Alien: Resurrection Money

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Mike J., Jun 24, 2006.

  1. Mike J.

    Mike J. Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The Special Edition 2-disc DVD shows a blurry version of the futuristic money — clearly based on US notes.

    So, for the poor and desperate, here it is:

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    Looks like a decent amount of work went into it, too, for something that's only on screen for a second. I appreciate that. Makes me think of all the cool movie money that gets so little respect:

    Total Recall
    Back to the Future II (gets some respect now)
    Metropolis
    Pluto Nash
    Blade Runner
    Serenity (actually does get some respect in the 'making of' book)


    -Mike
     
  2. Tol Skorr

    Tol Skorr New Member

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    Thanx. One I havent seen yet.
     
  3. Mike J.

    Mike J. Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Oh, you're going to be seeing more of it real soon.


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  4. division 6

    division 6 Master Member

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    SWEET...

    Not to hijack but what ever happened to the Metropolis money project?
    Was it ever finished?

    D6
     
  5. gusw666

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    Nice job, actually, im a Photoshop master, if you or anybody can get me a few screencaps, i will be able to work the from and back in the right way.

    Cya

    Gus
     
  6. Mike J.

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    Div. 6: Yes, the Metropolis money project was finished. I sold a few sets. That was a few years ago. Drew them up in Photoshop. If I were to do it again, I'd use Illustrator, now that I know how. I'm sure somebody here has some notes... Might be time for a Metropolis show-off thread... There's a nice Maria robot model in the General Modeling forum...

    Gus: The screencaps will be lower rez than this. You are welcome to try to rebuild it in PS or Illustrator, though.

    Here's the bombshell: I just set up our new inkjet printer, and after an unsatisfactory experience at the local Kino's D-I-Y area, I will be printing and selling replica Alien Resurrection notes. They will be one sided, and go for about $5 US per note. I took a lot of time rebuilding the note in Illustrator and Photoshop.

    Gus, you are more than welcome to create your own, and given the ref. material, no one can really say this or that is the definative version. Let me know if you get started, because I know a little bit that might save you some time or effort.

    As per board policy, do not post here and say "I want to buy those" or something along those lines. As soon as I have printed out my run, I will post a 'for sale' thread in the Junkyard, and a link in this thread.

    I'm glad this has some interest :)


    -Mike
     
  7. Mike J.

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    Screencaps:

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    And that is all we get, gentlemen.

    Doing a test printing here at home, I am not getting the resolution and fine lines I want. Therefore, I am going to get a test print from the laser printer at school on Tuesday. We'll see if that works.
     
  8. TazVader

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    Mmm...good project. What the assumption though? You going to double side with the same pic? Or maybe promote them in bundles like the screen cap with the appropriate bundle tie?

    Regards
    TAZ

    PS. Great work BTW
     
  9. Mike J.

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    Thanks.

    They're just going to have the 'front' on one side, and some text on the back.

    As far as the band goes; I wouldn't be happy drawing one up unless I had more reference material. That tiny text could say anything...

    If you want to cut 99 blank pieces of paper and then wrap them, be my guest. Frankly, this thing has caused me enough trouble :) And it ain't even done yet.

    Here's the rasterized master:

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    -Mike
     
  10. division 6

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    Thanks for the reply SSB. :)

    BTW I saw the Maria figure in the modeling forum, very cool.

    D6
     
  11. Mike J.

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    Well, the common B&W laser printer on campus was not satisfactory...

    Frankly, I am running out of options for inexpensive hi-rez output.

    Any advice is welcome.


    -Mike
     
  12. Mike J.

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  13. sctcarts77

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    Looks great. Can't wait to see the finished product.

    -sctcarts
     
  14. Mike J.

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    Good news: I've settled on a printing system and made some subtle revisions to the note (so it will look better when printed).

    I just scribbled down three more things to tweak, and then it will be ready to print (this Thursday, if I'm lucky).

    Disclaimer: This is not an interest thread. I will tell you when something will be for sale. Do not ask in this thread. Do not run with scissors. Point away from face.


    -Mike
     
  15. Mike J.

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    Got the black parts of the note printed out nicely; I've still got to add the green details.


    -Mike
     
  16. Mike J.

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    [​IMG]

    Got the green stuff done. Just need to add the text to the backs, then cut them out, then number, and then add the info sheets.


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  17. Mike J.

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  18. sctcarts77

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    They look great. Excellent job.

    -sctcarts77
     
  19. JunkSabers1138

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    I always did think that the "ONE K" text was a little tacky in the film. Then again, the film itself is rather tacky but I still like it. I liked how they spent so much time in making those fake banknotes for the film. Or do only the top stacks have printing on them? Also, how much money do you think is on that table? If we can calculate how many notes are in a binder, times the number of binders, times the number on the money ($1000), we could see how much the government paid the space pirates for the bodies to breed the aliens in.

    Just a thought.
     
  20. Mike J.

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    It's 2.4 million. Assuming 100 notes in a stack. Four stacks high x six columns x 1000.

    One stack may be full of real, two-sided bills, cause it gets thumbed through. For the rest, probably just one on the top & bottom.


    -Mike
     
  21. JunkSabers1138

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Sith Sheriff Brody @ Jul 9 2006, 05:15 PM) [snapback]1277450[/snapback]</div>
    Wow. Could be even more as I think there's more than 100 notes in a stack. I'd've charged WAY more than that to help an illegal govt. project. Maybe they just were in it for the experience ;) . Who knows.
     
  22. Mike J.

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    That's what I was thinking — seems small.

    Could have something to do with inflation / deflation. And the fact that it's 500+ years in the future.

    Oddly enough, they deliberately chose a fairly normal looking, US-influenced design.

    Eh — All that matters to me is that it looks good :)


    -Mike
     
  23. JunkSabers1138

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    Mabye heavy deflation? Because inflation is when you need two bucks today to buy what cost only one yesterday. 2.4 million 30 yrs. ago woud've been worth at least double of what is is today. Maybe with deflation it would be worth 100, or even 1,000 times that much in 500 yrs.

    Who knows?
     
  24. Mike J.

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    What sometimes happens with runaway inflation is the government will 'reset' the currency, stating 1,000 old Dollars are now worth 10 New Dollieros. Sometimes the old bills will just be stamped with the new denomination.


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  25. JunkSabers1138

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Sith Sheriff Brody @ Jul 9 2006, 05:58 PM) [snapback]1277480[/snapback]</div>
    I don't really know much about that topic so I don't know if my post was correct or not. Thanks for the info on that even though it really has nothing to do with this thread.
     
  26. Mike J.

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    You were correct :)


    -Mike
     
  27. Prop-Maker

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    Am I the only one that thinks the guy on the money looks like a bald Jeremy Irons?
     
  28. Mike J.

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    I thought it looked like Ben Kingsley, F. Murray Abraham, or J. K. Simmons.


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  29. sctcarts77

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    Just got mine in the mail today and I wanted to say GREAT JOB. Very nicely done, and quickly delivered. I'm very happy with this cool little prop.

    -Cory
    "sctcarts77"
     
  30. Mike J.

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    Glad to hear it :)


    -Mike
     
  31. Ripstick

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    Oh the irony.

    I just finished producing these for my Colonial Marine buddies just prior to Dragon*Con as collectible souvenirs for their hard work and dedication to our fan table and raffle...

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    A much older fan-made version of this bill served as inspiration...

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    But soon I discovered the image of the screen-used one from the Alien Resurrection DVD bonus disc. Since I wasn't happy with the raw quality of the screen-grab I decided to recreate the entire face of the bill using it only as a reference. In doing so, I also took some creative license by placing Woodrow Wilson's likeness on the bill as was done on the original fan-made bill since most of us USCM's were familiar with that portrait anyways -- besides, I thought it looked much more authentic than anything I could salvage from the Bill Batalato image.

    I also did some other creative things to make these bills more appropriate to the film "Aliens"...

    1) Changed the "SERIES" from "A" to "1986" in honor of the year in which "Aliens" was released. Also, this was a purposely executed mistake by the original prop maker because on U.S. paper currency the "SERIES" always consists of a year, or a year and a letter, never just a letter. They probably decided to simply leave it out because otherwise it would have needed to be some random date in the future -- not like anyone would have caught this detail on film.

    2) Changed the "Treasurer of the United States" to Katherine Davalos Ortega, and changed the "Secretary of the Treasury" to James A. Baker III, both in keeping with the correct 1986 chronology for the release of the film "Aliens".

    I also did a couple of other little modifications in the spirit of Aliens, but I leave those for the hardcore fanatics to find.

    Here's a close-up shot showing the reverse side I designed with Weyland-Yutani 'wings' artwork from a friend...

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    Oh, by the way -- did I happen to mention that they are all sequentially serialized and have a security stamp on them to prove authenticity and deter counterfeiting?

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    And since I had about $50,000 worth of these bills just lying around, I decided to wrap them up with an appropriate currency band...

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    And of course the blacklight trick again... ;)

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    Please refrain from asking to purchase these as they are not for sale -- nor will I offer to sell them here. Sorry, but this was an exclusive project that I did strictly for my USCM's and very close friends.

    Thank you for your understanding. :)
     
  32. Mike J.

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    *, that's impressive :D

    Very nice work. Love the UV stamp; that is going the extra mile :)

    How many is that, fifty? Jesus. That's a lot of work right there, just printing and cutting, not to mention the graphics work.

    Very cool. Nice job. Looks great. :)

    And thanks for sharing.


    -Mike
     

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