Wally with his friends Barney and Fred the man-eating pumpkins.
Jack's red eyes glow brightly in the fog.
Our whole house on Halloween night, 2011.
Jack is on the left, and the man-eating pumpkins are glowing on the right. The blue light makes them look almost black!
The front of our house. It wasn't this brightly lit, the shot was done on a timed exposure.
Our fogger doing its thing!
Can you believe that we only had ONE trick or treater all night?! Maybe we'll get more next year. (Again, the scene wasn't this brightly lit, the timed exposure of the shot made it brighter)
The day before Halloween 2011. Testing it all before the big day.
Barney and Fred.
Wally lives! Can you believe that I made him all by myself?!
Steve on the left, and his meal on the right.
The man-eating pumpkin patch of 2011.
Halloween Decor at home, 2011.
Phoebe flying in the trees in the front of our house.
Wally rehearses before his debut outside in the man-eating pumpkin patch.
Making a pumpkin from a trashbag filled with newspaper and masking tape.
Toilet paper rolls added to make a 'stem'. Then papier mache covers it all. My papier mache was made from flour, water, a bit of salt, and a little glue.
I like how the stem detail turned out on all of them.
The paper clay will dry a very light gray color.
After 2 days of drying, I added paper clay (made from old egg cartons) to further define the ridges on the top and the stems.
View from below of Phoebe's motor. The rotisserie motor is on the right, the motor arm and 3-way washer pivot are on the left. You can see the fishing line attached to the washers- the lines move Phoebe's head and arms.
Phoebe and her 'beefed up' framework and rigging. The vertical length of wood on the right will be ratchet-strapped up high along the trunk of a pine tree in the front of our house. I found a rotisserie motor laying around that wasn't being used, so I ditched my deer motor for that. Video of Phoebe flying will be forthcoming soon!
Where the dark wood meets the light wood frame of 2x4s, that will be the area where the deer motor will be mounted. The motor will make Phoebe fly and move around. Can't wait to get her rigged up!
So you can see a top view of the framework. The end of the 'arms' are where the strings for the arms will be, and the center between the two 'arms' will be where the string holding Phoebe's head will be.
This is the framework for our flying crank ghost, Phoebe. It will be mounted to a tree with a few racheting ropes.
Jack's got some brightly glowing red eyes to go with his creepy leering grin!
Upright Wally, er, Wallie. Forgot that this creature has a woman's head. I created the same green LED eye feature here as in the Flying Crank Ghost. It's mounted upright and not yet wired up. I used pipe insulation to beef up the arms. I will be adding some features to bulk up the shoulders once it's all wired up.
Again, Wally leaning forward. He doesn't have any of the wires hooked up to keep him upright yet. Remember that he is a marionette! The motor and wall base are in their proper positions on the right of the photo (the big blackish rectangle thing).
Wally side view. He's leaning all the way forward, his arms are resting on the ground. See his elbows resting on the ground? The black wood blocks on the left are upright and in correct position, and will be mounted to a post or tree when it's finished.
I think this animatronic will be called Wally. Here he's been painted black and is on his back. The shoulders and arms are somewhat recognizable, and the long stick pointing up at the top is where his head will be.
Top view of the framework. This will be the torso.
With some dowels and blocks added. It's not all square because I didn't have a large enough saw to make clean cuts of my 2x4s. Still, it works.
This is the base that the prop will hang from. In the center is a motor (usually used in animated reindeers). I had to create my own washer with 8 holes on the outside. This will accommodate 7 different movements.
Disneyland, September 2011
The initial framework for our leering ghoul, Jack.
Plywood, PVC pipe, a deer motor, some electrical tape and screws. All components to make Jack's head move left and right to watch the passers-by!
Jack's head at the end of the framework. There will be a gravestone in front of him, and his head will be jutting out over it.
It's difficult to get a good shot of her and all her flowy-ness because she's about 6 feet tall, and I have nothing that high to hang her on!
Phoebe with her long locks!
Very cool looking under a black light!
Draping the frame with cheesecloth.
The head with LED eyes is mounted on the wire frame I made for her.
Meet Phoebe, our green-eyed flying crank ghost!