Star Trek Bridge

June 2008 – Water of Life Community Church: Vidouncements

One of the most creative jobs I have had was producing video announcements for my church. I called these weekly sketches Vidouncements, and had fun dreaming up creative ways to tie five separate messages into one five minute story. We had been producng Vidouncements for a few months and our turn around time and script process were refined enough to try something big!

I worked hard to have all the announcement information well in advance and generated a script with a Star Trek twist. One of our local actors offered his tv room for our set construction site.

I built the entire back of the set and two roaming walls since the shoot would only have one camera and the walls could be reconfigured into each shot. The rooms large television became the view screen.
Every part of the set was covered in large sheets of black construction paper. The color was seamless enough to hold up on camera yet cheaper and easier than paint. I rarely paint my cardboard projects.
After dressing up the set with more paper and buttons all of the actors were placed in red, blue and gold shirts. Everyone had a great time including the Klingons.
After I was sure every shot was secure it was time to strike the set, always a fun task with cardboard.


Optimus Prime Costume

July 2007 – Transformers Film Midnight Showing

In July 0f 2007 the stars around Cybertron and Earth aligned and Transformers opened on the big screen. Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots defends the people of earth from the evil Decepticons.

In the middle of summer camp life is busy, and the only time to get away to the movies is Saturday night or a midnight showing. A band of us piled into my Ford Windstar and traveled the winding roads to the cinema.

I assembled my Optimus Prime costume in four hours one afternoon. A simple trip into town supplied blue and red butcher paper. I used some of my construction concepts from my Robocop Costume to fashion the knee and elbow joints.
My favorite part of the costume was the torso piece. I cut the front down the center and created a natural slot latch allowing the two halves to join together.

The best part of the night was when we joined the line at the theater. The management was so impressed with my costume that they bumped our group up to the front of the line! Another great costume, surrounded by great reactions.

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