Richmond has roughly a 2 percent chance of seeing a snow of 4 inches or greater during the first 10 days of December. The 50-1 shot occurred yesterday.
Monday, December 05, 2005
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Fellow HalloweenForum and BlogCrypt member Vikeman, his wife Brenda, and new baby Blake stopped by for a visit. It was really nice to meet them.
I took some long exposure photos. Here's one of the shots at the end of the night. The lighting was not as bright as it appears.
More pictures can be viewed in this gallery:
Friday, October 21, 2005
On2 is showing Night of the Living Dead on their web site. http://www.on2.com/
"Watch the full-length movie in Flash 8. In celebration of Halloween, On2 Technologies is proud to present George Romero's classic zombie horror flick, Night of the Living Dead."
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Monday, October 17, 2005
Friday, October 14, 2005
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
I know. I said I was not going to buy any more props this season. But I'm a sucker for a good deal.
I bought a Grossferatu prop from Fright Catalog for $39.99. It had been priced at $99. He arrived today. I had read that some folks thought the paint job was too dull. But I like it. I wish the lips and eyes were a little less pink but overall I think he's a pretty creepy dude.
Sunday, October 02, 2005
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Hauntmaster Products does have a solution, however they cannot make the modification during this busy time of the season. I decided to make the modification myself. Basically I installed a low voltage relay connected to a mini-jack in the remote. Then I plugged a wall wart into the remote's jack. The wall wart then plugs into my controller so the timer is able to "push the fog button".
Here's what the inside of the remote looked like prior to adding the relay.
I used 9 volt DC Mini Relay that I got from Radio Shack. The contacts were rated 12A @ 120VAC/24VDC. I used a panel-mount Size M Coaxial Power Jack and a Size M Coaxial Power Plug.
I dry-fitted the relay into the remote to determine the best place to place the jack. I drilled a 1/4 inch hole on one side and checked the fit.
I then followed the diagram on the back of the relay box and wired and soldered the coil pins to the coaxial jack.
I then wired and soldered the common pin to the white wire in the remote. Next wired and soldered the the nomally open pin to the green wire in the remote. I fit the relay into the remote, mounted the jack into place and screwed the case shut.
Here's what the modified remote looks like. I tested it out and it works perfectly.
It's basically lets a high voltage circuit control a low voltage circuit. I bought a couple to control my new sound recorder/players from Cowlascious Designs.
I like things a little more tidy so I mounted them each in a project box today. Each fits nicely into a 3x2x1 box.
I also got the two skulls below from Big Lots. I saw them last year but did not get back before they sold out.
The two gargolyes below came from Target. They are made of resin and were $8 each. That had a larger version too but they wanted $20 each for those.
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Monday, September 05, 2005
Like Lotus, I zip-tied the setup to the glue gun. That makes it easy to adjust the position of the air tube.
I'm going to have to play around with a bit more to learn the proper technique but the design works well. It does eat up glue sticks so I'll be searching for some cheap ones.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
He's going to be an eye-candy distraction :-)
I'm going to place it at the end of our sidewalk on a small, eye-level platform behind a low fence. There will be dim light focused on the Hellhound with a ominous soundtrack with a growling noise playing. As the TOT's approach a burst of fog and red light will be triggered. Just as they near the prop, I'll trigger a pop-up with a monster scream right in front of them.
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Friday, August 26, 2005
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Got a tip on Methodz that Best Buy was running a sale on strobes last Wednesday. I picked up this one for $14.99 plus $4 for shipping. It arrived Monday. Under $20 for this huge strobe is a great deal. I was blown away by the size and power. Bad to Bone likes it too.
This was one of the "Hot Deals" Wednesday specials that Best Buy runs each week. However, you can still get one, but it's back to the regular price of $29.99 + $3.99 for shipping.
Monday, August 22, 2005
Blucky wanted to try out the new cage so I let him. He will not be there for halloween.
Friday, August 19, 2005
It worked fine but I spent about $20 for materials and it took quite a bit of time to put it together. One downside is there's only 20 seconds of recording time.
In a post last fall on HalloweenForum.com, Zombie-F recommended using Scarey Terry's plans to build a digital sound recorder. Being pressed for time (and a little lazy right now too), I took the easy way out and ordered a couple of assembled units from Cowlacious Designs. For $24 each, I have units that can record 60 seconds at a 8kHz sample rate. I'll be using them with my air props this year.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Last year I ran across a life-size talking caged skeleton at http://www.hauntedcreations.com/animatronic_skeletons.html
They charge $895 for one. That’s too much so I’m building one myself. I already have a talking skull that I put together from Scary Terry’s plans and I’ve purchased a full bucky skeleton from Anatomical. I was planning on building a cage but I saw this image from Transworld 2005.
I headed over to Eccentric Gryphons to check out their Dungeon Cage Collapsible Gibbet. It’s a full scale replica of the medieval metal-cage torture device used in Europe. Having a bit more money than time right now I sent them a PayPal payment for $125 plus shipping. It arrived today.
I've got to tell you I'm thrilled. I’m sure I could not have built a better prop in the next 75 days.
It was very easy to assemble. I had it together in about 15 minutes. The plastic appears to be an ABS-type laminate. It’s a full quarter inch thick and very lightweight but it seems strong and flexible. It’s nearly six feet in height and a full-size bucky will fit easily.
The collapsible design really rocks. Storage space is at a premium here so it will great to slide it back into the box when the season is over.
Here are a few pics as I put it together.
Looks great in the bedroom...no?
Monday, August 15, 2005
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Friday, July 29, 2005
Monday, July 25, 2005
I finally got some content published on my web site...Not much...but some.
I had several requests asking for more information about my witch stirring a cauldron prop. There's now a project description on scarefx.com in the projects section. If you check it out be gentle with your comments, I should have written down some more specifics during the build but I did not. What is there is more general in nature.