Hothaus is my Influence.

The Hothaus Creative design firm in Dallas has been an inspiration to my work.

The BCOP-TV graphics package was reversed-engineered with the Belo Corp package, rolled out in late 2012. They also did WFAA’s graphics package that went from 2005-2012.

It has a lot of sexy vibes. Hothaus in general is sexy… I made a playlist!

Their graphics packages have a lot of sex appeal, fast paced animations and the looks have almost a timeless effect. They age very well, sometimes they are short lived because corporate gets in the way to put their (most likely) an inferior design (by my own subjectivity.)

NBC’s Look N spoof (2016)

In the Summer of 2016, NBC rolled out it’s current graphics package to all their owned and operated stations.

Designed at 30 Rock, NBC has their own graphics hub called Arthouse. Each version had a letter assigned. This replaced a 4 year old company wide package (to just their 14 something NBC O&Os) that was done by another company, called Novocom.

Each version had a letter, in succession. As of 2020, NBC only rolled out at least 3 company-wide and designed 3 unique packages. Look N is supposed to be the eighth update; but as the mid 2010s taught people; it’s OK to do version inflation. Obviously, from the outside, “Look N” may mean NBC, and maybe the last update for a while?

In 2016, the graphics hacker I am decided to make sure the Peacock group had the last laugh. Look N is just visually a mess of a package. Not to mention the traditional lower-tenth crawl space was replaced with a flipper of contact information to the stations’ social media handles, and only in the mornings (if you’re lucky) it has its headline crawl space.

So I decided Hell: if social media isn’t enough, why just throw every means of contact to the station? So going on WNBC’s website, I took the contact info off, and threw everything underneath. A better smartass self would’ve put the Subway routes to get to 30 Rock, and 1 2 and 3 trains always is a safe bet I guess…

 

 

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(Former) Lego ENG Helicopters

Taken in 2014 or 2015, I built two different newsgathering helicopters for the Miniland TV market. The one that’s in the background is Chopper 2 HD for the SBS O&O in Miniland. The copter itself is based off Lego kit 6553 (Crisis News Crew Outback theme, released in 1997.) I had this kit for many years. Like many of the kits I had built, I destroyed and built my own. In fact to be honest, this set was one of the better realistic news copters Lego had ever made. It’s based off the Bell 206 helicopter; of which is one of two major modern helicopters American stations use. I actually want to rebuild it again (as well as the tiny SNG van that was included)

a picture of a lego newsgathering helicopter
To make a gyroscopic camera for your minifigure newsgathering crew, it only requires a few pieces you may have laying around

About half of the pieces are related to 6553, especially on the belly area.

In the foreground, is SkyFox, to the Fox-O&O like station. It was all black.

Both helicopters crashed. And minifigures died.  In 2017, BSBS-TV lost Chopper 2 and two of their crew, a pilot and a young videographer to manipulate the gyroscopic camera. They crashed near Elizabeth, a city just northwest of the city. Poor weather was the blame according to the Minifig Transport Safety Board; copters are not supposed to fly. The footage of the Chopper 2 crash came from SkyFox. The following year, in mid 2018, SkyFox crashed and killed a minifigure; Chopper 2 didn’t return to the air till the end of 2018 with a similar Bell 206 copter..

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When doing retro Lego News Opens…

There’s someone who likes the ol WPVI and Lego. Not a bad hobby, though one of my Instagram followers would careless about the ABC/Disney O&O.

I remember seeing this open a while ago, like several years ago. The theme music predates the infamous “singing hippies” Move Closer to Your World; and this Action News Theme can be debated if this had more of a timeless sound than say MCTYW.  I find a few flaws to doing retro opens with Lego. Basically on elements, like screens, minifigure faces, etc. Despite that this open was from the early 1970s (1972 to at least 1974); and the Minifigure was invented in 1978; and Lego didn’t have an American operation till 1974, there is ways to hack the history and throw a -rw or rewrite history.

I recommend sticking to bricks in the most literal sense because “elements” really didn’t become popular till the 1980s.

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NOVA Promo – March 1987

I found this ol aircheck of WGBH on YouTube from March of 1987 (the month and year I was born!)

The visual look for NOVA promos of a squeezed screen against a NOVA logo and the episode of interest had apparently been introduced in the 1986-1987 season, with a plain backdrop, more plainer than seen below.

That reason may be because the open dated from the start of the 80s and and the CGI open designed from NY Institute of Tech wasn’t really flexible other than the open

In the 1988-1989 season, did the Big-Bang looking purple aura became NOVA open and as seen below, a still of that was used in promos for a number of years well into the mid 1990s (I posted this one!)

 

Rebuilding Local Media with building bricks and minifigures as the subjects. Also the King of Simulating Live events in Post Production™.