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I soldered, I drilled, I super glued, and I hot glued. What a night and I’m very happy with this piece. It will be my “scanner”. Think tricorder or sonic screwdriver. Something to move the story along and wave around as it makes noises and blinks.
This was made with christmas lights. I wired the switch into the outboard motor switch (the main piece). I drilled holes and added knobs from an old R/C car. I added an R/C car piece to the front.
WTF? Why do you want that camper? Well, it’s going to serve 2 purposes. It will store the props for Rockets In Space. And the inside will be the interior of the rocketship film set. We can wheel it over where ever we need and shoot a film! Then pack it up when done and wheel it out to the far corners of the farm. Click in to read more about this camper.
Continue reading We have a CAMPER!
So something about living in a small two bedroom apartment is there’s not much room for what I call my “prop department”. Not when the kid and wife keep getting in the way :). Luckily, Will and Anastasia have allowed me storage at their farm… ontop of one of their classic muscle cars. Won’t got into details there in case a car enthusiast is reading.
Continue reading Prop Department has Moved
Guess who has a green screen thanks to a very generous donation from a stranger! ME!!!! How awesome is that? Guess who’s cat vomited on the green screen the first time I set it up? That’s right… my cat. Luckily, it cleaned out nicely. But I was told that my vocals and language could be hard on the other side of the apartment complex. Read on to see the results.
Continue reading Green Screen Test1
When making a film, a camera is a sort-of must. The wife’s el-cheapo tripos does everything I need. It’s not very rugged, so I’ll need to play nice with it. And she also found a camera on Craigslist for me. After $75 cash + a drive to a local McDonald’s, I’m now the proud owner of a Pentax X-5 camera.
- 1080p – one of the critical things I wanted
- Slow motion
- Fast Motion
- Lots of stabilization built in
It’s certainly not what many film-makers think of as a professional camera, but “I don’t care, have camera.” It does the minimum of what I need and fits nicely on the tripod. Initial tests have proved fruitful. I can’t even pull it out of the bag without the 3 year going crazy saying “take picture me.”
So it’s about time I posted about the actual rocket ship plan. You’ll see the image of a white rocket ship. That was me spending some evenings and eyeballing my own rocket. It’s incomplete. I’ll finish it, but it won’t be the primary rocket for the series.
That’s because I got a new idea. The new plan is to find a camper, gut it, and convert the inside into a permanent interior rocket ship set. Then we can use the camper to store all the props in bins, throw a tarp on top, and have storage. It’ll be kept at Will’s farm. We can wheel it on over to the house whenever we want to shoot another episode!
I’ve been in touch with a great couple about the idea after posting a wanted ad on craigslist. When the snow melts, I’ll drive out to meet them and might be able to get my hands on an old camper (like the on in the photo they sent me). I’m trying to barter website help… and they want to be in the movie. Hehe. No problemo!
Once I know what the camper is, I’m going to make a model of the rocket with windows and door to match. I plan on using the backend of the busted Incredibles R/C car for the rear ($4 Goodwill find) and model the rest out of styrene.
I debated a lot on how to make a small camper a rocket capable of holding a small crew of 4-6. Even when you watch the old Flash Gordons with their small rockets, they pulled it off but only had one seat. I’m doing something similar. My wife found this great stool on craigslist for $10 and that will allow us to have one cool seat on board! Maybe there’ll be another, but for now, just the one.
Ben stopped by and gave me 4 fireman tank holders and 2 tanks. These things are freakin awesome! I think I know what I’ll be making a jetpack out of!
The tanks weight a ton. They’re made from steel. I can’t, and wouldn’t want other actors to wear them around too much. So I think the original plan of using 2-liter bottles and an old light-weight fire extinguisher is still my plan for the rocketpack.
The cool tanks will likely find a home inside the rocket ship’s interior set.
I’ll say it again… freakin awesome!
This film project is meant to capture some of the adventure of old black and white science fiction. So it’s time to do some research. It’s so painful and boring… haha, who am I kidding!? I just watched the original 30’s King Kong and am working through the 1936 Flash Gordon episodes. They’ve been great inspirations. Thanks Hulu Plus!
I also found The Illustrated History of Science Fiction Comics book at a local thrift store for $5. It’s been a great resource and read over this weekend.
Looking to past is helping to shape my script and special effects ideas. Of course, I’m not sure I want to wear similar costumes. They didn’t seem to have any pants.