Thursday, October 28, 2010

[03] COUNTDOWN to HALLOWEEN: Zombie Walk of Fame

I have one more team-up for you tonight before I get to our divas of the 101 stars I've chosen to get my own special brain-biting treatment down here in Dreg Town on the Zombie Walk of Fame. I'll be looking to schedule my exhibit for this series sometime in 2011-2012 to coincide with a book release of the entire series. For now, your sneak peak tonight is frakin' awesome if I do say so myself...

My zombie sketches for Edward James Olmos and Dean Stockwell, who starred together in Ronald D. Moore's re-visioning of Battlestar Galactica.

Edward James Olmos Zombie line work

Edward James Olmos received his star on the Walk of Fame mainly for his role in 1988's Stand and Deliver, for which he won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actor.

I have found it very ironic that Olmos starred in Blade Runner as well as Battlestar Galactica. Ronald D. Moore and the writers for SciFi borrowed much of the lore and terms about artificial lifeforms for their series from Blade Runner. In Battlestar, the term "skin-job" is used in reference to the Cylon models disguised as humans. This was coined over twenty years the prior in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. Harrison Ford's character in the film interrogates people to find out if they are real or replicants (artificial lifeforms.) In Battlestar, they have no way of knowing who is and who isn't a Cylon, which pits one of the main themes of the show around the trust and deception involved. This left a lot to the acting, and the actors took the material to another level in my book. It's one of the only successful fusions of drama and science fiction I've ever seen and kept me guessing and biting my nails week to week for the better part of five years.

Dean Stockwell Zombie line work

Dean Stockwell has a loooooooong film career dating back to 1945. My first memories of the actor are from the Quantum Leap, a prime time science fiction series I grew up on in the early 90's. Stockwell went on to play the Cylon leader in Battlestar Galactica. Some of my favorite scenes of the entire series are of his rantings. The writing team really provided him some complex and giving material to work with.

If you're wondering about the notes all over the sketch, they're my master plan to blow out the background in Cylon colors. Of course, you may have to stand on your head to read them. Please send pics if you do.

...and for your geekout of the night...

Check back tomorrow night for the divas of the Zombie Walk of Fame!

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