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02-28-2010, 12:15 PM
is the name of my new costume company...can you believe that url was available? I thought haunt-everything had pretty much been taken at this point. :)
The website is not up yet, but I thought I would share a little preview of the costume design and some shots of a couple sculpts I did for it...lets see if I can figure out how to post pics here...
02-28-2010, 12:18 PM
Yeah, much easier to post pics now than it was on the old fright forum...here's a couple of shots of the arm extension sculpt...
02-28-2010, 12:21 PM
That is sweet! Looking forward to more pics.
02-28-2010, 01:52 PM
Dan, you're stuff looks amazing as always!
02-28-2010, 01:59 PM
Dan give me a call. I am thinking RFR and your new venture.
02-28-2010, 04:12 PM
It look great Dan. Creatures like that in the corn field are scary as hell. Awesome design, keep the photos of the progress coming.
02-28-2010, 10:02 PM
VERY impressive. Can't wait to see the finish product. When do you think it will be ready?
02-28-2010, 11:03 PM
The ole Cornstalker looks cool as hell! Can't wait to see the whole package.
03-01-2010, 12:01 PM
Thanks guys!...I was hoping to be further along at this point, but other projects have slowed me down a bit. I have some other special effects make-up artists who have been helping with the fab of the prototypes who will be fabricating the costumes after the show...so my crazy schedule won't affect costume production.
I am very pleased with how it is turning out so far. It is obviously geared primarily towards corn mazes and hayrides, but we will also develop a more "woodland" version of the costume that will diversify it further.
It is very unique...there is nothing like it on the market anywhere. Outside of some pumpkin and scarecrow based products, there is not a whole lot out there that caters to corn based attractions.
The premise of the costume is to act as "corn-camo" but also is a corn monster.
It is a perfect icon character for any corn event, and someone could base their entire marketing program around it.
Depending on how this costume is received, I have a couple more unique costume designs that we will roll out also. If you know anyone with a cornmaze or hayride, please spread the word for me!
03-01-2010, 12:08 PM
what is the price going to be set at on this Cornstalker Dan?
03-01-2010, 12:44 PM
No set price yet...we are making a production model in addition to the prototype that will both be at the show. This one will give us a set price. I am wanting to keep it under 2K to make it affordable for all attractions.
Jonathan, I will call you today.
03-01-2010, 04:26 PM
Awesome Dan! I cannot wait to see the finished product! I'm looking forward to catching up with you at the show in St. Louis my friend! It's been far too long!
03-01-2010, 06:27 PM
Nicely done Dan,
It certainly looks like it could fit in our line with the platforms.
We are also bringing out a new costume at the show that is woodland camo. Sculpt by Rob Corsino of Headless Horseman. Also perfect for Hayrides and woodland themed events. Along with about 5 other costumes, and one HUGE one. The biggest costume we have built yet.
A Rock Golem. The picture attached is just the rough out.
03-01-2010, 06:29 PM
wow kevin that is beyond amazing!
03-01-2010, 06:30 PM
You guys are SICK! I love seeing this new stuff.
03-01-2010, 07:57 PM
Hey Kev, you trying to hijack my thread here? :)
The woodland costume looks awesome!
The Rock Monster, I mean Rock Golem looks familiar!...hehehe...I don't know if you know it or not, but the ORIGINAL Rock Monster was a costume I did for a haunt we built in Kansas City...it blended in with a special rock wall panel that it was designed to interlock with...a year or so later I did the animatronic Rock Monster that everyone knows for Creative Visions.
03-01-2010, 08:03 PM
Consider it hijacked;)
Are you kidding me?
That thing is huge. I wonder how on earth that could be a costume unless it used a track or cable support system like what we have been doing.
That is just what we were thinking about with this beast.
Reminds me of the creature from the Labyrinth that when the door closes it leaps off the door.
03-01-2010, 11:26 PM
Kevin that is just incredible, one of the coolest (if not the coolest) costumes I have ever seen. And Dan, love yours too as Ive already told you..cant wait to see the finished product.
03-02-2010, 08:11 AM
Both look great! nice work guys!
Now play nice..,
03-02-2010, 02:01 PM
Play nice?...we don't know how to play nice at HauntCostumes...that's it Kev, its on now!...Cornstalker says he'll meet your Rock Monster costume at dusk behind the convention center...goin down beeyotch!!! :) hehehe
Btw...the KC Rock Monster costume I mentioned earlier was about 8' tall...the animatronic is about 12'. You're right Kev, any bigger and it would have required some outside support.
03-02-2010, 02:28 PM
I dont have a cornfield maze, but I am wish I did now. I can see how awesome that is going to be. I can picture using this costume several times in the maze for the same people and it would work just as good each time. Maybe create a whole line of basically the same costume, but different faces? I cant wait to see this thing finished. How much Dan?
03-02-2010, 03:08 PM
Costumes costumes costumes...
Couple thoughts here...
I would love to buy more costumes but ONLY ONES THAT ARE PRACTICAL!
Some are too big and too heavy no actor will wear them.
Some are too HOT and no actor will wear them.
Some are just too complicated and not practical for everyday every night every hour by hour use so they sit and rot.
Give me costumes that an actor can just jump in that doesn't hurt their heads or necks that aren't so hot you can't wear them, that are simple but very awesome looking.
I want zombies, I want monsters, I want generic things like mummies that could be used in several different ways. I don't want stilts can't use inside and not safe.
Work on this type of costume and you will sell many and more and lots more.
freak 'n' stein
03-02-2010, 05:31 PM
Amazingly original! can't believe no one thought of it before. GREAT WORK!!!
...Larry has a point. We are looking at spending most of our budget on costumes this year. Generic, well put together and great LOOKING costumes is what we are after. Inexpensive too? TOO MUCH TO ASK?
03-03-2010, 04:19 AM
When making costumes you MUST GO GENERIC because most haunted houses have the same things mansion sets, or some sort of dungeon slash egytian or whatever. Doing the costume Dan is making is cool but who can use that... a corn maze? How many of us have a corn maze?
I love the costume looks great, and it might be something I can use I'll wait to see how it turns out. But I'm not looking for costumes that are giant, have stilts, hard to move on, overly hot, blah, blah... WILL NOT BUY!
Give me zombies they can be used in multiple ways, give me monsters, give me something that is practical.
Lastly, I wanted to mention there will be a new costume company on the scene as well... Precict 13 Robert Kurtsman.
I think there stuff might hit the mark we'll see!
I can't wait to see Dans stuff and everyone else ... JUST DONT BE MAKING big heavy over the top, heavy, hard to wear, super hot costumes... WONT BUY because my actors HATE THEM!
03-03-2010, 08:34 AM
I dont understand the relevance in posting that you WILL NOT BUY!!! you do realise that there are more people at the trade show than you right? I dont mean to be a jerk but why are you trying so hard to discourage someone from adding to the industry. Quietly dont buy, no need to shout it from the roof tops.
For every person out there who WILL NOT BUY! there may be one or two who see something specific "not generic" and think its perfect for their show. This is a majorly hijacked thread in my opinion.
As far as Precint 13 goes they are really selling time it looks like as opposed to costumes. It looks like the same kind of thrift store finds that any owner can look for/buy/ then "zombie up". Anyone on this board can make costumes that look identical to those. So what they are selling is the time it takes to do it.
Dan, and Kevin make costumes and creatures that are outside of the normal skill set of an Average haunter. Therefore they are necessary if folks in the industry do not want to "have all the same stuff". If you cant keep actors in big costumes then dont buy them.....or work with your actors. My park has 8 stiltwalkers each night, all stay in costume and work all night.
Everyone has flaws and strengths, your shows strength is the highly detailed sets and the animatronics that are super thick throughout it. Your actors seem to be a weakness spend more time on them and train and tell them what you want and need from them. I Know you have a few stand outs (because of their own efforts) but if you cultivate a crew you will have an awesome show on all levels. Haunts are made on the imagery they generate in the patrons mind and actors in good specific costumes are good imagery.
To Dan and Kevin,
Great looking costumes and keep making them, your skill set is valued in the industry to keep haunts looking at the top level of the industry. Without companies like yours (spookywoods, horror dome ect.) then all haunts would be generic unless the owners learned the skills themselves.
Thank you and keep doing what you are doing!
And Dan sorry your getting chewed on on your thread.
03-03-2010, 10:34 AM
Very well said Allen.
03-03-2010, 10:59 AM
Thanks for the words of wisdom Allen!!!
03-03-2010, 11:22 AM
I agree with you allen !!!!! 100%
03-03-2010, 02:12 PM
I am going to be honest, when I saw the corn in the actualy sculpt of the head I giggled a little. It looks awesome man!
03-03-2010, 04:17 PM
I love what you guys are doing. Continuing to press the boundries of costume design and raising the bar. It wakes my butt up for sure to come up with more detailed work that our haunt can really apply to the sets and areas.
Our haunt owner is always looking for stuff like this. Competition is fierce for that dollar and this is stuff that will set you apart from the other haunt.
These designs make it cool to go into the corn walks and woods walks. Also, I know plenty of hard working dedicated haunters that would put the sweat into wearing that just for the scare.
Awesome work guys! Keep the updates coming
IF YOUR 555
03-03-2010, 06:12 PM
Dan, the ''GOD'' of the haunt industry said you should not go on with this type of costume so you better listen........whatever. I think it looks great!!
03-03-2010, 08:15 PM
Dan, everything looks great! Would love to see some progress shots while molding. I posted some here of the corpse gloves I sculpted. Keep it up!
Allen, thanks for the nod.
03-03-2010, 09:00 PM
Great stuff Dan! Really love the uniqueness, looks awesome!
Good post Allen, definitely agree with you on that part... looks like everyone does.
03-03-2010, 09:39 PM
When I get a huge costume, and can't find the actors, well, a couple pistons turn it into a one of a kind prop pretty quick.
can't wait to see the finals.
03-03-2010, 10:12 PM
I can see what Larrys saying most actors dont want to wear an oversized costume that is heavy or gonna make them sweat like a hog. If Dan wants to make another line of costumes on the order of Gore Galore more power to him. The industry will decide if he will be at Transworld next year or not! Enough said.
03-09-2010, 02:21 PM
Is your corn stalker the only prototype you will have there? How do you plan on filling orders by October when all you have for T.W. is a corn stalker costume. Do you get corn whiskey with purchase of the corn stalker?
03-09-2010, 06:57 PM
Is anyone else sick of this scaryguy?
03-09-2010, 11:48 PM
I call them like I see them. Sorry if people can't handle the truth.
03-10-2010, 02:24 AM
Yeah... Every thread i go on I see this scaryguy dipshit ragging on everybody... Well buddy let's see the products that you are developing and selling at the show... or let's see the haunt YOU own..... Wait whats that? You don't own a haunt OR make haunt props or costumes to sell??? hmmm.... i suggest you put a sock in it If u have nothing constructive to say or until you show us how much better your haunt or your costumes are than the people you keep slamming. Now I'm just calling it as I SEE IT!!
03-11-2010, 01:45 PM
Dan just heard about this on the RFR podcast and have not been on the forum in a little while. WOW is all i can say that thing looks great can't wait to see it when you are done. all of you prop and costume creators never cease to amaze me with your artistic skills and vision keep it up.
04-03-2010, 12:10 AM
Things got so insane before the show I never got a chance to post any updated pics...below are a few from the show.
I have more on my Facebook page (and several from the India dark ride and other projects) for anyone interested.
Thanks to everyone who helped HauntCostumes.com be a huge success at TW! We exceeded our sales projections, and thats always a good thing. I will never forget the people who invested in our first year by buying a costume.
Some of our customers were using their entire budget to purchase a Cornstalker, to build their entire corn maze theme around. You guys have my undying gratitude and respect. I have been in this industry for a long time, and when I say I will do something, I do it...no matter what it takes. I will not let you down.
We had such a great time seeing all of our haunt friends again, I hated for it to end! It was also really nice to be able to hang out with family and old friends back in St. Louis (thats where I was born and raised).
I will post when our website updates are finished.
Thank you once again, and I hope to see many of you again at Hauntcon!
04-03-2010, 09:02 AM
In case anyone isn't familiar with Dan's work, he builds things to LAST and doesn't skimp on QUALITY in any way! Dan is one of the people in this industry you can buy from with 100% confidence in his work! Again Dan, AWESOME costume! Congratulations on the successful sales at the show my friend!
04-03-2010, 10:20 AM
I am happy to see that you are out there on your own making it... you have a lot of talent and I'm sure you will do very very well. Larry
04-03-2010, 11:45 AM
Thanks Kelly and Larry! I have been lucky that my design company has been doing so well right out of the gate over the last year or so, and keeping food on the table...then again I have always been one of those people that believes in creating your own luck...I have always worked very hard for my opportunities, and will always continue to do so. Thanks again for the nice endorsement!
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