Posted on March 29th, 2011 No comments
Here is the challenge: how to construct a detailed prop with virtually no budget. Well, there are some strategies for accomplishing such a task.
If you have a lot of money, time and resources every part can be meticulously designed, rendered or blueprinted . You can take the designs and manufacture every item on your prop by hand or subcontract it out. Or you can do as our little team did for the Death Ray prop built for “Normally This Weird,” the Sci FI web series. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on March 13th, 2011 5 comments
As I mentioned in my prior post, my friend Diane Cook introduced me to a fantastic, low cost craft material that we put to use in a number of ways on our death ray prop and on a put-it-together-quickly “time machine.”
What is this material?
Posted on March 3rd, 2011 5 comments
As I began working on the Death Ray weapon for the web series, “Normally This Weird” I quickly had a number of realizations. The most sobering was that this was not going to be as easy as I thought!
I had forgotten how important a well tooled and supplied workshop can be to efficient model and prop building! I had taken for granted the quality of the shop when I was at Cascade Pictures, or the one in my own studio. Unfortunately when I went to work on Star Trek and got immersed in the digital world, I let my tools go to others. Now, what should have been straight forward tool cuts became laborious chew-it-out-with-my-teeth kind of endeavors. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on February 26th, 2011 3 comments
Sometime you just have to do a project because it is too cool to pass up and you just know it will be fun.
While I am semi retired (I am not retired yet!) from the visual effects biz, I still get the bug once in a while to do “just one more project.” My son, Nathan Stipes, has been the Art Director and de facto prop master on a web series called, “Normally This Weird.” http://www.normallythisweird.com/ It is a creative, web-based series of episodes written and directed by Phoenix film maker, Nathan Blackwell.
The series covers the strange adventures of a normal young couple who move into a neighborhood filled with some kinda’ unusual people. You have an eccentric inventor who is married to what may be an alien disguised as a 1950 ‘June Cleaver’ housewife. There is the ‘Men in Black’ style FBI agent and his men constantly trying to expose the strange goings-on. And more!
Posted on April 2nd, 2010 16 comments
Battlestar Galactica was so popular during the late 1970s that Universal Studios created a special Galactica themed “ride” or event as part of their back-lot tram tours. It was named “The Battle of Galactica” and opened in 1979 and ran to1992.
While the ride was being designed and constructed, Universal wanted to generate excitement and buzz about their new attraction. A promo / publicity film was to be shot and shown to generate excitement and attract people to the show. The major drawback was that nothing was finished enough to be photographed or to show off. Read the rest of this entry »