - The entry period ends on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 12:30PM (Eastern), at that time we will randomly select one (1) winner with the correct answer to receive one (1) The Avengers (2-Disc Combo Pack) on Blu-Ray. - Once selected we will email and announce the winner on the WGM site/Twitter, we will also post the answer to the question as well.

For any updates please follow When Giants Meet on Twitter.

Zen Studios Reveal Pinball FX 2 Thor Table

Zen Studios just released the last table in the 4 Pack Marvel: Vengeance and Virtue Table set, it's our friendly hammer wielding neighbor also known as Thor the God of Thunder. We have been enjoying Pinball FX 2 for a long time and it's one of the few pinball games that gets it, everything down to mechanics, physics and interaction with the table is spot on and tons of fun. Check the trailer below and be sure to download this for Xbox360 and PS3, it will be available for download on December 13 on PSN and December 14 on XBLA.

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