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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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