Terminator the Second

What is Terminator the Second?

Terminator the Second is a stage production of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, composed entirely of the words of William Shakespeare.

Is this what it sounds like?

If it sounds like the story of a boy and his cyborg protector on the run from a soulless, shape-shifting assassin made of liquid metal, adapted for stage and told exclusively in the words of William Shakespeare, then yes.

Why Terminator 2?

First of all, it’s just an awesome movie. And you’d be amazed by how perfectly the themes so pervasive in Shakespeare’s plays lend themselves to the story of the Terminator: horrific prophecies, charges of madness, the terror of an implacable enemy, the fierceness of a mother’s love for her son. While it’s loaded with outrageous action sequences, one-liners and comic moments (which we’ve worked hard to honor), Terminator 2 is a theme-driven film that invests heavily in its main characters. In our reworking, we were continually struck by extended passages from Shakespeare that seemed as though they could have been written specifically with these late 20th century characters in mind.

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Ardent Mobile Cloud Platform

What is the “Ardent Mobile Cloud Platform”?

A mobile cloud platform bringing rain, music, shade and performances to Black Rock City.

In 2013, everything’s gone mobile, and smart companies are moving to the Cloud. Ardent Heavy Industries is taking it to the next level: we’re bringing cutting-edge mobile cloud technology to Black Rock City. Introducing the AMCP: the Ardent Mobile Cloud Platform.

Imagine a green hill, in 8-bit graphics style, covered with green grass. Laser-cut pixel-flowers and toadstools adorn its surface, each plant lit from below. A long, winding beanstalk reaches overhead to a fluffy white pixelated cloud. Extending 45 ft. (the height of a 4-story building) into the air, the cloud glows gently. Suddenly, an ominous rumble of thunder erupts. The cloud bursts into bright strobe lighting. You open your umbrella and hear the pitter-patter of rain, enjoying the stars in the clear sky over the dry desert all around you.

The Cloud Platform will:

  • Rain on you, complete with thunder and lightning effects
  • Provide mobile shade and mist during the day
  • Gently glow at night, with mesmerizing sequenced light effects
  • Serve as a rigging point for aerial acrobatic performances
  • Distribute its own WiFi signal
  • Feature performers in costume (angels, Zeus, moon-on-a-fishing-pole) to interact with participants
  • Play music (everything from “The Rains of Castamere” to The Orb’s “Little Fluffy Clouds”)

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Lionel Richie’s Head | Bestival 2013

What is “Lionel Richie’s Head”?

It’s a giant inflatable sculpture of Lionel Richie’s Head

Lionel Richie’s Head is on the official line-up for Bestival - a four-day music festival held at Robin Hill county park on the Isle of Wight, England.  You should go!!!

We started this ambitious and frankly odd public art project almost a year ago. Inspired by internet pop culture our goal was to make an installation that people could interact and talk with. After gaining a little notoriety from our first Kickstarter Fail, Josie and Rob da Bank offered to help. They’ve kindly set aside space at Bestival this September so Lionel Richie’s Head can pop up and say ‘Hello’ to everyone for the first time.

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Disgruntled Pheasants

What is “Disgruntled Pheasants”?

An interactive group game that promotes creativity and innovation!

Its summer 2013 and its time to get outside! If it wasn’t obvious in the video, Disgruntled Pheasants was inspired by one of the most popular mobile games of all time. Players set up their own courses and then compete with each other to crush those pesky pheasants.

We provide you with the materials, and you get to discover the endless possibilities. As a group, you can choose how you want to play. Will it be team vs. team, free-for-all, H-O-R-S-E, challenge mode, or any other version you can think of? The beauty of Disgruntled Pheasants is that it truly gives players a chance to make the game their own. Instead of setting up a universal “game mode” we decided to give the players more freedom. We will be providing various rules, mode, and tips in our pamphlet guide for inspiration, but we encourage players to challenge their own creativity. Players can incorporate whatever additional props they wish in order to build even more intense course sets.

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"Between Gigs, I Skate"

What is ”Between Gigs, I Skate”?

Ever wonder what an Imperial Stormtrooper does when he’s not working? A glimpse into one troopers downtime.

The Imperial Stormtrooper.  You’ve witnessed him at work, but have you ever wondered what stormtroopers and henchmen do on their time off and between gigs?  We had a rare opportunity to talk with a stormtrooper and learn more about what makes him tick. He allowed us to capture images of him at play!  Today, we share these images with you.

OK… so I’m messing with you!  But as a kid I always wondered who these extra characters in my favorite movies were, what would they be like outside of their evil occupation, and why did they choose that particular career path?  Why were they so eager to stay behind and die so that some evil man’s plans could prosper?  Were they loyal to an ideology, or were they just needing a paycheck to support their families?  Perhaps the evil villain offered a really good life insurance plan.  Who knows… but I’m sure that regardless of their choice of employment, everyone needs time off to recharge… so between gigs, this stormtrooper skates!

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