Yearly Archives: 2010

Whiskey Bar

Posted: 28 September, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: MKG Productions, Exhibit Design-Tags: Props, MKG

Over the weekend, I made this bar for MKG Productions. It uses a few old whiskey barrels and some 1×3 lumber stained to match. The barrels still had some whiskey sludge inside them (As you can see from the last photo!)

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Sesame Street – Dollar Bill

Posted: 20 September, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street, Props-Tags: Props, sesame street, sesame

I designed this dollar bill for a Sesame Street episode about finance. It needed to be easy for children to find the numeral “1” in the design, and look familiar as a banknote, but not so close to the design of the US dollar bill to get us into legal trouble. The original drawing of […]

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Sesame Street – Hip-Hop Penguin CD cover

Posted: 20 September, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 6-Categories: Sesame Street, Props-Tags: Props, sesame street, photoshop

I had fun designing this CD cover for a pair of Hip-Hop Penguins… there are a whole mess of Photoshop filters that I don’t ordinarily get a chance to play with, so it was a blast to go berserk with lens flares.

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Sesame Street – Elmo Crayon Drawings

Posted: 20 September, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street, Props-Tags: Props, sesame street, crayons

I’m like Elmo’s ghost writer, except with crayons.  (actually, these were drawn with Stabilotones – they’re supercrayons!)

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Posters for The Michael Showalter Showalter

Posted: 25 August, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 7-Categories: Illustration, The Showalter Showalter-Tags: Props, drawings, photoshop

I made these posters to appear in Michael Showalter’s pilot for a new television series. They needed to appear to be designed at different times, and by different people – and the photos cleared for use were mostly pictures of animals, and photos of someone’s vacation. I had fun thinking up names for non-existent programs, […]

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Logos for The Michael Showalter Showalter

Posted: 25 August, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Illustration, The Showalter Showalter-Tags: Props, Illustration, logos

These logos were created for a spoof public television program named “The Michael Showalter Showalter,” on a network named “PBT”. I was given quite a bit of leeway – the client wanted a red logo on a white background for the program, and a brown oval for the network logo.

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Rocky Pedestals for DeBeers

Posted: 19 July, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 1-Categories: MKG Productions, Exhibit Design-Tags: Props, willkrause, foam

I made these pedestals for a display of new jewelry at DeBeers.  The rocks are made from polystyrene foam, and coated with concrete (for the rough rocks) and foamcoat (for the smooth rocks.) I had help from Andrew Bunch and Tom Smolenski with sculpting and finishing the 50 artificial rocks that went into the display.

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My new career as a male model for Ralph Lauren

Posted: 15 July, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Illustration, Ralph Lauren-Tags: flash, Illustration

I went on a tour of the Ralph Lauren office when I was working with them on an illustration project, and we met an employee in the hallway. They asked me if I could draw pants, I replied “Yes,” and that’s how these drawings came about. I made these illustrations from reference photos – I […]

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Indian Burn Machine

Posted: 30 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 1-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

Designing and building this machine was one of my biggest challenges on Silent Library. Figuring out a way for the hands to rotate around a point where I could place no pivots was tricky – so I made a semicircular track for a set of rollerskate wheels, and attached a pair of silicone hands to […]

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Egg Gatling Gun

Posted: 30 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, foam

My task on this project was creating an automatic mechanism that would fire a dozen eggs at contestants on Silent Library. I experimented with a tennis-ball-style launcher first, but settled on a gatling gun setup, powered by a disassembled t-shirt gun. The revolver chamber is made out of sections of PVC tubing ringed with UVA […]

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Wrecking Ball Crane

Posted: 30 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

This seven-foot-tall crane was made to strike game show contestants in the groin with a sand-filled plastic wrecking ball. The frame is made from steel, with plywood panels, heater vents,  lawnmower wheels, and some video arcade switches. Courtland Premo helped with the electrical system, and I managed to hit the poor contestant in the groin […]

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Phony Ostrich Eggs

Posted: 30 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

This was a fun challenge! The writers for Silent Library wanted to hit the contestants with ostrich eggs… but since ostrich eggs are expensive and are so hard that they need to be opened with a hammer, I needed to create some fake ostrich eggs that would make a mess and not kill anyone. I […]

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Machine for simultaneous Punching AND Kicking!

Posted: 30 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, foam

I’ve made things that punch people, and machines that kick people, but here’s a machine I made that kicks and punches people at the same time! Increases productivity by 100%! The foot and fist are both set in motion by pneumatic cylinders, with a foam foot inside the boot and a foam fist, so that […]

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Hand Tenderizer

Posted: 30 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

I made these urethane rubber hammers to smash the hands of Silent Library contestants, and set up a pneumatic mechanism to make the hammers swing up and down.

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Wheel of Rulers

Posted: 30 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

I cast my hand a whole bunch of times on the third season of Silent Library – in this case, six times to make a machine to slap contestants with rulers. The vinyl rulers are sewn to the hands with fishing line so that they don’t go flying off in dangerous directions, and the wheel […]

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Stinky Gelatin Octopus!

Posted: 29 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, puppets

I’ve never had to cast an animal before, but there’s a first time for everything. To keep the hot plaster from melting the octopus into a pile of reek, it was frozen. Its tentacles were flattened against a sheet of aluminum foil so that there wouldn’t be too many undercuts on the mold. Katie Akana […]

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Executive Stress Machine

Posted: 29 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, foam, silent library

This prop needed a revised mechanism to clobber Silent Library contestants in the head (I changed it to work with pneumatics instead of the original electric motors .) I also cast the giant foam balls which did the clobbering. The balls have volleyballs in their centers, to save the cost of some expensive polyurethane foam.

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Pasta Haircut

Posted: 29 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 1-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, silent library, food

This pasta wig was made to be eaten off the head of a senior citizen on Silent Library. I cooked the pasta lightly so that it would be flexible, but not mushy. I held all of the pasta together with some remarkably sticky gelatin. I shaped it to be one of those sideways haircuts that […]

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Giant Cloud, Giant Lightning

Posted: 29 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: MKG Productions, Exhibit Design-Tags: Props, foam

I made a giant (12′ across!) cloud and lightning bolt for the Kikkerland booth at the ICFF this year. The components were made out of several sheets of blue foam sandwiched together, with an MDF and solid wood backing for support. I put together a homemade hot-wire cutter to shape the foam, along with my […]

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Electric Chicken

Posted: 29 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, critters

This electric chicken mixer was made to scratch Silent Library contestants with its sharp talons! I removed the guts from an ordinary hand mixer and modified them so that they would fit inside a rubber chicken; I’m very happy with how it came together, especially how the power cord comes out the chicken’s mouth. [vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/12935415[/vimeo]

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Submarine Sneaker Spheres!

Posted: 16 May, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: MKG Productions, Props-Tags: Props, willkrause, anchor

I assembled these hollow acrylic spheres so that they could hold three sneakers underwater, inside a giant swimming pool. The joints needed to be carefully glued and sealed so that they wouldn’t be destroyed by the water pressure!

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Sesame Street Robot Makeover

Posted: 13 May, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street, Props-Tags: Props, sesame street, willkrause

This red robot needed some modifications so that it would not look like a toy commercial when it made an appearance on Sesame Street to illustrate the word “activate.” I disassembled the robot and removed the speaker and some random ear-popping and eyebrow-raising functions, added some details, and painted it a more generic silver color.

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Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum

Posted: 12 May, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Animation, Utica Cartoon-Tags: Props, sesame street, willkrause

This week, Fran and I were interviewed for the Frenzer Foreman Animation forum. I just listened to the episode, and I was surprised to learn that Fran and I sound totally different. Nobody ever told me that we don’t have twin voices! Also, I goofed on the identity of Baby Bear’s puppeteer. Sorry, Baby Bear. […]

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Once I was a Godzilla, and I breathed fire on healthcare.

Posted: 14 March, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 1-Categories: Props, Godzilla puppet-Tags: Props, willkrause, critters

For this video, I designed, constructed and puppeted the Godzilla-style creature. (there are some shots of the process of building the puppet over here) I also made a few of the props for the city and helped to dress the set. I worked with Ryan McFaul (director, camera, props, set) and Katie Akana (props, set, […]

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