Jul 18

A Lava Lake in a 9 x 13 pan

One of the special effects in iSundae involved creating a lava lake of gigantic proportions for our main characters to cross. Now, we obviously didn’t have room to build an in-ground lava lake in the backyard, so we resorted to the next best thing: Green-screen. After a short brainstorming session, we began contriving a way to make lava out of jello. Here’s how we did it:

We started with a box of strawberry jello, made it according to instructions, and poured it into a glass 9 x 13 pan.
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Jul 14

The Making of a Monster

As the costume/prop maker/director on Phantom Moose, I was called upon to create the blood-chilling monster needed for the cave sequence in iSundae. Here is my experience for you to enjoy.

When faced with building a monster head there are three basic approaches:

  1. Plan everything out ahead of time.
  2. Dive right in, write nothing down, and go through piles of material with each revision.
  3. Knock out a rough idea and start cutting cardboard.

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