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Raycliff Manor
09-28-2006, 06:47 PM
Creative Visions, in an effort to meet our last minute order deadline, has one of their team driving up tonight to deliver our newest prop. This is going to be a custom prop designed and built by Creative Visions. As soon as I can, I'll get pictures and if possible some video footage. Mark and Dan have pulled off a miracle for us and I can't say enough good about how great these guys are to work with. Of course, they've become much more than business associates and we're very proud to call them friends! We are so excited about putting the "piece de resistance" (SP?) in place late tonight and being ready to creak open the dungeon doors on Raycliff Manor tomorrow night! :twisted:

Kel

SpFXChic
09-28-2006, 09:12 PM
Can't wait to hear about (and see photos of) it! Share as soon as you can!

brad
09-29-2006, 10:28 AM
It's good to have a company that can pull off something like that with such short notice. I can't wait to see pics of this prop. Post them soon.

Raycliff Manor
09-29-2006, 11:00 AM
:shock: :shock: :shock: Talk about underpromising and overdelivering! :shock: :shock: :shock: Mark, Dan, Drew and the rest of the Creative Visions crew... you guys are freakin AWESOME! Talk about service! Talk about an AMAZING product! I'll get pictures taken and posted ASAP. I wish I had a video camera to film the character in action. If I can get someone to videotape hime, I'll do so as well. I can't say enough how pleased we are with your product/service. You guys definitely made the show. Drew, thank so much for driving all the way down here to install the character for us. You are a perfectionist my friend and apparently so is the rest of the CV team! Thanks again and we owe you guys for pulling this off for us on such short notice :!: :!: :!:

Kel

SomeThingInTheIce
09-29-2006, 05:12 PM
It's good to hear that, most the time you only hear the bad stuff.

undertaker
09-29-2006, 08:30 PM
I doubt i'm not the only one but the suspense is killing me. I want to know what this prop is.

Dan Faupel
09-30-2006, 02:53 PM
Thanks for the kind words Kel!...it's nice to get appreciation for a job well done...

Man the suspense is killing me too!...oh wait...I designed it...hehehe...

It's a custom queue-line skeletal character with full range head motion...it did turn out pretty nice for a rush job I must say...he's built nice and beefy so he'll last a long time...glad you love him Kel!...did you give him a name yet?...I'd love to see a pic of him in his new home!

Raycliff Manor
09-30-2006, 03:11 PM
We haven't given him a name yet, but I was thinking about asking for help from the HauntWorld Family in naming him. Of course, I need to post a picture first! I went to the haunt last night with camera in hand and every intention of taking a picture to post today, but we all know how opening night goes... :shock: We had a series of "mini-crisis", and ultimately got everything all worked out by the time we started letting people in the attraction. Whew! There's always bugs to get worked out on the first night, but I'm definitely going to get some pictures tonight! Mari was able to get pictures of most, if not all, of the actors in makeup last night and I'm going to ask her to send me electronic copies so I can share them as well. Speaking of Mari, I've been trying to get Mari interested in conducting seminars on "Managing a Fright Team". She is amazing! One of the most organized people I've known and outstanding at developing and managing a crew, including actors, makeup artists and security! I even suggested to her that we do seminars together to cover a variety of aspects of operating an attraction. :wink:

Kel

Raycliff Manor
09-30-2006, 03:23 PM
We haven't given him a name yet, but I was thinking about asking for help from the HauntWorld Family in naming him. Of course, I need to post a picture first! I went to the haunt last night with camera in hand and every intention of taking a picture to post today, but we all know how opening night goes... :shock: We had a series of "mini-crisis", and ultimately got everything all worked out by the time we started letting people in the attraction. Whew! There's always bugs to get worked out on the first night, but I'm definitely going to get some pictures tonight! Mari was able to get pictures of most, if not all, of the actors in makeup last night and I'm going to ask her to send me electronic copies so I can share them as well. Speaking of Mari, I've been trying to get Mari interested in conducting seminars on "Managing a Fright Team". She is amazing! One of the most organized people I've known and outstanding at developing and managing a crew, including actors, makeup artists and security! I even suggested to her that we do seminars together to cover a variety of aspects of operating an attraction. :wink:

Kel

HauntVentFX
09-30-2006, 08:15 PM
No need to wait for a picture.... If it's a skeletal creature how about Keleton! :)

~nail in the coffin~
10-01-2006, 07:43 AM
i wanna see it!!!!!!

Raycliff Manor
10-01-2006, 05:15 PM
Here's a picture of the Creative Visions animatronic! I'll try to get more pictures soon with closer shots. I also had one of the actors videotape the character in action and he's going to send me a file format I can share. Thanks again to the gang at Creative Visions for an awesome job! Like the name suggestion Roy, but it's suspiciously similar to my name. :wink: :lol: I'm still looking for additional name ideas...

Kel

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f136/EurekaTradeWinds/Animatronic2.jpg

HauntVentFX
10-01-2006, 05:20 PM
So what exactly does the animated s"KEL"eton do? Stand up, move head, raise arms, etc.???

Jim Warfield
10-01-2006, 06:08 PM
What does he do?
Maybe it would be different (and maybe easier?) to have the floor under the customers begin moving towards the skeleton?

Greg Chrise
10-01-2006, 08:57 PM
Charles Raycliff, I presume?

Raycliff Manor
10-02-2006, 04:59 PM
I just created a Youtube account and I'm pasting the code below that was provided me after uploading the file. I hope this works...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRT1u3ZzCVo

Kel

Raycliff Manor
10-02-2006, 08:09 PM
The uploaded video is working now. Unfortunately, the video is choppy and you can't tell how in sync the coice track is with the voice. It's actually perfect! The video was also taken with the house lights on. We tried with the "atmospheric" lighting, but it was too dark to capture on video. It looks even more awesome with the haunt lighting! I still can't believe this is run on pneumatic! I thought for sure there would be some sound from the air cylinder. The articulation is so smooth and quiet it's just plain errie how realistic it is! You can't tell, but the character is sitting above the entrance doorway to Raycliff Manor. This is all part of an inside facade. People are LOVING the character! While there captivated and looking up, watching the character, it gives me the perfect opportunity to sneak up on people in line and stand directly behind them just waiting for them to notice me! Great times!!!

Kel

SpFXChic
10-03-2006, 08:24 AM
I watched the video, but unfortunately, my speakers at work aren't worth a darn, so I couldn't hear him. :( I will try to watch this evening at home. He looks really great!

ClusterOne
10-04-2006, 08:44 PM
Holy Moly that cool! I want one!! :)

Who's voice is that, very good voice acting

Raycliff Manor
10-05-2006, 11:25 AM
The voice is actually done by Mike Fox. You could listen to a sample of his voice talent. Here's a link to Mike's web site, http://www.foxproductions.tv/. Mike is the voice for the Skulltronix product found at www.skulltronix.com. Mike also does work for Ghost Ride. He is one amazingly talented guy!

Kel