Archive for July, 2009



27
Jul
09

Miss Penny Von Luck

It was a huge and very busy weekend!!  Comicon in San Diego took up all of Thursday and Friday, and there will be lots of photos from the Con coming up later.  Yesterday, however, was an awesome day because the long awaited pin up photo shoot with Miss Penny Von Luck finally came to be.  Tony Moore, one of the infamous X-hunters joined us at Century Circle out At Edwards AFB, along with my two daughters, Olivia and Alicia, who worked as camera assistants.  Penny was joined by her sister Jessica, Who was her Wardrobe manager/hair n make up styalist, and we all met at the park early before the heat set in.  Penny arrived in one of her own custom costume creations and looked awesome all decked out with a great vintage doo to boot.  We shot some great images for the next hour or so, and all of them turned out REALLY, REALLY NICE.  Penny made my job so easy, and her style and look came effortlessly.  She’s a pro and has a great gift for capturing the essence of what great pin up photography is and adds her own flare to each pose and gesture she strikes!  I’m looking forward to turning some of these into drawings for nose art, but for now here is one picture from yesterday and a group shot of all of us.  Thanks Penny and look forward to doing more shoots with you soon.  So with that, enjoy the first of many pictures to come.

Penny and the F-104 StarFighter.

Penny and the F-104 StarFighter.

Tony, Jessica, Penny, Alicia, and Olivia

Tony, Jessica, Penny, Alicia, and Olivia

22
Jul
09

Arby’s, sparrows and Xindi, Oh My!!!! Arby’s and Sparrows, and Xindi, oh my!!!

Now that would feed one of me or 150 sparrows!!

Now that would feed one of me or 150 sparrows!!

Yes, it is very silly that space ship inspiration can come from anywhere, and with me it usually starts with food!!!  Working at Paramount is like living on an Island!  A high walled fortress surrounded by gangs, ghettos and a huge cemetery that has family movie night on Saturdays.  IMAGINE THAT!!!!  Just hope they don’t play Dawn of the Dead or Night of the Zombies!!  HAAA!  It is really the last survivor of what once was a very nice and posh area; now it stands alone, situated in an extremely nasty area.  There are two outside restaurants to walk to if you dare, or they have a shuttle that takes you far from the studio where it is safe to get some lunch!  A couple of miles away; however, is one of the original Arby’s that often would call to me like a siren around 11:00 everyday…I would try, but couldn’t always cut out the sweet songs trying to pull me away from the safety of the lot and out into the rocks for a delicious, giant, mouth watering, Roast Beef Sandwich, Potato Cake and a soda!!!! MMMMMMMMMMMMM-MMMMMMM!!!  Anyway, it was a big day.  There were some new Xindi ships to draw up, and I was running out of new spaceship shapes to draw with.  So to refresh my mind I went to Arby’s,  got my tray of goods and was lunching outside…before I had even opened my sandwich, a parade of Sparrows landed with in inches of my lunch waiting for a hand out!!!  Looking at these little fellas as they ate my fries gave me a quick new idea.  I raced back to the office and threw a few sketches together, and by the end of the day had a new ship to check off the list.  Here are those nutty sketches and also the second Xindi ship drawn up for Episode 74, “The Council”.  This was a big show and will have to be a two part post to get everything up for you to see.  Included in today’s is the hidden mountain base for where the Xindi Council Chamber was hidden.  I am off to Comicon this afternoon so I’ll be off the blog till Monday, so tell jokes and stories amongst yourselves, and I’ll try to chime in once in a while if I can!!  OK have a great weekend everybody!!  And thanks for stopping by.

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21
Jul
09

scimitar…the last day

I have 5 minutes to get a post in so here it is….  This is day 4 of the design images for the Scimitar from Star Trek Nemesis.  What you have here is the massive scorpion shuttle bay located on the top/forward section of the main hull.  The bay itself is a massive open hanger that houses approx.. 1500 Scorpion fighters. the exterior view undamaged will show the indent for the bay doors, the next image will be the interior of the bay from the back looking towards the bay doors.  The next image is an exterior showing the damage from the head-on with the Enterprise E exposing portions of the launch bay shown in the interior view.  Also called for were Reman service vehicles that would work in the same respect as an aviation ground crew.  OK sorry for the weekday holes in the blog posts  this and last week, and hope you have enjoyed the nuts and bolts of the monster known as the Scimitar.

first pass was rejected for having to high of a ceiling.

first pass was rejected for having to high of a ceiling.

exterior bay door view

exterior bay door view

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17
Jul
09

the 50th anniversary of Alfred hitchcocks “North by Northwest”

North by NorthWest was Theatrically released on July 17th, 1959, by the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock.  If you’re unfamiliar with Mr. Hitchcock, you are most likely very familiar with his work.  Just about every movie that deals with suspense and heavy drama that has been put out in the last 30 years has been inspired in some way by Hitchcock’s legendary style of movie making.  North by Northwest is the story of an average man caught in extraordinary circumstances…the theme of most movies today:  Batman, Ironman, and just about all of Brian DePalma’s films.  No one has yet to equal his brilliance for story telling and incredible visual style.  As composer John Williams is to Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, Bernard Herrmann was to Alfred Hithcock.  Herrmann’s scores are without a doubt the heart and soul of Hitch’s film.  Next to Goldsmith, Bernard is my next favorite film composer.  Here are some images from the film, and it is one definitely worth watching again, or if you haven’t seen it yet, you’re in for an incredible tale told through some very imaginative eyes.  No spoilers to take away from the movie, just some great shots to tease and whet your appetite.  Hitch was definitely a fan of beautiful blonde women, and they are prominent in all of his films.  This one is a big favorite followed by Rear Window, Psycho, the Birds, and To catch a Thief.  Lots of fun on a Saturday night but don’t bring a crowd that is high maintenance…Hitch’s films are not short or fast in pace, and they are full of long and important build ups that intricately tell the story.  Keep your eyes open because Hitch has a cameo in most of his films!  So with that, Happy 50th to the cinematic masterpiece, “North by NorthWest”!

the poster

the poster

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17
Jul
09

day three, of the Scimitar

WOOOOOOO-WEEEEEEEEEEEE, I forgot how many drawings went into the making of this Monster!!!!  Today are the drawings of the wing tip armaments and all of the overall plans that make up all the mechanics of the Scimitar.  If your in the mood to model this one, here is all the stuff you’ll need!  Each wing had to be drawn individually because every one was vastly different in shape.  The detailing and panel break up was identical from top to bottom, and the only change in this was on the main hull and central structure of the ship.  On the wing plans are a set of registration circles that, when aligned in layers, use these circles to scale everything accordingly.  Also are some beautiful CG renderings by Digital Domain artist Rory McLeish.  Rory was the one that modeled this beast for Nemesis, and I had a great time working with him.  He filled in a lot of holes and added a lot of his own imagination to the final design.  Rory had the thickest Irish accent on the phone and I almost could never understand him, so I would just say yes a lot and then call Jay Barton and have him decipher what Rory had just said to me, HAAAAA!  Lots of good times between our two departments.  Anyway, here is a cornucopia of stuff to look at, and I have to get to work so hope you all have a great Friday and enjoy all the pictures.  Next week we’ll wrap up the Scimitar and hit the Valdore, and if time allows, I’ll start that week of Robert McCall.

each wing was different and so was the tip weaponry. Here are some of the smaller wing details

each wing was different and so was the tip weaponry. Here are some of the smaller wing details

breakdown of the big Wingtip focusing device.

breakdown of the big Wingtip focusing device.

VFX sequence on how the tip would deploy and open up.

VFX sequence on how the tip would deploy and open up.

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16
Jul
09

As You Remember It: The Lift-Off of APOLLO 11

In July of 1969, America sent the first humans to the moon. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Michael Collins were aboard the mission named Apollo 11.
The launch vehicle they rode, the Saturn 5 rocket, is still the most powerful machine ever built. It generated almost 8 million pounds of thrust and even after nearly 40 years, it is the only vehicle that has carried men beyond earth’s gravity.
Watch it now, as you would have seen it on July 16, 1969, at 9:26 AM EDT. T-minus 00:5:59 and counting.

16
Jul
09

splashdown 2009, 40th of Apollo 11 celebration

Wow i have got to get to San Francisco for this event, check out the link below and if your anywhere near the Frisco bay be sure and head over to the USS Hornet for an awesome anniversary event.

WOW What a show this will be!!!

WOW What a show this will be!!!

 http://www.uss-hornet.org/posters/splashdown/index.shtml




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