Sunday, June 12, 2011

Twilight of the Planet of the Apes

This fake movie frame arose from my failed attempt to colour-correct another of the slides I've been scanning for the past year or so. The original image is of the Chapel of the Holy Cross at Oak Creek Canyon, at least according to the printed legend on the slide itself. The slide turned a bright pink over time, and my attempts to fix the problem resulted in a rather post-apocalyptic sheen. Having failed in my original purpose, it struck me that the lonely chapel seemed to be bathed in radioactive haze. Inspired, I added some graffiti to the side of the chapel and an on-screen title. Now that I've made this, perhaps a new parallel universe has sprung into being, one in which the original series of Planet of the Apes films ended not with Battle for the Planet of the Apes, but with this sixth film, 1974's Twilight of the Planet of the Apes, in which Caesar's attempt to build a harmonious human/ape culture is threatened by a new extraterrestrial force.

Can man and ape work together at last to save their home and their civilization? SEE...TWILIGHT OF THE PLANET OF THE APES!


Sean Woods said...

The font is a bit off...but otherwise, I think this looks great!

Totty said...

Stupid apes can't spell Caesar right.

"Let Jeff Be Your Final Battlefield" said...

Those colours are well and truly cooked. You can blast the green and blue curves up to kingdom come and you'll get an almost reasonable image, but it's really pixellated.

As for the font, you must master Liquefy. Only with decent liquefacation will Naes be satified.

The apes don't spell Caesar right because none of them are professional writers like Earl is. I believe the thing about monkeys and typewriters goes for other simians as well. Smiling winking emoticon goes here.

With "Twilight" in the title, I imagined that there would be a Bella-Ape and an Edward-Vampire somewhere along the line. Maybe the apes and the humans team up against the vampires and the aliens? Or vampire apes versus hybrids with alien DNA? I'd pay to see that, as long as there was the possibility of naked hooters in the mix.

Either way, the picture is better off in the red spectrum.

Earl J. Woods said...

Ah, if only I could claim that the spelling mistake was intentional! In truth, "caesar" is one of a handful of words that consistently tricks me, so in this case I double and triple-checked it, only to overcorrect in the end. I noticed a couple of hours after I posted, but left it intact because I thought it created an amusing sight gag on two levels: in the world of the film, the apes can't spell, and in the parallel universe where the film is being made, the set decorator is responsible for the mistake. Up with metanarrative!

Jeff, how does the liquefy function fix the font? I'm intrigued.

"Let Jeff Be Your Final Battlefield" (a) said...

I've sent you an e-mail on the topic of Liquefy and I will likely make an entry about it on JSVB, as I can always use the material.

Down with metanarrative!