Posts Tagged ‘The Shawshank Redemption’


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.


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