Monday, 30 April 2012
Sunday, 29 April 2012
This is dedicated to anyone living in the UK who believes they'll never be able to leave the house without an umbrella ever again. Stay online; It's drier!
Saturday, 28 April 2012
Over the years, I've been very lucky to have met some of my heroes and even Superheroes. As a companion piece to a previous post and photo I took of Adam West as Batman in 1974, here's one I took of Eartha Kitt in London in 1982. To her right is the musician, Vangelis!
Here she is as Catwoman in season 3 of the Batman tv show after Julie Newmar had left the role, courtesy of Harald Haefker on flickr.
Posted by Steve Cook at 10:47
Friday, 27 April 2012
Thursday, 26 April 2012
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
A few years ago, one of the guys at SFX pointed me in the direction of Chiaki & Nasrin who'd put some amazing work up on Deviant Art. They work together as Chonastock making costumes, creating make-up effects and photographing each other in different scenarios as a variety of characters from the SF genre. If you want to see more of their fabulous images, you'll find them right here...
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Monday, 23 April 2012
There, I've said it. I haven't mentioned FRINGE on here before; I don't know why, but it's definitely one of my favourite tv shows of all-time.
The official blurb on this one: The FRINGE tradition of a mind-bending 19th episode continues as the story jumps ahead to 2036, when the Observers and the Fringe team engage in a game-changing battle in the all-new “Letters of Transit” episode of FRINGE.
Sunday, 22 April 2012
David 8 can be programmed to enter a default neutral state, devoid of emotional engagement. In this state, David 8 reacts to his surroundings using only his logic actuators and does not access his facial mapping sensors or other advanced emotion-response pathways. His Motivation Sequences are bypassed in favor of a simplified rational response. This state can be useful for applications where traditional non-feeling cybernetic behavior is required. www.weylandindustries.com/david
The Weyland-stamped fingerprint lets you know that each David 8 cybernetic individual comes from The Company you know and trust.
Posted by Steve Cook at 13:03
DJ Food's - The Illectrik Hoax (A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Mix by the Amorphous Androgynous) has not left the deck in my studio for the past month. I was lucky enough to have been given an advance copy and I just... can't... stop... playing it.
The blurb on the Ninja site reads: The next phase in the DJ Food story is the extraction and near complete annihilation of "The Illectrik Hoax" from his album The Search Engine by the Amorphous Androgynous (aka The Future Sound of London). The AA began work in the Autumn of 2011 and by the turn of the new year had turned in a 17 minute Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Mix that contained not one, not two, but three distinct 'tracks'.
As a fan of DJ Food's music since the classic Kaleidoscope album of the year 2000, I have also been an avid fan of The Future Sound of London since... well, since 1988 when they produced an album as Stakker called Humanoid, through 1991 and the Accelerator album featuring the classic ambient-dub Papua New Guinea and onwards to their incredible radio shows and Lifeforms, which we managed to plug pretty heavily in 2000AD at the time, alongside great images by Buggy G. Riphead.
Anyway, for me this is a perfect collaboration. Check out the vivid vinyl and the fabulous sleeve design and artwork by Openmind aka Strictly Kev, featuring samples from the album art by 2000AD's Henry Flint. If you want to have this in your life, click on this Ninja Tune Link asap...
Saturday, 21 April 2012
The Swinging Sound of 2071 as depicted in 1964's The Time Travelers starring Steve Franken and Delores Wells, who was also Playboy's Playmate of the Month for June 1960. She can be seen below in some ever-so-slightly censored photos from flickr. Nice shots by Don Bronstein, Playboy's first staff photographer.
Posted by Steve Cook at 14:00
Waaay back in 1998, I was asked to design the logo for the upcoming live-action film of Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds for Working Title. Peter Hewitt, of Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey was the director and the art director I was working for was Joseph Nemec III, who had famously worked as production designer on James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Brendan McCarthy (who'd recommended me for the gig) was working on the character & production designs and the film was looking like it was going to be a really good (and pretty dark) interpretation. Anyway, at some point the plug got pulled on the whole operation, something to do with Hollywood buy-outs or mergers or something, and it resurfaced in 2004 as a kid-friendly film directed by Jonathan Frakes.
The reason I mention all this is because I just discovered my (very) rough designs for the logo and I thought I'd share them on here. I'm not a fan of metallic logos to be honest, but this was the 90's and they were very much 'in vogue' at the time. For the presentation itself, I decided to create a mini teaser poster campaign to showcase the logos and the whole thing was met with instant approval by Peter and Joseph which really made my day. It's a real shame that their version of the Thunderbirds movie didn't come to light.