Archive for December, 2009


Iowa shuttle concepts #2

Here are a few more variations of the USS IOWA (Kelvin) shuttles that went a little deeper into the very familiar lines and lineage of the old Galileo style craft from the original series!!!  Even though we were moving away from this look and into something new, Scott Chambliss had me use these ideas as the springboard to work from.  It was quite fun to work with the original lines, not only as an homage but to see what was going to carry through or be left behind!!!  It took a long time and a lot of renderings to get to the finals, so more to come!!!  Enjoy!

Iowa or bust


shuttle concepts

Howdy all.  Here is a small collection of “USS IOWA”, later to be named the “USS KELVIN”, high wing shuttle concepts!!  These were a lot of fun, and it was nice to reconfigure the nacelles atop of the shuttles instead of below the main fuselage!!!  For the final film, you get a couple versions of these high engines as well as some traditional looking shuttle arrangements!!  These drawings led to what was chosen as the new shape for the film, and I’ll post the progression here in a day or so.   Enjoy and good luck with all your Christmas shopping.

high wings +4


Pin up update with Melissa

Here is a lovely shot of my friend Melissa out at Thompson’s aviation Yard!!! Crystal Star did some awesome hair n make up and melissa really captured some awesome poses!! Enjoy and Happy Wednesday!

melissa at sunset


just jen, pin up update

Here are a couple of new Just Jen’s to see and enjoy!!!  Happy Tuesday everybody!

Jen in Blue

Jen in B&W

Jen and the TWA Constellation

Awesome Jen!!! Thanks


the 25th anniversary of john carpenter’s “starman”

WOW!! Can’t believe it has been 25 years ago that I saw this one!!!  December 14th, 1984 marks the big day for the release of John Carpenter’s romantic space drama STARMAN.  I saw this one opening night with my way back in time girlfriend Kim Cunningham (Whose birthday is also the 14th).  We made the long trip to Meteor Crater right after seeing the movie, and the shots from the film and pictures don’t do this place justice!  It was an awesome movie, and it was great that John made a date movie so I didn’t have to go alone or with my Sci Fi Geek buddies!!!  HAAA!

I have always been a huge Carpenter fan, and he never fails to deliver one favorite movie after another!!!  This one comes on the heels of “The Thing” and “Christine” and showed another side of John’s talents and his love for Science Fiction.  This one has it all!!!  It’s one very sweet love story wrapped around a brilliant tale of intergalactic drama…and lots of helicopters, and a good portion was filmed in my home state of ARIZONA, OOOW-WAAHH!!!!

Jack Nitzsche created a beautiful electronic score that added a magical voice to the story, ILM created some awesome VFX and the roles played by Jeff Bridges, Karen Allen, Charles Martin Smith and Richard Jaekel were perfectly cast.  Dick Smith and some nutty guy named DOUG DREXLER provided some of his make up and creature expertise to the film during a transformation sequence, and Donald Morgan’s lighting is brilliant with his use of color and rich atmosphere!!  This is one great show, and be sure to look for John Carpenter’s cameo as one of the helicopter pilots.  Happy 25th, “Starman” and H.B. Kim!!!  Below are some links to the film that make for some good reading!!

Just like in Star Trek, the Voyager satellite gets picked up by an alien craft.

a beauty shot of the Voyager inside the mother-ship, very reminiscent image of ILM's work on Star Trek 2 and Poltergeist

the alien ship launches a ship of their own to investigate the planet Earth

Despite the friendly message from Voyager, we shoot down the craft as a good way to say Howdy!

down she comes

remember in the old movies the space craft would crash behind the tree line and a puff of smoke would rise above??? well not here, this crash sequence is brilliant

continued shot

wow and that was the end of the hundred acre wood

out of the crash another entity arises.

Dick Smith's transformation sequence is awesome. I don't know for sure but it looks like Doug Drexler as a baby...not as muscular but this lil guy is very Doug-ish!!

Jeff Bridges received an Oscar nomination for his performance as Scott

the lovely and talented Karen Allen

lots of Hueys and Rangers

awesome ariel sequences

Charles Martin Smith

the arival

this entire sequence was beautiful, especially with that Nitzsche score playing out

Goodbye Jenny Hayden!


Pin up update with Lola De Lish

A few months back I went to Arizona and shot two pin up models at the Pima Air Museum…the lovely Just Jen (who’s Birthday is going on as we speak) you already know from her recent posts here and today’s featured model, Lola De Lish!!  Lola is one incredible lady with a deep passion for modeling, especially pin up!!!  She can strike a new  clever pose in the blink of an eye, and every shot is a work of art!!!  I did a casting call prior to my trip out and Lola wrote me back, and I was so very glad she did!!!  She is very elegant, graceful and can be so very sassy when the camera is shooting!!  Both ladies are awesome, and I am so proud to call them friends.  Here is a sampling of the elegant Lola around some very stunning skies and aircraft!!  Included in tonight’s post you get both the colors and the B&W images.  Love to hear your comments on the variations and thanks for stopping by!


Lola 1

L 1 bnw

lola 2

L 2 bnw

lola 3

L 3 bnw

lola 4

L 4 bnw


Just Jen, a pin up update

Busy, Busy, Busy!!!!  Too much work these days and not enough time in the day!!!  HAAA!  No complaining though!!!!  Tonight I had some free time and have been trying to snag  a moment or two to work on some of Just Jen’s pictures!!!  By far one of the fairest of them all, Jen is not only one awesome model to work with but her passion for pin up and beauty are hard to beat!!  Here is a fav of mine from our Arizona shoot a couple of months back and wanted to share it with every one here on the blog!!!  Enjoy!

Jen Blue

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