Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Some rough sketches!

Here are some sketches for some of the props I am going to make for Halloween! Decided to put an effort this year into being somewhat organized and having an idea planned out before I decide to make a ton of stuff! 

This is the facade I want to make happen this year. I have a porch which will have the 3 Gothic arch windows that are going to  enclose the front of the porch. The castle bricked section above is going to hide the roof line. The steeple may just be plywood that hinges up and stays in place with a faux window. I'm planning on having the witches cauldron/laboratory set up in the enclosed area of the porch, so when you walk up the steps and look to the left you will see her dipping a poison apple up and down into the cauldron.

Not sure where I want the placement of this to go, but time/money permitting I really want this prop to happen. I want to use a scary terry audio board to drive a servo that will make the magic mirror talk. I can use either clips from the film at random, or hook it up to a microphone and entertain trick or treaters. The mirror would be a 2-way mirror, so it will show the reflection of the trick or treaters until it is lit from the back and the mask will appear. I believe the servo also will activate a light while speaking, so it should work perfect. I may end up putting this in front of my door on the porch at the top of the steps because it seems to be the only logical place for it.

The Scary Trees I was thinking of cutting out of plywood and having them off to the right side of the house blocking the rest of the house in between the porch and the Mine Shaft for the Dwarves! I want to cut out the eyes and put concave bowls behind them to make them look like they are appearing at you from all angles! Saw this on one of Dave Lowe's tutorials and it is also a trick the Haunted Mansion uses on their busts.

My carport will be the Mine Shaft and the slots in between the boarded up planks you will be able to appear in and see the Seven Dwarves mining! I will also make them out of plywood and animate a few of them using wiper motors. 

Concept of a mine cart. Not screen accurate, but this was just getting the juices flowing.

Another prop I want to make to set out on the sidewalk. A full size wishing well that uses a two way mirror, so the evil hag appears in the bottom and you can hear her evil laugh! I want you to be able to hear Snow White singing into the well and hearing her voice echo much like the film and then have red or green lights appear with the hags evil laugh and you see her on the bottom. May try and combine an endless well type prop with a scare. I really want to make this one happen as well.

Final painting of my Facade sign. Went over the letters in black and repainted it with the granite spray paint to better blend it! 

I also want to make the Evil Queen peering out of the curtains just like the steeple at Disneyland has, but I may put that in the bay windows near my kitchen. I haven't drawn that up yet, but I have my hands full with everything I've come up with thus far! Now I just need some supplies! Haha!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Bridal Shower setup!

Realized I forgot to post some pictures of our Alice in Wonderland bridal shower! It has been a Draft since I thought I posted the darn thing! Haha! Better late than never! 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Old Hag and Owl! Who, hoo?

Working on the Old Hag to stand behind the cauldron and a warning side seen from the ride! Made these because I just had enough plywood! Time and money permitting I am going to cut the old hags arms off and re do her, so she can dip the apple in and out of the cauldron! My VW is out of action for a bit, so I switched over to my other method of hauling my props around! Haha. If there is a will there is a way! I don't always ride other women on my motorcycle, but I do make sure they can make a mean apple pie! Haha!

Inspiration photo for the Hag! (Thanks DaveLandWeb!)

Inspiration for the Owl! (Thanks DaveLandWeb!)

Wooden Caludron

Finished up another prop!

I had a ton of odd shaped scraps left over from the wedding, so I wanted to put them to good use. It would have been easier to purchase a cauldron, but where is the fun in that?! My Grandfather makes segmented wood bowls as a hobby, so I figured we could put the left over plywood to good use!

Segmented bowls come together by gluing up rings made up of wood pieces glued together to form a ring and you keep adding rings to get the height and thickness you want. It is then turned on a lathe!

Concept of cauldron

Odd shaped scraps that I could probably use for various small pieces, but I wanted to free up some space in the garage. We cut them into about three inch strips and glued them up to form around 10' strips.

I think all said and done this may have been twelve to thirteen rings in total.

Turning it on the lathe!

Used some drylok on it to give it some texture!

Finished the prop with black acrylic paint and I may end up sealing it with polycrilic.