The Matrix vs. Lego

This is not just another cool clip. It is also an example of remix culture. Two icons mashed up together to create something, well, awesome. Like everything that inspires, it is made to look effortless, as if the clip was put together while playing. But underneath the fun is an incredible amount of work, superb attention to detail and specificity, which is what makes the clip work. It is almost frame by frame a perfect reproduction of the original. 

“A C++ program called falling was created to generate the falling rain characters and output them to a set of frames that LegoBoard could use to create an image sequence. Falling uses a mini “kernel” to give animation time to the falling rain character “processes”.

That was my favorite quote from the making-of site, you must visit, until I read this one:

“We did 8 takes of this, but settled on the 3rd one that was filmed. The last one may have been technically superior, but this third one had more charm.”

But then I saw this:

“We also had to watch the original footage a bit to work out the number and placement of all the dead bodies.”

Antonio Ortiz

Antonio Ortiz has always been an autodidact with an eclectic array of interests. Fascinated with technology, advertising and culture he has forged a career that combines them all. In 1991 Antonio developed one of the very first websites to market the arts. It was text based, only available to computer scientists, and increased attendance to the Rutgers Arts Center where he had truly begun his professional career. Since then Antonio has been an early adopter and innovator merging technology and marketing with his passion for art, culture and entertainment. For a more in-depth look at those passions, visit

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