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.
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!
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.
This video is 2:30 minutes long. I think I really have a handle on this software now and I’m getting the results I had hoped for. Next up I can make people talk and have full facial expressions. Any film I make can also be VR. And VR movies are amazing. I watched one yesterday that was remarkable, 3D, and as the camera carried you through the story like any film you could also look around and look closely at anything in the scene or look all around. This all opens up some amazing possibilities.