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XGB: MainTitle: GhostTrain Flyers by filbarlow XGB: MainTitle: GhostTrain Flyers by filbarlow
These are the ghosts that I designed to fly around the spook train in the Extreme Ghostbusters intro back in 1997. I had a bit of fun with these flyers. Helen Maier from my Character Design Department helped me ink some of the designs above.

Kris Sherwood from the Timing and Checking Department asked me to supply some additional sketches to explain the movement of the tentacle ghoul (the pink one at the bottom). My sketches were added to the dope sheet, I was so happy with the end result that I kept a copy. Kris would often ask us for insight into how we imagined the movement of our creatures. I wish that Sony had encouraged more inter-departmental collaboration. Nevertheless Kris, Helen and I became fast friends.
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Khialat Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
So cool! The "flyer" was my favourite as a kid, since I like bats :D
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Bats are amazing to study as an artist!
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Khialat Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015
Yeah, they're very unique - and distinctly "Gothic" - animals :)
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devilmanozzy Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Some of the most fun is looking at the small flyers in this serious. Much of the spirit of the other series Real Ghostbusters. I am wondering if you had a hand in the designs for the flyers in "Darkness at Noon Part 2" (The end of the episode when ghosts escape the subway). Also in "The Pied Piper of Manhattan" there are all these ghosts from Intro and Darkness at Noon part 2 and then even more. Sorry to be such a bugger, Love what has been posted, and thanks for creating the show. 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yes, my hand was in them all, I was the head character designer on this show.
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Moonlord2084 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
creepy creatures awsome as usual
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yep more of the same :XD:
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sanshugroove Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Cool. Always had a soft spot for 'Lizard' his design stood out - he's a real gooper. Again thanks for continuing to post Extreme Ghostbusters art and stories about production, they're priceless!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yeah I like Lizard too, I love the term Gooper :XD: More to come!
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Razorgeist Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Most impressive.  I particularly liked the 4 eyed purple skull one in back.  Now did some of these guys end up as Piper's minions in the pied piper episode?
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I looked in the folder for Pied Piper which had the Production number of #110 (Episode 10), the only reuse that I found was "Boney". It looks like we produced a lot of new floating ghosts for that show.
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Razorgeist Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Hmm okay I thought I recognized the one with the snout from the piper episode.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
It's possible, I'd have to watch the entire episode to be sure.
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TSG-Arakara Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now, I'm wondering if there shouldn't be a lil' book for to show the art of Godzilla & Extreme Ghostbusters.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
That would be nice, but seeing as that isn't going to happen from Sony I'll just keep doing the recoloring work for free.
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TSG-Arakara Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, that's really cool of you!  ;D
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Happy to do it ;D
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Garvals Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Always loved them! I remember recording every episode on VHS to stop the motion and understand their design (this iwas my main issue with both series - so many ghosts, so little time to see everything, and try to re-create the memory. Ghosts and Spook Train were one of the first that i was using in that "stop, draw, play, see, stop, draw" method, haha)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Haha, that would have been almost impossible with video. Imagine having a Blu-ray version, but taken off the film copy, not off a bad video copy like so many cheap animation studios do.
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Garvals Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013   Digital Artist
That was the only chance to see it again for me back in those 90th. Missing one or two episodes was like a catastrophe.
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Funny fact: in our country it was that "Sphinx" episode that was aired first. To be honest we all were disappointed. We wanted to see the "crazy and colorful stuff just like in "Real Ghostbusters"" but it was some kind of weird looking kids and toned down colors instead. Thankfully i quickly became a fan after seeing the second episode and it totally started taking my mind after "Fear Itself", when i understood the main features of the new series. I noticed that ghosts somehow changed from hopping colorful underbed gremlins to nightmarish creations of human mind that make you think and be more interested in mythology and psychology. It was like growing up with Ghostbusters!
(lol i went too "reminiscence" may be...)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I checked my folders, the Sphinx had the production number of #102 (Episode 2) but the first episode #101 "Darkness at Noon" was stretched into a two episodes partly to give the Production Departments more time to set up. The scripts were more conservative (Moby Dick ghost? C'mon!), plus I was less interested in "silly" ghosts, more interested in making them strong, believable designs.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Tentacle was my favorite, and I do remember its movement being really unique. I'd love to see the sketches! I recall some episodes where these were recycled as minor background ghosts in a big swarm; I guess they're common fauna of the netherworld.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Oh yeah I forgot to mention that they were reused in episode #31. I left the character reuse notes on the lower right (131-181-03 and 131-181-09).

At Richard Raynis' request I set up the model database at Sony using File Maker (which I had to learn). The 1st three numbers were the show number. All Sony shows began after 100 so #101 is the first show, and so on.
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revereche Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome <3 
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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revereche Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Btw, watched that Godzilla episode and the design was gorgeous to see in action. Whose idea was the screaming? It was a nice, unsettling touch.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
That would be Richard Raynis, he Directed the intros, I've colored up the character who screams from the back of a flying fish. I helped him with the storyboards along with Director Tim Eldred.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Wait you said Godzilla, I was still thinking about the XGB intro, that's what I'm referring to above. Sorry for any confusion.
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revereche Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool =)
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