Recreating the “Sightings TV show masks” begins

I started the first mask I made for the 90’s TV series. These were very popular after the success of the series. Some people still have these and I have seen them on Ebay going for big Dollars. I have had emails asking to bring them back.

When wearing this mask you can see through the vacuum formed tinted eyes just like sunglasses.

I have started the rough out and trying to match to what I did all those years ago.

I’ll be refining this 1 hour so far sculpt today.

Dream of Flight

It’s a slow go me alone doing every step. Took weeks to get this little boy model suited to my needs. I had to re due all the textures to UV maps so that the Unreal Engine would read them. Everything gets done in Lightwave and then it goes to Unreal 4 Engine.

I also built the Sky Bunny free flight airplane. Bill Warner the designer of this amazing little plane passed last month. We of the free flight and the proud and great, Flying Aces Club” community have been honoring him. There’s even a contest this Labor day weekend to see who can fly this little plane the longest. 2 minutes or there about at best on rubber power alone. Longer if one catches a thermal.

So the models of the boy and the plane are done and tested. Next weekend I hope to animate them both in Unreal Engine 4.

Old masks recreated?

I have been asked lately to brings these back if there’s and interest. I have permission and the rights from my long time friend Whitley Strieber to produce the famous Communion being. I’m thinking I will make a full scale bust in latex rather than a wearable mask as most collectors prefer busts. The first picture shows the full size bust I did back in the 90’s. However the Sightings mask would be wearable mask with tinted transparent eyes.

Here’s the old masks I made for the TV show “Sightings” I made all the masks and alien props for.

Dream of Flight

I am working on a short film about a little boy and his dream of flight. I’m animating it all alone. Creating locations, sets, props, set dressing. The boy I purchased from and mesh artist and I modified it for motion capture and key frame animation. I also gave him a better shirt!  

It’s my hope that young people, kids, and there parents will get the message. So many times, my own parents included, the dreams of desires of their children get ignored. Dreams of flight are very important. They lead to realities. Imagination is everything and we owe it to every plane we fly or fly in. Not to mention our space craft and trips to the moon. Still adversity can create conditions that lead to great things as they did for Elon Musk. So children are driven, have the sky n their blood and nothing can divert them from their path to the stars.

When I ask permission to use a field for our local FAC squadron you can bet I’ll ask them to watch this with their kids.

Here’s a few frame grabs of the location and work I have done so far.

Ignorance, experts, and critics

This sculpture of the iconic Star Trek character, “Balok” was the subject of great debate because I made the mistake of posting pictures on Facebook. The experts started in on me about how the sculpture didn’t match the original well based on an old picture taken on the set all those years ago.

What they failed to understand (before they gave their uneducated opinions) was that cameras often distort an image that otherwise in your actual presence will look quite different. The experts put pictures of my sculpture side by side, they put up arrows, diagrams, outlines in red that over lapped my work from the original that made it look in accurate.

So I did this. I took one picture close up filling frame. As expected the wide angle lens of the iPhone distorted the sculpture making the nose look fatter, the mouth less turned down, the forehead and head width smaller.

Then I stepped back and took a wider shot. Now the sculpture matches the original character pretty well and shows it as it actually appears in real life. In the side by side they look completely different but it’s in fact the same sculpture. After posting this you could hear a pin drop.

The moral to this story is, don’t comment on social media is your not truly informed because it will always come back to haunt you!

How I started a look we all know today

My earliest depictions of the Greys goes back to the 70’s. Oh how I wish I had been smart enough to trademark this look. The work I did later on in the 80’s and 90’s set the look of them we know today. I am rarely given credit for this. My mistake.

I came across this Starlog magazine from 1979 which shows and red skinned black eye Grey. This was made for my now cult classic feature film, “The Day Time Ended”. It was originally entitled “Vortex” as per my original script. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080596/

This was to be a fetal being seen at the end of the film. It was painted red for purposes of the bright lighting we were going to use that would have made it appear light pink-flesh colored. I took this picture of the closeup bust in my lab back in 1978. The article was 79.

What followed after this image hit the public we know today. Yes I created this look but it was always based on something I actually experienced and influenced my designs. I didn’t know then that in 1986 a similar image would appear on the now famous Communion(written by Whitley Strieber) book cover setting of a wave of people reacting to it that had also experienced this type of being.