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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 6:51 am 
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Here are some photos from a recent project that I worked on which is the story of the Tin Man. It was a short film made by Whitestone Motion Pictures and I acted as production designer, make up effects dept. head, among other various things. I even did some digital visual effects most unfortunatelly got cut from the film. Special thanks go to Matt Silva, Jonathon Thornton, Dustin Fletcher, and special cameo appearance by Bryan Wynia, for all their hard work in helping make the suit. This was all created in a very short time frame and on a very tight budget. Anyway, here they are.


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The full suit in the shop (Sorry for all the mess)





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Rusted out Tin Man

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Screen grab of Tinner's shop as it pan's up.



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Continuation of the pan up of the Tinner's shop.

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Another shot of the suit.


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Great job!
What is the suit made of?


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It's made of a Rotocast plastic from Smooth On. I'm about to do some versions in Fiberglass which would probably hold up to extreme conditions a little better.


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Thanks,is it called TASK?(I mean the resin you used).Im interested in these kind of resins for rotocasting.


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I believe it was this one:
http://www.smooth-on.com/Urethane-Plast ... index.html
I ordered from Jason, who is on these boards. I am not sure if it is available where you are, but I love it for casting parts.


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That's Smooth-Cast ROTO: http://www.smooth-on.com/Urethane-Plast ... index.html a version of our smooth-Cast series with a white finish and gel cure cycle. A lot of LARP'ers and costumers have been using it for armor, etc. Very easy to mix and really low viscosity. For a higher performance rotocasting material we also have TASK 15: http://www.smooth-on.com/Urethane-Plast ... index.html which is a 75:100 by weight material. A bit more expensive, but the tech specs are a bit higher as well.
Great work on this Bill! I really like the look of the jawline and 'steampunk' look of the whole design.

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Thanks for the info,Ill ask Spains smooth on distributor for this.It looks as a very interesting material for props.


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That looks cool. I can't help but think "C3PO's grandad" :wink:

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Love this! Hugest props :)


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Brilliant!!!

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Who cares about the mess when you have something as cool as that in the room? :D

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Thanks everyone! It was a hard job and we did it in just a few weeks. I wanted to go in the computer in post and take out the black areas and and add in moving gears, etc. Unfortunately, my dad died (3 months ago) shortly after we finished the principle photography and my time for post work got cut short due to all that goes along with the loss of someone close to you. I'd love to get a crack at the final film and to do a few enhancements. We'll see if that ever comes about.


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The tin man suit is really cool. What was the build time? How many separate molds?

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Sorry to hear about your father.........been there.

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Thanks. The actual time frame is a little blurry to me because it was right as we were finishing up the Halloween season at Netherworld. If I had to guess, I'd say about 2 or 3 weeks. There are 15 molds (I believe) plus a couple of pieces that are modified (like the gloves which are paintball gloves with pieces added). On top of that, we finished and painted the Tinner's set, made a model house, made a mold of the Axe head, made prop axes, dressed the set, and made a bunch of smaller molds of little pieces for dressing the rusted Tin Man. We also made the rusted Tin Man dummy in this time as well. It was a lot of really long days.


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Castof1000s wrote:
Sorry to hear about your father.........been there.

Thanks, it was a long battle with Alzheimer's so he was gone a long time before he died. He did get to stay at home until the end with my mom right there with him. I stayed there quite a bit too and my sister came over a lot on the last days, so he knew that he was loved and there are a lot worse ways to go.


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...Bill, you forgot to mention that we also built a third tinman prop, that was frozen with icicles hanging from him, in that short amount of time....along with everything else.

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...oh and a wheelbarrow loaded with yellow bricks, a yellow brick road , and a helf tree table.....man, did we actually do all that stuff in the span of a few weeks ???!!!

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I am editing this post because it is my understanding that some of my words might have been misunderstood. Please read the later posts and see that the problem has been worked out by the individual involved and I don't want to see him hurt any further for a mistake that was not done with malicious intent.


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Lame dude, sorry to hear that. People suck!

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