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Old June 3 2010, 07:54 PM   #31
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Looking forward to them!
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Old June 4 2010, 03:39 AM   #32
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Let's try it again:
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http://www.fastcopyinc.com/orionpress/chairs02.JPG
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http://www.fastcopyinc.com/orionpress/chairs05.JPG
http://www.fastcopyinc.com/orionpress/chairs06.JPG

They're not perfect; but they serve their purpose.
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Old June 4 2010, 04:41 PM   #33
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They look great!

I'm hoping to get cracking on the chairs again soon. I'm out of town next weekend, but I'm hoping that this weekend I can get two more walls up and maybe start roughing out some kind of stand for the helm station. One of the things that's different about building a set for puppets is that you have to engineer everything below the "floor" as well, so that the furniture will be suspended roughly four feet off the real floor.

They get awfully wobbly, awfully fast. I'll post whatever I have done on Monday!
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Old June 7 2010, 07:03 PM   #34
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Here's a couple of quick shots showing the progress on the set. Five out of eight wedges are up in place, now -- and the remaining three are the viewscreen (like I said earlier, this is not intended to be the Enterprise -- just a ship heavily-influenced by Star Trek and other Earth science fiction).

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Old June 8 2010, 03:40 AM   #35
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Cool! Looking forward to more!
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Old June 14 2010, 07:38 PM   #36
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In case anyone was wondering, these are some of the puppets for this project -- actually, all of them are being rebuilt, but these are the basic gist of them.

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Old June 14 2010, 08:58 PM   #37
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Cool! I like the guy on the right. He reminds me of a character from "Home Movies."
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Old August 2 2010, 06:47 PM   #38
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After several weeks of inactivity, I got a lot done on my little project. I think one more day of prep and I can finally start getting some paint on the walls!

No pictures of the set yet -- most of the stuff I've been working on have been from an engineering standpoint (figuring out how the false floor and monitor mounts are going to work), so it doesn't look all that much different than the last time I posted. It will, soon enough, though!

One thing that I've been working on for the last few weeks are some new puppets. One -- a robot pop star that is the closest thing to a human in the film -- is coming together nicely. Here's a shot of the latest prototype -- which may or may not be the the puppet we use in the film:



She's a rod puppet that can open and close her mouth, widen her eyes and cock her head similar to the way Data used to do it in TNG. I've never built anything like this before, so it's definitely been a learning process.

Enjoy! -- oh and if you want to see what she looks like under her skin -- this is what the mechanics look like:

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Old August 2 2010, 07:58 PM   #39
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Looking good there! I was noticing the outfits on the puppets in the window sill look somewhat reminscent to those of the old cartoon, The Galaxy Trio. Coicidence or intentional?
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Old August 2 2010, 09:38 PM   #40
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I've never heard of The Galaxy Trio. I'll look at them, though. Most of the characters from this project were created as far back as 1978-1983. Just one of those side projects that has a life of its own.
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Old August 3 2010, 04:11 AM   #41
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Here's a picture of them. I think it's the uniforms that got me thinking Galaxy Trio. Of course, I'm the guy who thought that the old man in the Skittles tube sock man commercial was Warren Stevens so my perspective is screwy anyways...
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Old August 3 2010, 05:00 PM   #42
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Ha ha! No -- no reference intended there. The characters that have that little square thing on their chest were created when I was 5. Here's how the "uniform" came to happen:

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Old August 3 2010, 05:13 PM   #43
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Thanks for posting that! I always am amazed at the origins of things! The Galaxy Trio have Roman Numerals to denote their command structure, i.e. I, II, and III. Poor ol' Gravity Girl was on the short end of the list.
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Old August 17 2010, 07:48 PM   #44
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So, I started storyboarding the script this last week. One of the sequences I'm working on has a brief "Star Trek II" parody in it. For the sequence, I want to make some TWOK-style uniforms for the puppets.

I think the wrap-around tunics will be easy enough to simulate, but I doubt that I should use the Delta shield. I'd like something reminiscent for the insignia pin and the belt buckle, though -- and they should be as cheap as possible, since they'll be featured in about a minute of the finished film. Scale-wise, they'd have to be pretty small, too -- since most of the puppets have about 10-inch tall torsos.

Does anyone have any ideas what to do about all of the pins and belt buckles? I'd need five of whatever I decide to use.
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Old August 17 2010, 09:28 PM   #45
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I found a couple of sources for those items, but they're not cheap! PM me and I'll give you the details.
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