Your villain plays the most important role in your story. Yep, more important than your hero. That means you must go beyond the cliches when developing your villain, because generic platitudes such as maniacal laughter, minions and monologues are standard issue. But don’t panic if your villain possesses these stock traits. Even the most celebrated villains are littered with cliches. Look no further than Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series and The Joker from The Dark Knight.
My name is Michael Pistono, and I’m a 28-year-old photo enthusiast living in Honolulu, Hawaii. I was recently playing around with a reflection photo when I had the idea of creating another one out of a puddle — one that featured both tall buildings and an airplane. The photo I ended up creating in Photoshop (shown above) went viral online. Here’s a look at how it was made.