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IMAGE 165

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The only issue was Naomi’s evening dress and that the guys dragging her away were dressed in outdated military uniforms.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

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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.

IMAGE 164

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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