Sunday, March 27, 2016

Sketchbook: Echosmith, 'The B Girl', and much more


Sidney Sierota, lead singer of the alternative/pop band, Echosmith.




Storyboard sketch from "Land of the Giants".





Quick color sketch inspired by actress Elle Fanning.




Super quick 10 minute storyboard sketch of a scene from "The B Girl".




Drawing of actress Dakota Fanning.




Storyboard sketch from "Harry and the Hendersons".







Thursday, March 17, 2016

Sketchbook: Supergirl, Lauren Mayberry, the 'Temple of Doom', and much more


Sketch of Lauren Mayberry, lead singer of Chvrches.




Drawing of actress Mia Kirshner, ("Defiance", "The Vampire Diaries", "Exotica", "24").




Supergirl sketch, based on the new CBS series version, played beautifully by Melissa Benoist.





Quick/rough storyboard sketch from "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom".




Sketch of Giselle (Amy Adams) from "Enchanted".

Monday, March 14, 2016

Caitlin Star: Sketchbook and Concept Art



An old-school action pulp adventure with a modernistic edge, "Caitlin Star and the Rise of the Barbarians" is an epic, spectacular, stand-alone sequel to the riveting "Caitlin Star and the Guardian of Forever" and is book number three in the iconic character’s series. 


Caitlin is a warrior trained by Gunner Star in the ways of the Bull Mongoni, a mythic species of hominids that lived long ago. The Bull Mongoni philosophy is to strengthen the mind and the flesh, to protect the earth and its creatures, and to fight for those who have no voice. 

"Rise of the Barbarians" opens up five years after a devastating WW III apocalypse. Caitlin now lives a life of peace and tranquility deep in the rain forests of the Congo among her ape friends, free from the evil and destructive species known as Homo sapiens. All is well until one day a massive cruise ship shows up on the shore carrying hostile invaders commanded by an old arch enemy of Caitlin’s who will stop at nothing to destroy her and the last remaining paradise on earth. 

Filled with mythic heroes, sinister villains, political intrigue, relentless action, humor, heart, and even time travel; "Caitlin Star and the Rise of the Barbarians" is an addictive, jam-packed, page-turning thrill ride with an unforgettable ending.



























Saturday, March 12, 2016

“The B Girl” movie





Influences include the classic "The Outer Limits" episode "ZZZZZZ" written by Meyer Dolinsky, the novel "Firefly Lane" by Kristin Hannah, the real life environmental crisis of the dying honey bees, and the films of Amblin Entertainment.

“The B Girl” movie will require two young female leads capable of delivering a strong, nuanced, realistic, and emotional performances. Despite the fantastical premise, it is a story grounded in contemporary reality, and for the movie to succeed and be as affecting as the book, it will all come down to the casting of the two leads—Victoria Vetri (a.k.a The B Girl), and her best friend, eighteen-year-old filmmaker-in-the-making, Zoe.

So who are my choices? From the very start of my work on this story, I had a very precise vision of who I saw playing these two roles, and I am absolutely certain this is who should be cast. I get chills up my spine just thinking about these two up on the screen together.



Dakota Fanning as Victoria Vetri/the B Girl.





Elle Fanning as Zoe



Supporting Cast


David Dolinsky

David is Victoria’s boss and is becomes someone she grows to trust. For this role I imagined Stephen Amell (from the “Arrow” CW television series).





Dr. Rubio Walker

The book’s major villain, Walker is an eccentric, egomaniacal research doctor obsessed with discovering how Victoria was brought back from certain death and completely recovered from a lethal form of leukemia.  Genre favorite (and superb actor) Gary Oldman would be perfect.




Dr. Ellen Logan 

A popular college professor at Cal and expert entomologist and bee researcher, Victoria seeks out Ellen for her expertise and as an ally. For this key supporting role I want the sensational Zoe Saldana.


Marco Leech 

Vice President of Sales at D.K. Chemical, corporate henchman and all around prick. Still taking auditions for this role. Undecided as of this writing.







Victoria’s parents, Belinda and Ken

Casting is everything in roles like this. It just has to feel like, "oh of course these are her parents". I see Helen Slater and Bruce Greenwood.




Director 

Given his filmography, and the fact he directed a young Ellen Fanning in the outstanding “Super 8" (2011), J.J. Abrams would be the perfect director. And as an added bonus that would mean a soundtrack by Michael Giacchino, the best composer working in film today under the age of 80.



Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Author Sketchbook: Superstar Edition




Femme fatale sketch inspired by actress Amy Adams.




Quick sketch based on Anna Kendrick from "Pitch Perfect", although not a likeness.





Quick concept sketch of Caitlin and Toby from "Caitlin Star and the Rise of the Barbarians".




Quickie of singer/pop star sensation Carly Rae Jepsen.




Sydney Sierota, lead singer of Echosmith.





More of Sydney Sierota of Echosmith.





Drawing based on pop culture Marsha Brady.




Another character study sketch of Caitlin and Toby from "Caitlin Star and the Rise of the Barbarians". 


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Behind the scenes of 'The B Girl'

"The B Girl" is now available  on Kindle, as well as paperback.

"The B Girl" is the story of an extraordinary friendship, a planet in peril, and a science fantasy adventure beyond imagination.

Influences include the classic "The Outer Limits" episode "ZZZZZZ" written by Meyer Dolinsky, the novel "Firefly Lane" by Kristin Hannah, the real life environmental crisis of the dying honey bees, and the films of Amblin Entertainment.

After the relentless action and physicality of the sprawling, epic “Caitlin Star” series, I wanted to tell a more intimate, character based science fiction drama set in the modern, contemporary world. “The B Girl” started out as an “Amazing Stories”/ “Outer Limits” type short story/novelette I wanted to feature in an upcoming collection. But soon it became clear that this story was an epic itself, and had to be told as a novel.

“The B Girl” is my most personal, and yet most universal and accessible work to date. So please join me, and experience this wondrous coming of age story of adventure and imagination.


‘Sheena’, season 1 episode 10, “Children of the LaMistas”, review



Coming on the heels of the light-hearted, very entertaining, Bionic Woman-esque episode, “Doing as the Romans”, the series delivers a dark and violent turn in “Children of the Lamistas”.

Written by Tony Blake and Paul Jackson, and directed effectively by Scott Paulin, “Children of the Lamistas” is another weighty episode that provides insightful backstory into Sheena’s past, and further deepens the texture of the show. Ten episodes into my “Sheena” binge, and once again I must point out how surprised and impressed I am.  Executive producers Douglas Schwartz and Steven L. Sears have taken the premise and character seriously.



“Children of the LaMistas” opens with very racy (and very erotic) montage of Sheena dressing up standard civilian safari attire, in an effort to take her mentor and adoptive mother Kali’s advice and “learn more about civilization”. As Sheena and Cutter verbally spar, at first the episode feels like a continuous feel-good, sexy jaunt to “Doing the Romans”. But the humor ends abruptly as Sheena (clad in civilian clothing) comes upon a customer of Cutter’s named Armstrong—a sinister character from her past.



When Sheena was a young girl, Armstrong led an armed militia attack against a small village, wiping out most of the people and kidnapping the rest including Sheena’s friend, a small boy named Nakele. Armstrong himself grabbed Sheena, and would have taken her away as well, but Sheena’s beloved lion companion came to her rescue. Sheena escapes, but tragically her lion friend is shot by Armstrong.

The moment Sheena spots Armstrong—she sets out to exact revenge, but is talked down by Cutter who begs her to use civilized law—or at the very least get more information to be absolutely sure it is the same man. So to Cutter’s surprise, Sheena shows up clad in civilian safari gear posing as an animal researcher, and hops on board Cutter’s boat for the monthly transport Armstrong hired him for.

The tension and danger on the boat ride is quite intense. Armstrong is well cast (Antoni Corone). But when we reach the mysterious destination of a secret, hidden plantation deep in the jungle, things get even darker and more dangerous.

It turns out Armstrong is a hired goon for a diabolical mad scientist named Dr. Daniel Miller (Leland Crooke), who is conducting cruel, “The Island of Dr. Moreau”, type experiments on abducted animals and humans, including the villagers from Sheena’s childhood.

The earlier violent flashback is quite disturbing in its rendering, as is the depiction of Dr. Miller’s laboratory of horrors. There is a moment in this episode where I was actually afraid for Sheena. Leland Crooke does a nice job of making Dr. Miller a formidable villain.

There is some intense and violent action in the final act, as well as some affecting emotion, although it would have been better if a scene was included showing Sheena freeing all of those poor creatures trapped in Miller’s cruel house of horrors. But still, this a strong episode, more in line with the dark, graphic nature of genre TV in 2016 than the syndicated television world of 2000.

Bottom line:  **** (out of four)


“Children of the LaMistas” is a dark, intense episode of “Sheena”, that continues to add to the character’s development. Gena Lee Nolin is as fierce and luminous as ever and John Allen Nelson continue to shine as Cutter.



Thursday, March 3, 2016

'The B Girl' on Kindle

"The B Girl" is now available  on Kindle, as well as paperback.


A Queen Bee takes human form in "The B Girl" is the story of an extraordinary friendship, a planet in peril, and a science fantasy adventure beyond imagination.

After the relentless action and physicality of the sprawling, epic “Caitlin Star” series, I wanted to tell a more intimate, character based science fiction drama set in the modern, contemporary world. “The B Girl” started out as an “Amazing Stories”/ “Outer Limits” type short story/novelette I wanted to feature in an upcoming collection. But soon it became clear that this story was an epic itself, and had to be told as a novel.

“The B Girl” is my most personal, and yet most universal and accessible. work to date. So please join me, and experience this wondrous coming of age story of adventure and imagination.



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Caitlin Star: The Sketchbook




An old-school action pulp adventure with a modernistic edge, "Caitlin Star and the Rise of the Barbarians" is an epic, spectacular, stand-alone sequel to the riveting "Caitlin Star and the Guardian of Forever" and is book number three in the iconic character’s series. 

Caitlin is a warrior trained by Gunner Star in the ways of the Bull Mongoni, a mythic species of hominids that lived long ago. The Bull Mongoni philosophy is to strengthen the mind and the flesh, to protect the earth and its creatures, and to fight for those who have no voice. 

"Rise of the Barbarians" opens up five years after a devastating WW III apocalypse. Caitlin now lives a life of peace and tranquility deep in the rain forests of the Congo among her ape friends, free from the evil and destructive species known as Homo sapiens. All is well until one day a massive cruise ship shows up on the shore carrying hostile invaders commanded by an old arch enemy of Caitlin’s who will stop at nothing to destroy her and the last remaining paradise on earth. 

Filled with mythic heroes, sinister villains, political intrigue, relentless action, humor, heart, and even time travel; "Caitlin Star and the Rise of the Barbarians" is an addictive, jam-packed, page-turning thrill ride with an unforgettable ending.





http://www.amazon.com/Caitlin-Star-Rise-Barbarians-book-ebook/dp/B00XA4YF5O/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8





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