My humble apologies to all my dearest friends, loyal fans, secret admirers, hard core groupies, faithful followers, tireless devotees, steadfast supporters, ardent enthusiasts, resolute aficionados, unwavering disciples, dedicated subscribers, persistent tag surfers, committed bloggers (I believe I’ve mentioned everyone) and of course all you staunch and unfaltering members of the Jedi order.

Allow me to quell those pesky rumors right away. No! I have not succumbed to the Dark side. My prolonged absence is due to work related activities: fighting crime, battling evil and saving the world from total annihilation kind of stuff. Those in the fold know what I’m talking about…

Okay, enough about my personal life, let’s continue with the project.

From a technical point of view, Image 171 was a reasonably simple image to create. Although as I had stated in my previous posts, all the difficult decisions are made prior to beginning any image; first you have to study the materials at hand and figure out what it is you’re going to do with them and secondly, decide how to manipulate the image with the various approaches and Photoshop techniques available so as to achieve the desired results.

The film trailer required a scene portraying a line of police cars driving off into the torrid afternoon sun. This is where I thought to myself – ‘Self, you’re on your own with this one! The Higher-Self (who, truth be known, is not that much higher than me – only a few centimeters) is pondering the existence of life on Mars and won’t be joining us any time soon.’

Therefore, after an exhaustive solitary search, I unearthed this great sunset image, yet it only depicted a single car and not a police car for that matter.

Even in the absence of my ‘Higher-Self’ my task was self-evident; either I try to paste a bunch of police cars onto the backdrop. Though that would be an effort in itself; to find the appropriate police vehicles with the appropriate angles and lighting conditions and then attempt to merge them into the scene… Not impossible, mind you – just very taxing. Is it worth the effort? Probably not!

So I opted for an alternative approach. I found a set of police car lights and pasted them onto the car. After which, I simply duplicated the vehicle in its natural atmosphere and then enlarged and shrunk the vehicles to the appropriate sizes to allow for perspective distortion, then married the vehicles into the scene with a veil of dust.

There you have it – a line of police cars driving into the scorching afternoon sun.

Engage your imagination

Enhance your vision

Expand your conceptions

Enjoy your achievement

Be cool!


Hey there and welcome to my surreptitious blog post all you secret agents, covert operatives, clandestine enforcers of global stability and instability alike, agents provocateurs, esteemed members of the cloak and dagger brotherhood and stealthy tag surfers.

Our mission today should you chose to accept it, is to infiltrate and scrutinize Image 165.

As the title suggests Naomi’s character is abducted by secret agents – this is the scene I needed to portray.

Fortunately I was able to unearth this great image courtesy of Peter Jackson’s ‘King Kong’ which pretty much encapsulated the require scene.

The only issue was Naomi’s evening dress and that the guys dragging her away were dressed in outdated military uniforms.

My immediate reaction was to replace the uniform with a suit, but then I realized, finding a suit clad individual in a similar pose was a mammoth undertaking even for me. (Not impossible mind you, just difficult) Then again, did I really need to go down that road? Probably not!

I made myself a coffee, sat back and pondered my alternatives – surely there had to be another way… I knew I was going to have to improvise; think laterally. That’s when it occurred to me, all I have to do is simply darken the uniform so it fades from the scene. Taking the focus away from the uniform will naturally accentuate the arms holding Naomi, which was all that was required to fool the eye.

After that I added a few scratches to Naomi’s face for continuity and turned her evening dress into a casual dress by altering the V- neck opening to a more rounded one and then added the necessary dirt and grime. Naomi’s expressive reaction sold the rest…

With the main element completed, I now played around with various forest backdrops. Sizing up 15 or so I finally stopped on this lush verdant setting, as it seemed to work best with the overall composition.

This is the Hummer I chose. I can’t remember why, but here it is.

I literally had to suspend the Hummer amidst the trees as there was no useable road to set it on. I played around a bit, moving it up and down, left to right for maximum recognizable exposure and eventually settled on this position. Incidentally, flipping the Hummer to right helped allude to the presence of a forest road.

I feel the desired effect had been achieved – the Hummer seems to be standing on solid ground.

All in all Image 165 turned out quite realistic and works unbelievably well in the film trailer.

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For those of you, who missed the first post to this ‘Show Reel Ingenuity’ Photoshop segment, hit the following link: https://thestufflegendsaremadeof.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/143/

It will bring you up to speed with the idea behind the film trailer project.

To achieve the impossible, project your mind beyond all things possible.

Improvise, Overcome, Adapt.

This is who we are…


Welcome to my arresting segment all those in cyber servitude, fugitives of principle, prisoners of conscience and ethical incarceration, seekers of liberation, escapees from the mundane, my regular captive audience and anyone hoping for deliverance.

Today we’ll be looking at Image 169.

Image 169 represented one of several key elements in the film’s storyline, so it simply had to be included in the film trailer, yet I had no idea how I was going to produce it?

Like all the images created for the said ‘film trailer’ it needed to depict the essence of the scene. After several futile attempts to somehow construct the desired image, I was practically convinced that it was unachievable and was seriously considering foregoing its inclusion in the film trailer – but then I happened to stumble onto this great shot from ‘The Shawshank Redemption’. This incredible pose immediately bolstered my hopes, stirred my imagination and allowed me to envisage the scene from a whole new prospective.

The only problem with it was the rain; rain in the foreground, rain in the background, rain everywhere. Nevertheless, I was able to clean it up and then tweaked the color to suit.

Once that was done, I had to find the appropriate backdrop. I searched for a while but to no avail. There were plenty of extraordinary sunsets on the net, but I needed something specific. I realized I was going to have to improvise. As soon as I switched my mindset and approach, I found this great photo, which really completed the scene.

Yes I know, it doesn’t look much like a sunset, but like I said, sometimes all it takes is to look at a problem from another angle to find the answer.

So I trimmed the backdrop photo, tweaked the colors, added a few ferns to the foreground and finished the scene with the compelling pose.

The resulting image is a powerful two dimensional representation of the following scene from the script:

The firmament burns red with the fires of atonement. Regaining consciousness, Elias feels his every muscle rebelling as he starts to stir. Grabbing his head he freezes as a sharp stab of migraine-like pain, hits him. Stubbornly refusing to give in he climbs to his knees; the agony registering on his blood-caked face. Touched by the epiphany, Elias raises his glistening eyes to the heavens. Trembling, he succumbs to his emotions.

It’s amazing what one can do if one only frees the mind…

“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind.”

—  Bob Marley

For those of you, who missed the first post to this ‘Show Reel Ingenuity’ Photoshop segment, hit the following link: https://thestufflegendsaremadeof.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/143/

It will bring you up to speed with the idea behind the film trailer project.


Yee-haw! Welcome y’all to my Photoshop segment, guys and gals, dudes and dudettes.

Today I’m fixin’ to look at Image 100.

For all ya good ol’ boys just tuned in, who’ve missed the previous posts from this here segment, hit the followin’ link to the first post. https://thestufflegendsaremadeof.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/143/

It’ll explain real good, the idea behind my Photoshop segment and all these here fancy images.

But y’all come back now, ya-hear!

Okely dokely folks now I recon y’all have understood what this segment is about, so let’s move on.

Followin’ the film’s storyline, my film trailer now needed a scene showin’ the hero crashin’ out a barn to escape his pursuers.

I is no fool now you hear, but I must admit, I had no idea how I was fixin’ on creatin’ this scene, ifn it was to look realist n’all. So I took me a hiatus and got me into some fine Cajun cooking instead; ya might say I was kinda hopin’ to find me some home-grown inspiration.

Mmmmm! Lawd, O Lawd, I is tellin’ ya straight: that Cajun cookin’ is one sassy kitchen and some mighty powerful stuff – yes Siree!

Anyhow, the weeks dragged out on the bayou, then one day during my regular j-peg huntin’ sessions I happen to stumble upon this great image.

Woo Hoo! Hot diggety dog, praise them ‘Dukes’ and all their wild antics, bless their mischievous, engine revvin’ barn smashin’ lil’ ol’ harts! Don’t it just make ya wanna slap ya knee and break into a dance?

Whoa, easy on the foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’, line-dancin’ boys, I was just fooling wit y’all! Now where was I? Oh yeah! The Dodge Charger (The General Lee) smashing out of the barn, I knew exactly what to do with it the minute I saw it. I done, quick as lightnin’ opened my ‘Defender’ j-peg file and dug around till I found me this here vehicle.

Yes Siree, I recon I had me some work cut out, I was busier than a one-legged man at a butt kickin’ contest! I had to totally remove the Dodge Charger from the scene, then hide the driver of the Defender and the reflection of his kin in the rear window. I then added some blur to the wheels to create a sense of realistic motion. I also added various flying timber boards over yonder for barn crash authenticity.

Like I done told you before, I is the Grand Master and dis picture’s turned a duzzie. Now I is about as happy as a tick on a fat dog.

I’ll be workin’ on this project here darn near till the movie’s finished, so y’all make sure to come see us next time you’re here. Ifn you’re friend or kinfolk be sure to leave us a comment.

Giddy up now.

Hey there and welcome to my ‘Favorite Films’ segment friends, movie lovers, film critics, Guild members and members of the Academy®

Today we brush off the proverbial dust from another ’10 Films’ from my collection, to be added to my list of  ‘50 films to take into space’.

For those of you who missed that first post can acquaint themselves via the ‘FAVORITE FILMS’ category or simply click on the following link:  https://thestufflegendsaremadeof.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/50-favorites/

If these movies somehow managed to elude your viewing radar, as occasionally films do, (due to frugal and mismanaged marketing campaigns) I recommend you give them a try – there’s great entertainment value in all of them.

For those who have seen them, perhaps its time to give them another spin. Now break out the pop corn, fluffy up your sofa and begin your scroll down memory lane.


As Good as It Gets (1997)

A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship

Director: James L. Brooks

Writers: Mark Andus (story), Mark Andus (screenplay)

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear



Big (1988)

When a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult body literally overnight.

Director: Penny Marshall

Writers: Gary Ross, Anne Spielberg

Stars: Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Perkins and Robert Loggia



Cadillac Man (1990)

Joe’s a car salesman with a problem. He has two days to sell 12 cars or he loses his job. This would be a difficult task at the best of times but Joe has to contend with his girlfriends (he’s two timing), a missing teenage daughter and an ex-wife. What more could go wrong ?.. a lot, enter a crazy jealous husband with a machine gun..

Director: Roger Donaldson

Writer: Ken Friedman

Stars: Robin Williams, Tim Robbins and Pamela Reed



Don Juan DeMarco (1994)

A psychiatrist must cure a young patient that presents himself as Don Juan, the greatest lover in the world.

Director: Jeremy Leven

Writers: Lord Byron (character Don Juan) (in part), Jeremy Leven

Stars: Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando and Faye Dunaway



A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.

Director: Charles Crichton

Writers: John Cleese (story), Charles Crichton (story)

Stars: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline



Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

An unorthodox and irreverent DJ begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the US Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam.

Director: Barry Levinson

Writer: Mitch Markowitz

Stars: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker



Groundhog Day (1993)

A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again.

Director: Harold Ramis

Writers: Danny Rubin (screenplay), Harold Ramis (screenplay)

Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliot



Grumpy Old Men (1993)

A lifelong feud between two neighbors since childhood, only gets worse when a new female neighbor moves across the street.

Director: Donald Petrie

Writer: Mark Steven Johnson

Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann Margret



Grumpier Old Men (1995)

Things don’t seem to change much in Wabasha County: Max and John are still fighting after 35 years, Grandpa still drinks, smokes, and chases women, and nobody’s been able to catch the fabled “Catfish Hunter”, a gigantic catfish that actually smiles at fishermen who try to snare it.

Director: Howard Deutch

Writer: Mark Steven Johnson

Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann Margret



Jumanji (1995)

When two kids play an old magic board-game they found, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

Director: Joe Johnston

Writers: Jonathan Hensleigh (screenplay), Greg Taylor (screenplay)

Stars: Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Bonnie Hunt




Hey there and welcome to my mission troops.

At ease. Today we’ll be looking at Image 235 – a simple yet fortuitous combination of photos which created a striking scene. Much like Image 164 this one basically came together on its own. Though I must admit, both of these photos were part of my collection for quite some time before the visual connection was made. One day I was browsing through my Defender folder and my eye happened to pause on this incredible perspective.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d seen this image in my Defender folder a hundred times before; the thing is I never really knew what to do with it. However, this time the finished result flashed before my eyes. I immediately opened my Blackhawk folder and plucked out this one.

Much like the Defender, I had also seen this image many times, but I guess some time had to elapse before my subconscious mind was able to piece together and perceive the two images as one.

Having two perfectly matched images, the rest was fairly simple. Although I did have to remove the roof-rack and other minor details from the Defender and add some dust and a slight blur to the tires to create a sense of motion.

Don’t you just love the powerful viewpoint?

For those of you, who missed the first post to this ‘Show Reel Ingenuity’ Photoshop segment, hit the following link: https://thestufflegendsaremadeof.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/143/

It will bring you up to speed with the idea behind the film trailer project.

Hello and welcome to my project’s clandestine corner, M.I.B’s, Ufologists, Conspiracy Theorists, Hard-core ET Hunters, Anthropologist, Astral Travelers, Seekers of Enlightenment, Mysterious Tag Surfers and anyone who has ever wondered about the existence of UFO’s and Alien beings.

Slap on your tin-foil beanies and pull up a chair because here’s where it’s all happening.

Whilst doing the background research for my film project, I discovered that aboriginal medicine-man lore and their rituals as well as the dreamtime stories about their gods – the ‘Wandjina’, have a lot in common with the UFO phenomenon.

I see some of you cynics here in the front row already raising a mocking eyebrow. Well before you roll your eyes back into your sockets; all I ask is that you view the materials with an open mind before drawing your final conclusion – a simple vote of plausibility will suffice.

Now whether you believe in their existence or not, these guys should be familiar to everyone by now, they are what’s called your common, everyday, garden variety little green men; according to eyewitness accounts and/or descriptions from abductees under hypnosis.

Wait for it. (Drum roll) Tada! And these are the Wandjina as portrayed on rock paintings. Notice the cool ‘Star Trek’ outfits. The thing is most Wandjina were drawn in such a manner.

Yes, you would be excused for thinking that these guys come from the same galactic neighborhood if not the same gene pool.

Here’s an interesting film about an alien encounter called ‘Communion’ staring Christopher Walken.

Believe it or not, it’s based on a true story by Whitley Strieber.

This image is from ‘Communion’. Notice the way the aliens are portrayed in a group… Like I said, believe it or not, it’s based on a true story.

Does this look familiar? Incidentally, the Wandjina are known as the dwellers of the sky and creators of the world.

What about this one?

Now this is an image from Spielberg’s ‘Close Encounters of the 3rd kind’; which some sources say is a propaganda film for alien disclosure.

And this is a rock painting illustrating the Wandjina.

Is it just me, or can everyone see the similarities?

Here are a few undisputable facts regarding the ‘Wandjina’. Mind you, I’m not advocating the existence of alien beings; I’m simply sharing the information I found whilst researching two separate and seemingly unrelated issues for my film.

Fact #1. The Aboriginal people always drew only what they saw. They never expressed any creativity or fantasy in the rock paintings.

Fact #2. The Wandjina, like their alien counterparts never spoke, they only communicated telepathically.

Fact #3. The similarities between the rite of passage of a medicine man and that what abductees recall under hypnosis. (if you can curb your cynicism for a while longer)

To become a medicine man, the spirits choose someone, who from an early age shows a great interest in the psychic life of the tribe.

To acquire his knowledge, his spirit is taken from his body, while he’s asleep and changed into the form of an eagle-hawk. He’s then shown infinite wonders and after many journeys, comes to know the secrets of magic and healing.

Under hypnosis, abductees also recall being contacted from an early age, about being chosen, taken on journeys and shown things.

Fact #4. It is reported that ‘alien beings’ like the Wandjina images come in various sizes; from regular size through to tiny, while others are up to 15 meters tall. (the extremely long horizontally displayed Wandjina)

These rock paintings date back some 5000 years; having survived to this day by periodically being refreshed by their tribal keepers.

Now imagine yourself if you can; standing at the ‘Dawn of Time’ the commencement of the ‘Age of Man’. Forget all that you have ever known about technology and human progress. Forget about ‘Nano, Techno, 3D, Wifi, Teraflop, MP3, Microwave cooking, forget your ‘Light sabers, okay let me back up a little.

Forget genetic engineering, composite materials and combustion engines.

Forget the Cybernetic Age, the Information Age, the Nuclear Age, the Space Age, the Steam Age, the Industrial Age, the Iron Age, the Bronze Age and now imagine yourself – an uncivilized hunter/gatherer of the late Stone Age.

You’re sitting around a camp-fire on the open plains in the middle of nowhere in particular, when suddenly the night sky is split with the intensity of a thousand suns and down comes some disk-shaped object out of which step some little alien creatures encircled by a flood of light. I ask you, what would you think and what would your reaction be?

Well, aside from the obvious – Oh Shit! Mummy!!! Where’s my mummy?

That’s right! ‘They must be the gods!’

Hence I am swayed to believe that the Wandjina were quite plausibly of extraterrestrial origin.

Bleep! Bleep! Captain’s log, Stardate 48623.5 – There are 246 elements known to Federation science. We believe we have just discovered the 247th: inside the ring system of a class-D planet.

Make it so!

It has always been my firm belief and my guiding principle – one must constantly strive for personal betterment and consequently endeavor to leave behind a legacy, which would testify that life was not spent in vain.

24 years ago I set out on a journey that changed the course of my life –             I embarked upon a feature film project of immense proportions, even by Hollywood standards. Call it wide-eyed youthful optimism, misguided naiveté or simply stupidity, but I was adamant and remain so to this day – ‘I will achieve my goal’. I even stated so publicly, to ensure a no turning back policy.

Since then ‘Carpe diem’ (seize the day) has been my credo and ‘Dare to try something different’, Improvise, Overcome, Adapt, my approach to life.

Admittedly it’s been an onerous ‘rite of passage’ and a lonesome quest; most people fail to see, fathom or appreciate the magnitude of such an enterprise, thus support is seldom seen. Nevertheless, it’s a learning experience like no other for developing character.

Would I do it all again? Without a doubt yes, I would repeat this extraordinary experience a thousand times over, than resort to living an ordinary life.

To commit to such an undertaking requires faith, passion, clarity of vision, a single-mindedness of purpose, a resolute and unyielding spirit, a healthy dose of optimism and lots of positive energy all of which help to forge the foundation for success.

My advice for those in limbo or teetering on edge – it’s never too late. Emancipate yourself from social constraint and live each day like it was your last, start today because one day there may not be a tomorrow. Mobilize your mind, visualize your goals, improvise your methods, individualize the results – extrapolate.

Fear not, ‘the failing’ but only that you never truly lived. Fight a good fight and remember – ‘You can never be a failure unless you stop trying’.

Now go forth and recreate your world – realize your dreams (even the little ones).

If I can do it, so can you!


Welcome to my workshop Dear Friends! Yes I call you ‘Friends’ because I feel your ‘Love’ emanating from my screen. Love, Peace, and Power to the People… Right on my brothers, right on! Yeah! Let the healing begin.

For all you newcomers pushing and shoving your way to the front rows, wondering what all the commotion is about and why this huge congregation has gathered here in my cyber stadium? No it’s not the ‘End of Season Stock Clearance Sale’ so chill out; this is a blog for my feature film project ‘Legends on Stone’ and you are viewing my Photoshop segment, where I explain how I created the images required for making my film trailer. (Image 71 in the ‘Show Reel Ingenuity’ category will give you the low-down on this project and bring you up to speed with all the regular guests. Hit this link to read further https://thestufflegendsaremadeof.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/143/)

For further information about the film project, feel free to check out the pages at the top of the blog.

Okay let’s continue, today we’ll be looking at Image 143. This image was part of one of the chase sequences where the hero flees off-road in his Defender to escape his pursuers.

I was instantly hooked when I found this great photo of a 4×4 nose-diving into a mud pool.

It would have been perfect had it been a Landrover Defender, but as you can see it’s a Toyota Landcruiser.

I guess what followed was the most difficult stage, the solitary site scanning, scalp scratching, square-eyed search.

Yes, it took me a while but I eventually found this Defender – an absolutely rare angle, a bird’s-eye view (so a special thanks to the owner for publishing it) fortunately for me it was the right color, well almost…

I love the way the image turned out, the original Toyota bull-bar worked well to realistically merge the Defender into the scene.

Love, Peace and Power to the People – Mind-blowing, turbo-charged V8 power.

Welcome back to my film project, friends, colleagues, tag surfers, Denzel Washington and Tony Scott fans and anyone who’s seen the film Deja vu.      Hey, even if you haven’t seen Deja vu, but are having one right now, come on in anyway we’ve got heaps of room for everyone.


Pour yourself a coffee, grab some cookies and let’s get started. Image 164 was an easy scene to do in comparison to some of the previous ones; you can say it almost came together on its own. What I needed to show was Denzel exiting a hummer – pistol in hand. I immediately thought, how easy could this be? Grab a picture of Denzel, a picture of a hummer; slap them all together and Bam! Scene finished. You have no idea how wrong I was… When I Googled, ‘Denzel Washington’ images, look what popped up; a scene from Tony Scott’s film – Deja vu.

What can I say, the scene was almost complete, but for one small detail – it’s called continuity folks. Can anyone guess what it was? Exactly! The wrong type of pistol. Denzel was holding a revolver but needed to be holding a 9mm. automatic.

Have you ever had one of those days, where everything you did just fell into place? You know, when you thought to yourself – “Doh! Why didn’t I fill in that lottery ticket?” I realized this was going to be ‘one of those days’, I opened up the file/folder containing all my pistol images and there it was; as it turned out – a perfect match. Like shooting fish in a barrel!

What I needed now was to replace the weapon in Denzel’s hand and lose some of the equipment on his vest. This was simple enough because the background allowed for any sort of manipulation.

Tada! It worked like magic. Easier than this, would have only been if I had my cape, hat and wand and my trusty white rabbit.

For those of you, who missed the first post to this ‘Show Reel Ingenuity’ Photoshop segment, hit the following link: https://thestufflegendsaremadeof.wordpress.com/2011/02/03/143/

It will bring you up to speed with the idea behind the film trailer project.

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