WTF Happend to Movie Posters

IF (get it? Thats a big if, hence the capitalization? no? okay bad joke) you have ever accidentally somehow come across this blog you know I collect movie posters. Not the lame ones in the video below but soem really awesome ones from some bad ass artists like Ken Taylor or Tyler Stout. I would have to agree with this 100% with the exception of this poster I have on my wall pictured below.

www.goodbadflicks.com I take a look at just how lazy movie posters have become.

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The Visual Effects of "Star Trek Into Darkness"

"Star Trek Into Darkness" contains over 1600 visual effects shots, created by Industrial Light & Magic, Pixomondo, Atomic Fiction and Kelvin Optical Inc. In this reel, we'll take a look at ILM's work which encompassed virtually every tool and discipline in our effects arsenal. We hope you enjoy the work.

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The opening sequence sequence of "Star Trek into Darkness" is a great example of the varied visual effects challenges faced by ILM: large digital environments (with plenty of organic elements), creatures and digital doubles, animation, ships and a tremendous amount of simulation work (lava, smoke, water, etc.)

Favorite Prints/Posters of 2013

Here are my top 10 prints of 2013. Not all will be Mondo releases but a lot will. Also no particular order unless stated.  Ok There Will be Blood Variant might be my favorite.

I think this Mark Lone piece might be underrated. It looks amazing in person and is illustrated beautifully.    Artist: Mark Lone Size: 36”x24” Printed by: THE HALF AND HALF Details: 10 colors and 3 metallic inks Run size: 140

I think this Mark Lone piece might be underrated. It looks amazing in person and is illustrated beautifully. 

 

Artist: Mark Lone

Size: 36”x24”

Printed by: THE HALF AND HALF

Details: 10 colors and 3 metallic inks

Run size: 140

Being a huge Star Wars fan as soon as I saw this at Spoke Arts both at ArtPadSF I had to have it. The Original sold for $2200   Artist: Scott Scheidly Size: 11" x 14" (unframed) - 14" x 17" (framed) Printed by: N?A Details: Fine art giclee print in a custom painted hot pink frame Run size: 50

Being a huge Star Wars fan as soon as I saw this at Spoke Arts both at ArtPadSF I had to have it. The Original sold for $2200

 

Artist: Scott Scheidly

Size: 11" x 14" (unframed) - 14" x 17" (framed)

Printed by: N?A

Details: Fine art giclee print in a custom painted hot pink frame

Run size: 50

I was lucky enough to attend this show that featured Ken Taylor and Tyler Stout at the Mondo gallery in April of 2013. When I finally got inside the gallery after many hours of wait this piece with one of Stouts (made the list) were the ones I was really excited about. The metallic look amazing in person and the detail is spot on.   Artist: Ken Taylor Size: 15”x36” Printed by:  Details:  Run size: 205 (Variant)

I was lucky enough to attend this show that featured Ken Taylor and Tyler Stout at the Mondo gallery in April of 2013. When I finally got inside the gallery after many hours of wait this piece with one of Stouts (made the list) were the ones I was really excited about. The metallic look amazing in person and the detail is spot on.

 

Artist: Ken Taylor

Size: 15”x36”

Printed by: 

Details: 

Run size: 205 (Variant)

As mention above I went to the Tyler Stout/Ken taylor Mondo gallery opening. When I was inside and turned the corner to see this in person I fell in love with it. In my opinion one of Stout best and most underrated prints. The colors are spot on, I love the glow in the dark teeth and the composition is great! If you haven't seen this movie do so, then buy this print!   Artist: Tyler Stout Size: 36”x24” Printed by: D&L Screenprinting c Details: 7 Color Screenprint  with glow inks/  Run size: 290

As mention above I went to the Tyler Stout/Ken taylor Mondo gallery opening. When I was inside and turned the corner to see this in person I fell in love with it. In my opinion one of Stout best and most underrated prints. The colors are spot on, I love the glow in the dark teeth and the composition is great! If you haven't seen this movie do so, then buy this print!

 

Artist: Tyler Stout

Size: 36”x24”

Printed by: D&L Screenprinting c

Details: 7 Color Screenprint  with glow inks/ 

Run size: 290

This is the only print I do not own in this list ( I do own the Regular version Variant shown). When I first saw this print I thought "That is insane!" I thought the 2 dollar bill (Thats what I call it, probaly no one else) was one of the best posters I have seen in a long time. Horkey has fast risen to the top of my favorite artist. His Pan's Labyrinth, Lord of the rings prints (scored a Two Towers) Dead man are some of the best detailed prints out there. I will own this one day, oh yes it will be mine!   Artist: Aaron Horkey Size: 18.25”x39” Printed by:  Details:  Run size: 200

This is the only print I do not own in this list ( I do own the Regular version Variant shown). When I first saw this print I thought "That is insane!" I thought the 2 dollar bill (Thats what I call it, probaly no one else) was one of the best posters I have seen in a long time. Horkey has fast risen to the top of my favorite artist. His Pan's Labyrinth, Lord of the rings prints (scored a Two Towers) Dead man are some of the best detailed prints out there. I will own this one day, oh yes it will be mine!

 

Artist: Aaron Horkey

Size: 18.25”x39”

Printed by: 

Details: 

Run size: 200

This Taxi Driver poster was Mondo screening exclusive in Austin Texas. A friend and I bought two tickets to this but had no clue how to get out to Austin in time. I had a friend that lived there and we asked if he would go in our place and send us the posters. All it took was the promise of some beers during the movie and we were set. This is definitely one of those posters that look a lot better in person ( I say that a lot). Glad I was lucky to have a good friend get it for me.   Artist: Martin Ansin Size: 36”x24” Printed by:  Details:  Run size: 405

This Taxi Driver poster was Mondo screening exclusive in Austin Texas. A friend and I bought two tickets to this but had no clue how to get out to Austin in time. I had a friend that lived there and we asked if he would go in our place and send us the posters. All it took was the promise of some beers during the movie and we were set. This is definitely one of those posters that look a lot better in person ( I say that a lot). Glad I was lucky to have a good friend get it for me.

 

Artist: Martin Ansin

Size: 36”x24”

Printed by: 

Details: 

Run size: 405

For me personally, 50's movie posters like a lot of Reynold Brown's work are what got me into movie posters. Larger than life characters and crazy monsters. Francesco nailed it 100% here! Francesco in my book has some of the best titles and lettering in this group. The color way is amazing and the yellow titles feels like a throwback to the 1950's movie posters. I love this print!

 

Artist: Francesco Francavila

Size: 36”x24”

Printed by: 

Details: 13 colors 

Run size: 325

I might be cheating but Im grouping these as one since I think they compliment each other. I didn't get to go to the gallery show for this series but I wish I could have. Amazing detail and who doesn't love the Universal Monsters and Bela Lugosi!   Artist: Jason Edmiston Size: 18”x24” each Printed by:  Details:  Run size: 175 each

I might be cheating but Im grouping these as one since I think they compliment each other. I didn't get to go to the gallery show for this series but I wish I could have. Amazing detail and who doesn't love the Universal Monsters and Bela Lugosi!

 

Artist: Jason Edmiston

Size: 18”x24” each

Printed by: 

Details: 

Run size: 175 each

Here is a poster I will always regret passing on and not making an attempt to get. I always wanted an awesome Jaws poster and for some reason when this came up I wasn't crazy about it. I thought it was good but figured I would pass and maybe make a good trade for it later. Man do I regret that decision. the more I look at this print the more I like it. This captures the travel poster in a perfect way. It has the feel of a Roger Broders' travel print but Durieux's style still comes through. Another poster I will have in the future! Durieux is having a gallery show at Mondo February 7th 2014. I can almost bet that the Forbidden Planet print will be on my 2014 list. Im also hoping that the Back to the Future one will be as well.   Artist: Laurent Durieux Size: 36”x24” Printed by:  Details:  Run size: 525

Here is a poster I will always regret passing on and not making an attempt to get. I always wanted an awesome Jaws poster and for some reason when this came up I wasn't crazy about it. I thought it was good but figured I would pass and maybe make a good trade for it later. Man do I regret that decision. the more I look at this print the more I like it. This captures the travel poster in a perfect way. It has the feel of a Roger Broders' travel print but Durieux's style still comes through. Another poster I will have in the future! Durieux is having a gallery show at Mondo February 7th 2014. I can almost bet that the Forbidden Planet print will be on my 2014 list. Im also hoping that the Back to the Future one will be as well.

 

Artist: Laurent Durieux

Size: 36”x24”

Printed by: 

Details: 

Run size: 525

Tim Doyle released a 9 run series of Bernie Wrightson Frankenstein prints. I subscribed to the series and received all of the and they do not disappoint! The fine detail in some of these prints are on a whole other level! The exclusive print Perished on the Scaffold is chilling.   Artist: Bernie Wrightson Size: 36”x24” Printed by:  Details: 130lb Cougar Natural Cover Run size: 200    

Tim Doyle released a 9 run series of Bernie Wrightson Frankenstein prints. I subscribed to the series and received all of the and they do not disappoint! The fine detail in some of these prints are on a whole other level! The exclusive print Perished on the Scaffold is chilling.

 

Artist: Bernie Wrightson

Size: 36”x24”

Printed by: 

Details: 130lb Cougar Natural Cover

Run size: 200

 

 

ILM Long Ranger VFXs

I'm a sucker for ILM breakdown videos.

Industrial Light & Magic Visual Effects Supervisor Tim Alexander and Digital Environments Supervisor Dan Wheaton discuss the effects challenges presented on Gore Verbinski's 'The Lone Ranger.' The film's primary visual effects challenges involved the creation of the hundreds of photorealistic CG environments seen throughout the film's dramatic action sequences.

We are proud to present this video which showcases some of ILM's effects work for Gore Verbinski's "The Lone Ranger". This reel represents the work over 170 ILM artists, scientists, and engineers backed up by a world class production team. We hope you enjoy it.

Obama Visits Dreamworks Animation - Full Speech

Seems kind of sad that he thinks there are so many jobs in the US for VFX artists. Hopefully he has been mad aware of the subsidies that are killing the visual effects industry. I hope the protest was successful today! If you are interested in the VFX war against subsidies go to VFX Soldier.

President Obama speaks to film industry workers about the economy after touring Dreamworks Animation studio

Reynold Brown, amazing poster designer

I bid on this amazing poster by Reynold Brown but did not win.  

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Reynold Brown is probably one of my favorite poster artist.  Reynold's worked in a time when his posters where almost always better/bigger than the movie. The monsters where never as big or gruesome as the posters depicted. You probably have never heard of him, but you definitely have seen his work. I've posted a few of his posters below.

Tarantula!

Tarantula!

  This Island, Earth

  This Island, Earth

The Brain That Wouldn't Die

The Brain That Wouldn't Die

The Brain that Wouldn't Die is a pretty good flick.  I'm not sure if I was just in the right mood but I really enjoyed the movie. Yes her body is under the table with a hole for her head but its still a good movie.

The Thing That Couldn't Die

The Thing That Couldn't Die

The Invisible Boy

The Invisible Boy

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Creature from the Black Lagoon

 Curucu, Beast of the Amazon

 Curucu, Beast of the Amazon

Curucu, Beast of the Amazon

Curucu, Beast of the Amazon

The Pit and the Pendulum

The Pit and the Pendulum

Attack of the 50 foot Women

Attack of the 50 foot Women

Attack of the Puppet People

Attack of the Puppet People

Its not a Reynold Brown but I do own this gem from Mondo done by Francesco Francavilla

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Stephen Fishler

If/when I win the lottery I will be hassling this guy to sell his Frankenstein 6 sheet! Rarest of all movie posters! Stephen Fishler fell ass backwards into it. Jealous!

Cool little story of how the most rare movie poster was discovered.

Metropolis CEO Stephen Fishler discusses his extraordinary find of the sole surviving six-sheet poster from the original 1931 Frankenstein. Visit us at www.metropoliscomics.com

Pacific Rim

I was lucky enough to be invited to a VES event this summer where John Knoll was speaking about Pacific Rim. He went over and "easy" shot (showed us and everyone laught at the thought of that particular shot being easy) which involved Gypsy Danger walking through the ocean. Some intense ocean sims which could not have been "easy" at all. Then he went over the hard shot. He stepped through the Hong Kong battles scen which I believe was about 20 min! After he was talking about the thirtieth different render pass he stopped saying something to the effect of  "that was about half of the passes." I would love to see some of those Nuke scripts! Bad picture of the event below.

John Knoll VES event Summer 2013

John Knoll VES event Summer 2013

I posted some VFX breakdown and behind the scene videos below. First video is a 30+ min from FXPHD. 

"We visit ILM to discuss the Pacific Rim production pipeline with John Knoll, Eddie Pasquarello, Lindy De Quattro and Hal Hickel. The pipeline uses NUKE, Houdini, KATANA, Modo, Alembic, Arnold/RenderMan and ILM's 3D and fluid destruction and muscle sim tools."

 "Storytelling studio Mirada was the creative and technical force behind the two-minute prologue of Guillermo del Toro's robots vs. monsters epic, Pacific Rim. Mirada was co-founded by del Toro along with award winning director Mathew Cullen, Executive Producer Javier Jimenez and Academy Award winning DP, Guillermo Navarro."

Eric White

One of my favorit paitners had a new gallery oppening this past weekend in LA. I really wanted to go but I the 49ers where calling me.  

Eric White | All Of This Has Not Occurred | Opening November 9th from 6 - 9 PM.  Going to the Mondo Mystery Movie Dec 14th so I am going t0 try ans stop by then.

"The Lab TV spent the day with Eric White in his New York Studio. Directed by John Poliquin Cinematography by Alex Hill Produced by Darya Kosilova Edited by Anna Quinlan Music by Greg Bevis For more from The Lab TV visit http://tv.thelabmagazine.com For more from The Lab Magazine visit http://thelabmagazine.com"

Would love to own an original White one day, but for now this is what I got!

NO NEUTRAL THOUGHTS Signed and Numbered Giclée  Limited Edition of 50 15 x 15 inch image  18 x 18 inch archival 100% rag paper

NO NEUTRAL THOUGHTS

Signed and Numbered Giclée 
Limited Edition of 50

15 x 15 inch image 
18 x 18 inch archival 100% rag paper

Nuke Curve Tool

The curve tool is great for a few things. I am going to show you how to use the autocrop feature of the curve tool.

The curve tool is under the very first tab in the nodes panel in the image section.   You can always hit Tab and type curves and it will come up.

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What the autocrop feature does is it looks for an alpha then crops your bounding box to fit the alpha channel. This can save some time in render and just over all workflow. 

 
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Below is the same image but its alpha channel and bounding box.  

Alpha Channel 

Alpha Channel 

I hook up the curve tool to the node I want it to analyze and under the curve type I change it to auto crop then click go!

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Once it is done analyze you will get a data set under the AutoCropData tab.  

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Now all you have to do is add a crop node and hold command/ctl and click the animation menu from the curves animation menu to the crop animation menu.

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Here is our new bounding box! Now instead of reading a 4k or 2k plate for the whole image it will only update what is in the bounding box! 

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Here is what my end result nodes look like. 

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This trick can save you a lot of time when using large images. Sometime it can also take a while to analyze so you have to figure out if the analyze wait is worth the end result. 

Nuke relink

I have seen a few gizmos that relink your read nodes in nuke. I prefer to use a StickyNote, that way I don't have to rely on anything being installed if I switch to a new computer. 

Create a StickyNote and in the name field type filepath . In the label field type your file path to your project mine is: volumes/SSD_Video/FISK/FruitvaleMy computer is a mac so I have volumes/. If you have a windows machine this could be D:

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As a work flow I usually create a couple of StickyNotes and copy and paste the text from one to the main StickyNote.  So I have my home computer which the label is work/work/ and I have my work computer /SSD_video/FiskWhen Im at home I paste the work/work/  in the main StickyNote and vise versa when I go to work I paste /SSD_video/Fisk.

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Now all you need to do is and some text into each read node you bring in. 

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In the read node add [knob filepath.label].  This path is a continuation from the StickyNote so really your path is split in half. First half on the StickyNote then the read node picks up the other half. So [knob filepath.label]   is taking the place of volumes/SSD_Video/FISK/Fruitvale and files it in from the StickyNote. 

 

Hulk, Bear!

Comic book men did one great thing this week for me. Reminded me of this great episode where the Hulk fights a bear! 

Mary Blair

I was on some of my favorite auction sites the other day looking for art when I came across Mary Blair's work. Blair worked on one of my all time favorite Disney animation movies, Alice in Wonderland.

Mary Blair was a concept artist for Disney from around the 1940's till she quit around 1953 after working on Peter Pan. She then went on to do freelance work. The simplicity of Blair's style and her use of colors seems to draw me to her work. She uses the right palette to tell the story every time. Blair's work also seems to have some sort of innocence to it while still giving the sense of great technique.  Some of her work below.

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

 

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Peter Pan (1953)

I hope in the near future I can be lucky enough to own one of Blair's original concept art from Alice in Wonderland.  It would be a great addition to my small art collections.

 

Check out this 14 min documentary about the trip that changed Blair's style and in turn Disney's

Final Destination 5 VFX

The Final Destination series are so over the top and cheesy and thats why love them. Great death scenes that are so ridiculous and gory. Seems like it would be a fun job to come up with ways to kill people for these movies. 

 

Found this on the you tubes. Its kinda nice that there is a side-by-side but can be distracting too.