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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Moonlight Art Magazine #2 (Coming Soon)

Below is a little peek at just what kind of work goes into creating Moonlight Art Magazine, and why each issue take so much time. This is a speed sculpt of a Cthulhu creature for the first installment of my comic book story, Negative, which will be featured in issue #2. Yes, it's a very typical Cthulhu design, but Cthulhu is just  so Cthool! What? It's my magazine and it's gonna be free to download, so don't complain.
Download issue #1 for free by CLICKING HERE.

Also, coming to Moonlight Art Magazine #2 will be such artist as:



&


Coming in December!
Negative & Moonlight Art Magazine are copyright Christopher "Moonlight" Cooksey


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Christopher Moonlight Resigns From Live Forever: The Ray Bradbury Odyssey

I am sad to announce that due to creative differences, that I Christopher "Moonlight" Cooksey (artist, production designer, and visual effects artist) am parting ways in all of my creative capacities with Live Forever: The Ray Bradbury Odyssey, and will no longer be actively involved in the project. I would like to wish Michael O'Kelly and the rest of the producers on this project well, and hope that the next chapters in the completion of this documentary are as enjoyable and fruitful to them, as they are worthy of the name Ray Bradbury. I thank each and every person involved in this project for the opportunity and honor of being a part of it for so long. Ray Bradbury will always be one of my heroes, and it is my hope that his legacy shines as brightly as possible for as long as human beings draw breath in the universe. God bless you all, and may you live forever.


Poster art by Christopher Moonlight


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Moonlight Art Magazine #1 (free download)



Read interviews with Eisner Award nominee David Mack, Eisner winner Eddie Campbell, Billy Martinez, Christy Lee Rogers, and Oscar winning special effects artists Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. Also, the first installment of the comic book story, The Temp, written by Frank Kane and illustrated by Christopher Moonlight and updates on the indie films, coming from Christopher Moonlight Productions, which include My Little Zombie, Girl In The Window, and a collaboration with Michael O'Kelly Productions on the authorized documentary, Live Forever: The Ray Bradbury Odyssey. Download it for free.

Special thanks to original MAM staff member Beth Ashby (www.fotojedi.com)

Contains depictions of artistic nudity. Reader discretion is advised.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

CM Productions Presents: Moonlight Art Magazine #1

     For those of you who don't know, Christopher Moonlight Productions has a publication, dedicated to the arts. It's called Moonlight Art Magazine, and you can download it for free, when it comes out at the end of the month. 
     Here's the Moonlight Art Magazine interview lineup: Eisner Award nominee David Mack, Eisner winner Eddie Campbell, Billy Martinez, Christy Lee Rogers, and Oscar winners Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. Also, the first installment of the comic book story, The Temp, written by Frank Kane and illustrated by Christopher Moonlight and updates on the indie films, coming from Christopher Moonlight Productions, involving zombies, sexy aliens, and an authorized Ray Bradbury documentary. Download it for free at the end of the month. Check out a few sample pages (in progress) now!

Page #2 from the David Mack interview:


Intro to the Billy Martinez interview:


Page #7 of The Temp, written by Frank Kane and illustrated by Christopher Moonlight:


Page #2 of the Christy Lee Rogers interview:


First page of the Christopher Moonlight Productions Indie Pages:

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Christopher Moonlight Productions Helps Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. To Fund Harbinger Down

I am happy to announce that Christopher Moonlight Productions has decided to stand behind Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. (ADI) to help promote the Kickstarter for their movie, Harbinger Down. It will be directed by ADI's own Alec Gillis and produced by Tom Woodruff Jr. It will star the amazing Lance Henriksen.



This is a project of passion for everyone and that's why we've thrown our support behind it. The money will go towards creating the same caliber of practical effects that won Gills and Woodruff the Academy Award for Death Becomes Her and also got them nominated for and Oscar for Alien 3. They are asking for $350,000.00 which must be raise by June 7th, 2013. This may sound like a lot of money, but in a world where movies cost hundreds of millions of dollars to make, it's really nothing. I'll post the press release below, but I want to say that on a personal level, I really care about this project. It means a great deal to me that there are creators like Alec and Tom, who are not in this for the money but for the joy of realizing their art. They need it. We need it. Why? Because work like this is not a means to an end. It exists for its own sake. Like all art, it is meant to fill our lives and bring us together, like a tribe gathering around a fire to hear the elder tell tales in the dark, and not put money in the pockets of investors, who don't care what the final product is, as long as they get theirs. So, if you are the kind of person who believes that the meaning of life is to make it as full and happy for all, as you can, please do so by joining us in pledging to this project.

...and now, a small sample of the incredible amount of work that has already gone into this project:

 

 ...and my own contributions to the cause:  

...and here's how we did it: 

Academy Award-Winning Team Attempts to Resurrect Lost Art of Classic Horror Film Through Launching Kickstarter Campaign In the spirit of classic films such as Alien and The Thing, Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. aspire to bring “Harbinger Down” to the silver screen with the help of fan support for their independent project LOS ANGELES, CA – Academy Award-winning Visual Effects artists Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., co-founders of Studio ADI (Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.) have launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring their science fiction/horror film celebrating animatronics and makeup FX, “Harbinger Down,” to the silver screen. Gillis and Woodruff hope fans are excited to help not only make a new horror classic, but also to uplift an art form. The filmmakers’ goal is to raise $350,000 from fan support via the Kickstarter campaign by June 7, 2013 to get the project off the ground.

 Harbinger Down, set to star notable sci-fi and horror film actor Lance Henriksen, depicts a group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship's crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things quickly become deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation. Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. After being locked in ice for 3 decades, the creatures aren't about to give up the warmth of human companionship.

“Animatronics and Makeup FX have been utilized less frequently in recent films, but this is not because of audience disinterest,” announced Gillis, who will write and direct the film. “In the spirit of sci-fi/horror classics, Alien and The Thing, Harbinger Down is a tense, claustrophobic full-length creature film that will feature only practical Animatronics and Makeup Effects. Fans of the art of Animatronics and Makeup FX know this technique is currently overlooked by the big studios; I'm hoping the fans will help us remedy that by supporting this labor of love.”

“Our company, Amalgamated Dynamics, will create the kind of Oscar caliber Creature Effects for which we are known,” commented Woodruff, who will produce, along with Studio ADI’s Jennifer Tung. “Traditional techniques still have a place in modern genre films. We didn’t give up painting, when cameras were invented.”

Gillis and Woodruff have over 60 years of experience between them and have worked with many top filmmakers, including James Cameron, David Fincher, Paul Verhoeven, Ridley Scott, Neill Blomkamp, Robert Zemeckis, Joe Johnston, Nora Ephron and Mike Nichols just to name a few. The filmmakers are utilizing Kickstarter to ask supporters of “old-school” visual effects to give them the opportunity to show it.

Contributors to the Harbinger Down Kickstarter Campaign will receive unique, amazing, thrilling, one-of-a-kind incentives for supporting the project. More details about the project can be found on the Harbinger Down Kickstarter website: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1117671683/harbinger-down-a-practical-creature-fx-film

About Studio ADI (Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.) Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. was founded by Academy Award winning creators of special characters and character effects artists Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. Calling upon a diverse range of talents and techniques, Studio ADI creates prosthetic make-ups, animatronic puppets, actor duplicates and replica animals. With over twenty years of professional experience, we bring “real” character effects to the set to interact with the actors, lighting and practical atmosphere. We pride ourselves on working with the industry’s leading Computer-generated imagery (CGI) companies to find the right balance of digital and practical effects. For more information and a resume of work on past productions, visit the Studio ADI website: http://www.studioadi.com/ or, the Studio ADI YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/studioADI

All attached jpg photos © 20013 Studio ADI. Permissions granted only for usage in conjunction with “Harbinger Down.” EPK/VIDEO CLIPS/ PHOTOS/INTERVIEWS/STUDIO & SET VISITS available upon request.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Ray Bradbury's The Groon: Speed Sculpt


Christopher Moonlight Making Of Ray Bradbury Groon from Christopher (Moonlight) Cooksey on Vimeo.

For Live Forever: The Ray Bradbury Odyssey (liveforeverthemovie.com/) I had to show Ray's childhood monster, The Groon, which he used to imagine seeing at the top of the stairs, late at night. The solution was to build a rod puppet, which was then shot against a green screen, and added to footage of a staircase, shot by Scott Smith (lighthousevideoservices.com) under the direction of Micheal O'Kelly. O'Kelly and smith were also responsible for videoing child actor Zachary Meade (imdb.com/name/nm5282501/) against a green screen for me to composite with the other footage for the final moment in the film. 
Watch until the end for a special comment from Malcolm McDowell.

Music by Bartok, Roumanian Dance No. 1 musopen.org/

If you have trouble viewing this video CLICK HERE for the You Tube version. 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Opening Night at Live Forever: The Ray Bradbury Odyssey

I was in Austin at the time of this opening, but it's nice to see how well received the film was. These are interviews with Michael O'Kelly, Malcolm McDowell, Joe Mantegna, and many more:


"That creature that they did on the stairs. They did a great job with the effects, I mean, for what this costs, I mean, it's a staggering piece of art. It's a living piece of art. It really is. I must say." 
~Malcolm McDowell, talking about the puppet and visual effects I did for Live Forever.

Special thanks to Malcolm McDowell for acknowledging the visual effects I did, at the 10:35 mark of this video. You can see some of the VFX he was talking about here:


For more information, click HERE below or go to http://liveforeverthemovie.com/ (coming soon)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Sandman: 25th Anniversary Painting

Some of my earliest desires to take part in the world of comic books, were because of my time spent anticipating the next issues of The Sandman, written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by (for that run) Jill Thompson, and with beautiful cover artwork by one of my very favorite artists, Dave McKean. I related to these comic books, not because of the magical beings inside their pages, but because of the misfits, whom from my point of view, were much like me. There I was, 16 years old, with Robert Smith/Edward Scissorhands hair (much like Dream, I was happy to see) reading stories where the "freaks" acted like real people, with thoughts, feelings, humor, and souls, that I knew I and my outcast friends had inside us, just like everyone else. It was very refreshing to my young mind. So, when the opportunity came along to submit artwork for this year's San Diego Comic Con 2013 souvenir book, for the 25th anniversary of the first Sandman comic, I felt it was only natural to do this piece. I owned it to that young reader who is the foundation for the man I am today.

...and I thought an animated GIF might be fun to throw in, too.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

2013 Show Reel for Christopher Moonlight Productions


Christopher Moonlight Productions 2013 Show Reel from Christopher (Moonlight) Cooksey on Vimeo.

Having trouble viewing the Vimeo version? Watch the You Tube version by CLICKING HERE.

It's been a busy and trying year for Christopher Moonlight Productions, with the completion of the Michael O'Kelly directed documentary, Live Forever: The Ray Bradbury Odyssey and the production wrap of my all green screen sci-fi short film, Girl In The Window (directed by Christopher Cooksey and Jeremy Hanes... now in post) but I wanted to make sure and get a few examples of my work on the web for 2013. Also on the way, Moonlight Art Magazine, featuring interviews and comics, which I show some of the pages of in this video, and at the bottom of this post.

For more info, go to: christophermoonlightproductions.blogspot.com I am available for hire.

Please, contact me at christophermoonlightproduction@gmail.com

Thank you to Rich Goddard, who originally taught me how to use After Effects, and is always there to talk through the creative process with me. I couldn't have done it without him. Also, to Jeremy Hanes for being a brilliant an invaluable co-director. Also, to Michael O'Kelly for giving me permission to use footage from his authorized documentary about his friend Ray Bradbury in my reel.

 Special thanks also go to associate producers Jennifer Lewis, Jack Ritchie, Jackie Estrada, Batton Lash, Jonathan Levit, Heather Lowe, Michael T Malve, Cindy Ventrice-Pearson's son Hunter, and Courtenay Stallings.

CLICK HERE FOR THE CHRISTOPHER MOONLIGHT PRODUCTIONS STORE.


If you missed my 2012 Show Reel, this is it, below...


Christopher Moonlight 2012 Show Reel from Christopher (Moonlight) Cooksey on Vimeo.

...and there's plenty more to see on this blog, so have fun and keep coming back. More exciting stuff is coming this year.