Edit to add i did complete the project. Thread here. http://www.halloweenforum.com/tutorials-and-step-by-step/141751-building-portal-hell.html
I've been trying to figure out what to do with a devil mask and hands that I got for cheap after last Halloween.
. My vague general idea was to make a static devil prop and it watching over the Halloween scene I am creating for this year. A lot of vague ideas going from 6-10 feet tall, body exposed vs. wrapped around by a cape, how to make a devils body etc......
I've been experimenting with fire pits made from good stuff foam. Last night it hit me that I could make a pretty cool portal prop combining the devils mask, hand, torso painted red that I will make using mannequin form, a leg and tip of a tail.
My idea is to make an upright portal (door shaped or octagon shaped) that about 6-7 feet tall. I will border it with bones (I've been trying to figure out what to do with all the extra leg and arm bones I have lying around from skeletons I have chopped up) set it up so that it looks like the first half of the head, (Like Han Solo encased in carbonite) one arm, the torso, one leg and part of the tail are coming through. I will lay out lights, (maybe string some lights through the bone border if the bones are translucent enough) and encase them in good stuff foam which will also add to the devil coming through the portal effect.
I am doing a 3 witches around a cauldron scene and thought it would look cool if they were summoning the devil through the portal, and had a bunch of anguished corpses in fire pits surrounding the portal.
things I need to do and think about: Any feedback on anything is welcomed..............
The shape of the portal: rectangular or octogon
What to make the portal out of. Plywood seems to be natural, but am open to other suggestions/ideas.
Color of the lights in the portal: Red seems to be the natural choice since he would be coming from hell, but it might be cool to pick a different color like a creepy green light or a blue light under the foam to contrast the color of the fire pits that i have already made.
I am also going to experiment with painting the foam different colors and illuminating it with different colored lights.
As I said, I am open to any ideas, comments, feedback etc..... that will help with my brainstorming. I probably will not begin this until June so plenty of time to plan this out.