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01 January 2010, 02:58 PM
David O. True is entered in the "B-Movie" update: View Challenge Page (

Latest Update: Concept / pre-visualization: Swashbuckling Brain in a Jar (

01 January 2010, 02:59 PM
Here we go again. This time I am not in the middle of moving and buying a house. So I am aiming to get this one done! It's a good way to start off the new year.

01 January 2010, 07:06 PM
Thoughts on B-movies or even B-movie type TV shows
What exactly is a B-Movie

Wikipedia has this to Say about B Movies...

A B movie is a low-budget commercial motion picture conceived neither as an arthouse film nor as pornography. In its original usage, during the so-called Golden Age of Hollywood, the term more precisely identified a film intended for distribution as the less-publicized, bottom half of a double feature.

Reading through the Wikipedia entry, which was rather well done, It was intresting to see the direction and evolution of the B-movie into what it has become today. Also it was intresting to note that not all B-Movies are horror or Sci-Fi it just happens to be what I grew up with.

Let me be a bit more clear. A B-movie does not have to necessarily be a bad movie, in my mind it really just denotes a lack of production values or skills. You can have a really low cost effects and set design, but a good script and ok actors and the movie can be fun. More so if the actors are in on it. A good example of this is the Evil Dead films. Bruce Campbell is a good sport as it would seem, to put up with a lot of these scripts and just have fun making the movie.

The early Dr.Who from the Hartnell, Troughton, Pertwee, Baker(Tom), and Davidson years are fine examples of doing a lot with low production values. John Pertwee was a great actor who had a ton of fun playing the doctor with a low production value for the sets.
Sometimes a Movie is just so bad that it can achieve a certian cult status. My favorite movie to point out for this is "There's Nothing Out There"

I grew up watching a lot of these "cheeseball" movies in my youth, HBO was had just launched and we had cable, so it was sort of fun to watch all these bizare movies that would come on from time to time.

So what I need to figure out is what is a B-Movie to me. I think in my own mind my B-movie is a swashbuckler with some sort of role reversal and odd situtation, in some bizare studio set location. I think that's my story to start out with.

01 January 2010, 08:56 PM (

Just an initial first thought, forumlating concepts at the moment

01 January 2010, 09:02 PM
hmmm thanks for the insight! i never really thought about the definition or meaning i just assumed it was a term for a movie thats not good but not bad either...

01 January 2010, 09:24 PM
Glad I could help out in some way.. =)

01 January 2010, 08:52 PM (

Swashbuckling Brain in a jar, just an odd thought that I wanted to get down on digital Paper =)

01 January 2010, 11:05 PM
Hi Darksuit!
really dynamic pose, I love it! does it still go on the same concept as the first image? I liked the army of little monsters in that one...

01 January 2010, 01:52 AM
I was doing some character concept sketches not really sure where I am going with this.. But I do have a kirby dots photoshop plugin that I think will be awesome for this contest!

01 January 2010, 01:54 PM
Hi Darksuit!
really dynamic pose, I love it! does it still go on the same concept as the first image? I liked the army of little monsters in that one...

Hi Darksuit..
.. yeah I also agree with elmasfeo, Darksuit.. the army is interesting.. and the pose in the second pic.. I don't know, maybe you can combine them :)

All the best..

02 February 2010, 04:09 AM
Thanks for the reply, been a bit busy with work and have not had the time to come back and revisit this. Thanks for the comment. Helps to remind me to go back and make some time to work on this.

02 February 2010, 07:17 PM
I had a couple of thoughts about the B-movie theme:

the brain-in-a-jar swashbuckler should obviously be a guy in a suit. Make a pronounced lump under the jar, where the actor's head is hidden.

put a boom mic in the shot. easy!

use a skeleton model as a prop that is obviously a classroom skeleton, with metal hinges, skull with a sliced top. Got the idea from the lost skeleton of Cadavra.

The Evil dead movies are the epitome of B-movies that are much better than they should have been.

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