The Entic, Creature and character Development


The Entic are another race that occupies the Universe of Savaged.  Original I had no idea what I wanted them to look like, or how they were going to function.  I wanted them to look as alien as possible, having as little comfortable similarities with humans as possible.  They are dangerous, driven and very enigmatic race.  This first sketch is really just a collection of ideas, which led to how they developed even further.   EnticEarlyConceptFiguring out the how and mechanics of how the Entic would move helped a lot in the final outcome of how they looked. Three fingered hands and feet, an insectiod like configuration, allowing them to move swiftly and efficiently.

 

I wanted these guys to be able to tackle a human, and wrap their fingers around a humans neck, and hold them down.  A terror tactic that works with their anatomy and savage society.  I have yet to really design their culture or worlds, or technology.  Entic

More to come.

-TheGrav

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I don’t always Visit other planets but when I do…


Earlier today, while working on the Warp Gate, I had this crazy idea.  One of my stranger ideas, but I thought it would make a great painting!  The idea for this painting is a simple phrase:  “I don’t always Visit Other Planets, But when I do I leave crop circles.”  Time to collect resources and throw them together in a quick outline.

I Google search “The most interesting man in the world, saved a pretty low quality images, as I am using it as only quick reference, and for the layout and then I dug through all my original created space images, tossed them all into Photoshop and came up with this layout.

Most Interesting Alien, Ryan Berry, Digital Painting

The resources I created from the ground up are in use in the small window, behind what will eventually be my alien.  This sort of quick mock-up is something I do often.  Most of the time I just combine a bunch of my own images, rather than using one I downloaded however in this case I am trying to match a very specific image.  So I cheated a little bit!  Of course by the time I am done formatting the image it will be a lot different.

Here are the two images I combined in the background to make the environment look good.  The layout and size I chose for this image so it could in theory be printed out at standard poster size.

Dust Planet, Digital Painting, Science Fiction, Ryan Berry

This is the image I placed on the background layer.  I only wanted to use a chunk of the star field.

Living world, Digital Painting, Ryan Berry

Another older digital painting, this time of an earth like planet.  I wanted this planet to be above the background layer, creating a sense of depth.

Alien, Science Fiction, Digital Painting, Ryan Berry

Two hours later…  Not quite done yet, but getting there.

-TheGrav

 

I make Action/Horror movies, where’s my genre?


As a writer, and specifically a screenwriter, I watch lots of movies.  I like to see how a scene is designed, watch it play out and take from it what I am looking for. As I wrote the screenplay for City 7, I focused on a tight enclosed places for most of the action to take place.  Some of my inspiration, specifically where the head zombie toys with our soldiers and begin whittling their numbers down, I looked to the Hospital Shootout in the John Woo’s action movie Hard Boiled.

Zombies are hot right now, and its probably because they where the scary monster in the dark that frightened my generation when we were kids.  I am sure there are entire books worth of anthropological and philosophical reasons why we as a culture are obsessed with movie monsters.  For me it is the idea of rebuilding after a catastrophe, pulling ourselves out of the ashes, and starting again.

However the idea that the good guys know what their up against and are ready to fight back is pretty much limited to the Resident Evil films, Sci-Fi Movies, a few foreign films and video games.

That makes it hard to forge a path in the Action/Horror Genre, because there really isn’t one.  Sure there are several movies that fall into the category, Resident Evil(as mentioned above), Doomsday, Book of Eli, Ghosts of Mars, The Alien trilogy ( I refuse to admit that fourth one even exists), The AVP movies, and maybe a handful of others.  But do a quick look at a Blockbuster, or a Redbox, or even Netflix.  There is no Action/Horror Genre.

The above mentioned films get placed in other genres, and sometimes don’t even cross over into Horror.  The question is why?  It’s pretty simple, the Forefathers of Horror had simple tools, and had to use tricks to create suspense, and mood.  Just look at some of the old films to see what I mean:

In this clip from The Birds, people are confused and almost helpless, a state that makes most of us uncomfortable, irritated and prone to make bad choices.  It’s scary to not be in control.  Hitchcock also used what you couldn’t see to make a situation tense and scary, as in the infamous Shower Scene from Psycho:

Even Night of the Living Dead, regardless of the reason, is filmed in Black and White which gives it an extra creepy edge.

As Horror evolved, it still continued to use a lot of these concepts.  In the movie Alien, we here and “almost see” the Alien for most of the movie, lighting quick attacks and mystery surround the vanishing crew members.

In this scene we see Dallas hunt for the Alien, while Ripley and the rest of the crew freak out.  This is a trick the extended into what is probably my favorite Action/Horror film, Aliens.

(Sorry this was the best clip I could find of this scene….)  The Aliens once again use some other means to outsmart the survivors and get way to close way to fast.

Something else happened, well something was happening the entire time.  Other Horror movies where folding the market, particularly “Slasher” films, and what could have become Action/Horror became: Sci-fi, Suspense and even plain old vanilla Action at times.  The B-Grade Slasher Film took over the Horror movie genre, and sometimes using the same tricks as the old masters, changed what most people think of when you say “Horror”.

The “Trinity” of Horror used to be: Dracula, The Mummy and The Wolf man.  And I am not talking about the newer versions, I mean Bela LugosiBoris Karloff and Lon Chaney Jr..  Fantastic movies, which prayed upon our fears of what is out and unseen in the night.  Of course now we have movies like Twilight, and TV shows like: the BBC Being Human and MTVs Teen Wolf, which pull the fangs out of our monsters.  Making them soft, lovable, relate-able.

Its what Disney did to most of our old Fables and Folk Stories.  Take something dark, with a hidden message and meaning.  The polish it, market some pastel and neon colored toys.  Make sure to give it a happy ending.  Remove the possibility any of the characters might have to face any real world consequences, and ship it out into the minds of kids everywhere.

These stories had points, and even morals to teach.  Concepts like: “The Medieval Forest is a dangerous place, DON’T GO INTO IT! ALONE!” or “Don’t take anything from any stranger, anytime, ever, NO NOT EVEN THIS TIME!”.  Put a Disney Spin on it, and its okay for kids to do that stuff because “Prince Charming” or some random Vigilante Woodsmen, is just wandering around the country side looking for people to save.

Now days go up to any Horror buff and you get a very different “Trinity” of movie monsters:  Jason VoorheesFreddy Krueger, and either Michael Myers or Leatherface (depending on who you ask).  These “monsters” have replaced our traditional monsters, and the movies center around about dumb, often naked and sex driven, teenagers.

I write Action/Horror, it’s not Classic Horror, and its not Action.  My screenplays and ideas, and planned films, are not filled with half naked teen starlets, screaming their heads off while running upstairs.

As we continue to make films through Digital Raven, I feel that we are taking Horror Movie Concepts, Tossing in a dose of John Woo, and hitting blend.

So I challenge the norm, I want to see all the Action/Horror films find their own genre, I want a label that makes sense, and lets me look at those that came before us, and those that will come behind us.  Let’s change the way we look at Horror movies.

-TheGrav

Trailers… how I love them…


Its always good to know when new movies are coming out, and what they are.  Not so much because I plan on watching them all!  (Okay well maybe) But also because I do love trailers.  It is like a glimpse of something forbidden, a sneak peak and some hidden mystery, and since no one has forced a story on me yet, it is unspoiled by bad writing.

I didn’t really think there could be a “prequel” to Alien, which I think is one of Cameron‘s greatest films and one of the best horror-suspense movies of all time, but I guess I am wrong.  A few months ago I heard rumblings of a new Ridley Scott sci-fi movie names Prometheus and assumed it would have something to do with the sun, or fire, or both.. but the first trailer suggests it is something a bit more Dangerous we are stealing form the Gods this time:

The Dark Knight also will be making another appearance in a hugely anticipated and talked about third movie.  I am including the trailer here cause it is damn cool, not cause I think you haven’t seen it, but in case you haven’t… there is a Gieco commercial about living under a rock you need to watch too…

And last but not least, it seems that The Hobbit finally has a trailer!  Peter Jackson did an amazing job with the Lord of the Rings so I have huge hopes that this movie will also really slam it out of the park!  I have heard lots of rumors about this movie, and I hope half of them are true!  Also can’t wait to see even more!

Now if we could just get Peter Jackson to make that Halo Movie….

-TheGrav