Couple that with a special puppet project I'm working on for the Lady's X-mas gift, and I haven't had a lot of time to work on Herbie 2.0, but he is coming along...slowly but surely....
I layered his neck with lots of rubber latex for thickness to match the foam pup, and coated most of his upper chest and shoulders with latex since some of those spots show through the collar of his shirt....I'm especially happy with the hands....once I paint him, and dress him in Herbie 1.0's costume, he'll be ready for a test run on the cemetery set, probably soon after X-mas...
In other news, I'm finally devoting myself to SMA (StopMotionAnimation.com)....I'm always overwhelmed when I try to throw myself into the forums there, I never know where to start, but I've got to start somewhere...I'm going to make a concerted effort to pop in regularly to share with and support my fellow stop-moes. Call it an early New Years resolution :) Plus, there's a special little Christmas project that I'm working on for a special Lady, and I don't want to post about it here in case she pops in ;) So I've decided to make this Sunday "SMA Day"...
I sculpted a couple of name plates for the tombs, Wilcox and Legrasse, both from Lovecraft's "Call of Cthulhu", also a nod to my Monster Month characters...
The walls are recycled from the gate sequence, ditto the tree....the first ghost will appear from around this corner after Herbie has passed...
...and another will appear down this little grave's alcove....the tombstone here is a repainted action figure accessory, I think from a Buffy toy....
The path between the angel's tombs is littered with bits of the broken statue, including its missing arm....the missing wing is behind the statue in the underbrush that Herbie will pass through at the end of the shot...
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Happy Halloween everyone! We had a fantastic time at last night's first annual Krewe of Boo parade, there were stilt walkers, vampires on horseback, undead dance troupes (very Thriller!)....more on that later....for now though, the Mossman clip is finally posted over on "Lurline's" blog....her hunt for the Tree Beast will resume next year, Monster Month 2009 (aw, c'mon, it'll be here before you know it :::)
I've also got a little work to do on my costume, we haven't costumed in years and I've been looking forward to it (this year I'm Beetlejuice :) We're plannig on attending a new Nola tradition, the Krewe of Boo, a parade put together by the legendary Mr. Mardi Gras, Blaine Kern, who hopes to make Nola THE place to be for Halloween.....sounds awesome to me, lets hope things work out....I'll be there in the crowd showing my support!
This week I shoot the Mossman footage, probably on Wednesday. I have the set ready, designed to resemble the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot video, which you can watch here if you are unfamiliar.
I'll be out of town for the next few days, but when I get back, watch for my second MM clip featuring the Mossman!
The official lineup will be announced tomorrow, I'll update as more info becomes available....
In production news, I'm just about done setting up the pumpkin patch, plan to shoot that clip for MM on the 10th....I am positively itching to edit and add fx to my newest "Unearthed" scene, the cemetery gates, but alas I'll have to wait until October is over if I want to get my three MM clips done :::)
Cheers and Happy October!!
:::) Spider Smilies
We are finally home, with power and water. The city appears to have dodged the bullet with this one. All-in-all, hands down, the best evacuation vacation either me or the Lady has ever had...
Since you and I last spoke....After posting that I was signing off, I packed up the 'puter....we were up late that night trying to remember everything we needed to bring, trying to strategically stack everything in the truck to fit, while still leaving enough space for the 3 beasts (Biggie, Bunny, and Salvie, our cats)...we decided to leave in the morning, after very little sleep...the Lady's mother was coming with us so we headed over to her house, unpacked everything, repacked it all back into her Honda CRV (more space, yay!), and headed off...the initial plan was to go about 40 miles away, north to my sisters house "across the lake"....by then we were hearing horror stories about Contra-Flow, a plan used by the state to turn all interstate highways away from the city, even the incoming ones.....it can be VERY confusing, you are diverted to different highways, you have to know exactly where you need to go, because once you're on, there are very few chances to get off or turn around....we only needed to take the Causeway Bridge over Lake Pontchartrain to get out, so we didnt have to deal with the interstates or the mess of Contra Flow, but people spent ungodly amount of hours stranded in non-moving traffic trying to evacuate (18 hours from here to Alabama!!)....
We arrive at my sisters and discover they have become anxious and booked 3 hotel rooms, one for their family, one for us, and one for my grandparents. Turns out, something we hadnt considered, because the storm was headed just west of us, it was expected to force storm surge into the lake, flooding areas north of the lake, where we were going to be....Katrina headed east of us, which forced the surge south, flooding the southshore of the lake....so we no longer felt safe where we were, packed up the cars, and headed for Panama City FL, the closest hotel rooms we could find on short notice, and also a city to the east that would allow us to avoid Contra Flow (I'm not interested in having to keep a piss bottle in my car....plus, the thought of a million people suffering road rage on a non moving highway, and the fear of being stuck on the road when the storm hit, no thanks....) We managed to get there in 8 hours (wouldve been 6 except for the two hours in stopped traffic outside Pascagoula MS waiting for a trailer that had flipped to be removed from the highway)...
Our hotel was not the nicest of places, but we had cable and were less than a mile from the beach...I should mention that the Lady and I havent had a vacation since our honeymoon in '02, so we decided to make the most of it, and we absolutely did....we watched very little of the storm coverage, the media was mostly pissing me off, all hoping for something horrible to happen and seemingly disappointed when it looked like the levees were holding and everything would be (relatively) fine...the storm hit as a category 2, moderately weak, so I'm not completely convinced that the Army Corps of Engineers knows what they are doing with the levees, but I'm a little more at ease...
When we got home, we had no power or water, but also no trees in our roof or through our windows, so we were lucky...we had to endure the disgusting task of cleaning out our fridge again, and yesterday I braved the local walmart to try to restock some of the essentials, bread, milk, cheese....bad idea....its amazing how many people can fit in a super wal-mart....population of China, come on in!....Got me thinking, how is it fair for these stores to make such a profit at times like this? Shouldnt there be some sort of government issued food stamp to allow us to restock our supplies? Reimbursement for hotel maybe? There were for Katrina but those were extreme circumstances....As it stands, we had to use our rent money to cover expenses and now we are behind on bills....there should be a trade-off system, for every bag of rotten groceries you bring us, we'll give you a bag of fresh foods....
Anyways....I'm glad to be home in one piece....and I am definitely NOT going to mention Hurricane Ike right now.....talkatcha soon....
Gustav is getting stronger, at this point on the local news they're saying worse than Katrina, and for once I believe them. Couple that with the development of Tropical Storm Hannah, also headed towards the Gulf, and that equals us getting the fuck out of here. We'll spend tonight packing as much as we can take with us, including the three cats, in my pickup, again. We'll stack the rest of our most treasured belongings (Jenny 2 sculpt anyone?) on top of our entertainment center, fridge, anywhere high up. I'll try to control this compressed feeling in my chest, so I dont give myself an early coronary, and we'll probably head out in the wee hours of the morning.
So this may be my last transmission for awhile. I pray that in a few days I'll be back here, wiping my brow *phew* and trudging along on Unearthed....
Peace out, see ya when I see ya....
Katrina Retrospective from Ubatuber on Vimeo.
Unearthed - Cat Test from Ubatuber on Vimeo.
I've already started on the far right panel, a bit of the ole Tree Beast in there I think (though not scary....a happy Tree Beast!)...I miscalculated the horizon line, have to shift it up a bit, but you get the idea...
I bought a 12x16" silver box for Pandora, a weathered 8x10" wood box for Tree Beast, and a 12x16" black box for Widow. These are relatively inexpensive (Michael's puts them on sale 50% off every couple of weeks, I spent about $30.00 on them). The Pandora box is pretty tight, not deep enough, so her knee is squished against the glass, but its a small price to pay to have her hanging on my living room wall...I cut her set down to fit in all of the important parts, lined the sides with set bits too...for the Tree Beast I printed out a puppetless set plate image and pasted that on as the background, I even hot-glued moss to the 'floor' of the box...Widow isn't done yet...all-in-all they make a very nice presentation, and now they're out where folks can see them...I'm going to burn copies of the films to attach to the backs of each....