Updated: Sep 3, 2020
🤯 There is a Fry's Electronics in Burbank California that will blow your mind when you see it for the first time. From a distance, it looks like your typical electronic outlet but as soon as you pull up to the entrance you're faced with one of the coolest storefronts that you'll ever see in your life and it gets even better when you walk inside!
Your experience begins with a huge alien spaceship crashed into the front of the building and when you make your way to the inside you walk right into a Mars Attacks themed experience.
One of the first things you see upon entering the store is the classic paperboy, you know, the one that yell's out "extra-extra read all about it", he's holding a tattered newspaper that reads "Aliens Invade", and that is where the idea for this composite begins.
🤔 I was inspired by this little guy, he usually doesn't have the mask on but I guess it is relevant to our new world order way of life, nevertheless, this is where my journey for this particular composite began, or shall I say he is one of the main components to the gestalt.
Initially, I was just going to post him to Instagram and share it as a cool find, but I have a treasure trove of Graffiti shots I have taken over the years so I had a vision and this is what I came up with.
While this may look complicated to some it was quite a simple project compared to some of the other concepts I have worked on, however, there are some tools I used in my studio that you might not have like a green-screen, but you don't necessarily need that to pull this off.
The entire composition is comprised of original photography and some online image elements.
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In case you don't know what "element compositing" is, it simply means putting together images that you took at different times and locations and compositing those together in photoshop, as opposed to "frame compositing" where all of your elements are photographed in the same scene under the same lighting conditions, etc...
🛸 Steps In Creating Alien Invasion
1. I gathered all the elements I wanted to use in the composition starting with my background which is an original photograph of the Dog Town Venice graffiti wall in California.
2. I masked out the wall and pillars, then adjusted the brilliance and warmth.
3. I converted the rest of the image to a full spectrum black and white.
4. I sporadically placed the masked UFO's and adjusted them. I didn't put much thought to the perspective, I pretty much "eyed" it because I was just having fun with this one.
5. I added the alien abduction beam with a stock image that I masked with an adjusted lightened layer.
6. Here's where it gets a little tricky, I could've just pulled an alien head off the internet but since I am the Martian Ambassador I had to use my Mars Attacks Mask so I broke out the studio green screen and snapped away. This way I was able to position the perspective and use an original image for my alien.
I didn't do any post-production as far as adjusting the image after it was all composited because I was happy with the results even though it may lack some detail such as shadows etc...
This is an example of spatial consciousness, the ability to see those things that occupy the space around you, and use them beyond their function and purpose.
💡 There should never be a lack of ideas because the world is filled to the brim with them.
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📷 Original Photography & Post-Production by Suicidal TV / Stevie D