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Old March 7 2011, 01:06 PM   #466
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Those rock, especially the one with the little light-up keys. What are they made from and how can I get my hands on some?

ETA: I'm tempted to say the screen on the "interocetor" is a portable hazard sign of some kind, and those flaps originally folded open to reveal a reflective orange triangle. But Google hasn't turned up anything.
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Old March 7 2011, 05:37 PM   #467
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The two props are made from found objects. The "Interocitor" is actually a Spy Gear Kids Satellite Listener. Here's a pic of one unaltered.

The scanner is a Beat Blenders gizmo, which I disassembled in order to put in custom interface art. I also removed the speaker cover and replaced it with the plastic end-cap of an art tube, allowing a flat area for the screen.

I found both of these at a place called Scrap in San Francisco. Total cost for the two devices: $1. The paint cost more than the props!

When making props like this I recommend basically picking up anything that has an interesting shape and seeing what you might make from it. Don't look for things that look like a tricorder or whatnot. The Beat Blender thing appealed to me precisely because the off-center speaker broke up the boxy shape. The Spy Gear thing just looked really cool when all folded up, and being triangular didn't look like anything else I could recall seeing as a prop.

Go through Goodwill type stores and just look at the toys and electronics. You can often find great shapes for practically nothing.
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Old March 10 2011, 05:07 PM   #468
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We've posted a full report on the weekend's shooting, including a brief BTS video, at http://www.starshippolaris.com/wordpress/


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Old March 10 2011, 05:12 PM   #469
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Looking good, seems like you got a great team working on this.
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Old March 10 2011, 05:20 PM   #470
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They're the best.
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Old March 10 2011, 06:32 PM   #471
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Don't forget those cheep blister packages that EVERYTHING comes in now. They are great for wall and console detail. There was a vid somewhere on the net from the set of 2010 way back in the 80's where the set designer takes you through some of the sets and shows you where things camefrom and what they used to be it awesome.

here it is...

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6d...e-y_shortfilms
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Old March 10 2011, 09:28 PM   #472
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Thanks for the update. My favorite bit is from the random child's voice: "Is that a real gun?"
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Old March 10 2011, 09:33 PM   #473
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That was our big fear - having a guy dressed as a commando up on a rock in a public place with a BMFG aiming it around at distant targets - and near DC, you know?

One of our producers said something about the park police using helicopter patrols, and my reaction was "Yet another thing that could have been brought to my attention sooner!"
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Old March 10 2011, 09:51 PM   #474
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Yeah, the helicopter patrol would bother us immensely.

Did you need a permit to shoot the video there? Did you have a problem with gawkers other than the kid who was concerned with your weaponry?

While scouting locations, I was recently approached by the Dougherty County Parks and Recreation Dept. who were quite inquisitive about what sort of film we would be shooting, limiting our parking to two blocks away, not filming in a manner that would disrupt wildlife nor the lifeforms in the aquifer and underwater caves, and filming had to be concluded by no later than 5pm. Oh, and lights cannot be brought in. But there's no permit required.
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Old March 10 2011, 11:02 PM   #475
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Looks, great, so far Dennis. Can't wait to see it!

This is a hoot:
What could go wrong?

“Boss, our location is underwater.”


But I hope this doesn't screw things up:
We were recording sound on our “desert world” right next to the flood-fed rapids of the Potomac river (“we’ll fix it in post”), a challenge that Chris Hart handled with his customary aplomb.
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Old March 11 2011, 04:28 AM   #476
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Potemkin_Prod wrote: View Post
Did you need a permit to shoot the video there?
Well, the answer is somewhat a matter of semantics.

A permit was required.

Turned out a permit wasn't needed.

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Old March 11 2011, 04:55 PM   #477
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Professional filmmakers often don't need the required permits either.

Turns out that the occasional fine one incurs for shooting without a permit is often cheaper than the cost of the permit itself. Even if the fine is greater than the permit, it still can work out cheaper, depending on how often you get caught in relation to the number of locations your production utilizes.

Fact is, unless you're in a part of the country where film production is a major industry, chances are very good that there aren't any local film production ordinances in play at all. Even if there is a local film commission, which supposedly regulates film production and issues film permits and the like, many of these commissions lack any legal authority whatsoever. Their rules, regulations, licenses, permits, etc simply have no legal basis, and there's absolutely no enforceable legal consequence for violating them.
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Old March 29 2011, 01:42 AM   #478
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I'm gonna bump this to mention that Vektor has posted some cool new images of his work on the spaceship for our movie in this topic here:

http://www.trekbbs.com/showpost.php?...&postcount=320
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Old March 29 2011, 03:00 AM   #479
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And it's indeed some awesome work, too.
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Old May 7 2011, 08:49 AM   #480
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I posted these pix in the Fan Filmmaker Primer thread, but I know not everyone here reads that, so I thought I'd cross-post these frame grabs from the show here.






I loved this set. I think these control stations were fantastic and looked functional.
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