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Cracking the Christmas Caper, A Rocketboy and Gears Adventure

However you celebrate the winter solstice, may this season bring you happiness and peace. Never pass up an opportunity to be creative!

The Studio Christmas Card

It was some 17 years ago that we first started creating our family/studio Christmas Cards. We didn’t know exactly what we were getting into, what with just having our first child, and all. This was before Rocket Boy and Gears was a concept. But, we knew that we wanted to create something a little different from the standard family holiday portrait. Plus, I wanted a little play time to stretch creatively.

It took a few years before our “cast” really gelled together and Rocketboy and Gears were old enough to get the joke. Inspired by the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series that Julie and I, like so many others, read when we were growing up, the series has allowed us to play and create together as a family.

Everyone has a role to play, from brainstorming, propping, and the all important proofing for egregious crimes against grammar.

So, during this Winter Solstice season, we wish you all the happiness in the world and, please, take a moment to be creative with the ones you love!

Will Rocketboy and Gears be back next year? I certainly hope so!

No matter what, there will be exciting adventures to come!

Creating the Composite

For the first time in a long time, we didn’t do a behind the scenes video look at how we created the photo composite. There was just not enough time and it was going to be hard to top last year’s video.

The concept was simple enough, Rocketboy and Gears outside of a giant bank vault. The challenge was that no one wanted to let us play with their vault. Something about only being able to shoot during the school day (nope! Kids’ need their schoolin’) and there is the whole security issue. Plus, we were really running against the clock to get it done.

We opted to shoot the boys in the studio with our collected props and then drop them into a 3d scene created and rendered in Photoshop CC 2017. It took a little while to get up to speed and learn some new techniques, but the results are pretty cool!

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