Black Mirror Edit – The National Anthem

After watching Black Mirror again (it was some years ago when I first watched it) I felt really inspired to try my hand at another composite image. My goal is to get skilled enough to eventually make my own posters. This was always my goal and why I wanted to learn Graphic Design. I am quite a distance away from that goal, but edging ever closer.

I came up with the idea in the most random way, which is why I really wanted to try it. If you haven’t seen Black Mirror Season 1 Episode 1, you probably won’t understand the story behind the image and I’m not one to spoil things. If you’re interested in what Black Mirror is, here is the description in the writer’s words, Charlie Brooker:

If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror, my new drama series, is set. The ‘black mirror’ of the title is the one you’ll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, a smartphone.[5]

So here is my composite image, it’s the first one I’ve done for myself, really. Everything else has mostly been practice or Star Wars related so I was ready to do something different:

BLACKMIRROR NATIONALANTHEM.png

I used stock images (getting into the habit of not using copyrighted images) for the main composite and Photoshop editing for the rest. I liked how the image of 10 Downing Street looks painted and surreal (this effect is awesome to create in photoshop) and the Pig is the opposite – the contrast between the two images is exactly what I wanted to create so I am happy with how it turned out.

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Game of Thrones – Final Season Episode five

GOT SPOILERS AHEAD

Well, wasn’t that a treat?

So as mentioned in an earlier post, I already know what is going to happen thanks to confirmed spoilers on Reddit but I have to say that I actually liked this episode. Many GoT fans didn’t but oh well, I thought it was good.

I thought Dany turning into the angry, dragon queen was awesome however, I don’t know how Jon will deal with Angry Dany. You could see by the expression on his face that his heart was breaking as he watched the terror unfolding in the streets. I don’t see Dany coming back from this one, nope, not at all, and if Jon manages to forgive her, my respect for him will cease to exist.

Cersei and Jaime were just tragic together, weren’t they? As mean and as evil as Cersei is, she looked so vulnerable and so very human in that final scene. I may or may not have shed a tear or three for her and Jaime, as twisted as they were together.

And then there’s Arya. How epic was her escape though? It was sensational how the cameras followed her tripping and falling and being crushed by just about everyone. I was happy to see she survived. She fared better than most. She’s still the Hero Of Winterfell to me.

I know what’s coming but I also feel very nervous for the end. If this experience is anything to go by though, I’m SUPER keen for the producers to unleash their creativity on the Old Republic.

2019 – The Year of the End

To coin a soppy phrase from Tony “Ironman” Stark – “Part of the Journey is the end” – 2019 is the year where we celebrate (or grieve) the ending of so many different franchises.  The two most prominent are the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Phase One ends with The Avengers End Game and the Star Wars franchise finally wraps up the Skywalker Saga in December this year. Streaming services will also have its share of big blockbuster TV Shows such as Game of Thrones which also wraps up after 8 seasons this year. Continue reading → 2019 – The Year of the End

A Discovery of Witches is my new (ish) thing

There’s a TV/streaming show (do we even call it that anymore?) called “A discovery of Witches” starring Matthew Goode as the Vampire Matthew Clairmont and Teresa Palmer as Diana Bishop. My partner wasn’t sold initially saying it was too much like “Twilight” trying to dismiss it as teenage drivel. But I was sold, particularly on both of the lead roles.

Matthew Goode is, of course, absolutely delectable as Clairmont, that beautifully refined English accent sounds like honey in your ears. And Theresa Palmer is every bit the reluctant witch, Diana, reluctant to embrace her calling as a witch but not adverse to the charms of a beautiful Vampire 😁

I’ve just watched episode three I think and there is one scene in particular that just grabbed me and I’ve been pretty smitten ever since. I’ll make a gif set of the scene in question because you really need to see what I mean. I think I’m in love with this show 😍😍❤💙

All about the Cobra that slithered its way into my life

I dunno if anyone noticed that my avatar changed a while back. Well, I changed it because I had a new pop culture thing to geek out on. See I’m a VERY big geek and in lots of different ways; I’m a HUGE movie geek, in fact, movies next to video games are one of my favourite of all things to do. I have a Letterboxd profile with thousands of movies logged (and honestly, I don’t think I’ve even catalogued half of the movies I’ve seen in my illustrious pursuit of being a cinephile to reckon with). And I also happen to really love TV shows (even though I don’t technically use my TV for actually watching TV in the traditional sense).

So I’d like to introduce anyone that gives a crap to my other latest fun thing to follow, the YouTube Premium show called Cobra Kai. For anyone that doesn’t know what that is, basically, it’s the continued story of Johnny Lawrence (the badass blonde bully in The Karate Kid) and Daniel (well, if you don’t know who Daniel is, you might need to do a little bit of catching up fam). The catch is it’s picking up on their lives 34 years after the original movie was released! So go watch The Karate Kid – THE ONLY Karate Kid movie that really matters is the original 1984 film starring Pat Morita, Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. That’ll catch you up a whole lot and then you can start watching Cobra Kai 🙂 See there is a method to my madness after all.

Oh Johnny, please be my Sensei!

I don’t know anyone that hasn’t loved this show. The trailer for the first episode has had over 40 million views. And hey, if Cobra Kai isn’t your cuppa tea, that’s all good. We can still be friends 🙂