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02-27-2012, 06:13 AM
Time to start the annual progress thread again. It's the end of February and I feel slightly behind. I Worked on the website pages this weekend. We will start off slowly on props today. I'll post what we do on those soon. Cool plans in the works for this year.
Website pages and animated gif. We got the home page working last night. Dan Thomas is working on the new photo galleries this week. Look at the banner for at least 5 seconds to see it change.
02-27-2012, 08:15 AM
Website looks great - Can't wait to see what you will be building this year, your stuff is always an inspiration and gets the creative thoughts running!
02-27-2012, 08:36 AM
As always Eric - Great work!
02-27-2012, 08:47 AM
Wish I had your talent man! Shane and it's love the photos! Shane
02-27-2012, 05:34 PM
Thanks guys! I hope people can get some inspiration or the thread will spark a few ideas along the way. It's always hard to start off on props. It feels like I just cleaned up from last season, lol! I only have time to post 4 photos tonight of some of the work we started today. In the coming weeks when I have time on the weekend I will go into more detail or answer questions as they come up.
The first score of the day was when we went over to my father's house to get some 2x4's I had been saving. We are making a new train yard scene with giant freight train this year. I couldn't believe these two sections of real railroad track were in the shed. My father had been cutting up the old saw mill. My grandfather had used these rails to hold the logs in place years ago on his home made mill.
Anyway these things weigh about 1,000 pounds each. It should be interesting getting them to the haunt.
I wanted to start off with something easy. We are building 15 new body bags. The goal here is to try and build them really cheap. The wood was from a dumpster, the small heads I had given to me. I'll go into detail later on how these will be put together.
Walley is showing the wood and small heads of the new body bags. We are also expanding our reaper section. The bigger heads are for 10 new reaper figures. We actually started them last year. I'll post photos of the beginning when I dig them out. They are big Styrofoam one piece skulls. We cut the jaws off and reattached them in an open position. Secured a piece of plastic pipe and foamed it in place. This is a perfect base to sculpt over. Teeth will be sculpted as well.
I only got one half finished today because I was setting people up cutting the pieces for the body bags and teeth sculpting.
My wife came home to find a bunch of people in the cellar making props, lol!
02-28-2012, 06:59 AM
Love the photos you have great coloring. What do you use to build up off the skulls? Is it monster mud?
Looking good Eric!
02-28-2012, 03:37 PM
It's Magic Sculpt. The stuff is awesome!
02-28-2012, 04:12 PM
It's Magic Sculpt. The stuff is awesome!
Excellent thanks Eric!
03-05-2012, 07:22 PM
Cutting wood for the new body bag figures.
Starting to look like bodies now.
Individual teeth made from Magic Sculpt and wire.
The start of another over-sized skull.
03-06-2012, 05:45 AM
Those body bags are gonna be SWEET! I've never seen anyone do them with roped together boards and I love the idea. Always great to see your progress, everyting looks awesome this year!
03-17-2012, 08:51 PM
Worked on a new 4x6 promotional card today.
More progress on the body bags.
Jonathan holding up the frames.
Teeth for the new reaper figures.
03-17-2012, 08:54 PM
It's looking pretty creepy.
There will be 15 of these things all around and an actor or two dressed just like them, lol!
03-24-2012, 05:25 AM
Hi everyone! I wanted to add a couple of costume progress photos to the thread. This is a character I'm working on with one of our actors. She wanted to do a sort of forest witch/troll creature. We opted for lots of fall colors with a hint of sage green. There's still a bit to be done. The costume will need to be distressed, and we'll be adding lots of natural touches, like bones and beads and dangly doodads. (She also wasn't able to wear some of the warmer pieces because it was about 80 degrees when we took the photos.) This was just a basic makeup for the pictures. We're working on some prosthetic pieces and a ratty cloak for her next.
03-25-2012, 07:01 PM
This is the first giant project we will be working on. It will be 30 feet tall. Scale model finished, it will be painted white for contrast. We will start this weekend. My goal is to get it built by the end of April so we can get on to the main scenes.
05-14-2012, 09:53 AM
Boy it's been hard to keep up with posting on this thread. These are a few photos of the build so far.
View from the second story of the tower. Another story to go.
Death Junction Freight Depot
View of the two towers that will make up the giant train tunnel. This will be a wall with fake stone.
06-12-2012, 07:47 PM
Progress is going well. Laying out the roof trusses for a caboose, part of our new Death Junction scene. http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l37/ericlowther/IMG_0558.jpg
Caboose in progress.
This is really cool! We had a Memorial day cookout at the haunt. This is my father 70 and my grandfather who turns 103 in two weeks. on the caboose. He got a real kick out of it. I am using his giant saw blade for the saw mill scene this year. Check out the
train horn, lol!
It's hard work making new buildings look old, lol!
06-12-2012, 08:07 PM
Awsome man that's all I can say! Shane and it's just AWSOME! Shane!
IF YOUR 555
06-12-2012, 08:15 PM
Brillant! Im always blown away from this thread due to the vision and organazation that goes into the build. Happy Birthday to Grandpa!
06-12-2012, 09:48 PM
Very nice and inspirational.
What advice does Grandpa have for the rest of us to see 103?
Many years ago (as in a past life!) I was working in the house of a 95 yr. old man. His "secret" to his longevity was as follows:
"I never smoked.
I never drank.
And I never let anything bother me....(There;s the tough one!)
He lived a block from my Parent's house and within that tiny neighborhood also lived his two sisters !(In their own houses)
06-13-2012, 07:37 AM
I'm with Jim. Grandpa looks great for 103. I think you need to take the show on the road. You need to come to the Midwest so we can get a better view. It should be an easy road trip, not like your props are that big and all.:-P Thanks for sharing the pics with us. Dan
06-13-2012, 09:40 PM
Your builds always look AWESOME! If I could pick one haunt to own out of the entire haunt world forums, it would be yours (with all due respect to the other awesome haunts out there!).
You'd better hope you never tick-off the owner of the farm... Can you imagine having to move all those giant structures to a new location?!? :)
07-05-2012, 03:01 PM
Our Memorial Day cookout at the haunt was a blast. Here is Dan after too much to eat.
From this angle it looks like he fell off the 3 story tower, lol!
I totally ran out of time last year to start the sawmill scene. Finally starting it now.
Using my grandfathers giant saw blades will make it very authentic looking to say the least.
I bought 8 piles of distressed lumber from a local saw mill. This pile is like a gold mine to be used for the main beams.
Late night sinking the first few beams.
07-05-2012, 03:02 PM
The structure is starting to take shape.
See what I mean about these old beams, they look awesome? They even smell old, you would swear the structure had
been there for years. This will be an open air concept design. The walls will be high so you will still get the feeling on enclosure. I want it to look like the frame and walls of an old barn that had partially caved in with the old sawmill inside.
Starting the carrier for the mill. I'm glad we had this giant beam, it looks so authentic.
The carrier taking shape. The new wood is for structure and will be covered with distressed lumber to look good.
Check out my grandfathers contraption in the lower right corner. He used to use it for welding supplies and the
compressor mounted on top for painting. Now it, the blade and some of the wood that he sawed with it are all in the haunt.
I can't wait to show him the finished photos of the mill.
07-05-2012, 03:03 PM
We have many projects going on at once now. Here are a few more in progress.
I like these small sheds because they go up fast and add a lot of detail to the haunt. Patrons wont even go in this one. I call it creative fencing. This building will provide a blockade and even more sense of enclosure in the hillbilly section.
Working on the tin roof.
Looking pretty creepy now and didn't take long to complete.
The caboose is getting there as well. I can't wait to start making this look old and rundown. While building this, a friend told me about an old caboose in the woods of Connecticut where she grew up. Indians had over run the train, scalped everyone aboard, threw some in the coal furnace etc. The train was just jeft there and the trees all grew up around it. I thought I may
use that as inspiration for a back story to our Death Junction scene.
The inside of this will act as an actor staging area / make up room on the inside of the haunt for touch ups etc.
07-05-2012, 03:19 PM
In a word BITCHING!!!!! love, love, love it! Shane and it's imma coming to see ya place! Shane
07-05-2012, 03:34 PM
absolutely incredible, ERIC. Love the photos !!!!!! keep them coming !!!!!
07-05-2012, 09:21 PM
I love the progress pictures....every time I see more it gets be biting at the bit to hear back from our guy about the land we are pursuing!!! Keep up the great work!!!
ANUBIS B. C.
07-06-2012, 05:30 AM
07-09-2012, 09:07 PM
Thanks guys. Here are a few more.
Entrance to the sawmill.
This power auger will be the death of me. Many rocks and roots to contend with. Good workout though, lol!
Building a small loft inside the barn.
The entrance is looking pretty cool now. Photo taken today.
07-09-2012, 10:57 PM
Great as always!
07-10-2012, 09:26 AM
You guys never cease to astound me. It looks great!
Wow great idea with the roped wood. Never thought of that approach. That would work great for some props I need next year (still bogged down building for this year). Thanks for sharing!
07-15-2012, 10:51 PM
Put in a real long day Saturday. We will be back there tomorrow.
Worked on the sawmill all day, it was extremely hot and humid. We finally started getting on a roll late so we stayed till 1:30am. It's a big project but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel now.
This photo shows the beams made to look like rotted roof joists. They look cool from below, lighting will be very important for this scene. It's starting to look like a real old barn with caved in roof now.
Time to break out the headlamps. Starting another wall late at night.
We had a fire going to keep the bugs away.
Sinking another poll for a doorway.
07-16-2012, 09:46 PM
Tired as hell. I figured I would post these tonight or I never would. Enjoy.
We got the blade mounted.
View as you walk around the corner.
Roof made to look like rotted boards caving in on you. They are wired up. I would need a sprinkler if I made a solid roof.
The body bags are looking cool as well.
07-16-2012, 10:36 PM
Eric, your work is inspirational and so unique, you have a clear passion for what you're doing. Thank you so much for posting pictures!
07-16-2012, 11:23 PM
Awesome work as always! You know I'm a big fan!
You said you would need to put in a sprinkler if you made a solid roof. How many feet is it in your locality before you need a sprinkler?
07-17-2012, 04:40 AM
160 square feet
Dark Tiki Studios
07-19-2012, 09:07 AM
160 square feet
Thanks! I was curious.
What awesome progress! What quality! In a few years you're literally going to have a Halloween theme park!
07-20-2012, 09:03 PM
nice work as usual
07-22-2012, 05:54 PM
It all looks awesome. I wish I had a block of woods next to my haunt to do something with:(
08-28-2012, 03:48 PM
Not too much time to post nowadays but here are a few more.
Inside the mouth of a new gigantic creature.
Burning the midnight oil, very first layer of wood slabs going on. Many more to go.
08-28-2012, 04:31 PM
Eric you are my hero- great looking work.
08-28-2012, 04:58 PM
I can't take credit for the gypsy wagon. Rae Enslin, our costume director and other volunteers did that.
I think it came out great! I love having talented people on the team doing their own projects. It's totally different than what I would do and it gives the haunt some good variety. I designed that giant cactus looking head but it's a team effort many hands went into the building of this. I don't want to show too much of it until it's finished but it looks insane when you come around the corner of the trail even in this unfinished state. There is a mock up a few pages back it will have giant horns sticking out of it made from foam and painted white.
08-28-2012, 07:37 PM
Incredible work Eric, well done!
08-29-2012, 04:13 PM
This is what is on the back side of the giant cactus head. Grain silo/ ticket booth below. Entrance into Death Junction.
Stencils for the ticket booth.
Start of the giant train tunnel facade.
Awesome looking sign done by Bill Kennedy, the circus ringleader.
09-26-2012, 08:28 PM
Sorry I haven't posted in a while. Here are a few more. I can't wait til my vacation starting Friday when I can finally focus 100% on the haunt until we open. I also can't wait until my photographers get some good shots of these new things. The I phone just doesn't cut it for good photos, lol! Awesome for a phone though.
New covered bridge.
Inside the bridge.
The giant 4 story cactus is getting there. More work, on the face, sharp spines and white highlighting with a spray gun to go. The photos don't do it justice, at night when patrons come around the corner it will look insane.
10-17-2012, 04:08 PM
Here are a few photos. More to come when I get a second.
Fright Tours came to visit and do an official review on opening night.
Have a great season everyone!
10-17-2012, 05:32 PM
wish I was closer than 399 miles !!!!! someday, my friend........ someday !!!!!!!!!have a great run this year ..............
10-17-2012, 06:21 PM
This is probably my favorite thread. This is one of those threads that you look at again and again. Absolutely amazing. It's inspirational and humbling all at the same time. This haunt is at the top of my bucket list. Please keep the pictures coming.
10-17-2012, 06:29 PM
I bet you made one hell of a tree house when you were a kid.lol.
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10-24-2012, 08:42 PM
Love, Love, Love them it was because of you I started doing photos in my haunt! Shane and it's awsome! Shane
10-25-2012, 04:45 PM
gotta be one of the best in the world !!!!! the all natural surroundings and construction make it even more of a hit. a true artist !!!!! thanks for sharing all of these great photos.......incredible camera work !!!
10-25-2012, 07:56 PM
I happened to be in the Boston area for business and had tonight free before catching a flight tomorrow. Made an hour and a half drive (each way) to go see Haunted Overload. Been watching the pictures for years now, and was always impressed by how well everything photographed. It looks even more spectacular live. This event is truly unique, and the visuals are breathtaking. So glad I decided to make the trip out there. Sets a very high bar for what can be done on a haunted trail, but I actually learned a ton applicable even to lower budget shows.
11-11-2012, 05:59 PM
Thanks HauntedMemphis! Glad you made the trip out and enjoyed it!
I hope everyone had a good season!
We are getting ready for our staff wrap party on the 17th. I'm going through the photos now to give Tim for the video. Here are a few more. I'm so thankful for Artifact Images, they do a great job with the challenges of haunt lighting. Almost time to start the actor appreciation thread.
11-11-2012, 06:04 PM
The four of us that built this 4 story monster are pictured here in the mouth. Dan Thomas, Me, Tom Sadowski and Wallace Valley. The massiveness of this thing doesn't really convey in these photos but the thing looks pretty cool from the ground when people come around the corner. Ran out of time for the cactus spines all over it. Maybe next year.
11-11-2012, 06:22 PM
Check it out. Artifact Images just sent me this slide show they made. So cool!
11-12-2012, 09:36 AM
Thanks for sharing. Please tell me someone walks thru and video tapes the haunt. It has to be one of the most unique haunts I've seen. Someday I will make it out east. And your haunt will be at the top of the can't miss list. Amazing haunt. Dan
11-13-2012, 04:31 PM
FOR AN OUTDOOR WALK THRU, THE "SKY IS THE LIMIT" (literally !) (no height restrictions,obviously).. THE PHOTOS DON'T LIE. MOST INCREDIBLE PICTURES OF A HAUNT THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN....................ULTRA-CREEP FACTOR KICKS IN IN A HUGE DARK FOREST. YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST !!!!!! WOW !!!! ERIC, YOU AND YOUR CREW ARE DOING GREAT WORK UP THERE !!!!! HOPEFULLY, I'LL GET THERE IN 2013 !!!!! THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO !!!!
11-19-2012, 08:38 AM
Thanks John! I figured I would post a few more of the new buildings I showed in this thread with the lighting. I will start a new post for 2013 when that is underway. We are going to demolish the facade with the horns and revamp the queue line first.
Train tunnel, about 20 feet tall.
Death Junction after you go through the train tunnel.
New covered bridge. A troll was in there of course.
I like these small crooked buildings. I call them creative fencing. They add a lot of character to the haunt while providing blockades for routing patrons through the trail. Actors can come out of them If I want.
11-19-2012, 08:50 AM
This new carving looked cool. You can see the giant 4 story head in the background to the right. As you came around this thing you would finally see the big one. Since it was new and that big it made quite an impression.
Some fog coming from the queue line.
I love this effect. Skeletons draped in cheese cloth and sprayed with glow in the dark paint. You have to just mist the figures because it's easy to go overboard with the effect. We rented a 400 watt black light to light the whole tunnel full of these.
This is the facade that will be gone. I want to increase the patrons visibility of the new one from a distance. The new one whatever it looks like will be on a raised platform and pushed back to give us more room in the queue line.
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