We’ve been slowly compiling a bunch of Random Cool stories that have been festering on the Web. It all stars with one of the coolest art sets I’ve ever seen (hopefully the Government doesn’t find out the artist is defacing their property). In 2010, James Charles began drawing on dollar bills, for the sake of his own amusement; crudely altering the presidents’ faces to become monsters, celebrities, etc. After accidentally spending a few of his early pieces, James decided to stop carrying them in his wallet, and started putting them inside of a magazine for safe-keeping. The magazine folder eventually became a large scrapbook, showcasing bills of all denominations. He found ink and materials to match perfectly what the U.S. Mint uses on the bank notes, and began to experiment with ways to alter the font and script along the bottom of the bills. It became the perfect way for James to inject an additional layer of wit. Inside we’ve added Freddy Krueger (from A Nightmare on Elm Street), a Facehugger (from Alien), Regan (from The Exorcist), and The Terminator (from T2)!
PseudoDad, aka Evan Stoskopf, who blogs life in Iowa with his husband and three kids, has shared his “Zombie Family Portraits.” “About a year ago, the family decided to get a portrait shot of us. But the photos needed to be unique,” he explains. “I remember growing up and being forced to sit still and take boring photos with the entire family. My dad had to bribe us and one of my siblings ended up crying. Every. Single. Time. But not this time. Not in this family. We needed Zombies. There is no crying when it comes to zombies. Unless they are eating your face. And I’ve seen enough zombie movies to avoid getting my face eaten. Below is the result of Ashley’s hard work at Luke Austin Photography.”
A new app has just been launched called Zombie Invasion, which aims to show people where the undead’s locations are, giving users an insight to where they can seek refuge or begin a zombie killing spree. “Ever wondered what human flesh tastes like? Use the map to find the towns and cities near you that are beyond help and infested with spooky subhumans! It’s up to you to keep track of the zombulation… Use the map to save yourself! The zombie heat map is the only way you can keep track of the infestation from Newcastle to Newquay. Zoom in on your region and find out just how bad the damage is in your local area using the key provided! You might just have enough time to prepare yourself…”
Lastly, studio ADI posted two rare behind-the-scenes videos from Alien 3.
Alien Test Suit Alien 3
“From the early days at Pinewood Studios outside of London, our first foray into the Alien franchise on our own. This is an early fitting test late one night before the suit was finished (note the tape holding the dome to the head) or movements worked out. But how can you go wrong with directions like “keep your hips moving” and “stroke the dome all the way to the top”?”
Alien Queen Chestburster Alien 3
“It’s always good to test an effect with the actor who will be wearing it. Sigourney was great about giving us access to her time, but when we wanted to tweak these Queen Chestburster rigs, we chose to test on the crew member with the most ladylike hair. Thank you, future Oscar winner Mark Coulier.
The spreading of the ribcage was accomplished with “air muscles”. Lengths of high pressure water hose were folded in half then filled with compressed air, causing this “muscle” to unfold. The advantage was that the mechanism, unlike Mark’s hair, could be very low relief, like Sigourney’s shaved head.”