Autry Museum- PLAY

Designed and constructed an interactive exhibit for the PLAY! exhibition at the Autry Museum of the American West in 2017. The wall init is constructed of wood and Lexan, and aged to look like reclaimed wood. A crank made from a tricycle wheel can be turned by guests which both drives a belt that spins various vintage toys and appears to be spinning a vintage fan on top of the wall unit. The fan then appears to be blowing various sized kites suspended from an overhead rig comprised of 12 bicycle wheels acting as pulleys in a belt system. In reality the crank has an encoder on it being fed into a PLC-based control system. The fan and overhead kite system are driven by stepper motors which we can set specific ramp up and down times with a max speed limit for the over achieving child.

We also designed and constructed some themed switches and inputs for other areas of the exhibit. An erector set themed crank which enabled nearby motorized vintage erector sets to move when rotated. We also made an over-sized back-lit vintage tv channel knob which changed the channels on a nearby wall of TV’s. It was machined from aluminum and hard anodized.


Saw- Knife Chair Trap

Replication of knife chair trap from the Saw franchise for Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights. Chair is wood, frame is steel, knives are cnc cut delrin. Wrist restraints designed to allow performers easy entry and exit, knives are all spring-loaded so they have resistance when the performer puts their face through them.

Westcoaster images courtesy of www.westcoaster.net and taken by Albert Lam @Corkscrewed02

Freddy vs. Jason – Folding Bed

Replication of a folding bed gag from Freddy vs. Jason for Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights.  The effect is that there is a victim sleeping in the bed and Jason folds him in half by folding the bed. The frame is made from steel, and the two bed halves are on spring-loaded hinges to reduce performer fatigue. One side of the mattress has false legs attached and the other side has room for a performer with the transition being covered by bed sheets.

Westcoaster images courtesy of www.westcoaster.net and taken by Albert Lam @Corkscrewed02

Freight Fest – Aftermath Chaos Rising 2

We were responsible for the set dressing and props for the seasonal event: Aftermath, Chaos Rising 2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain. The maze was set outside in a  20,000 square foot space. The space box was designed and fabricated in house. It is made of clear acrylic of various depths. It was painted and aged with antique brass paint.
Images of event under show-conditions provided courtesy of Westcoaster and more can be seen on www.westcoaster.net/. Photography by Albert Lam @Corkscrewed02

Blood and Soil

Worked as a two man team with Production Designer, Alfredo Acle, to clear a remote forest, construct, and assemble an authentic civil war camp for the film “Blood and Soil”. Though many smaller items were found/rented, quite a few items were made from scratch according to the period. Atmospheric smoke and haze effects were also included in the list of responsibilities.

Target Wonderland

With the main construction by (LA Fabricators), we provided most of the guest inputs (button, switches, knobs, ect.) for the 2015 Target Wonderland pop up store in NYC and the associated electro-mechanical elements that tied them into the show control system.


Fender Replica Breakaway

Constructed a pair of replica fender squire breakaway guitars for the music video, “Dangerous! – Not One of You”. Guitars were filled with confetti and when smashed, a source of wind was used off screen to disperse the confetti. Shot on the RED camera at 60 fps.


Hellevator

Mechanical and electronic effects for the pilot episode of Hellevator. Effects include the elevator button panel and associated controls, spring-loaded drawers, desks that fly open on command, and lockers that fling open by themselves.


Insidious Meter

Created for Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park, recreation of ghost sensing equipment used by the characters Specs and Tucker from the film “Insidious”. Some changes were made to the original appearance of the “wand” portion to address durability concerns. Buttons allow user to light up the gauge and flash an led on the device, as well as activate a strobe in the end of the wand.

Teleporter

An illusion that we designed and fabricated to look like a commercially available desktop teleportation machine. Any item up to 6″x6″x6″ can be made to disappear on command. Inside is lit with blue LEDs in addition to Arduino controlled white LEDs that create a chasing and strobing effect. In addition to the machine, the drawers under the tables were custom made for the application.