Movie Reviews

Jim Cornell, Hero for Hire

by on May.18, 2013, under Creativity, Family, Movie/TV Posters, Photography

Getting around to posting some other stuff I’d done a awhile back.

My buddy Jim and I share the same birthday…so I wanted to give him something special.

You see, Jim is somewhat of a celebrity hero in my eyes. Besides being a Super duper guy, a Macintosh user, a crack shot, he is also a Computer Forensics Examiner – think CSI. He got me started on the Macintosh platform and when I started to work at my new company (oh about 15 yrs ago) he helped me “ease back into” the PC world.

It was tough but I did it. 

A while back (2 years ago) he and his wife Tammy invited me to go with them to visit their un-developed property up in Corsicana TX. I took my Nikon D7000 and snapped a lot of pictures but one stuck out. I decided to save it and use it someday.

Well that day came on his birthday of this year.

I have always thought that what he does is just so cool and since it relates to “cyber-stuff” I thought I would present his craft in a different light. So I created a poster for him in the theme of a motivational poster.

I took this photo (on the left) and created the poster above. I presented it to him as a birthday gift in the hopes I could try and match some of the previous gifts he had given me.

And trust me…he’s still got me working to beat his gifts.

But…he was quite excited to receive the 16 x 10 B/W metallic print. And as we got to talking, he said it could be used on a business card or even a book cover?

Well, you know I just couldn’t let those ideas go…so I did some mock ups of those as well.  See them below.

I really enjoyed putting this stuff together and I’m glad he loved them.

Now onto the next project…


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The Host – Emma

by on Mar.24, 2013, under Creativity, Family, Movie Reviews, Movie/TV Posters, Movies

The things I do for my kids…

Emmy has been infatuated with a movie coming out later this month, its called, “The Host.” You can view trailer by clicking this link.

While they were shopping last Thursday 3.21.13, she spotted the book and asked if she could get it to read – my wife obliged.

We’re big supporters of reading…

She got the book 4 days ago and I told her if she finished it before the movie came out, I’d take some pictures of her and give her the “Host Eyes.”

It’s Sunday – 4 days later and she’s about to finish the book!

So – a man of my word, I took some pictures of her using my Nikon D7000 and then began using my Photoshop skills. Below is what I came up with for “her look.” It helps that Emmy has light colored eyes.

I had to recreate the logo and it’s not a perfect match but I’m happy and most importantly, Emmy loves them. I’ll have to add this to my list of other Saldivar movie posters I’ve created – Skyfall, Prometheus, Avengers and Star Trek.




And here were my reference materials.


Thanks for letting me share.


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Loved Skyfall…

by on Nov.24, 2012, under Creativity, Movie Reviews, Movie/TV Posters

“Shaken…not stirred.”

Last night Elizabeth and I went for our “date night” and saw Skyfall at the Alamo Drafthouse.

What a great movie.

So in my tradition of my movie reviews, I found one of the only pictures of me in a tuxedo – my wedding day picture and created a movie poster.

I had to get rid of the boutonniere, cut me out of the background and clean it up, really fast. And because I liked the movie – I kept the smirk on my face. Of course now everyone is gonna freak out because I don’t have my goatee. Leave your comments below.

I sure did love the movie. I think Daniel Craig is fantastic as Bond, James Bond. He just looks like everything he does…is planned. The movie plot was pretty good and of course I loved the intro song by Adele.

I reccomend everyong go see it and go see it at the Alamo Drafthouse. A half hour before the previews, they had numerous clips from old spy movies and even had one of my all time favorites, Lynda Carter as WonderWoman fighting another woman.

Pause..to collect myself.

Then they showed a cartoon I never ever remember…James Bond Jr. Pretty cool.

Plus they had some “Bond” commercial that were excellent.

Bond Bread

James Bond Bad Guy ODD JOB in Vick’s 44 commercial:

I sure would love to have that job – finding all those clips.

So go out and see Skyfall – it is well worth it.


PS – below is the movie poster I tried to replicate early Saturday morning.


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My Trailer for “Dear Agony”

by on Jul.31, 2012, under Creativity, Dear Agony 2012, Film making, Movie/TV Posters

I was having second thoughts about this but I’ve decided to post some information about “my project.”

Recently (about 2-3 months ago) I got inspired to create again. This time in the form of a film. I was thinking about how there isn’t much original stuff being produced in Hollywood (other than Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – still haven’t seen it) and then I thought,

I should try to make something original…

So I began to conceptualize and typed up a short story one afternoon that I was quite pleased (and eager) to share with my family and friends. Actually my son Joaquin, was the first one to read it and I got a “Wow…that’s good.” High praise coming from a 16 year old…

I”ll take it.

So I started to develop the characters and details in a screen writing application (thank you Fernando) and I was getting more and more excited. Soon I was showing it to a tight knit group of friends (in the hopes they would want to be involved) and it worked.

(continue reading…)

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I’m such a Geek…Batman Tumbler

by on Jun.27, 2012, under Movie Reviews, Photography

During my lunch today, I went and saw the Batman Tumbler and Bat Cycle being displayed at the local Walmart.

First and formost…

Thank you John, If you hadn’t posted this on Facebook I would never had known about this awesome display.

I was all geek today. I left during my lunch hour and went to go see the Batman Tumbler and Bat Cycle being displayed at the local Walmart today. It was from 10am – 3pm then it moves to a theatre.

Wow…words just don’t describe how awesome these two vehicles are upfront. I drove up, parked my truck and took my Nikon D7000 to snap some pics of these iconic vehicles.

It was probably about 95 degrees but I didn’t care and I was not disappointed.

There was a crowd but I was able to snap some photos and boy did I feel sorry for the guy in the Batman costume. In the heat, in black…Buddy, you’ve got my repsect.

Although when I showed these pictures to my kids, Joaqiuin quickly pointed out, “Batman doesn’t smile.”

Good catch, you make me proud Papa.

The vehicles are part of a tour (snapped some photos of the transport truck) but I’m so exicted for the movie coming out on July 20, 2o12.

You can see some of the images below in the gallery – just click on the images for larger view.

Now I’ve got some fodder for a new movie poster…I hope.


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