Archive for September, 2011

30
Sep
11

it’s red dress & pinup update friday!!!

Happy Friday all and it has been quite a while since we had a pin up update.. I was able to squeeze shoots in here n there during the last several busy months so today’s post will be a best of day, featuring pics from a variety of familiar faces and some new models too. I have been quite fortunate to work with some incredibly talented models and I so love getting the opportunity do so.Lots n lots of great pics to see so kick back and enjoy all the images from these fine  and talented lady’s

First up is the world famous Miss Kendell Clements, Kendell is no stranger to the blog, and since those first few shots of her were posted here in the SCIFI outfit she has gone on to have her work published in two CD’s,  she has about six pics in (Science Fiction’s Finest, part one) CD, a cover pic forthe (Metamorphosis 5 single), and a third one on it’s way. In addition to her take on the classic Star Trek red dress theme, she tackled another lady in red, Number 6 from Ron Moore’s, Battlestar Galactica. I LOVE WORKING WITH KENDELL and she is an artist who paints such a wickedly beautiful canvas using herself as the medium every time. Kendell is has the right stuff and will go far,,, she always brings something new to every theme &  shoot, as well as her little Chihuahua Lilly. Lots of fun pics here from a few different shoots.

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Miss Emily Rose Harris,

Emily is a new name to the modeling world and she is best known for her rodeo lifestyle of barrel racing and CGA Queen status. Emily has branched out into the world of modeling with a vengeance… Her passion for modeling has no limits and her style is very diverse & unique,,,, she is always fun to shoot with and love all the opportunities we get to work together. Emily also got one of her Trek pic’s into the  (Science Fiction’s Finest, part one) CD and Here are a few themes in addition to the red dress series we have done, and I’m sure you’ll agree she has a magic about her work.

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Miss Elizabeth Meacham,

Elizabeth is a model from Bishop California and her style is athletic and sporty in nature, and she added a very new spin on the red dress theme. Her sleek n flirty poses are so fun and her bubbly personality translated into every picture!!! Elizabeth has no problem climbing rocks and standing on the edge of cliffs in heels and I so love the way she works the camera,,, Liz also got the last spot in the (Science Fiction’s Finest, part one) CD,, fun times for sure.  She has a great talent and can’t wait to back up North to work with her again.

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Miss Meagan Moorman,

Meagan and I spent probably a good year trying to set up a shoot and it finally happened a few months ago… Meagan is also a newcomer to the modeling world and well on her way to stardom.. She is a treat to work with and I love her enthusiastic perspective about what she is trying to put across in her images. Her elegant posing style and hypnotic eyes cast a spell with every shot. I was so glad that she was able to attack the red dress theme on our first shoot, and for our next outing she is going to do her take on SUPERGIRL!!! I absolutely can’t wait for this one!!! She is one nice gal with a great outlook on life and she too is from the world of rodeo and barrel racing, A bag horse accident sadly ended her riding ambitions, but with any good cowgirl you get back on after you’ve been thrown and Meagan has done just that with her lovely modeling… I love Meagan’s work and I’m sure you will too!!!

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And that’s it for this Friday, Stay tuned for more updates from the lady’s above and look forward to posting more next week, Till then God Bless n have a good one

John

29
Sep
11

emergancy casting call, Rhino artist needed

Hi all,,, Hollywood is calling and they need an artist who can model props from 2d drawings in Rhino, and is familiar with setting up files for the growing of parts… Advanced skills and proficiency a must… Give me ago ASAP and please send links and examples. OK and thanks

rhino model by an unknown artist

29
Sep
11

yakima storage containers or weopons of mass destruction, part 1

It’s flash back Thursday, so lets journey back to 1996 and the early days of First Contact. At the time that these drawings were being laid out on paper, the film was untitled and ST Resurrection was a loose working title for the 8th film in the Star Trek film series. The film called for a lot of designs from every aspect of production and one of the more fun and obscure requests were for a new style of upgraded photon torpedo. The E was advancing in it’s on board weaponry and the newly established Quantum torpedo was the in thing. We had broken for lunch one afternoon and were venturing off the lot to one of the two choices of restaurants and on the walk a car drove by with this cool thing strapped to the hood. What was that!!!, I wondered and back at the desk a few hours later that shape kept coming to mind and I wanted to go stand on the corner to see if another one would go by so I could learn more about what it was. it was a few weeks before I saw another one and thankfully the odd shaped box was stopped at a traffic light and I was able to catch the brand name off of the side. back at the office I was describing the box to Mike Okuda and he ventured onto his computer and found out that the box’s were a new kind of storage unit for travelers. With all of this new info it was off to the drawing board and a combination of the Mark V torpedo and the Yakima box made for the first and final pass of what the new torpedo was going to look like. At that time the torpedoes had a much larger section in the script and were to be built for many of the scenes that called for them to be physically handled. as time went on the scenes were cut and all that was left were the concept drawings. So after years of sitting in the flat files these drawing are seeing the light of day once more, so without further delay here is the torpedo sketch and some of the inspiration that went into the Quantum’s final look.

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The Thule box

and the Quantum

28
Sep
11

The day the earth stood still, the 60th anniversary

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September 28, 1951 the land mark film “The Day the Earth Stood Still” is released by 20th century Fox. I saw this movie for the first time on late night TV with my dad sometime in the late 60’s. Our local station KPHO channel 5 had it on late one Saturday night and at the time I didn’t get the heavy dialog but as a youth I remember the music setting the mood of the scenes more so than anything else I had seen at the time. It’s funny to look back and think that even at a young age that a films score tells  it’s own story. My dad had a habit of falling asleep quickly on these late night movie adventures and a lot of times the only comfort was having him close during the scary scenes.. GORT was one big scary robot and I was quite terrified of that silver giant and his laser beam eyes. Since that first viewing I was a fan and even more so today and I have to say that this one will always be one of my most favorite movies of all time. I’m sure everyone that reads this post has seen the film,,, most likely numerous times and I’m sure we all see something new with every showing. It is a perfect film on so many levels. The story is fairly simply yet very cleverly written. The visual effects were very believable and I’m sure jaw dropping at the time. the use of shadows Matte Paintings and miniatures were used with exquisite perfection, and still look quite impressive even by  today’s standards. The actors are all perfectly cast from the main stars all the way down to the smaller roles. The brilliant direction by  Robert Wise is flawless and every scene, be it big or small has a special place in the film. Bernard Herrmann’s incredible score with it’s unusual and at the time very other worldly instrumentation set a pace for Scifi films that has been imitated and copied for the last 60 years. If you recall the pilot of Lost in Space used Herrmann’s (Day the Earth Stood Still) music before John Williams was brought on to re score the series once it was launched. and of coarse the use of the monuments in and around Washington DC added a credibility to the film that made it stand out as a film that felt more factual than science fiction. There are so many touching and memorable scenes from this film and some of my favorites are when Michael Rennie and young Bobby Grey are walking through the Lincoln Memorial and amongst the graves at Arlington Cemetery.  The eerie moments when Rennie is signalling Gort with a flashlight, the high anxiety of the opening of the film when various military crews are frantically working to find out what is entering earths atmosphere and traveling at speeds of 4000 miles an hour, and to many more than there is time to write about. Director Robert Wise is an amazing talent and has made so many of my favorite films like, “The Sand Pebbles”, “The Sound of Music”, “The Haunting”, “Run Silent Run Deep” and also Star Trek the Motion Picture. Each one a milestone of it’s time and each film is so diversely different in theme and style. In today’s world I couldn’t even think of a director who could tackle every genra with such skill and perfection. Wise also was a fan of Jerry Goldsmith and many of Robert’s finest films were accompanied by a brilliant Goldsmith score. In my opinion the best movies are the older ones and “Day the earth stood still” stands out as a masterpiece. Not to say that all of the movies of today are bad but it seems story and performance was far more important than visual gags to capture the audience’s heart. I cant praise this one enough and it was great fun watching it again before writing this post. one of my favorite pastimes with the love of these old films is to find out where they were filmed and if there sites have changed over time. Aside from the actual locations in Washington DC, the features always return  to California for the bulk of the shooting to take place at the studio for more control of the interiors and matching exteriors. Until I started this  post I was assuming the film was shot on the Fox back lot, but later found out it was all shot at the RKO Encino movie ranch in the San Fernando Valley. the movie ranch is long gone and has been turned into a park which I have been to many times without knowing of the incredible history that those few acres held only a few decades ago. The location is a rectangular spot of land on the North East side of Balboa and Burbank Blvd. If you remember the Jimmy Stewart classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life” you’ll recognize a lot of the fictional town sets and streets from Bedford Falls in “The Day the Earth Stood Still” For being as small as the property was it was well used with the placement of neighborhoods, and park settings.After viewing some of the pics of the RKO ranch and that of the film it’s pretty easy to see where the saucer landed and where the town and neighborhood scenes were shot. Sad to find out about all these movie ranches and backlots that are now long gone. Like loosing a loved one, the same goes for these vintage films in the thought that the memories and pictures will never let these places be lost or forgotten. So with all that said here comes a lot of pictures from the film, behind the scenes images, and a few of the RKO Ranch so kick off your shoes and enjoy all the images from “THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL”.

coutesy of the Byson archives comes this picture of the RKO ranch with some added notes

aerial view of RKO

present day view of the long gone RKO

title credit

first glimpse of the saucer with it's incredible rumbling engines whining down

circling the monuments

coming in for a landing, note the shadow of the ship on the ground

almost down

down and all goes suddenly silent

a beautiful mixture of a saucer matte painting, live action foreground crowd & park, and matte painting of Washington DC

a 7 foot wide foreground miniature shot in real time with the crowd at the park

the full sized set with the virtually seamless hatch n ramp panels in motion

our introduction to Klaatu, (Michael Rennie)

fabulous shot of the ship and Rennie

a gift for the president results in Klaatu getting shot in the shoulder

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our introduction to GORT

what a scary image from a day long gone.

in a matter of moments Gort proceeds to destroy most of the soldiers gun's, tanks, n cannons, with his destruction beam

an unimaginable power

taken to a hospital to heal his wounds Klaatu meets with a government official who informs him that a meeting of the worlds great leaders will never happen in the earths hostile atmosphere.

disguised as a businessman Klaatu escapes the hospital and takes up a residency at a local boarding house

the tenants of the boarding house, lots of recognizable faces in this crowd.

Klaatu befriends Bobbie who's innocents and untainted view of the world make for a great comradery between our alien friend and this young ambassador from earth

a fabulous piece or art printed in the paper promoting that the alien is on the loose and very dangerous

a trip to the saucer with Bobby

the meeting of the greatest scientist on earth, only he can put together a group of scientists from the entire world for Klaatu to speak to

Klaatu sneaks out to his ship in the wee hours of the night

signaling Gort with a flashlight

Gort gets the code from the light bouncing off the wall in front of him

gort knocks the guards unconscious

into the ship

the interior of the craft was designed by the legendary architect, Frank Loyd Wright

more of Wright's exquisite designs

noon and the Earth stands still for 30 minutes

awesome shots combining matte painting of still and inoperative cars and live action crowds in New York,,,

London,,,

and other parts of the world.

Wise, on many occasions has small scenes where Rennie will be fascinated by objects of fancy in and around his surroundings, here he is amused by a simple music box

on the run Klaatu is hunted down and shot n killed in the streets

Gort to the rescue

brought back from the dead by Gort and this marvelous healing machine

you have the power of life and death asks Neal, No says Klaatu, only the divine spirit has that power,, pretty heavy lines for a scifi film acknowledging God as the creator of all worlds

Rennie delivers the final lines of the film,,, Live in peace or your planet will perish.

the saucer lifts off and the films ends on a heavy note

27
Sep
11

nx-01 space dock, version 1

Howdy all,, Finally got some new art scanned so there will be lots more Trek art posted in the days to come,, the big move n packing have put a big hold on scanning things for posts so I apologize for the hold ups…. Looking forward to getting back to posting more stuff and more often.. OK then thanks for your patience!!!! Way back in 01, in the early days of ST Enterprise we were designing a new segment in time just a few decades prior to the original series. The idea was to retro back everything from the 60’s iconic series to a more NASA and nuts and bolts kind of look. With that in mind we ventured into a new yet older style of spacedock/drydock design with a skylab feel to the aesthetics. the result of this path is what you see before you know, a large circular space station with massive solar arrays and domed details to bring us all back into a more present time of space architecture with a slightly futuristic feel. This was one of about 4 passes before settling on a more chunky version of the traditional dry dock as established in the Motion picture. The piece is a big 24X36 cut n paste, marker-pencil combo with some white out highlights,,, YES THE OLD FASHIONED WAY!!!

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08
Sep
11

the 45th anniversary of Star trek, the original series

advertisement art, curtousey of Fredericks nostalgic newspaper movie ads

Holy smokes 45 years!!!!! Who ever would of thought that this little show would have spawned into what it has today!!!! The 12th movie is now in the works, we’ve enjoyed 5 television shows, and lots of cool merchandise, and out of geekdom bought lots n lots of bad merchandise. HAAA! Regardless the golden age of Television and the imagination of Gene Roddenberry, produced one incredible show in the 60’s, and on September the 8th 1966 we were introduced to Nancy, the salt monster, from the premier episode called “The Man Trap” Her terrifying debut  started us down the path for weekly adventures with the crew of the USS Enterprise. I so loved this show but after my parents saw the opening episode deemed it to scary for me to see for at least a season. My introduction to Star Trek came with “the Doomsday Machine” and is still one of my all time favorites. Besides all the show was and is I have to say the music from that series is beyond incredible, the themes and instruments were ground breaking at the time and still to this day when you hear the theme you remember the episode. Hard to think back that being a little fan of Trek would eventually be  a part of my life in a significant way as a livelihood starting in the late 80’s with occasional model work on TNG and full blown on Trek V working with my hero Greg Jein. Great fun and lots of great folks to work with on all of these additions and the same is true with trek 12. With all this said I want to end with a big Happy Birthday to “the Man Trap” and a big thanks to Gene for starting it all. Here are a few pics from man trap and some of the other incredible episodes from the 60’s

Nancy, I have salt Nancy!!!

The USS Enterprise

Kirk is seduced

from Doomsday machine

the USS Constelation

being drawn in

from tomorow is yesterday

tomorow is yesterday

from the arena

Gary 7

the planet killer

06
Sep
11

The neglected blog

Sorry all for the poor year of entries and lack of Star trek stuff,,,, Crazy year with the family move to Wyoming and lack of time to get new stuff scanned to post,,, brighter days ahead with more of what you love as soon as the world slows down abit… OK sorry for all the hold ups and so look forward to getting back to posting.. OK have a great week and don’t forget this Thursday marks the 45th anniversary of Star Trek.




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