Hey everyone, We want to put a woodchipper scene in the HAUNT this year ala Fargo. As the folks come into the room the actor grabs a foot or arm or something and places it into the woodchipper and blood and goo fly out against the wall opposite. Any thoughts on how to make this a repeatable, fairly inexpensive effect? I'm not worried about cleaning up in between, but I know I need to think about where all that gunk is going to go...perhaps a raised floor with an area for drainage underneath? or a catch basin... Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, as always!
I would do a raised floor, have the gunk hit the wall and slide down under the floor into a pool or something, and then use a pump in the chipper to pull from that pool and shot the water and chunks at the wall.
like a regular pool/pond pump? I never even thought of that would the gunk plug it up? Maybe have to really thin it out to make it work right...
Not a pond pump. I am thinking something along the lines of a 1 - 2" NPT utility pump. Something big that would flow alot of volume real fast, and is large enough to pass wood chipper size chunks of latex and foam without clogging.
Ok I found a pump for about $80 so that looks cool, a submersible utility pump, says it'll expel 1/2" material. So the other question is...how do I mix up some blood that'll look realistic enough with some goopy junk in it, but be easy enough to flow down the wall and back into the collection container. Anyone have any thoughts?
Have you seen this movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096462/
It was made with a rented woodchipper. Can you imagine the looks on the faces of the people at the rental agency when they got it back covered in blood?
How about just skipping the chunks and concentrate on liquid? Is anyone really going to notice if solids don't appear? I'd think if they were able to notice that then they probably weren't scared by the effect anyway.
Also I'd set it up to shoot the goop AT the guests, but put a peice of clear lexan between. If your goop was made of something simple like food coloring and water it wouldn't stick that well to the lexan and would be hella easier to clean off each night.
You can always build a treadmil metal grid above the pool that will catch the chunks and dump them into a conveyor that drops them off into a bucket all-the-while letting the blood drop through to the pool underneath.
I worked for a haunt a while back and we did a room that was wood chipper esque. We used one of the insulation batting blowers from home depot (bought it) dressed it like a wood chipper and dyed the batting red before we put it in the hopper, a shop vac recyled the material and the body parts that went in fell right into he basket the actor pulled them out of.
I hoped that helped.
Allen had a great idea, remember the people are in the room for only a few seconds. Don't mess with water or any type of liquid, you are only asking for problems. We had very elaborate scenes that looked great with a flood light and cost a lot then we turned off all the lights and no one saw all the detail. Only light what you want to be seen. And remember KISS..... Keep It Simple Stupid..... After the first few years that was are motto . Paint what you need on the wall and use the blower for the chunks.
I hope this helps,