"Army of Two" and "Rivals" Posters
Last week, Cracked.com ran their weekly Photoplasty (photoshop) contest. One of the week's themes was titled "Your Movie Cast/Actor/Director Dream Team" which was then retitled "21 Movies We Can't Believe Nobody Has Made" for the front page.
My two submissions are below. One of them placed while the other didn't. The first, Army of Two poster, is a video game adaptation involving two muscular, charismatic soldiers. The second, which did not place puts together two of my current favorite stand-up comedians, Louis C.K. and Bill Burr as rival sports fans. Both can also be viewed in the Graphic Design page in my portfolio.
Note: As the Army of Two placed, Cracked now owns the image, however I have gone and retweaked my submission for display here.
What if Batman cured the Joker? It may be sacrilege, but I decided to explore an idea of Batman actually succeeding to do the impossible and rehabilitate the Joker with his extreme ailments. It feels very out of character of the dark relationship to actually have a happy ending, but I wanted to think outside of the box even if it feels like sugary/bubbly happy ending that would make little sense.
Ok, this duel isn't as epic as the above picture gives the impression of.
However, in preparation for the new Star Wars movie, "The Force Awakens," being released next month, I have gone into my archives to get a video where my friend and collaborator, Aaron Ward, and I were doing some sword fighting for the unit of theatre genre I was presenting.
I went back and added lightsaber effects and sounds and now I have realized a long time dream of having my own lightsaber duel! Even though it was a free-time test of sorts, I am proud with how it came out and would like to share it with you!
And now for context and comparison, below is the original video:
Hey, gang! New blog! It's been a while. Starting the year 2015 off with something new, exciting, unexpected and fun! This past Christmas, Heather Wilson (of Dragonfly Therapy ) and I go on a special journey in downtown Kansas City, Missouri with Heather giving out free hugs for anyone willing to accept! This is an experiment in human trust and a way to send out positivity in a seemingly mad world. This is also a way for Heather to find out if she can break out of her shell. Can she do it? If you wanna know, you gotta see the show. Don't be alienated by the 20-minute runtime, the last half is an in-depth discussion and conclusion Heather has come to with this experience! Follow her on her journey and be inspired!
If you haven't donated to the Philippines relief for the typhoon devastation, please give anything you can. This is reported to be worse than the Japanese tsunami, with over 10,000 reported deaths and growing. Please, give anything you can.
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Yesterday saw the release of the next full on "X-Men" movie. This year saw the release of "The Wolverine" which was pretty good, but the end teased with a set up for this movie and gave me goosebumps.
What's great about "Days of Future Past" is that not only is it one of the more famous "X-Men" stories, but after the prequel "X-Men: First Class," the follow up is a double sequel because it features a time travel aspect, so this movie combines the cast of the prequels as well as the original movies. I got so pumped after the trailer, I made a quick poster, which you can see below.
And the trailer:
The most brilliant character actor, Phil Hartman, was recently honored and paid tribute to in this touching video below. Today would've been his 65th birthday.
Today, I re-watch older SNL episodes and see that he's pretty much in all of the skits and nearly steals every one. His character of Bill McNeal on "Newsradio" was one of a kind and I still quote him to this day. He's one of the most brilliant voice actors in history. Every time he voices a character, I can't help but smile. He's forever been an influence on my life and I hope to be as funny and prolific as he was.
With the news breaking of a 'Rocky' spin-off movie with Apollo Creed's grandson being announced. I had to make a poster for it.
Sylvester Stallone has signed on for it. The acting-directing team of the new acclaimed film,"Fruitvale Station" is behind it, so I'm pretty optimistic. Although, my poster is not gritty at all.
It's been 40 years since the Dragon has left this Earth, and yet, his influence lives on in more ways than you may realize.
I fear that Bruce's legacy may only be the 'stereotype' that spawned from imitators trying to copy his success, but the real man was a philosopher and genuinely tried to change the world for the better.
He was proud of his Chinese heritage and though he emphasized teaching people about it, his message was universal and can be applied to just about anyone and anything. Below, is a great tribute video to the man, the myth, the legend.
This post is more for the movie geeks of technical aspects, or for those who are genuinely curious about the history of movies.
We don't think about aspect ratio as in depth as people used to because everything is adapting to widescreen. The most people ever notice are either having black bars on their television screen or not because of how wide the directors of certain movies wanted their screen. However, there is a whole history behind this simple concept, because going to the movies used to be a sense of wonder and excitement. It was almost like virtual reality at the time and filmmakers tried to think of different ways to enhance the audience's enjoyment at the theater. They try to immerse the people as best they can so it's almost like going to an amusement park.
When movies dominated the media, then threatened by the invention of the television, filmmakers and theater houses tried different tactics and gimmicks to keep audiences interested in going to the movies. After all, why go to the movies when you can watch shows at home? The different aspect ratios and IMAX-type technology was brought in to shake things up and give excitement to audiences again. But enough from me, check out the video below!
E.J. is just a simple man who loves movies. Don't judge.