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Monday, July 06, 2009

Stop Motion for Mind Rip

The story of Mind Rip involves comic book monsters that are brought to life through psychic means. One such monster is "Boil Head," a slobbering hot rod driving fiend. Inspired by the legendary Big Daddy Roth's "Rat Fink" designs, the Boil Head will appear on screen as a stop motion puppet.

John began with a ball and socket armature, and now he's applying oil-based clay over the top of it. Eventually, when the sculpt is perfect, he'll make a mold from it.

It barely looks like anything right now, but I insisted we take some pictures for comparison purposes later. Also in these pics, you can see the original sketch and the hot rod model that Boil Head will be driving.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Shooting a grindhouse-style trailer

The overarching plan for Philrose Productions is to have several projects in the queue, ready to go. With the script for Lake Midnight completed, this summer we're turning our attention to shooting an updated promotional trailer for Mind Rip.

We'll be capturing new scenes to supplement our previous cemetery shoot, then cutting something in the style of drive-in/grindhouse trailers of the 70s and 80s.

I've been going through my own collection of trailers, looking for style influences. Below is a smattering of title cards I like for font styles and exploitation language. Yes, if you saw the Rodriguez/Tarantino feature Grindhouse, you saw some parodies of trailers like these.

I'll be posting more behind-the-scenes photos from this trailer project in the coming weeks. Check back soon for updates!