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  • talkingcatblues's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:15 PM
    We would be willing to take her portrait up to Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow if she's interested in a Headless Horseman statue or Washington Irving gravesite pic. Or any other site she might like in NYC or the surrounding areas - we love having an excuse to take a road trip. I'll send you our address - let us know if we fit logistically into the chain and we'd be happy to give a homework assist.
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  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 09:35 AM
    GobbyGruesome commented on Candee's photo in album Halloween 2014
    Holy crap! Where did you find him? You didn't make him, did you? You win the inflatable war, no contest!
  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 09:12 AM
    Yeah, Beetlejuice is new this year. He was kinda the one thing I had in mind that would be new. But then my wife showed an interest in doing a coupe more tombstones so we focused on that. Wasn't sure that I'd get time to get to him, but he came together pretty quickly in the end. I busted the crank arm on the motor putting him away though, so I'll either have to change it out or do something different next yar. Mummy has been around forever, but we change the lighting up on him periodically....
  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 09:08 AM
    Well, I don't know that I'd use the word "treating". Still fighting to get over the bronchitis I got following my Christmas flu. But getting there. How about you?
  • bamtunebam's Avatar
    01-27-2015, 03:37 PM
    Your packing tape ghost is on of the best I've ever seen. I'm on my phone now, but when I get home I want to have a better look at it. Nice job on the setup!
  • bamtunebam's Avatar
    01-27-2015, 03:30 PM
    bamtunebam posted a visitor message on Candee's profile
    Just watched your Halloween 2014 video. Very nicely done. Several items caught my attention and really impressed me. The fire seems so simple, but extremely effective! Why didn't I think of that? I might have to try it myself. The"Enter if you dare" setup looks great. Were you able to use the t-post idea to hold up the skeletons carrying the coffin? Anyway 4 out of 4 stars!
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    01-27-2015, 10:35 AM
    bamtunebam posted a visitor message on Hilda's profile
    I glanced at your albums. Your set-up must take forever! Not to mention the storage space you must need. Do you get a lot of visitors?
  • talkingcatblues's Avatar
    01-25-2015, 08:54 AM
    talkingcatblues commented on whichypoo's photo in album Whichypoo
    Ha - very funny. And gorgeous!
  • talkingcatblues's Avatar
    01-25-2015, 08:53 AM
    talkingcatblues commented on whichypoo's photo in album Whichypoo
    He looks like he really got into the spirit of things! An excellent haunt actor!
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    01-25-2015, 08:51 AM
    talkingcatblues commented on whichypoo's photo in album New items for 2011
    Oh yeah - that's scary!
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    01-25-2015, 08:49 AM
    talkingcatblues commented on whichypoo's photo in album Griffiths Hallow 2011
    Looks jangly! A nice family outing?
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    01-25-2015, 08:46 AM
    talkingcatblues commented on whichypoo's photo in album Griffiths Hallow 2011
    I agree - perfectly gruesome. I love the wild mane on the rocking horse.
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    01-25-2015, 08:44 AM
    talkingcatblues commented on whichypoo's photo in album Griffiths Hallow 2011
    Wow - great wings!
  • talkingcatblues's Avatar
    01-25-2015, 08:41 AM
    talkingcatblues commented on whichypoo's photo in album Griffiths Hallow 2011
    Very cool - looks like an alien. Picturing it swiveling slowly around... :eek:
  • GobbyGruesome's Avatar
    01-23-2015, 08:09 AM
    Well, TalkingCatBlues takes a lot of the credit for the animation. I really didn't understand her theme 100% until she started setting up - then I realized how brilliant it was. She did an amazing job. I'm glad the video worked OK for her. I hadn't done much flash animation in a while so it was a bit of a learning experience. Sorry to hear Halloween left you a little rundown. Hope the humbugs didn't hit until after the haunt. I appreciate you checking in though - I was getting a little...
  • bamtunebam's Avatar
    01-23-2015, 07:58 AM
    bamtunebam commented on bamtunebam's photo in album 2014 Haunt
    I have to give credit to "Badvoodoo" (HF member). We was my partner this year for the haunt. He did an excellent job on the props. Lots of great feedback for this one in particular.
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    01-23-2015, 07:27 AM
    GobbyGruesome commented on bamtunebam's photo in album 2014 Haunt
    Hey Bam! Kinda tired and under-the-weather, so I won't ramble too much at the moment. But OH MY! These are the wall panels you made right? So this scene is fabricated from scratch? The pipes and the signage and the lights and the meters, etc? This specific pic is SO phenomenal! You've created so much atmosphere and it just looks like it's always been there. Is the fog coming from the pipes? I think this is probably one of my top 3 or four favourite pictures that I've seen on HF in the last...
  • talkingcatblues's Avatar
    01-23-2015, 05:41 AM
    Because I keep poking around every day to see all your stuff! Soon you will have to set out breakfast... ;)
  • talkingcatblues's Avatar
    01-22-2015, 05:13 PM
    Hey - uploaded the loop that Tom made to Vimeo so you can see the rest of it. It was so much fun listening to people react to it. Very cool.
  • talkingcatblues's Avatar
    01-22-2015, 05:07 PM
    This I didn't do! This is actually an animated loop that GobbyGruesome here on our forum drew for me, since he is completely awesome. I asked him to make it kid-drawing like, and described some of the characters I was going to build, and he totally knocked it out of the park. It was an enormous hit with everybody.
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    01-22-2015, 03:02 PM
    talkingcatblues commented on punkineater's photo in album 2015 Props
    Now that's thinking. Great re-use (and great painting)!
  • talkingcatblues's Avatar
    01-22-2015, 03:01 PM
    talkingcatblues commented on punkineater's photo in album 2015 Props
    Nice! He looks very serious about that whole bite you into bits thing.
  • talkingcatblues's Avatar
    01-22-2015, 02:53 PM
    Oh - they were funny. They're a plastic milk jug, the quart-sized kind? And then just wire wings covered with paper-mache. Not hard at all. Someone who wanted to make more realistic ones could skin the wings and shape them a bit better, but since I was shooting for a chalk drawing look I had a great excuse for making them sort of rudimentary. ;) http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/talkingcatblues-albums-2014-projects-in-progress-picture211821-batty-bat-acquires-wings.html
  • talkingcatblues's Avatar
    01-22-2015, 02:45 PM
    Thank you! I don't know if you've seen punkineater's ghost yet, but that's where I got the idea of the cheesecloth hair and dress - looks more elegant on punkineater's, but I like my little ghost too. http://www.halloweenforum.com/members/punkineater-albums-my-props-2013-14-a-picture213436-7ft-tall-packing-tape-ghost-flowing-dress.html
  • talkingcatblues's Avatar
    01-22-2015, 02:38 PM
    Thanks, Chaserbug! I think it might be due to the quality of the paint (I used Wildfire UV reactive paint - even diluted with water it was really bright.) And then in some places where the light wasn't reaching I used small LED blacklights to pick it up a little. It's a very small area as you can see - a big yard would have been harder to get everything lit.
  • talkingcatblues's Avatar
    01-22-2015, 08:59 AM
    I haven't found a way to sort pictures in the albums, other than delete a whole bunch and reload them in the new order. I would love that function too, if it is possible to add. Thank you for looking at the pics! Yes, everything is supposed to be in varying stages of emerging from chalk to real-life. Cat in the window (and a whole bunch of other window things!) is an animated loop created by a mutual friend of ours, who would probably like me to emphasize that I *asked* him to draw it...
  • bamtunebam's Avatar
    01-21-2015, 11:45 AM
    bamtunebam posted a visitor message on doto's profile
    Even one of my actors thought they were scene setters. But I think you are right, the subtle items add to the overall effect.
  • bamtunebam's Avatar
    01-21-2015, 11:06 AM
    Hey, question for you. Do you have any idea how to control to order of the photos in the albums? HF refuses to let me place them in the correct order and it is driving me nuts.
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    Well thank you kind Sir. Ended up being rushed so not quite a tpost. We had heavy rain and some wind all morning till just about TOTing time. With a paper mache coffin, we ended up with a few problems.
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    Yeah, Beetlejuice is new this year. He was kinda the one thing I had in mind that would be new. But then my wife showed an interest in doing a coupe more tombstones so we focused on that. Wasn't sure that I'd get time to get to him, but he came together pretty quickly in the end. I busted the crank arm on the motor putting him away though, so I'll either have to change it out or do something different next yar.

    Mummy has been around forever, but we change the lighting up on him periodically. The arch still needs better lighting. My goal eventually is to do those skeleton arm light sconces but I've just never gotten to it.

    No plans to add Casper, but I've had a Slimer mask that I hoped to turn into a tombstone peeper or something. He may show up next year.

    Thanks for the nice words Bam. You know I think you haunt is pretty much perfect, and getting better every year so it means a lot.
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    Thank you! Not sure which you are referring to..I think I have pics of 3 or 4 different ones on here. Super easy AND cheap to make-simply awesome lit up at night!!! Intellegirl made some really beautiful Victorian ones-check those out too.
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    Thank you for stopping by!! I work on setup all the month of September. I really enjoy that time of year and love puttering each day. I really do try to aim for the official 'light up' the first weekend of October. Yes. Storage has gotten insane. We have a 13 by 35 foot storage unit for all the Halloween. We live in a small country town, so we don't get tons of traffic, but it's a nice steady drive by of families in cars the whole month, and somewhere around 140 ToTs. I've never really been able to keep a real count. People do stop by and walk around in the evenings. It's such a nice experience for us.
    Well, thanks again for checking us out. I'm honored.
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    Well, TalkingCatBlues takes a lot of the credit for the animation. I really didn't understand her theme 100% until she started setting up - then I realized how brilliant it was. She did an amazing job. I'm glad the video worked OK for her. I hadn't done much flash animation in a while so it was a bit of a learning experience.

    Sorry to hear Halloween left you a little rundown. Hope the humbugs didn't hit until after the haunt. I appreciate you checking in though - I was getting a little worried.

    Don't feel like you need to rush back here. I'm kind of avoiding the place to a large degree until I get a better job. So if you need a break, I say you take it - it's definitely well-earned.
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    Hey - uploaded the loop that Tom made to Vimeo so you can see the rest of it. It was so much fun listening to people react to it. Very cool.

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    I haven't found a way to sort pictures in the albums, other than delete a whole bunch and reload them in the new order. I would love that function too, if it is possible to add.

    Thank you for looking at the pics! Yes, everything is supposed to be in varying stages of emerging from chalk to real-life.

    Cat in the window (and a whole bunch of other window things!) is an animated loop created by a mutual friend of ours, who would probably like me to emphasize that I *asked* him to draw it as if it were a kid's drawing. I tried loading the whole video loop onto Flickr after Halloween but so far Flickr hasn't let me do that in a playable format - I suspect it's too long for them, although they're not giving me a length/size limit in the FAQ. Maybe I will upload it to Vimeo so you can see the whole thing. It was a lot of fun - everyone loved it.
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    I noticed them the other day but fooled myself into thinking they may have been a scene setter. 2 dimensional photos just don't do things justice.
    I am sure that with all the visuals in your display the realism of the walls is noticed subconsciously. If you were to remove them people would notice the change.
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    Thanks for the compliments,
    The flame in Uzzaths room is fake.
    With the base the flame is over 5.5 ft tall. hauntedprops.com sells smaller versions. (I don't see my model listed V-0109)
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    I love the blue light on the tombstones and the orange/purple of the lantern, wonderful scene
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