HOLLYWOOD IS DEAD I though you guys might get a kick taking a peek at my latest project.
HOLLYWOOD IS DEAD.
With this collection of re-imagined parody movie posters, I've faithfully hand-painted every detail before slaughtering them with a zombified treatment. Make no mistake, I'm having way too much fun with this. I grew up on great movies, but the movie posters themselves are almost more vivid in my memory as iconic images. So the opportunity to really study the original master artists like Drew Struzan, Bob Peak, Richard Amsel and others has been awesome.
It’s an ironic twist, to take these beautiful master-works, attempting to recreate every detail, while shredding them to bloody pulps. Nothing here is sacred, but it’s all in good fun and out of the utmost respect to the original posters that had such an impact on my life.
Want to be in the Grammys! Hey guys, I work at Filmaka and thought you would be interested in this new competition. Filmaka is funding all the productions and the winners could be shown in part during the Grammy Awards! We have several songs that we've already cleared the rights to, which are posted on the competition page. All you have to do is write a 2 to 5 page pitch telling us the story and look of what your music video would be like. If we select your pitch, we'll give you $7500 to produce and direct your music video. If you have an idea for a great script, but not much directing experience, we can pair you with an experienced director who will bring your pitch to life.
PITCHES ARE DUE BY MIDNIGHT ON JANUARY 2, 2009. Go to Filmaka.com and look for the box about the Lincoln Grammy competition for more information. I hope you'll decide to submit!
DC Shorts turns the spotlight on truly independent short films, created by new and established filmmakers in an era when the art of filmmaking is opening to all. We select films from every genre for our competition screenings — with a special focus on films created by metropolitan Washington, DC-based directors and writers. After each screening, filmmakers have the opportunity to speak to the audience as part of a moderated panel.
In 2008, DC Shorts reviewed more than 750 entries from around the globe. We selected 103 short films for screenings at 8 showcases during the competition weekend of September 11-14, 2008, with each show featuring an average of ten short films. Since a major focus of the event is the inclusion of filmmakers, many of the films were represented by the more than 108 filmmakers in attendance from 8 countries. More than 2,600 people attended the screenings.
DC Shorts gives ALL ENTIRES feedback -- a point which impressed MovieMaker Magazine to name us as "one of 20 festivals worth an entry fee," AND as "one of the leading film festivals" in the country.
THE EARLYBIRD DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 15, 2009. Submission fees go up after that date -- so enter now and save!
I look forward to seeing your new works!
- Jon Gann Festival Director
PS: If you have a film of Asian or European interest, check out the new EuroAsia Shorts Film Festival at http://euroasiashorts.com Low fees, unique themes, and screenings at embassies and cultural centers throughout Washington DC.
This is a reminder that the final deadline for submissions for the 2008 DC SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL is fast approaching -- May 1 -- that's right, in a week!
Register your SHORT FILM or SCREENPLAY today by clicking http://dcshorts.com/submissions The registration fee is $40 ($35 for students)
All entries will receive feedback and comments from the judges -- that's worth the price of entry alone! And those selected will play in one of the fastest-growing and "most important" short film festivals -- as reported by "MovieMaker Magazine"
What is the DC Shorts Film Festival, you may ask? The DC Shorts Film Competitions spotlight truly independent short films (under 20 minutes) in every genre, created by new and established filmmakers. There are many categories to enter — lots of cash prizes and limited distribution deals to win!
Don’t forget about the Screenwriting Competition going on as well. The DC Shorts Screenplay Competition for scripts under 15 pages. Finalists will be performed in front of a live audience to compete for a $2,000 cash award and a guaranteed slot in DC Shorts 2009.
Mail films and materials to:
DC Shorts Film Festival 1317 F Street, NW, Suite 920 Washington, DC 20004 USA
* DC Shorts Film Competitions spotlight truly independent short films (under 20 minutes) in every genre, created by new and established filmmakers. Many categories to enter — lots of cash prizes and limited distribution deals to win!. * DC Shorts Screenplay Competition for scripts under 15 pages. Finalists will be performed in front of a live audience to compete for a $2,000 cash award and a guaranteed slot in DC Shorts 2009!
MovieMaker Magazine calls DC Shorts “one of the nation’s leading short film festivals.” Filmmakers enjoy fabulous parties, city tours, and are provided with housing, meals and transportation. But most importantly, they enjoy the opportunity to meet and learn from other filmmakers — an experience that comes from the premier showcase dedicated to short films and the people who make them.
In 2007, DC Shorts reviewed more than 500 entries from around the globe. We selected 89 short films for screenings at 8 showcase, with each show featuring an average of ten short films. Since a major focus of the event is the inclusion of filmmakers, many of the films were represented by the more than 100 filmmakers in attendance.
Invitation to create art for a good cause Inviting everyone to check out and consider volunteering creative talent for strike_support to benefit union and non-union writers and creative techs and other support staff out of work due to the WGA strike. How it works is that people offer to make icons or sketches or write short fiction or poetry as a gift for someone in exchange for that person's donating to a legally recognized charity to provide emergency help with rent, food, healthcare, etc for unemployed workers in the television industry. And the artists have a choice about where the donations should be directed - so you may support union people, nonunion people, writers, below-the-line people, individuals, groups, whomever you choose.
I know many of you are incredibly talented with writing, poetry, music, graphic design, etc - and it's a good cause. Many people in the writing industry are not wealthy - they're 'starving artists' looking for a chance to survive while following their dream and working one or more dayjobs between gigs. And this is a creative, democratic, (discordian!) response to the whole situation.
Here's the community's information:
Everyone knows that the writers are out of jobs because they're on strike. It's what being on strike means, and it's a risk they decided to take.
But hundreds of other people are also out of jobs: actors, technicians, staff, crew. These people had no say in whether the writers went on strike or not. They didn't choose to lose their jobs.
Fans have done a lot to support the strike, so that it ends as quickly as possible. But that end is still far out of sight.
But there's a way that you can help now the people who need help the most. strike_support is a general fandom community dedicated to helping those affected by the strike, who don't have their union's funds to fall back on. We're doing this through two charities: The Actors' Fund, based in NYC, and The Motion Picture & Television Fund, based in LA. If you know another charity that supports "below the line" people, please contact esotaria
I'm happy to unveil the all-new MattBusch.com! Below is a list of updated sections, including some brand new areas! Of course, you can always just explore it for yourself by clicking the banner below and heading there right now!
This is the main section for news, chit, and chatter. One of the biggest changest you'll see is that the main page is much more user-friendly, and the headline news is right there, rather than having to fish for it. As well, you'll notice ARTIST, WRITER, and FILMMAKER buttons at the top. This customizes the headline news for you, in case you only want to see news in a specific area.
WE'VE GOT BUSCH!
This section is about yours truly, as a professional, or lack thereof. The BIOGRAPHY has been updated with new info and pictures. The CREDITS section has also been updated. One of the brand new features on the site is on the ABOUT MATT page. Recently I was interviewed by Brandt Keller. We had a great time and a really interesting conversation.
T & A (TECHNIQUES & ART)
This section is dedicated to aspiring artists, or folks interesting in seeing how I work. In addition to the Darth Maul tutorial on the STEP BY STEP page, you'll also see related news on where you can find cool drawing and painting tips around the web.
One of the biggest additions to the site is the all-new STUDIO TOUR, which takes you inside my home and Planetmatt headquarters. This is a really neat look at how I work... And play. You see the serious stuff like my office, art studio, gallery, recording studio, and product warehouses. You'll also see how I relax in my bar, mini-movie theater, and classic video game arcade.
POP GOES THE CULTURE
Here you'll find all my updated Online galleries, complete with all-new un-cropped an re-sized thumbnails. Nearly 100 new pieces have been added to the SKETCHES, GALLERY, and STAR WARS sections! The new stuff is on the top page, but each also has new re-archived pages, for those who like to dig deep.
This section is geared towards several of my creator-owned properties, like CONJURE, ALIZARIN'S JOURNAL, and DARIA JONTAK. The CRISIS page also has a link to the first couple pages of the illustrated screenplay. You can read through, check out the storyboards, and if you like what you see, you can get the book in the ONLINE STORE!
Finally, a new working version of the ONLINE STORE is up and running, and of the first time ever, you can use your credit card to make purchases- quickly and safely! At the moment, there are only 9 featured items, however, a more complete version of the store will open on March 1st, 2008! And every order comes packed with freebies, including this new MattBusch.com vinyl bumper sticker! What else will you get? It's too hot to mention, but rest assured the SWAG will be sweet!
THE LIBERAL MEDIA
This whole section is brand new. In MATT AUDIO, you'll find several radio interviews, with some new podcast chats on the way. In BUSCH VIDEO, you'll find a select group of video shorts from my video channels on MySpaceTV and YouTube. One of the new sections I'm really excited about is DOWNLOADS, where you'll eventually find cool games and items to customize your computer or avatars.
Right now, for the first time ever, I've got 8 really nice WALLPAPERS you can pimp your desktop and screensavers with. Each image is available in three sizes for you to choose from! Another brand new feature are 4 PUZZLES featuring my artwork! These are so fun to do! Seriously, I've already spent hours having fun with these!
ALL-DAY COMFORT AND SUPPORT
Firstly (and a first for me) is the new F.A.Q. page. I don't want to discourage you from saying hi or asking anything, but if you do have a question, please check here first as I may have it answered already! There's a new TOUR DATES page where you'll be able to see where I'll be and when. The LINKS page is updated and so is the CONTACT page, if you want to get in touch with me.
Phew! That's quite a checklist of new things to check out... Anyway, I hope you like the new look and feel. Thank you all so much for all of your support over the years. Seriously. I hope you guys celebrated as much as I did last night!
With no further ado, check out the new site by clicking the image below!
In 2001, my first art book, FANTASTIC VISIONS, was published by Avatar Press. It was a cool book, but the color section was relatively small, and it only featured drawings and paintings of properties I own. In other words, no STAR WARS, or any of the other cool properties I've worked with.
Last year, my second art book, PUCKER, was published by SQP. While this was my first full color art book, it featured my glamour, pin-up and good girl art. While it did show many of the licensed properties, the focus was only with ones that featured the ladies.
Now, I'm proud to announce THE WORLDS OF MATT BUSCH, which is being published by Hermes Press!
Finally, a book that will show all the different sides of my art. From Sci-Fi to Horror to many of the Music acts I've worked with... This book will have it all! From STAR WARS to THE CROW to LORD OF THE RINGS to OZZY OSBOURNE and more!
Designed lavishly by Daniel Herman, this huge book actually has twice as many pages as PUCKER! Extra glossy and thick stock paper- this book will be classy! If you're even remotely fond of my work- this is definitely the book to get!
You can preorder the book right now at Target- and you'll save a whopping 34% off the cover price! Click the image above!
How To Draw STAR WARS Preview on YouTube! There seemed to be a glitch with my post yesterday- trying to embed the YouTube file directly here... Not sure why it didn't work... So Let me try this again- linking directly to the page... :)
There's a brand new 2 minute preview of the How To Draw STAR WARS video series on YouTube, hosted by yours truly!
Episode III: "Drawing" features yours truly giving all kinds of tips on drawing, as I move forward on a 30th Anniversary poster for STAR WARS: A New Hope. The focus of the Episode gives proportions on drawing the human head, as well as drawing starships out of basic shapes.
At the very least, you get to see me dressed as a Jedi. Haha! There's even a cool twist ending...
What are you waiting for? Click the banner above to check it out!
Raw Dog Screaming is a new dark and twisted horror/ gore flick I just made. This sucker features lots of blood, violence, and a half naked man in a speedo weilding a knife. Very brutal and unforgiving, with a bit of a 70's slasher/ splatterpunk aesthetic.
The title of the film comes from the poem of the same name written by acclaimed underground author John Edward Jawson. Portions of the poem are recited throughout the film, as read by Royce Icon. The film also features music from Royce Icon's album "Constant Winter", released on EnoughRecords.
Classic Sci-Fi and Horror Movie Posters! Recently I illustrated 76 full-color, fully-painted sketch cards for a new trading card set called CLASSIC SCI-FI AND HORROR MOVIE POSTERS! The set pays tribute to all the great iconic posters of yesteryear.
The whole sketch card business... I've got my opinions about it, which I won't delve into too deeply here. Basically, I think they are a really cool and wonderful opportunity for collectors to own an official rare piece of art from one of their favorite artists. But, some of the companies that make these cards are taking advantage of the artists. Long story short, tons of work, not much pay, recognition, or sometimes even respect.
That being said, this new company, Breygent, who did this CLASSIC SCI-FI AND HORROR MOVIE POSTERS series has upped the ante here. Rather than doing the quick pencil sketch cards, they're having artists do full color finished pieces of work. Obviously this is a lot more work, but we're being compensated for it. I think this is a great idea.
Click on the banner above and you'll be taken to a sample gallery of my cards for this set! (Keep in mind that these were illustrated on small trading cards, not giant illustration boards...)
As you can see at the gallery, I paid tribute to some of the classics, like ATTACK OF THE 50ft WOMAN, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, FLIGHT TO MARS, FORBIDDEN PLANET, H.G. WELLS' WAR OF THE WORLDS, and 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY... I used to marvel at these posters as a kid!
Anyway, these trading cards will be coming to a store near you soon. The set has other cool incentives like randomly inserted autographed cards from the actors and actresses who were in these movies! More soon...
I wanted to give the heads up on my brother's new short film DEAD INSIDE, which can now be seen on both the SCI FI CHANNEL and the SUNDANCE CHANNEL's websites!
DEAD INSIDE is an intense and emotional short film about an isolated man who struggles with his loneliness and uses technology to overcome his depression. The film is just over 6 minutes long with credits. My Brother Ian did an incredible job with- and he's already won an international screenplay award for this! It's definitely worth checking out!
I don't know if this would be an added incentive to check it out but yours truly also has a 'blink-and-you'll-miss-me' cameo to look out for. Well, don't look TOO closely or you'll see that I'm wearing my "Lucasfilm Ltd." jacket! ;)
So- Here's the deal. Ian could really use your support. DEAD INSIDE made it into the SCI FI CHANNEL's Exposure Contest. 100 films are selected and every week 10 films are showcased online. Each week those 10 films on display get narrowed down to one winner per week by votes. This week Ian's film DEAD INSIDE is one of the 10 films being showcased!
See DEAD INSIDE HERE at the SCI FI CHANNEL's website.
You can also see it HERE at the SUNDANCE CHANNEL's website.
Simply select the film DEAD INSIDE and submit your vote. You can vote as much as once per day per computer on the SUNDANCE CHANNEL site, and once per person on the SCI FI site. (It will ask for you name, email, etc to keep votes from being duplicate.)
If DEAD INSIDE gets the most votes this week, it will make it into the top ten. The top ten films are eligible for really incredible prizes that would really help my brother out!
Please go watch DEAD INSIDE and vote for Ian's film!
And when you finish and want to learn more about my brother, check out his website HERE at IanBusch.com.
New Artwork / Website update I'm pretty happy with my website. It's designed by a really great friend of mine, Paul Michael Kane, who works as a writer and graphic designer in New York City. It's one of the most thorough artist websites around- not just because the volume of art- but all of the features like the STEP BY STEP tutorial and the STUDIO TOUR. We even got a 5-star rating!
Well, because there is so much on the site, it gets increasingly difficult to keep up on the whole thing. And it's not Paul's fault. The plethora of stuff that can use touching up can get extremely overwhelming on my end. However, I noticed recently that the GALLERY section hadn't been updated in almost 3 years! Even worse- The SKETCHES section hadn't been updated in over 5 years! Yikes!
So I dropped everything I was doing and sent a ton of new art to Paul, and... Well... Now those two sections are brand spankin' new!
Click the image above to head to the updated site!
What will you find in the GALLERY section? Definitely work that hasn't been seen anywhere else, although there's also a few pieces that I've already shared with you guys here on Live Journal. You'll see a couple covers I've been doing for the SPIKE comic book series... Some of the covers for George Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD prequel... As well as some of the music art I've done for Sony...
How about the SKETCHES section? LORD OF THE RINGS Sketch Cards... LOST sketches... SPIKE variant sketch covers... And tons of music sketches for MEGADETH, GWEN STEPHANI, BON JOVI, ALICE COOPER, JESSICA SIMPSON, MOTLEY CRUE, POISON, OZZY OSBOURNE, and BLACK SABBATH.
Okay, scratch one off the 'to do' list. Back to work. :)
I'm really happy with how it came out. I think the work speaks for itself, but I really put a lot of extra care into the presentation. It's all glossy paper, and I put a lot into designing the layout for each and every page. What's more, I've included lots of notes on each page. For every sketch, there's a story behind it, and I feel those stories help to get into an artist's mind when taking in their art.
The book has sections on STAR WARS, LORD OF THE RINGS, COMICS, HOLLYWOOD stuff, MUSIC art, BABES, WITCHBLADE, DANGER GIRL, and even sketchbook pages from my Independent Movie, CONJURE. From the simplest sketch to highly rendered tonal drawings, you'll find it all in this 36 page sketchbook.
Previously only available at select shows and conventions, you can now get one of these SIGNED and NUMBERED sketchbooks by CLICKING the ABOVE BANNER!