Sometimes, it’s the Little Things…
I love special effects.  And I love computers.  But there’ll always be a special place in my heart for practical FX.  I remember watching old behind-the-scenes footage from movies I loved as a kid and being blown away that there was some guy frame-by-framing AT-ATs or painting teeny little Thuggee cultists just so they could get their four seconds of screen time falling into a mine shaft.  Blown away because people went through so much incredible effort just to craft a perfect, fleeting moment.  
Thats what I was trying to do this year with internet dating.  But since that didn’t work out so hot, now I’m spending my evenings altering Barbie luggage and painting RC cars to look like they’ve been through Hell.  At least the RC cars look like their photo…
There will be somewhere between five and seven 1:6 scale cars I’m making for Dead Meat.  I’m primarily finding used RC cars,  taking them apart, painting them, and gluing guns and stuff to them.  But for that extra little bit of authenticity, I’m making a lot of my own props.  Last night was paper prop night.   The first photo is stuff I printed out as “clutter” to be added to the vehicles.  For the stop sign and license plates, I glued aluminum foil to the backs to give it some shine, but also so that it would feel more like bent metal than crinkled paper.  After I put them on the cars, I run a bit of silver paint over the edges ad crease marks so it looks like the paint has worn off.  The camera won’t ever be as close to the license plates in the film as it is in the photo, so you won’t see the brush strokes in the finished product.  The last photo shows a few magazines jammed up under the chain link.  It’s super hard to see, but I guess that’s half the point.  Anyone who spent too much time watching (or making) Billy & Mandy knows that I love silly Easter Eggs, so I hope someone has fun finding ‘em all in Dead Meat too!
And thanks to everyone who followed me over here after my three year hiatus from Blogger.  Tell your friends I’m back… with a vengeance!

Sometimes, it’s the Little Things…

I love special effects.  And I love computers.  But there’ll always be a special place in my heart for practical FX.  I remember watching old behind-the-scenes footage from movies I loved as a kid and being blown away that there was some guy frame-by-framing AT-ATs or painting teeny little Thuggee cultists just so they could get their four seconds of screen time falling into a mine shaft.  Blown away because people went through so much incredible effort just to craft a perfect, fleeting moment.  

Thats what I was trying to do this year with internet dating.  But since that didn’t work out so hot, now I’m spending my evenings altering Barbie luggage and painting RC cars to look like they’ve been through Hell.  At least the RC cars look like their photo…

There will be somewhere between five and seven 1:6 scale cars I’m making for Dead Meat.  I’m primarily finding used RC cars,  taking them apart, painting them, and gluing guns and stuff to them.  But for that extra little bit of authenticity, I’m making a lot of my own props.  Last night was paper prop night.   The first photo is stuff I printed out as “clutter” to be added to the vehicles.  For the stop sign and license plates, I glued aluminum foil to the backs to give it some shine, but also so that it would feel more like bent metal than crinkled paper.  After I put them on the cars, I run a bit of silver paint over the edges ad crease marks so it looks like the paint has worn off.  The camera won’t ever be as close to the license plates in the film as it is in the photo, so you won’t see the brush strokes in the finished product.  The last photo shows a few magazines jammed up under the chain link.  It’s super hard to see, but I guess that’s half the point.  Anyone who spent too much time watching (or making) Billy & Mandy knows that I love silly Easter Eggs, so I hope someone has fun finding ‘em all in Dead Meat too!

And thanks to everyone who followed me over here after my three year hiatus from Blogger.  Tell your friends I’m back… with a vengeance!

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