First off, let me apologize for the lack of updates last week. I suspect if you look at previous years you will see I do very little updates the week of Halloween, but I don't think I've ever gone without any posts leading up to the big day.
There are many reasons for my lack of updates and since this is a blog I will tell you about it... later.
Right now, let me share some pictures of the night with you!
|The Gargoyle Entrance!|
|Sebastian Hollinger's resting place.|
|The Coffin Breaker!|
|It wouldn't be Halloween without Hollis Weeb!|
|Lynn in the Mausoleum!|
|Added just this year...|
|Say "Hello" to Andersan!|
|Coming up on...|
|The Haunted Tree!|
|The Hell Hole, with burning coals! The coals are new!|
|Lynn and the Spider Guy!|
|The Coffin Guy!|
|The Hollow Exit!|
Sorry for the quality of some of the pics. I apparently didn't have the night filter set for all the pictures and had to doctor some of them up in Gimp just to be able to make them out. I wish I had noticed the poor quality of some of the pictures Halloween night but I'm sure you understand that I'm a little busy that night and a lot of my attention is other places.
One of the things I wish I had photographed was an upgrade to one of our props, the Sarcophagus Guy. In short, we animated it with an effect known as the "monster in the box". Basically, a small cylinder opens and closes the lid really fast, as though something inside is trying to get out. I added a chain across the top of the lid and that is the reason it appears whatever is inside can't get out. It is a very easy effect to create and when all was said and done, I think it was the biggest new addition this year. I really thought it was going to be the Haunted Tree and Andersan Tombstone Breaker (although both were a big hit).
It just goes to show, you never really know what people will walk away loving.
There is also a video, but like some of the pictures, it didn't really come out. I'm going to see what I can do with it and post it in the next couple of days.
Also, later on, I will tell you about all of the difficulties we had bringing you Hollinger Hollow this year.
I'll give you a hint, most of it involves 2 weeks of nothing but rain!