Valentine’s Day Horror Movie Short

by  on Feb.01, 2012, under dark art, horror movies, Slasher Movies, video

About 2 years ago one of my clients needed a piece of art for a Valentine’s weekend promotion. I shot some cool photos of a bloody heart in a box of candy and that became their art for the show. This year they are doing it again so I thought I’d take a stab at making a video to go with the artwork just to see what I could come up with. So one evening I took my camera, some Valentine’s Day trappings, such as candy, bubbly, love letters, and the like to a nice run down location I had access to. I was inspired by the opening of American Horror Story and even mimicked their flashlight in the dark effect for the very beginning of the short. I’m very happy with the result and It does tell a pretty dark story in less than a minute. Unfortunately the client decided they didn’t need it this year so I’m just releasing it here on the site and on YouTube. Watch it below and let me know what you think!

Comment on YouTube or here on the blog. I’ve also made some wallpapers for the video for a variety of formats including Ipads and Iphones which you can download here!

 

 

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Car Wrap

by  on Oct.04, 2011, under dark art, Graphic design, Halloween, Haunted Houses

A while back Los Angeles Haunted Hayride asked me to send them artwork for a car wrap and today they sent me the photo of the finished wrapped Mini Cooper! Looks pretty amazing!

 

Happy Bloody Valentines Day!

by  on Feb.14, 2011, under dark art, Graphic design, Haunted Houses

I know its almost over but here’s a little gift from Rogues Hollow, some nice HD bloody goodness for your desktop wallpaper. Happy Valentines Day from Rogues Hollow! Be sure to note that this is for private use AS DESKTOP PAPER ONLY and is NOT royalty free to use. Sorry but I have to make that clear since I’ve had problems with people assuming it was free to use in the past. To download just click on the image, then right click to save it to your Computer.

 

Millennium (TV Series) Poster Contest

by  on Sep.27, 2010, under chris carter, dark art, frank black, Graphic design, Millennium

So the first week of September I entered a contest for fans of the long gone Millennium TV series presented by the great website BacktoFrankBlack.com. The entries were tasked with creating a poster for a proposed Millennium movie. The series was one of the biggest catalysts for my becoming a graphic designer so I know that no matter how busy I was I had to enter this contest! So I set aside one evening the day before the deadline to make up some poster ideas. The first was a minimalist design featuring the taglines from the show. It was meant to be a “teaser” poster and doing it in a minamalist design seemed like a cool idea since it was something I had not done previous. The second poster was meant to pay homage to the style of the first season of the show. It was dark, dreary and features group of police or detectives coming across a buried skull. When I finished the entries I really thought that only the second poster would have a chance at winning. Boy was I wrong!

Today the winners were announced. The judging was done by Lance Henriksen (Frank Black himself), Klea Scott (Agent Hollis, 3rd season) and Mark Snow (composer). To announce the winners BacktoFrankBlack.com went all out and did a podcast so the judges to announce their choices. I was very shocked with Both Lance and Klea began talking about how great the minimalist poster design I turned in was. Klea Scott even talked about how she was able to read so much into the simple design! Needless to say I was pretty shocked that I won but more so that I won for the simpler poster!

I thank Brian A. Dixon, who has been a long time force in the Millennium Fan community, and Adam Chamberlain, one of the great minds behind backtoFrankBlack.com, for hosting this contest and a very big thanks goes out to Lance Henriksen and Klea Scott for loving my poster so much and to Mark Snow, even though He liked the second place winner more:) I am deeply honored to be the winner and very flattered by all the kind words regarding my entry.



Visit BacktoFrankBlack.com for to see all the entries!

 

Bring Back Frank Black

by  on Jul.22, 2009, under chris carter, dark art, frank black, lance henriksen, Millennium

Millennium ran from 1996 to 1999 on Fox and it had a big impact on me and where I am today.  The series was created by Chris Carter who of course also created The X-Files, it starred Lance Henriksen as Frank Black, a retired FBI profiler who now worked for a shadowy consulting firm call the Millennium group. The show dealt with the darkest of subject matter, rape, serial murder, cults, etc. The look of Millennium was even darker. It was always raining, dark, and almost devoid of any color. However the shining yellow bright beacon of the series was the “Yellow House” where Frank lived with his Wife and little girl, Jordan.

The show went through very radical changes from year to year due to Chris Carter being too busy with the X-Files movie and series to keep a watchful eye on what MillenniuM was doing. Year 2 saw lots of Religious end of the world type storylines and the Millennium Group turn into the bad guy of the series. By season 3 Frank was a conspiracy babbling loon not dissimilar to Fox Mulder. However even with its uneven myth arcs the series always took a no compromises take on their dark story lines. Unlike today’s modern crime shows, there was little humor to be found on Millennium. Frank didn’t crack wise or make jokes about the murders. There was never a flashy crime scene investigation, and the killers were rarely anything but the dark, ugly twisted people you’d expect them to be. No charismatic pretty boys in this bunch.

In many ways MillenniuM was ahead of its time. It shocked people with its graphic display of violence and was relentless with its bleak look and stories. Today shows like Supernatural and many crime dramas draw heavily on MillenniuM for their look and production value. The show was a mini horror movie every week.

So why am I so interested in this MillenniuM, A show that’s been off the air now for 10 years? I graduated High School in ’96 and that summer I started seeing these quick flashy promos for Millennium on Fox. From the moment I saw the quick cuts, the dark look, and that oh soo creepy tag line “Wait, Worry, You can’t stop it.” I was hooked. The first year of the series had a marketing campaign that really grabbed me. For some reason Millennium re-awakened something creative inside me and it set me firmly on the path to where I am today. Because of MillenniuM I started to revisit my dark artistic passions in new ways and changed my major in College. I started making my own “Fan art” and delved into Digital art which was still pretty much in its infancy in 1996. I credit MillennuM for starting me on my way.

It’s really hard to pinpoint what it was exactly that so captured my imagination. Millennium was unlike anything else on TV and its marketing materials spoke to me like nothing before or since. I still to this day have a Pilot Episode Poster hanging on the wall of my office. If you’ve never seen the series I recommend finding it on DVD or watching it on Chiller TV. The first season in particular is very much worth seeking out.

Today There’s a great group called BacktoFrankBlack.com that have started a campaign to bring back the character of Frank Black for a new series that would deal with the same situations and themes as MillenniuM did. Obviously Millennium was a show about the coming year 2000 back in the mid 90′s when it started however the things it dealt with certainly haven’t gone away in the 10 years its been off the air. Now would be a great time to bring those themes back for a new series. To find out more check out BacktoFrankBlack.com.