Archive for June, 2009



24
Jun
09

The Art of Ryan Church

Many of you know of Ryan Church from his recent work on Star Trek which seems to be the bulk of the interests of the folks that come to the blog here, but Ryan’s work covers a broad range of organic as well as industrial designs. His skills and talents are incredibly displayed in his images created using primarily Painter and Photoshop.

I met Ryan about 10 years ago on an ILM animation project called “XO”. It had a brief but awesome run and some incredible art work was generated in the short time it was up and running. Everyone in the art department were still using pen and ink and other traditional media to render out their ideas and concepts. Ryan had a keen eye for the industrial side of things and was working on some pretty gnarly robot characters in the vane giant mechanical armor wrapped around soldier.  Mr. Church had some pretty awesome pencil skills that reminded me a lot of the tech version of (Crash McCreery) who is the king of graphite in the creature world!!! The show only lasted 9 more days after I got there and most of us went back to LA while Ryan stayed on to work on a possible CG version of Frankenstein. That one didn’t happen, but Star Wars did and somewhere along the way he lost his pencils and picked up a stylus and a new creative force was born. I am a big fan of so many of the illustrators and designers I work with and Ryan is one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy the sneak peak of some of his awesome work and be sure to visit his page regularly because there is always something new to see.!!!

Enjoy

http://www.ryanchurch.com/index.htm

War Of the Worlds

War Of the Worlds

Something cool from Star wars!!!

Something cool from Star wars!!!

 

Star wars the factory, WOOO feels pretty hot in there!

Star wars the factory, WOOO feels pretty hot in there!

THESE were the coolest things ever!!!!

THESE were the coolest things ever!!!!

23
Jun
09

Ed McMahon passes at 86

A true Hollywood legend passed away today at the age of 86.  Ed will always be known as the original and #1 sidekick, working on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson from the 1960’s until 1992 when Johnny retired. Always a gentleman and quick with a comeback, Ed had the most contagious laugh that you couldn’t help but laugh with him once he got going.  He will be best known for his line: HEEEEERE’S Johnny!!!!   Copied by many announcers over the years but was so perfectly mimicked best by Jack Nicholson in “The Shining.”

We will miss you Ed.  Thanks for all the fun memories growing up in front of the tube!

A great shot of Mr. McMahon

A great shot of Mr. McMahon

23
Jun
09

starships of the day

From the Perpetual files come three more vessels from the long extinct ST Online game created by Perpetual Entertainment.  Sadly, this project disbanded over a year ago, and the creative forces have scattered across the USA in pursuits of other work and projects. Ryan Dening and Todd Ramen were the two guys I worked for, and their roles were as the production coordinator and production designer. I really miss working with these guys as well as the whole team. They were doing some amazing work and everything was looking pretty darned incredible, but $$$ to produce a game is high and funding issues left this one smashed against the rocks.  Fun times and fun crew.  Here are some renderings they had me working on, and they were a lot of fun to draw up.

Enjoy.

a boomerang ship!

A Ferengi style boomerang ship!

loosly based on the Andorian vessel from Enterprise

loosely based on the Andorian vessel from Enterprise

always fun to do a vulcan!!!

always fun to do a Vulcan!!!

22
Jun
09

exciting images from the TOS bridge rebuild for “Enterprise”

Here are some lovely images that I took just before the set got busy!!!  The crew was coming in by the time I got up to the permanents to get the aerial shots.  Enjoy and more to come throughout the week!

tos1

tos1

tos2

tos2

tos3

tos3

tos4

22
Jun
09

Hand mixers and the space craft from “Enterprise” episode #22

Episode #22 “Needs of the One” [later renamed “Vox Sola”] was a story in which the Enterprise gets infected by a life-form that sorta cocoons whoever crosses it’s path.  The life form is transplanted by another ship that is docked with the NX-01 and hides in one of the cargo holds. It’s not such a bad alien once you get to know it, and the crew winds up returning it to it’s home planet by the episode’s end!  Three versions of the alien ship were drawn for the new race, and a hand mixer was used for the inspiration for the approved concept #3.  #1 was my fav and I forgot about it after the episode was done or I would have tried to pitch that one in a later episode.  HAAA!!!  Also are the sketches for how the creature would look, the web it would weave and two versions of it’s home world.  Lots of fun from the first season!

Jack Lelanne inspired mixers/inspired these spacecraft!

Jack Lalanne inspired mixers/inspired these spacecraft!

#3 was the one that made it to the show

#3 was the one that made it to the show

20
Jun
09

June 20th, 1959, 50th Anniversary of “Teenagers from Outer Space”

If you haven’t seen this one yet, you’re missing out on a true (cheesy) B movie endeavor at it’s finest.  Available in about three or four different DVD packs, I highly recommend this one to watch with a bunch of friends on a Saturday night,,, Not too late though, because it is a pretty long movie with way too much dialog.  It’s a science fiction story full of teenage rebellion,,,which obviously occurs on other plants besides Earth, Alien bullies and murderers, brilliant and reasonable scientists. Some awesome Hollywood locations from the 50’s, a cute little puppy, space ships and giant lobster monsters, a really cool ray gun that equals Decker’s gun from Bladerunner, and as a special treat there is an early cameo appearance of the skeleton from “Lost Skeleton of the Cadavra” (This must have been some of the skeleton’s early work because he has no speaking lines, and he played all the parts that needed to show some bones falling to the ground.  The Skeleton had to wait 40+ years to get his big break in Hollywood.  He was rediscovered wasting away in an old lab by Larry Blamire, who immediately cast him as the star of his film and then later the sequel).  Anyway, all of this is wrapped around an intergalactic love story that will make all you lonely teens out there feel warmth in your hearts and even bring a tear to your eye.  It is a definitely a campy adventure that is a lot of fun to watch.  The movie will end leaving you wanting more so you should make it a double feature night and get “Lost Skeleton of the Cadavra” too.  I’ll do a special post on this one and the sequel soon but for now here is a little fodder for those that love the best of the worst of the B-movies from the  glorious atomic age.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teenagers_from_Outer_Space

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053337

http://www.projectrho.com/rocket/rocket3l.html

the poster

the poster

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19
Jun
09

Mike Okuda’s new site

Wow!!!!! Mike has his new page up and it is awesome!!!!! Great job Mike and look forward to spending more  time there!!!!

Mike Okuda’s Page 

Mike's cool page, he's one of the good looking dudes from the art department so he's not afraid to have his picture here!!!

Mike's cool page, he's one of the good looking dudes from the art department so he's not afraid to have his picture here!!!

19
Jun
09

June 19th, 2009 the 55th Anniversary of “THEM”

Today is an outstanding day, 55 years ago Warner Brothers released the first of the Giant Bug movies.  Entitled “THEM”,  This movie was born from the atomic age where the question, if a little bug was exposed to radiation, what would happen????  Well, the folks at Warner Brothers said, BIG ANTS.  Released in 1954, it was a huge hit and sparked a series of giant bug movies to follow.  In July of this same year there was the Giant Gila Monster followed by 1955’s Tarantula, 1957’s The Deadly Mantis, and the Black Scorpion.  Low budget films came as well, such as the Giant Leaches and Night of the Lepus.  “Them” had it all, an awesome cast with James Whitmore, the lovely Joan Weldon, Edmund Gwenn, and the towering James Arness (of Gunsmoke fame), followed by spectacular giant animatronic ants, great locations and some spooky music.  Here are some images from the masterpiece of what would be termed a B movie and a couple of links to supplement the film.  By far the best link is to Joe Dante’s Trailers from Hell site, which, once you’re there, you’ll spend the rest of the night watching all the cool trailers and the huge amount of gurus that take you through the trailers.  So with that, Happy Anniversary and have a good time with THEM!!!

http://www.trailersfromhell.com/trailers/138

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047573

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Them!

pretty wild,, a color credit in a black and white film

pretty wild -- a color credit in a black and white film

18
Jun
09

Paul Lynde

This is for Lt. Washburn,

Here are some fun shot’s of a real classic comedian, Movie and Television star, and a real gentleman! Paul Lynde appeared in almost every show I grew up watching… He was in, The Munsters, F Troop, Bewitched, The Glass Bottom Boat, all those crazy beach blanket movies and on and on, He was always so much fun to see in that center square on “Hollywood Squares” and always had everyone on the show rolling with laughter.  Mr. Lynde was one of the best and dearly missed.  Here is the link to an awesome website dedicate to the one and only Paul Lynde.  Read on for more photos of the man and his many roles!

Mr. center square himself

Mr. "Center Square" himself

http://www.paullynde.info

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18
Jun
09

Erin Murphy’s Birthday

Thanks for all the nice Bday wishes to Erin and at lunch yesterday I made a quick pin-up style Birthday picture-card for her. Here they are for all you pin up fans out there!!!

 

pass 2

pass 2

 

and the final

and the final




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