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  1. Entertainment Technology Wiki - a new resource for Haunters

    Hi Everyone,

    I've announced a new wiki - all about entertainment technology, particularly practical effects like puppetry, animatronics, stagecraft, makeup, etc. It's posted in Halloween Tech but...
  2. Entertainment Technology Wiki - a new resource

    Hi, Everyone. It's been a while since I posted to this forum (had a variety of things going on including a few moves) but now have something worth sharing.

    It's a new website that I think could be...
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    Very cool, Allen. Reminds me of a few years...

    Very cool, Allen.

    Reminds me of a few years ago when I bought an Evil Dead DVD that came in the "book of the dead" cover - see it here.

    Yours look way better than that. The necronomicon is so...
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    Can't bring myself to number them :) Alien The...

    Can't bring myself to number them :)
    Alien
    The Thing
    Evil Dead 2
    The Mist
    Shaun of the Dead (that doesn't count? It's great, anyway.)
    Hellraiser
    The Gate
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    Agreed. A manual valve is the way to go. Any...

    Agreed. A manual valve is the way to go. Any configuration with the exhaust valve is only going to allow you to manually release air into the atmosphere - which will drop the pressure on the other...
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    The recommendation I've gotten - even from...

    The recommendation I've gotten - even from full-time moldmakers - is to contact smooth-on and/or polytek (or one of their dealers), ready with details of your project. They know their products best....
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    looks neat and manageable. good job!

    looks neat and manageable. good job!
  8. Here's a manual for editing/mixing: II.Editing...

    Here's a manual for editing/mixing:

    II.Editing for Beginners
    Part 4 - Splitting and Submixes
  9. Bingo. You could mix together the three tracks...

    Bingo. You could mix together the three tracks into a single mp3 file with something like Audacity. Audacity provides instruction for CD ripping here.

    It'll be about the same amount of work as an...
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    That got me thinking about whether or not Alien...

    That got me thinking about whether or not Alien is my favorite horror film. So, as a follow-on I'll mention 'The Thing' which might also claim that title.

    It has all the same features described in...
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    There's this thread...

    There's this thread about Ridley Scott's proposed Alien movies where I weigh in on part of what I think makes them scary.

    If you walk through the plot of 'Alien' - which is much more a pure horror...
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    Don got there first. The mutations and birth...

    Don got there first. The mutations and birth defects would be fun and could probably be done on the cheap, too. Pick up some cheap masks and fake arms and then cannibalize them for parts. Spirit gum...
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    It would be cool to implement the spider area...

    It would be cool to implement the spider area with a swarms of small spiders rather than the standard big spider. One thing I like about this idea is that there's no risk of blunt damage to the...
  14. I dig Allen's ideas that play up the...

    I dig Allen's ideas that play up the transformation theme. You see a lot more wolfmen/wolfmonsters than actual transformations - and that's such a huge part of werewolf horror. It's pure body horror...
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    Yup. Agreed with everyone above. It achieved what...

    Yup. Agreed with everyone above. It achieved what it probably set out to, which was make a fun and interesting flick, rather than some masterpiece of horror. The little baddie, Sam, is a fantastic...
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    I'm curious about a new Child's Play movie. I...

    I'm curious about a new Child's Play movie. I think it will be really cool if they actually used an animatronic (perfect for a living toy). And from what I read, they're going for straight horror...
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    Now that's a scary idea.

    Now that's a scary idea.
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    If you've got more money to throw around ($109...

    If you've got more money to throw around ($109 plus shipping), servocity also has this servo recorder. Using it is as simple as

    Push slider to "Record"
    Twist knob back and forth for a while
    ...
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    I agree with many of the other posters that...

    I agree with many of the other posters that although you're getting contrast with the different fonts, "Ozarks" looks way inferior to "Haunted". Imagine "Ozarks" being expanded to about the same side...
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    I've done robotics for a while, but my schooling...

    I've done robotics for a while, but my schooling and the early part of my career had been the computer / control. So a few years ago - when I decided to get into building animatronics - I was up to...
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    Yup. Agreed w/ Mike. It would be very easy to...

    Yup. Agreed w/ Mike. It would be very easy to make the shotgun funky-looking if you modify it, and that would do more to hurt the effect than the perfect sync would add to the effect. Plus, simpler...
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    Just want to point out that Farnsworth is on here...

    Just want to point out that Farnsworth is on here discussing various types of wire. If you're a Futurama fan like me, you'll appreciate that.
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    bricks look phenomenal. nice work!

    bricks look phenomenal. nice work!
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    You're right. It would depend on the mechanism it...

    You're right. It would depend on the mechanism it was controlling. For this setup, a single-acting cylinder (spring return) would probably cooperate better, too.
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    Geez. I'm glad that heckler has been getting shut...

    Geez. I'm glad that heckler has been getting shut down everywhere he talks. Dan's 1-man peanut gallery. I checked out the stalker costume on the other thread and I think it looks way cool. I'd have...
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