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Hey everyone,

I just started posting here yesterday. I thought I would post some pictures and video of my projects. For the people that know me already, you have probably seen all this before with the exception of the falling ceiling prop which I only put up yesterday.
OK first link has several projects, Rippling floor, WereWolf, Pit, Vampire, thrashing corpse........http://www.hauntpics.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=20

Here is a page with a mechanism to make a giant spider jump. It also has a video of my totally animated spider room from my haunt
Giant Spider Mechanism pictures by Brckee1 - [email protected]@[email protected]@http://static.photobucket.com/player.swf?file=http://vid43.photobucket.com/albums/e375/Brckee1/Giant%20Spider%20Mechanism/[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@e375/Brckee1/Giant%20Spider%20Mechanism/spiderroomvid

This page has the giant plant monster and I also added the falling ceiling, pictures and video of both
Plant Monster pictures by Brckee1 - [email protected]@[email protected]@http://static.photobucket.com/player.swf?file=http://vid43.photobucket.com/albums/e375/Brckee1/Plant%20Monster/[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@[email protected]@e375/Brckee1/Plant%20Monster/MOV03565

Here is a prop that doesn't move :) a really large foam pillar
http://wny-haunters.markshauntedgarage.com/photos/thumbnails.php?album=11

Finally a few pictures of a really disgusting toilet that sprays air and water, also some foam skulls I painted.
http://wny-haunters.markshauntedgarage.com/photos/thumbnails.php?album=14

That about does it for now. I have one more small project from last season that I have not posted yet. Thanks for looking! I hope you can find the time to look at all this stuff.
 

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You make me sick

Motivation, inspiration, and insane jellousy all wrapped up into one.

Very nice work
 

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Wow! The falling ceiling prop is awesome! I saw the clip of it your Dark Raven Manor 2006 promo but I did not think about the mechanism. It's very cool. What was the setup like in your haunt for that animated prop? What did the guests see?
 

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Thanks for sharing. Iam not doing metal fabrication yet, but the pilar was great.
Also liked the pond photos, very good.
 

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Nice work
I liked the chandelier thats cool
your spider is awesome...very creepy
that werewolf is pretty cool too..he looks huge
 

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Hey guys,
I'm glad you're enjoying the videos and pictures!
Wow! The falling ceiling prop is awesome! I saw the clip of it your Dark Raven Manor 2006 promo but I did not think about the mechanism. It's very cool. What was the setup like in your haunt for that animated prop? What did the guests see?
The ceiling was used in a room that was sort of a "trap". You were locked in a room with numbers painted all over the walls. A large rusted steel vault door on one side had a combination lock. A voice explains that you have 15 seconds to figure out the combination. The "answer" was written in red and only revealed for a second. Of coarse there is no winning. Lights go out, a small light illuminated the ceiling which then started down. Just when it hits it's lowest limit with a large crash, the lights go out and a hidden door opens so you can escape.
It worked very well, some people would get scared and duck or even sit or lay on the floor, others would just watch but everyone thought it was very cool.
 

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Thanks for sharing. Iam not doing metal fabrication yet, but the pilar was great.
Also liked the pond photos, very good.
Thanks! I appreciate that, I don't often post the scenic projects that I do, people seem to like the more complicated things. It is a lot of fun doing the scenic stuff too. Styrofoam is a lot of fun to work with. I don't have a lot of natural talent for the artistic stuff but I try. I'm getting better and I really enjoy it.
The pond is a water garden that I built in my yard a few years ago. I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures. Thankyou for mentioning it!

Nice work
I liked the chandelier thats cool
Thanks Lilly, it isn't my design. I copied it from someone. I think I still have the website with instructions if you would like to see it

Here's a video of one of Jim's creations in motion.
http://www.thefrighteners.com/Werewolflite.wmv
Did you forget about this Jim? I think we posted this one back on the old MoM forum last year??
Oh man that one is my favorite. The Werewolf is over 8 feet tall. This year I put him in my cave scene. I hid him around a corner. When you came around it was pitch black, I mean total darkness. I had the prop fire first and didn't turn the lights on until after the first growl. It really got some great scares. First from the startle of a loud growl in a dark cave and secondly from huge moving creature literally inches from you. It was lots of fun to spy on that room.
The cave led to the spider room. The video shows the room working but in the haunt, everything after the spider hitting the crates happens in total darkness. The lights go out so the patrons never see the ceiling retract, they just feel the string droppers and ankle ticklers in the dark. It is a lot of fun to hear the screams from that room because it is totally animated, no actors. That is a hard way to get a good scare.
 

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Absolutely terrific. The werewolf is my fav too. Any chance of giving up some secrets about it's construction?
Hi,Glad you liked it! I always share as much as anyone wants to know about the construction of my props. No secrets here :D

Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures while building it. The head and skins are from Unit-70. My favorite company for buying creatures. Actually the heads from the plant monsters are from there too.

It has several movements. The waist pivots and bends, the head turns, tilts both ways and nods up and down, the jaw opens and closes, the arms raise a bit mostly to keep them clear of the legs when it leans forward.

It uses 7 cylinders, 2 in the waist, 2 for the arms, 2 in the neck for the head, one in the jaw plus a rotary actuator to turn the head for a total of 8 functions.

I learned a lot building this prop. I feel I could do a better job with it now and am tempted to redo some things. I can get it out of storage easily this year so maybe I will haul it out and play with it.
If you want to discuss specific armatures and such. We chould start a thread in the pneumatics area.
 

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Hi,Glad you liked it! I always share as much as anyone wants to know about the construction of my props. No secrets here :D

Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures while building it. The head and skins are from Unit-70. My favorite company for buying creatures. Actually the heads from the plant monsters are from there too.

It has several movements. The waist pivots and bends, the head turns, tilts both ways and nods up and down, the jaw opens and closes, the arms raise a bit mostly to keep them clear of the legs when it leans forward.

It uses 7 cylinders, 2 in the waist, 2 for the arms, 2 in the neck for the head, one in the jaw plus a rotary actuator to turn the head for a total of 8 functions.

I learned a lot building this prop. I feel I could do a better job with it now and am tempted to redo some things. I can get it out of storage easily this year so maybe I will haul it out and play with it.
If you want to discuss specific armatures and such. We chould start a thread in the pneumatics area.
Dayum, that thing is sweeeeeeeet! I want one!
 

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I caught that werewolf clip somewhere last year.... that thing absolutely blows me away (not to mention making me insanely jealous)
 

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Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures while building it. The head and skins are from Unit-70. My favorite company for buying creatures. Actually the heads from the plant monsters are from there too.
I looked all over the site for skins, but didn't see any. Is there a section that I'm overlooking?
 

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They don't advertise the skins for sale. I saw the "Curse of the Werewolf" prop in Chicago 2005. http://www.lapwork.com/unit70/products.asp?cat=4
I liked it but wanted a working mouth and more movement. I wanted to build the animation myself so I had them quote me a price for just the skins and head.

Your question brings up a good point. A lot of people don't know that the big prop companies will sell parts of props, like just the skins of an animated prop. Another good example. I really liked the Zombies from Unit-70. http://www.lapwork.com/unit70/showimage.asp?img=http://www.unit70.com/propimages/Zombie5b.jpgThey are a bit pricey so I asked if they could just sell me the heads. That way I can use corpsed bodies I already have and still get the best part of their Zombie props. The Zombie props cost about $600. but I got the heads for around $50.00. I can't promise they will always sell them that cheap. I spend a lot of money there every year. But by making or using your own corpse body, you could have a very cool zombie prop for just the cost of the head. The heads on my plantmonster prop are from the Unit-70 Crawler.

You have to call and tell them what you want and they will work out a price. I have done similar deals with many companies. Don't think you have to spend the prices on the websites to get the great look of these props. You can just by parts and make the rest. Another option is to get unfinished props and paint them yourself. This can save you quite a bit.
 
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