Friday, April 13, 2012

Ghost of the Ghoul Goes West, pt. 10

What a difference a day makes.

A blurry, over-exposed difference, but so needed.

Henchman Henner and Mischievous Miranda went above and beyond -- loading, driving, unloading, building, driving -- and even with some bumps in the road, they not only got things settled, they remained calm and positive, keeping me calm and positive.

OH, the value of that.

Edward Van Bone took to the stage this afternoon, thanks to them.

We also realized that ol' Eddie needed a few more props. First, a little signage, as I do every year:

Secondly, a microphone.

An old, springy, dirty microphone.

By tomorrow morning (yet another marvelous Allie McKay/KTLA-TV5 shoot from Monsterpalooza -- more on that tomorrow!), we needed a microphone on that little stage.

So what do you do?

Go shopping for cheap parts...

... grab a few wires, springs and some sink parts, a few screws, a drill...

... some wood doweling, a mic base, some cable, and a bit of spray enamel...

... and voila'! An old, springy, dirty old microphone!

All for about $12.

More to come, of course. Morning comes very early tomorrow. 

I must be ready for my close-up.



  1. That's one of the best prop microphones of that style I've seen...and so simple, too! I'm glad things are falling into place. :)

  2. It's one of those things I'm sure you've experienced often -- a need arises, you think, scramble and get it filled so quickly and effortlessly (it seems as you're working on it) that you think "Surely I've left something out or it's just not right or something... yet there it is!"
    A wonderful "it's aliiiive!" kinda thing, haha!

  3. I love the mic and how low tech it came together. I hoped to visit the show this year and meet Mr. Von Bone in person, but was stuck working (even more painful since I live 15 minutes down the freeway from).

    Your Raven was one of my niece's favorites when we saw it last year (mine too).

    Are you creating anything for "Son of" in October? I'm not missing that show.

  4. Sadly, Dave, I can't make the October event. It's right in the middle of the busiest months of the year for me -- my own Hallowe'en preparations and double-duty schedules for my musical performances -- so I'm not making anything for Son Of Monsterpalooza. I'd love to be there, of course, but parts of me (at the moment my legs and back) realize TWO Monsterpaloozas in one six month stretch might kill me.