Take a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Making of HBO's 1983 Promo Video

HBO
HBO

Today, anyone with a basic grasp of Photoshop can recreate famous television logos on their computer. But before the digital age, studios were forced to get creative. Twitter user Andrew Wiseman recently shined a spotlight on this chapter in TV history when he posted a behind-the-scenes shot of the Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française logo. The image is composed of white lines and text against a black background. It could have easily been a 2D drawing, but in order to get the luminescent look they were going for, the crew built a 3D model with a web of string.

Colossal shared another classic example of a television promo that was built on a sound stage instead of inside a computer. This 1983 clip from HBO was shown between movies. Instead of filming an actual city, the network built a scaled-down model town. Even the colored lights that streak across the HBO logo were physical objects—in this case, fiber optic lights attached to a rig.

You can watch HBO’s full behind-the-scenes featurette below.

[h/t Colossal]

The New Apple Watch SE Is Now Available on Amazon

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Apple/Amazon

Apple products are notorious for their high price tags. From AirPods to iPads to MacBooks, it can be difficult to find the perfect piece of tech on sale when you are ready to buy. Luckily, for those who have had their eye on a new Apple Watch, the Apple Watch SE is designed with all the features users want but at a lower starting price of $279— and they're available on Amazon right now.

The SE exists as a more affordable option when compared to Apple's new Series 6 line of watches. This less expensive version has many of the same functions of its pricier brethren, except for certain features like the blood oxygen sensor and electrical heart sensor. To make up for the truncated bells and whistles, the SE comes in at least $120 cheaper than the Series 6, which starts at $400 and goes up to $800. The SE comes with technical improvements on previous models as well, such as the fall detection, a faster processor, a larger screen, water resistance, and more.

Now available in 40mm ($279) and 44mm ($309), both SE models offer a variety of colors to choose from, such as sliver, space gray, and pink. If you want cellular connection, you’ll have to pay a bit more for the 40mm ($329) and the 44mm ($359).

For more, head to Amazon to see the full list of offerings from Apple.

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Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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