Friday, December 18, 2009

Bernie Rides Again for a Creepy Christmas - Dark Horse Style!

I got this Christmas card from Dark Horse last week and was delighted to see this new Bernie Wrightson drawing of Uncle Creepy. I hope nobody minds my sharing it. Of course I claim no copyright etc but just thought people should see this cool art! Don't know what kind of circulation this may have--- but I think it should have plenty!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Storyboards 101 Freddy Style

The second movie (after VAMP and not counting America 3000)I storyboarded was NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET III DREAM WARRIORS... you think that's a long enough title???
In those days New Line was a very small company and everyone was accessable. I was really interested in the effects and makeup and so forth so I visited the effects guys and spent time on set watching them shoot. It was great fun showing Robert Englund the boards as you can see here. That's a red-haired Pete there sketching
Robert. Hope theses behind the scenes things are of some interest.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

SUPERHERO: the Storyboards, I mean, The Movie!

Here, just to get your attention is a pic of Pamela Anderson I took while shooting, down at a hotel in MacArthur Park... the place has been used in a ton of movies.
I have been told this movie is actually funny, although I haven't seen it. In any case here are some storyboards from SUPERHERO... I did meet Leslie Nielsen which was cool. He is in great shape and had a strong voice and handshake. You gotta love Leslie Nielsen, right? I had a lot of fun on this movie.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Lost Claus

Woprked briefly on this huge overblown corny piece of crap movie, was treated poorly and only last night caught part of it on the teevee. yawwwwwwwn. Replete with especially tedious "moments of shit" (industry term for when they try to get all poignant and profound for a second in the midst of a sea of noisy overblown bullshit- a thing South Park handles really well cause they use them for what they are and poke fun at the convention brilliantly) I was just as glad I didn't get a credit on it. At last I don't think I did- I did not wait to see.

Friday, October 30, 2009

"Hey Bobby Terry, you scrooooowed it up!"

I think that was the line in the book where Randall Flagg chomped poor Bobby Terry... I made this a looong time ago. See since nobody every asks me to make book covers (well not much anyway) I just make the ones I feel like making and I'm satisfied!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Kong Lives!

I love King Kong. The original. No... not the "seventies one", junior. But it always ends badly with our hero dying. So I started messing with an alternate ending where Kong got tired of the airplanes and climbed back DOWN the building, got gas-bombed again and knocked out --- and taken back to his island... Here is what I was thinking...

POST Mortem

So I found out this blog was set so only members could post comments after somebody told me they wanted to post but couldn't and I fixed that. So in case you might be moved to comment it is no longer such a pain.
Meanwhile here's a monster card promo for a thing David Vaughn at Digital Masterpieces at David is a great guy who makes faux boxes for Aurora kits we wanted to see and much more... Go check him out!
The monster cards were a Halloween giveaway idea. Still laying there like the proverbial lox...

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Art departments are funny little communities that spring up during film productions, flourish, evolve and suddenly vanish when they are finished with us. This is from the Fat Albert movie- but the version that didn't get made. Forest Whitaker was to direct, and he was great fun. Evidently he and Bill Cosby had creative differences and it didn't work out. I had to go and see Mister Cosby one day and he baffled me... he sat smiling under a giant picture of himself and asked me "Who is the boss?" I wanted to guess... Bruce Spingsteen? Tony Danza? Was this a trick question... ? His friend and interpreter, a tall black man whose name was Crosby as I reall explained the desired answer was "the Director" and I sagely and promptly agreed. It was a strange experience and I am still not sure what it was about. Bill Cosby told me "everything these days is niggamuthafucker niggamuthafucker" and that was not going to be the case with this movie. Not that I was trying to make that the case, mind you! Then he smiled and said "integrity". I sat there in mid-transition from thinking "WOW! Bill Cosby said niggamuthafucker" and "the man's insane! I've got to get out of here!" It was quite an experience but the whole thing was great and a version of the movie of course did get made... But I don't think any of the people pictured here were involved. Just another fun couple of months in storyboard land.
The room..

The Fat Albert junkmobile.

August and Mike.

Forest Whitaker, our director, the producer and Bill Boes, the production designer.

Bill a little bleary.

Me pitching to Bill Cosby and company.

Darryl Henley pitching to Mr. C.
Darryl Henley, the pensive artist.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Something That Got Up Off the Ground

Oldest house in Columbia County (Ghent, New York) and a thing that was buried there long ago...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Dem Bones

These shots were animated by David Allen for Doctor Mordrid, a piece of crap in general but it did star Jeffrey Combs and I storyboarded it. The backgrond plates are from the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History and the skeletons were actually created using commercial plastic model kits to start with. You probably know the ones!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Keeping Posted

From my story "Catching Hell" in Morbid Volume 1


From my yard. How cool is this guy?

Monday, October 5, 2009


Some killa moments from THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS by the one and only Ray Harryhausen, THE BLACK SCORPION from the legendary Willis O'Brien and THE ANIMAL WORLD on which they both worked. Note the empty tabletop with painted backdrop for the triceratops scene the The Animal World... hard to get a shot with no animal in that world. Also note the LIONEL train from the Black Scorpion train attack!

Not a lot of variety but some very cool moments here!