Thursday, August 31, 2006

I Can't Handle This Anymore

WARNING!!! POSSIBLY EXPLICIT CONTENT!!!! The images contained here within are NOT real. They are special effects makeup and fake blood made to look real. I assure you that no one was hurt in the making of these photos.

Another special thanks to my sister Elizabeth for taking the pictures here. These next shots were me playing around with blood. I am trying to capture something deeper in these pictures. I am trying to capture an emotion of sadness. The character of these images was hurting and did not know how to express and the only way they could think or would be herd is using their own blood. There are no shock values here, just emotions.

These first two shots are to show you the bloody mess of my shower. We were trying to capture a mock crime scene feel.




These next pictures get a little stronger. The "HELP" written on the wall is designed to make you think and reflect. Remember a time of sorrow and how you just wanted to be herd, and you would have done anything to do it. This is my symbol of that.







My goal is to capture true horror in any form. I hate horror that only use one aspect. Horror must be achieved on many levels. Shocking someone does not make it scary. It is about bringing reality to the next creepy level. Seeing "help" written in blood on a wall may not be scary for most in just a picture context but imagine the fear, willpower, and sadness it would take you to write "help" on a wall using your own blood, that is scary. Horror is about moving you out of your world and into a darker place where the images might just be real. It is not what you see it is what you don't see that makes horror scary.

Keep Life Scary,
Matthew
zombiesareforlovers.info@blogspot.com

Post Fight Attempt

BIG BROTHER MANTRA: Little sisters are never to old too beat on.

A special thanks to my sister Elizabeth for being my makeup uke. This is my attempt at post brawl pictures. It's not my best work but I tried. The cameras flash captured some problems I did not see because it was a tad to dark outside. Please post what you like and dislike in the comments section. I love to get feedback.

This is the first and probably best shot I took of her eye all night. It gave me the desired swollen bruise effect I was looking to achieve. I didn't use anything but makeup and some creative camera angles. Not quite sure how "I" made this happen but I like it.

Remember: click the image to expand the picture.



This next picture I tried to capture an angry but upset post-fight picture. Your fight was broken up to quickly, just when you were about to gain the upper hand and turn the tides of battle.



This is the last serious shot we took. This is the moment after a fight when the adrenaline runs down and you realize you lost. Sorrow and introverted anger washes over you in a moment of pure melancholy.

The flash given by the makeup makes me upset. It detracts for the overall feel and screams "makeup!" Oh well.



Finally this last picture is a playful shot Beth took of herself. I like it so I will include it, despite being contrary to the overall feel of the post.



I am hoping over the next few days to post more of the pictures I took last night. So stay tuned it only gets scarier from here.

Keep Life Scary,
Matthew

Monday, August 28, 2006

Zombie Photo-shoot pictures. (My FX Work)

WARNING!!! POTENTIALLY EXPLICIT CONTENT. None of these images are real, they use makeup and other visual illusions to achieve the desired effect.

As promised I present to you my FX work. I am only including images of people I did the work on. I do have pictures of other people at the zombie photo-shoot and I will post them if there is a demand.

And for my first pictures...This is Theresa class. Everyone give Theresa a moaning welcome. This is her first time as a Zombie and her posture is a bit awkward. I think in time she will get it right.







Everyone this is Shaun. He is the reason I did this. It was his friend who was having the photo-shoot. Thanks man. Shaun also help with the makeup. I did not get many good shot of his wounds because we were running late. He had a laceration on his right side jaw and on his wrist. Both turned out really well but by the time I had a chance to shoot them they were coming off. The store bought fake blood turned out alright and the color was pretty consistent with real blood.





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Keep life scary,
-Matthew

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Starting out

This is my first post ever so don't be too harsh.

I am an amateur FX artist. I have just started doing this. I hope to catalog some of my thoughts and ideas through this blog. I started with a Zombie photo-shoot for a friends friend. She wrote a magazine articles on Zombie culture and need some pictures of zombies. Most of what I learned has been from interviews with different FX artist, Gamer: The podcast, and my own sick twisted mind. I hope to turn this into a portfolio to show some of my work. Feel free to post comments.

Anyway, thanks for reading my boring blog and check later to see my work.