In an effort to simplify my online life, I've decided to post Halloween updates in my primary blog, Gristle and Smoke. Feel free to join the discussion over there. Thanks!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Pretty much everything will be in the garage again. Vegas tends to be too windy for long-term setups outside, and I don't trust the any cool decorations (cooler than styrofoam tombstones) would survive unmolested more than a day or so. After sketching out a few plans, I decided on a basic graveyard theme, with (subject to change...it is only February, after all) a zombie busting through a half-buried coffin, featuring a servo-driven three-axis skull and sound, another blood fountain, a female zombie with some kind of simple automation, lightning, and a Pepper's Ghost in the window.
I decided to start early this year to spread the work and expense over a longer timeline--I'm busy, and I'm cheap, and I thought a large DIY element would make it more rewarding, if not a little less expensive. I started with the pursuit of lightning.
It seems simple enough to find a way to emulate lighting--my first thought was to buy off-the-shelf. Unfortunately, a lot of the devices I found were too expensive (like, full-on DMX kits), too cheesy, or just unavailable. I looked for several weeks, and found a good solution: a sound-to-light modulator. There is a company called electronics123 that sells the kit in it's component pieces ($20 shipped); all you have to do is solder it together. Sounds simple--except that I've never soldered in my life. So, of course, I ordered it.
And here's what I got:
The first post of what will be, in essence, my journal of projects and ideas and tasks leading up to Halloween 2009. I had so much damn fun last year doing a garage haunt, that this year I'm taking it up a level and adding some new stuff. As I progress, I'll add some videos and pictures, and I'll also add some stuff from last year that I didn't post already.