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May 28, 2012


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I was watching the movie "Another Earth" when I noticed something familiar.  To be more specific, artwork that looked like something I made a few years ago. I used the word "familiar" very loosely, because I'd recognize something that I made anywhere from very few details.

At the 17 minute mark of the movie, the main character goes on a website to write a small essay for a contest.  Guess what artwork is used as part of the background of that website? This:

It's just rotated, but it's exactly the same! The flare has the same angles and the Earth is showing the exact same position.  I made that in 3D, meaning that I had complete freedom of rotating the planet when I chose that angle.  The possibility of it being a coincidence are, well, astronomical.

I can't really say much because, even though I made that, it was using artwork from NASA.  But, even if I were able to make a ruckus, I'm not sure if I would.  I'm not bitter about it (like other times in which I've been).  It's something new to me and I'm just sorting it out.  I'm far more curious and satisfied than upset and bitter.

Given that a lot of people do artwork like this and many of you read this, how would you feel if one of your pieces was used in a minor part of a movie?

Oh, and to add to the curiosity: The scene is at the 17 minute mark of the DVD's 5th chapter.  My birth date is on the 17th day of the 5th month.  Ding! :diny:

EDIT: Since I can't take screenshots from my PS3's Blu-Ray, I had to take a picture of it, much like kids did in the 90s to show their video game high scores :lol:

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panda-pencils Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Haha that's awesome!!
My birthday is the day before yours!
dracostarhome Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
also on the pic used, be sure to put a note on it: "used without permission on the movie ________"
dracostarhome Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
if its your exact picture and they did not ask you to use it, call em out on it.

See if they at least have your name in the ending credits.
Prometheus273 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know how much you know about copyright law, but the image they used would be considered a "derivative work" even if the main parts of it are images from NASA. Basically, if you can recognize your work, even if it's been changed, then they have used your work without your permission, thereby violating your right to copy it wherever you want. In other words...copyright.
I'm not sure you could ask them to remove it now or demand payment for using it. You might be able to, but I think most of us would agree that it might be more trouble than it's worth. But you could write to them and tell them what they've done and say that in the future you would at least like to be asked for permission to use your work and be given credit. That's not unreasonable. It wouldn't even be unreasonable to ask for money next time. I ask for $100 for use of each image or excerpt of written work as well as spelling out that they're buying a license to use the work for a certain work (an image in a film for instance) or a poster or flyer, as well as for how long they can use it. They're not buying the image or excerpt itself to do with whatever they want for all time.
If you don't do it, then they keep doing it, and oddly enough, the most professional people respect you for it. Also oddly enough, the ones who ask permission get more in the long run. I send them high resolution images rather than making them use the ones posted on the web, and if I do stuff that might interest them in the future, I let them know to see if they'd like to use it, or just to have a lower resolution copy for their personal enjoyment.
Shadowsone11 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wow, I would think cool I Have something in a movie...but I would also think, time to get ahold of someone. Hows it going?? been awhile...
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GUDsine Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i had a guy in europe or somewhere use one of my paintings on a "giger" car and show it at international auto shows. every inch of the car was giger paintings reproduced with the exception of the trunk...THAT was an original Todd Allan. A fan of mine posted me the link from youtube, you can see my painting at the 2:04 second mark.

link to video [[link]

link to my stolen art work [[link]
alexluna Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Wow, the lengths some will go to avoid doing the work themselves. I agree with your attitude and applaud you for it. It's good to have a sense of humor about these things, but, I don't know...I still despise thieves.
cosmicbound Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Perhaps you could ask for some kind of credit, so people know where to go to see more artwork like that seen in the movie. I wouldn't be angry about such a thing, on the one hand it would indicate that my obscure art was making some impact, secondly the success of the art was not wholly responsible for the success of the product -- but it was a nice feature.

A different thing is when, as has happened once anyway, someone tries to sell your art on ebay. Apart from paper cost, that seems rather low, I'd feel bad for the person doing it, not myself.
priteeboy Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think the context of the usage will determine how annoyed I would be by that. I would be less annoyed if the movie had a scene in some character's room or office and there was a print of mine up on the wall with a bunch of other stuff in the background to try and set up what looks like a room design of someone real's choosing. However I would still be questioning how they got it if it were through any other means than a dA print (as if a movie studio would wait around for dA to deliver a framed print though, they might as well use a more directly accessible artwork) Your situation doesn't sound too much different since the image is used in a third-party sense (the fact it was on the website a character was looking at means the site is supposed to look like one that exists already and not "made for the movie") Which is different than it being used as part of the actual movie scenery itself (if they had a scene that took place in space and that actually used that for the background) Still, some credibility would be nice :p
dinyctis Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
They actually used it on the website and on a billboard. I edited the entry and posted 2 screenshot. Given the movie, I think that the billboard was digital and they didn't print an actual billboard for like 5 seconds of screen time.

But yea, it's a small part and I don't really mind in this instance. I've had artwork used for a commercial before (for some small mattress store) but this is the first time that I'm watching an actual movie and see my artwork in there :D
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