Friday, August 15, 2008

Demon Rum

I believe I mentioned that next year I'm doing a series of short Monkey Rodeo movies. The first one, Demon Rum, will actually be shot next month if all goes as planned. It requires only 4 actors, a large apartment and one night of shooting - we got 2 actors and a large apartment at the moment.

The (sort of) main character of the movie is the Demon Rum itself. I could've let myself off the hook easily and just used something common that I bought at Winners or something like that, but I wanted something unique - as is the point to doing these short movies.

I want to take each movie and put as much work into it as I did with the feature, that mainly includes, prosthetics (I will be learning how to make my own very soon), props (I'll be making most of these as well, and creating more rubber weapons too) and more CG creatures of course.

I was just about to start going on about what I most like about movie making and what I'm getting horribly bored of. Right now, if I don't have at least one standout thing per scene in whatever I'm doing - I might as well scrap the project. Two people sitting in a room talking, no matter how interesting the conversation, is boring to me - now make one of them a 10 foot tall, 3 headed, fire breathing demon and I'm sold.

And that's pretty much the principal behind The Monkey Rodeo Project, to throw as much crazy assed stuff onto the screen as possible. It's hard to work all the ideas into a single feature length movie, but if you chop it up into several 10 minute movies -you can pretty much do whatever you want.

So, back to the point. The bottle of Demon Rum. I wanted something that no matter how tasty whatever is inside might be, you'd probably think twice about it given the look of the bottle. So, I had to make it myself, it myself, took about 5-6 hours. I still need to put a cork in the bottle, and I've yet to decided exactly what I'm doing with that part. As well, there's a label that has yet to be created and stuck to it. But otherwise, here it is.

The pictures almost don't do it justice. I need a better setup for taking pictures of my props I think. In any case, I'm pretty damned happy with the final outcome. I never sketched out any ideas or anything, it was more or less made up as I went along. And yes, it is modeled over a bottle of Absolut.

Given how it turned out, I'm looking forward to some of the other props I had in mind but wasn't too sure of.

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