Yearly Archives: 2011

Brooklyn Cyclones Signage Project

Posted: 28 November, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Museum/Exhibit Design, FIT Exhibit Graduate Program-Tags: drawings, drawing, graphics

I designed some signage for the Brooklyn Cyclones’ stadium on Coney Island. It was fun to do some research into the color schemes of New York baseball and Coney Island, plus I got to eat a candy apple every time I went to the stadium for a presentation! My concept was based on a combination […]

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DISASTER!

Posted: 21 November, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Museum/Exhibit Design, FIT Exhibit Graduate Program-Tags: critters, puppets, puppet

I designed this exhibit as a pop-up marketplace to be located on the site of the demolished Thunderbolt rollercoaster on Coney Island. It takes the shape of a giant squid attacking the mainland!

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Sesame Street Florist Logo

Posted: 21 November, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street, Propmaking-Tags: Props, sesame street, sesame

The florist’s storefront on Sesame Street needed some dressin’ up, so I made this sticker for their window, along with some stickers for non-existent credit cards.

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Bread Clip Lamp

Posted: 17 November, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 2-Categories: Museum/Exhibit Design, FIT Exhibit Graduate Program-Tags: Furniture, FIT, lighting

This lamp was made for a “found object” lamp project. The base is made from some oak that I found on the street, and the stem is the plastic part of a dried-out marker. I needed to get the bread clips through mail order, since I couldn’t eat so much bread!

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The Heart, She Holler – Blood-Spraying Beer Cans

Posted: 11 November, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 3-Categories: Propmaking, The Heart She Holler-Tags: Props, heartshe, holler

Well, this one was a challenge. I needed to make a pair of artificial hands shaped like beer cans. Also, the cans needed to be remotely filled with beer so that the actor could drink from them. Also, they needed to explode as if they were shot with a bullet. Also, they needed to spray […]

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The Heart, She Holler – Fake Sword

Posted: 10 November, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Propmaking, The Heart She Holler-Tags: Props, foam, weapon

This foam sword pops out of a coffin and stabs someone! Since we couldn’t fit a whole sword in a coffin, and we couldn’t stab anyone for real, I made the sword in two halves. The front half to pop out of the coffin (I rigged it to operate pneumatically,) and the hilt, which has […]

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The Heart, She Holler – Magical Walnut

Posted: 9 November, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 1-Categories: Propmaking, The Heart She Holler

I made this magically-opening walnut for the Adult Swim mini-series “The Heart, She Holler.” It works in a way that is similar to the old springy toy animals made out of beads that droop when you press on their plastic base. For my version, I made a new base out of plastic tube, springs, and […]

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Funnel Cake Exhibit!

Posted: 8 November, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 1-Categories: Museum/Exhibit Design, FIT Exhibit Graduate Program

Hello everyone! I’ve been studying since this summer at F.I.T. in New York in the Exhibition design graduate program. Our first project was to design an exhibit centered around our favorite food. …I don’t really have a favorite, so I chose Funnel Cake – that sloppy mess of fried dough and confectioner’s sugar that is […]

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Project Accessory

Posted: 28 October, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Project Accessory-Tags: Props

I was called in as a Production Manager to help out with the workshop on a Project Runway spinoff called “Project Accessory.” The show needed someone to help organize and upkeep all of the tools and materials required to keep their team of designers busy. It was my first time working on the production end of […]

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iPad Drawings for Sesame Street

Posted: 13 October, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Sesame Street-Tags: sesame street, sesame, drawings

I drew these pictures for Sesame Street – Prince Charming and a Princess involved in their day-to-day activities. It appeared in an episode where an apple ipad was used for the the first time on the show.

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Twirly Milkshake Sign

Posted: 21 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Abunch LLC-Tags: Props, foam, giant

I made this giant rotating milkshake for a pie/milkshake merchant. The provided graphics were applied to gatorboard which I sandwiched around a signpost and then bulked-up with some polyurethane foam. The edge was painted white and covered with glitter. The base is plywood and contains a drill motor, which spins the giant milkshake!

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Nipple Robot – Silent Library

Posted: 19 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, robots

Someday many years from now, my grandkids will ask me “Grandpa, were you ever a television robot star?” And I will be able to honestly tell them “Yes children, I was an EVIL television robot star. I built this robot out of all sorts of odds-and-ends. A funnel, bucket, two mini plasma spheres to make […]

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Toe Snap – Silent Library

Posted: 17 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

I built this machine to sequentially shoot a contestant in the toes with rubber bands. The mechanism works with screws which are placed around the barrel of a crank-operated winch every few degrees. As the crank is turned, the rubber bands fire off one-by-one.

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Pedal Pop – Silent Library

Posted: 16 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

I built this five-passenger bike by cutting apart and welding together the parts from three tandem bikes, and adding a bit of black gas piping where I needed straight tubing. It actually worked too, and I was able to take it for some wobbly rides in the studio! (Though the rear seat was responsible for […]

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Rugburn Swing – Silent Library

Posted: 15 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

The second in a series of swingsets that made me feel bad! I created a swing out of heavy black rubber to hold a contestant so that their knees would graze against a carpet as they swung, getting a nasty case of rugburn in the process. Sorry, contestant!

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Flounder Swing – Silent Library

Posted: 14 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: willkrause, silent library, fish

This challenge almost made me puke. I made a welded steel mechanism that swung three flounders into the face of a contestant as they played on a swingset. The fish are all put in motion by a pneumatic cylinder that rotates the fish in the opposite direction from the contestant. My stomach was churning as […]

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Motorized Cheek Pincher – Silent Library

Posted: 13 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: silent library, puppets, puppet

I cast these rubber hands and built them to pinch a contestant’s cheeks. A spring-powered clamp was modified to make the fingers pinch. Jason Singleton built the motors which moved the hands from side-to-side.

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Groin-Punching ATM Machine – Silent Library

Posted: 12 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, silent library, groin

I built this ATM machine with help from Daniel Rasa. The shell of the machine is made out of MDF and plywood, and acrylic components were added for lighted signs and to simulate buttons. It re-uses the mechanism from the groin-punching slot machine that I’d built earlier, only with a new cast silicone hand that […]

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Dual-Punch Elliptical Trainer – Silent Library

Posted: 11 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Propmaking, Silent Library-Tags: Props, silent library

This was a simple modification that only took a few hours to complete – an elliptical trainer that I welded arms onto, so that it could punch a contestant alternately in the stomach and groin.

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Puppet Stage for Miss Piggy!

Posted: 10 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Abunch LLC-Tags: critters, puppets, puppet

I built this puppet stage for Opening Ceremony’s event at Fashion’s Night Out. It was built over a long weekend out of plywood, MDF, yards of black and red velvet, and lots of Christmas lights! Andrew Bunch helped me with painting and assembly, and sewing magnets to the curtains so that they would close nicely, […]

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Rear Squeeze – Silent Library

Posted: 2 May, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

I welded together a pair of steel hands to squeeze contestants’ behinds. The hands were pulled shut by bicycle brake cables which were tightened by spinning a crank. I covered the hands with liquid latex coated foam. The arms wear sleeves stitched together by Jessie Voris, and the lower support was re-used from a catapult […]

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Five-Person Wedgie Machine – Silent Library

Posted: 1 May, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 4-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

This machine was built to give five contestants a wedgie… SIMULTANEOUSLY! I welded together the steel pipe and I-beam frame and hooked up two 12v electric winches to a bar, which in turn was connected to the contestants specially grommeted underpants (by official Silent Library grommeter Jessie Voris.) Courtland Premo figured out a way to […]

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Running Water – Silent Library

Posted: 30 April, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

Hitting a contestant in the face with a series of waterbottles was a fun challenge! I made a net out of some surplus green vinyl strapping, and a steel pipe frame to hold all of the bottles in single file. When a motor pulled on an end of the belt, they would drop into a […]

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Groin-Punching Slot Machine – Silent Library

Posted: 29 April, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

I modified an old slot machine to perform a complicated task: First, after the contestant pulled the slot machine’s arm the three tumblers were to spin and then stop so that a fist icon was facing forward. Next, lights were to flash, the winnings drawer was to drop open, and then a rubber fist would […]

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