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AIRXCE_040817_016.JPG: Mother Ship Model "Close Encounters of the Third Kind":
This model of an alien spacecraft was used in the filming of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," released by Columbia Pictures in 1977. Director and screenwriter Steven Spielberg envisioned the ship, and a team led by Gregory Jein made it from model train parts and other kits. When filmed with special photographic and lighting effects, the model appeared to be a gigantic craft rising up from behind Devil's Tower in Wyoming. Rotating, colored lights added to the effect.
If you look closely, you can spot some details not seen in the film, including a Volkswagen bus, a submarine, the R2-D2 android from "Star Wars," a U.S. mailbox, an aircraft, and a small cemetery plot -- enhancements added by the model makers as inside jokes.
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AIRXCE_040817_082.JPG: Mother Ship Model "Close Encounters of the Third Kind":
There's a VW microbus in the middle gap.
AIRXCE_040817_090.JPG: Mother Ship Model "Close Encounters of the Third Kind":
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Description of Subject Matter: This is the model of the alien Mother Ship used in the filming of the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (Columbia Pictures, 1977). The ship was conceived by Steven Spielberg, the film's director and screenwriter. It was made by a team headed by Gregory Jein, using model train parts and other kits. When filmed with special photographic and lighting effects, the model appears to be a huge, hovering craft. Rotating, colored lights underneath the ship added to its effects.
Looking closely at the model, one can find tiny hidden smaller models which are not seen when the Mother Ship appears in the film. These models were added by the model makers as internal "jokes." They include a Volkswagen bus, a submarine, the R2-D2 android, a U.S. mailbox, an aircraft, and a small cemetery plot.
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2004 photos: Equipment this year: I bought two Fujifilm S7000 digital cameras. While they produced excellent images, I found all of the retractable-lens Fuji models had a disturbing tendency to get dust inside the lens. Dark blurs would show up on the images and the camera had to be sent back to the shop in order to get it fixed. I returned one of the cameras when the blurs showed up in the first month. I found myself buying extended warranties on cameras.
Trips this year: (1) Margot and I went off to Scotland for a few days, my first time overseas. (2) I went to Hawaii on business (such a deal!) and extended it, spending a week in Hawaii and another in California. (3) I went to Tennessee to man a booth and extended it to go to my third Fan Fair country music festival.
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