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Robot Rampage!

By Blinky  
Bit of a silly one, this! May need a little explanation...

I was doing a photo shoot with my friend's band this weekend. They're called Alto 45 - a sort of quirky-yet-slightly-melancholic electro-indie-pop band (if you know Hot Chip, particularly their first album, then you're in the right ballpark) - the sort that wear lab coats on stage and count a stylophone and a theramin on their equipment list.

Their bassist Steve (on the right) had bought this toy robot (their unofficial mascot) off ebay and customised it with stickers and random glued-on electronic components. While we had it with us, I thought we could do a quick comp of the band running away from the robot (a la virtually every distaster / sci-fi B-movie you've ever seen). I'll upload the component shots as before/after versions.

I've added quite a few filters and overlays to try and make this gel together. The backgrounds are a couple of random shots of flats in Norwich that I had from a while back. The fire and smoke, I have to admit, are not mine - might have been a little hazardous getting them myself - I got a random pic of some firefighters in action off t'internet (apologies to whoever may own the copyright).

Anyway, thanks for looking - hope you like it!

Tags: Robot Run Digitally manipulated Scientists Humour and fun

Voters: wamp, SandraKay, lonely_oryx and 19 more

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lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
18 Feb 2008 9:32PM
You have done this very well. Great bit of fun

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Blinky 10 10 England
18 Feb 2008 9:43PM
Thanks very much John
Steve-T 11 56 66 England
18 Feb 2008 10:04PM
Nicely put together. Like it.
Blinky 10 10 England
18 Feb 2008 10:26PM
Thanks Steve, much appreciated.
luxaeternam 10 21 1
19 Feb 2008 8:07AM
This must have been great fun to make
Smile Lucy
Blinky 10 10 England
19 Feb 2008 8:16AM
Thanks Lucy. It was a lot of fun, though it was bloomin' cold on Saturday morning when we were out shooting!
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
19 Feb 2008 3:23PM
Oh my, this is nicely done - I've never even thought of trying this kind of image merging - yet.
Very nice work, down to the glowing red of the robot's "eyes". Leaving the orange peel on the ground was a nice touch too.
Blinky 10 10 England
19 Feb 2008 6:08PM
Thanks very much Anne. I'd forgotten about the orange peel - I certainly hadn't made a conscious decision to leave it in! Fans of discarded foodstuffs may also be interested to know that's a loaf of bread in the white plastic bag at the far end of the wall. Not ours, I hasten to add - I think someone had a (rather un-glamorous) picnic the previous evening!
22 Feb 2008 9:04AM
You have done an excellent job with the blending of these images. Very impressive.
Blinky 10 10 England
23 Feb 2008 12:08AM
Thank you very much Tanya
EmmaG_M 10 136 4 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2008 10:49AM
Thats ace! It reminds me of that video the beastie boys did, intergalatic! I'm well into electro at the moment, so I may just check out your mates band! Serioisly well done I love this!
Blinky 10 10 England
24 Feb 2008 12:41PM
Thanks Emma! I certainly had "Intergalactic" somewhere in the back of my mind when we thought this up. You can find alto45 on myspace if you're having a look (you'll find this pic there already).
meekie 13 Scotland
1 Mar 2008 5:47AM
Yeah, great work Ian. Really cool pic!

Blinky 10 10 England
1 Mar 2008 9:10AM
Thanks very much Graham!
leedsgh 13 496 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2008 3:13PM
Awesome work mate.

Must try something similar soon.

inspiring stuff!

Blinky 10 10 England
28 Mar 2008 3:54PM
Thanks very much Gav
30 Apr 2008 9:47PM
Classic B-Movie artwork...great work!!!

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