Hello all, I know I haven’t been active here for a while, but trust me, I’ve been active. I’ve sort of been so active on projects that I barely have time to report on them, so here’s a little report on some progress on my movie made over the last couple of weeks.
This winter, I was supposed to work on the spaceship models and special fx shots for Uranus Needs Shemales, but it was so damn cold and hard to heat my studio enough for painting and all that (yes, I know, the solution would’ve been to build an enclosed, heatable painting room). Suffice to say that the general nastiness of winter was what was keeping me down. But now it’s May, perfect weather again for spray painting sets and props, and even working outside.
I am planning a quick shoot that I’ll bang out in a few days, but I have made considerable progress on the model of “The Viberator” – the scout ship of my character In UNS.
Here’s a sketch of it, from a few years back. Of course, the design isn’t set in stone, and as I worked on it, it morphed into something else, which was fine.
As you can see, it is a penis shaped spaceship. I mean, of course it is!
Since this movie has been going on for a few years now, I had thought of a few ways to make the fuselage of the rocket, but didn’t want to settle for a simple cylinder. I wanted something more bulbous and curvy. I searched high and low for any existing item that I could modify that already had that candlepin bowling pin shape. The closest I found was a lamp at IKEA but I’d have to put two of them together and they were expensive. So I ended up going with the cheapest, but most time consuming option. But it was one that offered complete control over the shape. I chose to make it from pink hard foam and that “Great Stuff” spray foam, built over a PVC pipe, set on a threaded rod.
Here’s some of the materials all laid out. I cut a long notch in the pipe to run a piece of junk masonite as a base for the wing shape, which would come later.
The fact that it could rotate on it’s bow/stern axis meant that I had the added benefit of an already built jig when it came to shooting shots of the ship making barrel rolls. There are a few shots in the space battle where its “spinning out of control”, so was going to come in handy. The rod was also so that I could jig it onto this monstrosity seen below.
Of all the crazy junk that my dad had, he had this metal lathe which inexplicably escaped the metal drives of World War II. It’s massive, and must weigh 12 billion pounds. It’s in the cellar of my mom’s house, and completely pre-dates any safety regulations at all. Safety first? More like safety last!
What is even scarier about this is that the electric motor on it needs a little running start to get it going, so you have to grab that pulley on the upper left there, and give it a spin as you turn it on, and you see the lights of the house dim. All I could think about was “Gee, and they wondered how I got my start in amputee porn.”
But anyway, back to the basic mass of the ship. I cut elongated “D” sections and then hot glued them to the pvc pipe, and then in between the pink foam, sprayed that”Great Stuff” spray foam, which of course made a horrible mess, and looked not unlike some sort of gourd.
But this was a good way to get that tapered zeppelin-like shape
Back to mom’s house last week to use the lathe to try to make it somewhat smooth and uniform. I wasn’t super successful, but for the most part I got a decent shape. And I didn’t lose any limbs, or get my hair caught in something awful, so I’m going to call it a win.
Back to home, where I slathered joint compound (basically plaster) all over it to try to smooth it out. This stuff did not dry out in one day, so there was two days where I couldn’t work on it, and just waited…
Sadly the joint compound caused additional unforseen problems. Since it shrunk when it dried it compressed all the great stuff foam, which was softer and less dense than the pink stuff. So I ended up with a not very smooth rocketship. Back to the lathe to try to sand it smooth, then realizing it was pretty messed up and no amount of sanding was going to get it to a place where it was smooth. I mean, it looked ok, but it wasn’t going to look like it was made out of metal.
This actually ended up being a happy accident, since it forced me to try something else. After some experimenting with glues, I then decided to skin the entire spaceship in silver painted pieces of shiny posterboard painted with that chrome spray paint.
Then I took a small finishing nail and held it with tiny vise grips, and with a small hammer, made little rivet marks in each panel, and the result is.. well, they speak for themselves.
Now, I hadn’t really decided to do a silver 50′s style spaceship, but it sorta just happened that way. Originally I was going to go with a gray/white sort of detailed look like the original Star Wars, but I’m happier with this, as it’s clearly in the same universe as the testostrobots. I don’t know yet if the silver will make it difficult to light, or reflect some of the green screen, so whether it stays silver or not I’m not sure yet.
And of course if you’re going to build a spaceship out of household things, there’s really only one thing that already looks like a rocket engine funnel.
Today the wings went on, and I’ve also perfected my “riveting” method. I’m also using the softness of the pink foam to my advantage which makes the rivets really pop. I have yet to finalize what if any other colors of paint will go on this, but for now I just want to get it all covered in riveted panels. There will probably be some windows on it somewhere, as well as in the cockpit area, which of course is in the -ahem- mushroom head.
So today I got as far as getting most of one wing all done, and I’m still experimenting with some techniques. There will be some landing gear, and some “Outer Rim Patrol” logos on the wings. But I just want to let everyone know that I’m been super busy with getting this movie all finished by the end of the summer. I certainly want to have anything else I need to shoot, done before I get new implants, because I don’t want my boobs getting bigger in one scene, and then they’re smaller again in the next scene!
There is also _another_ pretty epic prop that I’m also in the process of building. Think brass steampunk fucking machine, and you’ll get an idea. Of course, when I have something to show on that one, I’ll make a post about it.
So a few more days of this, and then I can’t wait to have it ready for some lighting tests and to take some beautiful photos of just the ship itself. But tomorrow I’m going to see if there’s a quick photo shoot I can come up with to tie over the website until the next over-the-top shoot comes around. Now that the weather is nice again, I have some outdoor shoot ideas that I want to try.