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    Default Projected facade of old weathered house

    Projected facade of old weathered house
    I tried my hand at video mapping to the front of my house this year. Turned it into an old weathered house as a backdrop to my graveyard. The actual projection picture is a captured video frame so doesn't look as good as it does in person. The first picture is the graphic I created in Photoshop, the second is the house its projected on having the shutters prepped with custom covers, you can see the projector booth in the lower left corner, and the last is what the projection looks like.

    Actually had a guy ask if I painted my house like that just for Halloween, I had to point out the projector setup.

    Learned some lessons from doing it and intend to add ghostly animations in the windows and bats flying by and things like that for next year.

    Projected facade of old weathered house-graphic.jpg

    Projected facade of old weathered house-house-prep.jpg

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    Wow.
    Incredible effect.
    Good job.

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    That looks amazing . I like how you whited out your shutters for the projection . How long did it take you to trace the shapes of your house ? Were you using fog , did it soften the effect ? Bet it looked incredible in person .

    Tom

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    Very, very cool!! I'm impressed. However, if you put any props or decorations up it would break up the image. Maybe you could someone hanging in a window thrashing his arms around. You could have a Zombie climbing into a window on the bottom floor. Have a hatchet suddenly stick in the front door and have blood dripping down the door from the hatchet. You could place a dummy dressed in all white with a blank white head standing on the porch against a wall and do anything you want with him - even have him morph from normal into a zombie or from normal into a werewolf.

    Very cool base from which to start.
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    That is amazing!!! Wow!

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    Fantastic...I love it.

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    Oh man that is really cool. I never knew such a thing could be done..
    Jeeze in a way I wish I had not seen this as I have been using Halloween for years not to re-side our house.
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    Really cool! This gives me some ideas for sure. Hmmm....
    If the projector was up high it would be less likely that the image would be blocked by people or objects.
    Once you have the basic mapping, the sky is the limit as far as what you can do. The house could turn old, change colors, etc.
    Pete

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    Thanks for the comments!

    Quote Originally Posted by theundeadofnight View Post
    How long did it take you to trace the shapes of your house ? Were you using fog , did it soften the effect ?
    Tracing all the shapes was about an hour or so. Setting up the projector so I could put it back exactly the same so the shapes lined up again was a pain. I did use fog and it didn't soften the effect as only light amounts passed in front of the projector, but what it did do was reveal the projector beam very prominately which I did not like.

    Quote Originally Posted by LT Scare View Post
    if you put any props or decorations up it would break up the image.......You could place a dummy dressed in all white with a blank white head standing on the porch against a wall and do anything you want with him - even have him morph from normal into a zombie or from normal into a werewolf.
    Yes putting anything on the porch during the projection would not look right. So I have decorations for daytime viewing and take them off the porch on Halloween night so I can do the projection. No one goes up to the door on Halloween, all the action is at the end of my driveway with a Magic Mirror set up so props on the porch are not needed, besides I could create the props digitally if I needed and that would look better.

    I really like your idea of a dummy with a white head and changing the projection on the head to different characters. Although mapping out a non-geometric shape might be a pain. Especially on something that might change its shape after being stored and touched. The house never moves so each year I can reuse what I made with no adjustments.

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    I also never would have thought of that. It just looks more convincing than I would have guessed, although you're probably using a very nice, very expensive projector. I hope to see it when you add animation to it!
    I find that people are often much less scary after being poked in the eye.

 

 
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