Two Days With the Colossal Metal Death Trap

Feb 03, 2010

Surrender. Not.On a set now collectively referred to as the “colossal metal death trap”, Nev plays the role of a (nude) warrior making her last stand. It’s fitting, in a way, for although she faces no mortal foes within the confines of my studio, she is surrounded by threat of jagged metal, barbed wire, and easily a ton of rusted steel. A much smaller, though not much safer, wall-to-wall rendition of the massive post-apocaylptic set destined for construction on the studio back lot summer 2010.

Many of the studio and permanent outdoor sets at my ranch wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication of a great number of friends. Zathros continues to be the man behind the curtain, fabricating props and constructing specialized pieces that form the backbone of nearly every set build. Paindancer took the brunt of the labor necessary to build the latest set, saving me from a near certain return to the hospital. I’ve said it before, and will say it again. I do not work alone.

Visiting from Northern CA, Nyx and Lonny brought mischief and mayhem with them. We spent most of the weekend (drinking) with Nev and Dave, making evil plans (and evil booze) for Burning Man 2010. First to shoot on the new set, Lonny planned and directed a personal project with Nev, culminating in these moving images.

St. Alessa - Frueds and Animas | Photo by LonnySt. Alessa | Photo by Lonny

The next day Emobi and I toured the backlot junkyard, making up a shoot concept as we went along. Emobi’s heritage brought some color to the theme, and soon our little battlescape idea developed into something deeper and more meaningful. Everyone pitched in, carefully assembling a reasonably stable set environment. Nyx took on makeup fx, adding the finishing touches to the models while we dressed the set.

Dave proved to be quite handy, taking on numerous small projects around the ranch that I was either to busy, or too lazy, to ever finish. Great dude to have on set, too, handling much of the construction and operating SFX during the shoot. Having the extra help wasn’t just a lifesaver, but let me snap some behind the scenes content for a series of instructional books now in the works.

Building ChaosMercy - Smoke FX

Time constraints accelerated the series of shots faster than I would have liked, but then again I can be a tad detail oriented. Smoke FX and safety of the models dictated some of the composition. Yet another learning experience for me, and a massive step towards managing what will be a much larger and more dangerous set to come. For a concept hatched on the spot, and a set more-or-less built by moving my junkyard into the studio, we did pretty damn good!

Under FireMercyBack to Back

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Cross-posted to deviantART.
Additional photos provided by Lonny
Copyright 2010 by Adam Chilson


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