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elowther
06-22-2008, 09:24 PM
I have been enjoying everyone's build photos. Here are some photos of our new 40 foot skull head building with a stage in the mouth. It is far from finished but you can get the idea. I included a photo of the scale model and a quick rendering of what it will look like when finished and lighted with an actor on stage.

I'll post more when it has a lot more detail, there will be vines all over it and big teeth along with 10 foot horns. We will have to do some trimming of the trees so it will be more visible. This thing overlooks the queue line. It will look cool with tons of fog blowing out the mouth.

Oh yeah, the weird orange pants I have on are used for protection when cutting with a chainsaw.

Eric

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/IMG_0146_3.jpg

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/quick40footsketch.jpg

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xxxdirk
06-22-2008, 09:53 PM
Freaking amazing. BRAVO!

shredman
06-22-2008, 09:56 PM
awesome man!!!

hauntedhousenut
06-22-2008, 09:58 PM
Very cool, how tall is the structure?

badass
06-22-2008, 10:00 PM
hell yeah..now that is bad ass..

screamsofnight
06-22-2008, 10:10 PM
wow wow wow.. absolutely amazing! Great job!

twohlgemuth
06-22-2008, 10:52 PM
Hi Eric,

You are the master of Larger than Life Props! I'm blown away by your vision and how your haunt stands out truely above the rest is awesome.

You need more than those orange pants to work on that structure, you need a crane!

Stay Safe and keep on dreaming big!

Keep the photos coming, I can't wait to see it finsihed.

elowther
06-23-2008, 05:34 AM
Thanks for the compliments! It's 40 feet high and scary as hell at the very top! Here are some photos from the decks and one showing the back of the structure. I designed it so I can build another face on the back next year that faces in at the haunt itself.

The trees you see stuck in the ground are going to be 6 more big tree monsters. I carve the faces with a chainsaw and attach limbs for arms. Then I will put a bunch of smaller trees around them for a spooky forest. They look cool when lighted up. The headless horseman will run around that section in back of the queue line.

Eric

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/IMG_0264_7.jpg

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badlander2000
06-23-2008, 06:25 AM
It is absolutely insane that this is part of a home haunt! I really wish I could have big set pieces like that at mine.

MDKing
06-23-2008, 06:37 AM
Looks awesome, I love the rough wood with the bark still on, nice touch. Also, that's some beautiful land you have to work on....


Allan

elowther
06-23-2008, 06:48 AM
Badlander2000,

We made it over the hump and went pro last year. We could never get away with this when we were a home haunt LOL!

Eric

Kevin Dells
06-23-2008, 01:59 PM
Eric, Nice to meet you!

Im loving this schene man and the fact that your using natural items commonly found with the woods... this will make it very creepy indeed !

The woods come to life is such a neat thing with any outdoor haunt.

And as a stairbuilder by trade. "Hey man nice stairs!"

We just put the roof on our facade this weekend and 30 feet up is intimidating as hell!

elowther
06-23-2008, 02:54 PM
Hey Kevin,

I can't take credit for the stairs. Stan Walker, the same guy that plays the Headless Horseman in our video and the haunt built those along with a great deal of the structure. It still has a fair amount to go but now we can take our time detailing it during the summer since we went so fast up to this point. Stan really pushed us over 3 weekends to get this far.

I love using as many natural materials as I can in the haunt to give it that organic creepy feeling. The bark adds so much texture when lighted properly. It really looks ominous when you look up at it from the queue line. I think it will be a big hit this year. I have many more things planned for this season but this is the biggest so we started it first. I will start on the horns soon and post more photos when it is looking good.

Eric

REDRUM
06-25-2008, 08:45 PM
Killer job Eric and Haunted Overload crew!

I can't wait to see what you guys come up with next.

SomeThingInTheIce
06-26-2008, 04:33 PM
You don't do anything small, do you?lol. Very cool, what will the acter be doing on the stage?

elowther
06-26-2008, 05:16 PM
What the actor or actors will be doing on-stage has yet to be determined. It may depend on our personnel and who would be the best for that position. We may have a bunch of people take turns. A huge crowd will be gathered in front of this structure before going into the haunt, it's the end of the queue line. I will have a microphone so the actors talking to the crowd can be heard.

I have one Idea I will hopefully be able to do. It involves me, every so often coming out of the mouth with the chainsaw and tons of smoke. After whirling it around and getting the crowd going I will then leap off the front of the stage. I will land on a massive hay bail platform built way up to cushion the jump. There will be an even higher hay bail wall in front of the platform so it will look like I'm jumping 9.5 feet down when I'm only jumping 3 or 4. The crowd wont expect it at all and then I will come from behind the wall and through gate to the queue line with the saw. People love the saw running up and down the line.

If it turns out to be too dangerous I will abandon the idea but if done right I really think it will be a hit.

Eric

TheNightMare
06-26-2008, 08:33 PM
Those pics are freakin AMAZING. Nice JOB!

elowther
07-27-2008, 05:53 PM
I said I would post more build photos when I got them so here they are. The first one is a sneak peak at only some of the new hand made tiki torch heads that will line the big road in front of the skull stage. I can't wait until my photographer gets a hold of these. He can get much more detail than this photo shows. They will look cool lit up I think.

The next photos show the horns to the giant skull head in stages. And finally some more progress on the big structure. I am starting to detail the eye socket in one photo and adding vines. Each board I put up goes painstakingly slow. I'm really getting a workout running up and down those stairs to see how it looks. I envy the haunts that have big crews lol! I still have a fair amount to do on this prop but I'm definitely over the hump. There will be black cloth in the mouth and teeth also. I need to add small pieces of wood at the top so the horns look like they are growing out of the head not just stuck there.

I threw in a shot from real far away, you can see me standing on the top holding the chainsaw. I wont be up that high for the haunt, other actors and myself will be in the mouth.

Enjoy,

Eric

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/BWTIKIHEADS_3.jpg

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elowther
07-27-2008, 05:54 PM
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SomeThingInTheIce
07-27-2008, 06:09 PM
Dude, you are insane, just insane! (I mean that in a good way)

elowther
07-29-2008, 09:07 AM
Thanks,

The conservation commission is coming today to check on this structure as well as our other maze structures. Apparently on the farm any building put up needs to be for agricultural proposes because of certain easements. We can get around this because none of our structures have a permanent roof and can not be classified as a buildings. This structure is a giant sculpture and not a building.

If they tell us to tear it down expect to see a photo of me jumping off the thing to my demise, lol! The farmers are not worried about it at all but it is just another hassle to put up with.

I'll let you know how it goes.

Eric

spookologist
07-29-2008, 09:20 AM
Erik, it looks amazing. Good luck with the commission.

Wayne
www.trailofterror.com

damon carson
07-30-2008, 03:04 PM
Are you planning on jumping with the real chainsaw? Not telling you what to do but I would have two chainsaws one at the top and one at the bottom. I would jump with a prop one and then switch behind the fence. Its a cool idea but it all sounds like you could get hurt in the process. Great idea though!
Damon

elowther
07-30-2008, 03:41 PM
Damon,

That's a real great idea! I plan to do a lot of testing when the time comes for the set up of the jump and so forth. My initial thought was I would be able to use my carving chainsaw that is incredibly light and feels like a toy. I whirled it around like nothing last year and was able to run at full speed the whole night because it was so light. A heavy one would never work. If I build the hay platform right I would be able to jump and land almost on all 4's with a separate higher level for my hands and the saw outstretched in one hand to land on. Like I said, it may not even be possible because of safety issues but I'm going to give it my best shot. I don't want to get injured in the process so I wont be stupid about it if it's not working. The fake saw might do the trick.

Even if I don't get to jump off, the other actors, lights and fog coming out of it will look cool for the people in the queue line. The jump idea would be a bonus and I would only do it about every 10 to 15 minutes.

Thanks for the idea.

Eric

damon carson
07-31-2008, 09:06 AM
How bout this Eric? Maybe some kind of Harness so maybe you could jump even further? It would provide safety and even more of a thrill. It would have to have somekind of quick release system though so you can get out without anyone noticing. With all the fog and the sound of a chainsaw I dont think many would.
Damon

elowther
07-31-2008, 11:14 AM
Damon,

That's a good idea also. I doubt I will have time to implement something like that this year. I still have a bunch of other stuff to build. Here are some images I retouched to give you a better idea of how I think the jump and monster head will turn out in the end at night. The pine boughs will cover all the hay, I just left the hay visible so you can see the jump platform.

I don't know if the teeth will be exactly like this but doing photos like this helps me decide how the finished piece should look. So far it's coming out pretty close to my original scale model.

Thanks for another good suggestion.

Eric

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/1.jpg

http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/2.jpg

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Creativecinema
07-31-2008, 12:52 PM
Eric-

You're out of control. Looks unbelievable!

TheNightMare
07-31-2008, 05:13 PM
Eric-

You're out of control. Looks unbelievable!

That is too awesome, In the dark, that is going to look Sick. Great job!!!

damon carson
08-02-2008, 11:07 AM
Looks pretty sweet Eric! It doesnt look as far as I thought. But still hope you dont get hurt. Good luck!
Damon

GingerSnaps
08-02-2008, 06:25 PM
Looking good! Be careful! We don't want you injured!

SomeThingInTheIce
08-02-2008, 09:15 PM
I posted it before and I'll post it again, your insane, just insane. (In a good way)lol.

elowther
08-02-2008, 09:37 PM
Believe me, I don't want to get injured either. I will take every precaution to insure it is the safest possible landing and if I can't do it safely I wont do it at all. I don't want to work all year on this haunt and bust my leg on opening night LOL! I guess it wouldn't be that bad because at least the haunt would be all built by then. It would be worse if I busted my leg in September and couldn't climb ladders to finish the big monsters.

Looking at these photos again I'm beginning to agree with Something in the ice, I think I may have a touch of insanity setting in. I think you need a little bit to be in this business anyway.

Eric