Hey Eric, The shacks look sweet! Where did you get the plank wood to make them out of? Is it old barn wood or something else? Awsome job!
Nick, good luck this year, you have your work cut out for you but it sounds like you have a good team in place already. Keep us posted.
Terrormasue, it's awesome that you continue to plan long term and keep your eye on a goal to open in 2010. I know how tough it can be with working full time. I spread my work out over the entire year so it isn't so overwhelming at the end, then have to take vacation from my job to set up the haunt and on the event nights. Most of my weekends I do something haunt related even if it's an hour or two. Actions speak louder than words, keep telling yourself you can do it but also do a little something each day like if it's too hot to build, work on your web site or marketing campaign. Pretty soon, by next year you will have a ton done on the project. Good luck and the people around you will see that you are serious and you will open whether they like it or not. More than likely they will become involved when they see it coming to life.
I found a few more progress shots.
The first one is some of the coffins I was talking about. They are all different sizes, the one I'm in the back is 7 feet tall. We built them in my basement this winter and bring them to the farm to make more room for other projects down there. The other shots were taken 2 weeks ago when we were moving the sheds into the corn field. Thank God for that tractor! The landscape really changes when the corn grows tall, you can't even see the sheds at that point until you come upon them in the maze. We will build another tunnel structure in there this year.
It's raining today so I can work on the big skull heads some more. Lets see if we can load this thread up with progress shots and build photos.
I have been very lucky with the planks for these particular sheds. My grandfather who turns 100 next month sawed these wide pine boards with a home made saw mill when I was a kid. They sat around all this time, and he finally gave them to me for the haunt. They are like gold because of the natural weathering.
You can also go to saw mills if there are any in your area and ask for rough slabs that haven't been plained or bad planks and leave them out in the weather. Like you said old barn boards from demo sites look great because of the old layers of paint and natural weathering. You can do it with new rough sawed wood also and make nicks and cuts with a chain saw, stain it and lightly spray paint the edges black for a weathered look. Also rub real mud on the boards.
Here's how these sheds looked in the corn field last year. Lighting and fog make a huge difference. The actor was on stilts and people thought he was a prop until he banged a chain against the shed. Very effective in the cornfield setting.
Last years entrance to the queue line.
Corn field lighting
Another shack in a different area, chainsaw guy coming out.
So here is a couple for you Eric. One is my swamp there are several swamp houses there. This pic was took standing on the covered bridge that our guest walk across. When you come out of the mansion you have to go through the swamp before you go back into the second half of the haunt. When you come out the second part then you go through another outdoor area of a cemetery. Both outside areas are surrounded by the haunt they are giant courtyard areas if you can imagine. None are visiable to the public till they go through the attraction. At night the pond has a fogg chiller that keeps the fog on the pond and its lit with laterns all around!
These were taken a couple of weeks ago and they are really cool! A added a couple more of just some close ups of a couple of props!Hope you enjoy! Shane and its I am going to make a wall photo of the swamp for the house LOL! Shane this time!
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Why is Anthony Bourdain sleeping in your coffin?
If you guys haven't seen 'No Reservations' you're missing out; your guy could be Bourdains body double! - can he cook?
Wow Shane, those are great! The swamp house at night must look fantastic with the fog chiller and lanterns. I love the texture of the skulls. I wish I could leave detailed stuff set up like that. Maybe someday we will have an indoor section of the haunt to leave good scenes up so they don't get destroyed by the weather. The Shotgun blast in the back prop is insane looking. it looks like it could be many shot gun blasts to do that much damage, lol!
I can't wait to read about your haunt coming up. The stuff looks amazing, thanks for posting the photos. Let's hope every one else posts some to this thread. It's really inspiring to see others work and works in progress this time of year. It's still early enough in the season so that most people can post photos. I know when it's crunch time I'm not at the computer much or am to tired to bother uploading any photos.
Who's build photos will be next?
That's a riot twin Locusts! Tom will get a kick out of it. People tell him all the time he looks like Anthony Bourdain.
You're corn maze photos and sculpted props absolutely rock. There's something very very appealing about a dark open sky above a haunt. Your photos are the first that have had me doing weather research and cost benefit analysis of rainy weekends vs. the freedom and creative potential of an outdoor haunt. I'm in pre-production for 2010 and nothings off the table for theme and build.
The other outstanding presentation of an outdoor haunt I've seen online was in Phoenix, those guys have it made out West. Cool nights and very little chance of rain. Post more photos, your work is inspiring.
EDIT: Approaching a haunt from an outdoor perspective makes you sort of re-think what a haunt can be, which is a good exercise. It also makes you start listing potential challenges; things that may have an equivilent with indoor haunts but take wing outdoors.
It seems like securing the location would be challenging, not so much to property loss but to vandalism.
There's got to be a real potential to kids hiding out in the field until after closing.
Flow management would have a whole new life outdoors.
I used to consult several city art councils and metro art boards, airports, etc. The first thing we spoke about when reviewing comission submissions was material and construction. The saying in this industry was that outdoor artwork had to "be able to withstand the meanest and dumbest people in the world for at least the next fifty years" - thus a hell of a lot of bronze sitting around outdoors.
Last edited by Twin Locusts; 06-21-2009 at 05:30 PM.
Great Swamp scene Shane.............. I want one!.............. Eric?!
"Why is Anthony Bourdain sleeping in your coffin?"
I don't look THAT old do I? It must have something to do with the coffin
"your guy could be Bourdains body double! - can he cook?"
I can cook a little Italian but I wouldn't eat any of the strange crap that AB eats.
I am out of work at the moment so any takers on my celebrity impersonation of AB?
As for keeping this on topic..." People where are you? "...Eric & I were going to head over to the farm today to work on the corn maze que line but the weather isn't cooperating. I am bored.
Yesterday I and Dan B. (another Haunted Overloader ) went to a help out our good friend Tim Dunne at Fright Kingdom in Nashua. He's hosting the East Coast Haunt Club gathering at his Haunt this year on August 1st. Anybody going? We all plan to be there!
Tomorrow Eric & I plan on continuing to work on the Grim Reaper figures for 'Soul Taker's Burial Ground'. Those coffins we built will be in the scene along with the GR figures.
Here's a pic of me working on the bones for the GR hands from last week.
Please tell me I don't look as old as AB does in that pic!
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