Here are some new shots from the hole!
First up: Thanks to my suburban trek with gunterandbean yesterday (actually just bean, but you catch my drift), I found some killer supplies at Surplus Gizmos to build a tracking rig for the camera, with 2 bonus points of articulation! It’s not quiiiite what the pros use, but I reckon it’s going to do me just fine, and it cost me less than a hundred bucks and only a few hours out in the garage. I’d never heard of the place until oldsamcole and Amarette advised me to go there, but I’m glad they did. If you’re ever trying to build something but you don’t really know what you need to build it with, chances are good that Surplus Gizmos is your place. Especially if the object in question is a lo-fi, sci-fi set from the 50s.
We also made a stop at the Thrift Store Benefitting the Cat Adoption Team, out on Scholls Ferry Road. Despite the ill-advised name, the place was a huge hit, as that’s where we managed to find this wicked hat for Frosty, which he loves dearly. So forgive him for looking a little rough around the edges at the moment, but he’s been on a bender ever since he put it on. Like there must have been some magic in it, or something.
Then there’s a shot of the full-frontal stage lighting I built last week. I found an incredible blog post by someone that had made some miniature lights for a concert stage out of old speaker knobs and LEDs, so I stole their basic idea and modified it for our theater set. And thanks to the crew over at The Hobby Smith on 39th and Broadway, I was able to muster up the courage to figure out the wiring for myself. Turns out, it’s not that hard!
Aaaaand finally, here’s a shot of the animation setup nearly prepared for action! I found a wicked spotlight at Hollywood Lights, down on SE McLoughlin, to use for our key light. I was in and out in under 15 minutes with exactly what I needed thanks to the helpful lady at the counter, and at a good price, to boot. I highly recommended the place if you’re ever in need of lights, to buy or to rent. They also carry quality makeup, if you’re in need of that sorta thing as well. Luckily, since I freed up the tripod, I was able to rig the spotlight right up to it, which worked surprisingly perfectly thanks to the periscoping head and tilt grip. I was prepared to bash my head against that wall for days figuring out a solution for that, but instead, it only took about 5 minutes, and I can’t envision a more functional solution. Score!
I gotta say, it’s getting pretty fuckin exciting to see all of this coming together. And once I’ve figured out how to light our green screen properly, we’ll be fully operational, and shit will really start hitting the fan. Woohoo!