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Thread: Darkness Haunted House Transworld Haunt Tour 2015 - Renovation Thread

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    Here is one of the projects Larry asked us to design and build for him.

    SKULLIATH Giant Actormatronic

    We are trying something new.
    I sculpted some life-size hands and exaggerated skull.
    We then sent them to a company to have them laser scanned and 3d foam printed.
    I am pretty happy with the results so far.

    I look forward to the final results and if you would like to experience being grabbed by it first hand then come check it out at the Darkness Tour.
    We will also have it displayed at the Haunt Show, but I think it would have a better visual impact seeing it in a scene.
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    Okay folks a couple updates here but nothing amazing to report... we are started and honestly its taking more time than I thought to clean/demo the old scenes. We are removing scenes that have been there since the first year the Darkness was in this building. The walls on top of other changes and more... hard to explain. But we are getting there. We just filled up a third giant dumpster but FINALLY I think we have everything removed. We are focused on the bathroom right now... we bought like 2000 dollars worth of real tile. I spent the day walking around some old half falling apart 500,000 square foot building that we are going into to rip out real pipes, electrical boxes, industrial fans and more starting today.

    We are getting off to a slow start but its going to start flying here soon... today I also hired this excellent carpenter who's going to build the room that Gore Galore puppet is going in. We have to go on another install here in about a week so that will slow us down again but when we get back from that we'll have 14 people working on this everyday trying to finish it.

    The stuff we are doing its NUTS flat out... no one is going to say this isn't our craziest renovation yet! LOL

    Gore Galore is coming on Saturday to install something more on that later... and Unit 70 is done with our sawzilla animation we are going to pick it up on Tuesday. I will be down at Darkness again today so I'll snag more pics. We are shooting more CGI FX today ... this will be the wildest one we've ever done trust me! It involves a crazy clown and every single person who works in our company... and everyone including myself's head will get blown up! You'll see... shooting today!

    Remember tickets are cheaper this month only www.TheDarkness.com

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    Was at Darkness all day... we shot a TON of new CGI FX and you are flat out going to laugh your balls off (LOL) when you watch it. Its so hard to explain what is going to happen I'm not even going to try. In a couple weeks we are going to shoot even more CGI FX... when its all said and done we should have about 30 FX. We have plans to help anyone who wants CGI FX have them... we are just filming away on these. The two we shot today are specifically for clowned themed haunted houses ... the ones we are filming in a couple weeks will be for normal haunts. Everything we are doing will be featured in the new Darkness. Also you see a photo of a TRUCK FULL of cool props I bought...they are REAL stone or metal statues. Also you see our bathroom scene coming together. The bathroom will be made completely with real tile, and will include cool FX inside. Get your tickets at www.thedarkness.com Larry

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    Couple more updates... we have purchased about 30 Silicone Masks for this tour. Half of them are in check it now we have about 50 or so. We also have been buying all sorts of other things like statues and more. You will see why when we get further along. I also bought a ton of new costumes ... get tickets now at www.thedarkness.com

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    Another update... for one we worked today including myself just got home its about 10:30pm. The Darkness is a TOTAL disaster zone... we really have this place torn up! LOL

    We are trying to finish our new bathroom scene so we can paint it. We are getting closer on the new bathroom its going to be sick... we are doing some fun things like a torn out wall that you can see through to the other side. Monday we'll finish it and we'll be onto painting and theming it. We have to add baseboards, props and corn molding. Next we are going to work on our new GREEN HOUSE... so who was at the Darkness none other than Gore Galore and the guys from Evilvision. They spent the whole day installing this new incredible venus fly trap... you walk through the middle of it and it swallows you. More on this later. But for now we have to make some creative changes so next week we'll focus on the Green House and bang that out. I will say by next week The Darkness will be cleaner more organized so I can take some pics. The Green House will be done and our biggest room will be started this wheelchair foyer room where an actor will ride down the stairs in a wheelchair.

    Get tickets now at www.thedarkness.com

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    We are working on The Darkness now daily... we are about to paint and finish the bathroom, then we are going to work on the green house where you will be swallowed by plant monsters. Check it out.

    Tickets are avail at www.thedarkness.com

    Larry
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    As I may or may not have already stated we are doing a Medusa scene here are some concepts of what we are doing... right now we are building the new Green House and painting the bathroom scene. By the end of the week we would have moved onto the wheelchair room... I'm hoping by the end of next week we could have everything upstairs built including all the construction in Terror Visions. I'm hoping within 3 weeks to have Terror Visions updates built and painted. The hardest part of this project is ALL DOWN stairs... so we are working on it last because its so complicated. I find it best to work on the easiest stuff FIRST so you don't have to stress about everything just one thing... helps you think clearer. Tickets are on sale now at www.thedarkness.com

    Larry

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    Yes we are finally moving in the right direction the bathroom is finally getting props and getting painted. Yeah! We are almost done with the Green House as well! This bathroom will be SICK trust me it will be the most detailed and sickest bathroom you've ever seen in a haunt anywhere!!!!

    You can't even believe the amount detail it already has and is still going to get!!!! You want to hear something crazy our new Green House will have EIGHT animations in it!

    Larry
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    Seriously getting after the Green House its going to have EIGHT animations in ONE room... if you can believe it. Getting really close to getting the Bathroom painted. We searched high and low all day for some additional furniture pieces but struck out. I will be out on Friday looking around for more pieces we need. We will start working on the staircase room this weekend ... fyi there is more to the bathroom than the room itself there is a hallway prior to it and two after it... there will be actors and CGI FX in the hallways. We also had a build a new doorway between the bathroom hallways and last years dinning room.

    Larry


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    Getting new barrels in the falling barrel wall so they'll roll better and be scarier. Also like I said yesterday more than one hallway being built and constructed. Here is another under the knife... the haunted house will actually be longer than it was last year because of changes we made. We took out two scenes to make one for example and created more hallways.

    We also started work today and new CGI FX they are being created now. I should have something to show you within 2 weeks or so... we are shooting about 10 more in a week or two. We are working ALL weekend so even more will get done and I'll have more pictures over the weekend. Larry


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