McCarren Park is an interactive transmedia experience that combines an smart phone application portal with film, social media components, narrative blogs, location based unlockable material, and live events.
For the actual project that this blog talks about making, check out a transmedia work in progress...

Monday, June 28, 2010

Our First Clip!!!!

Congratulations Universe, this is all your fault....

it is here now, do what thou wilt. 

We're going out of town now, while we're on vacation no one destroy the house. See you after the 4th. 

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Guy From the Train!!!! Here is your photo!

Dear Guy from the 1 Train,

Last night at about 3am you and your friends were on the 1 train and after some conversation I took your picture in the Velociraptor head. I took your e-mail address to send it to you, but apparently, I took down your e-mail address wrong. Sorry. At any rate, I hope you look us up and get your photo here.

Also, for all of you reading, if you know this guy:

Send him our way.

You're welcome.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Join Jurassic Park Slope this weekend at Campfire!

Join us at Campfire! 

If you don't you'll hate yourself later. 

The Story:

It was finally Spring and the cold of Winter was forgotten.  Winkel & Balktick set out to explore more of Brooklyn’s forgotten frontiers.  While bathing in Upper New York Bay, a low-slung fortification along the shore caught their eye.  They blazed a trail over to its edifice and were amazed by their discovery.

On Saturday, June 19th, join scoutmasters Winkel & Balktick on a warehouse wilderness campout.  From 10pm till sunrise, lucky scouts will explore a hinterland of revelry and imagination.  Jamboree the night away with rustic beats, illuminating art installations, cozy tents, hearty mountain provisions and the most jubilant troop this side of the East River.

You must purchase advance tickets or RSVP to attend. $15 Advance. $20 door, cash only. 21+ with ID.  Location and details will be announced on the evening of Friday, June 18th.  Questions?

A Star is Born: part 1

Watch as a raptor becomes a terrifying reality.

For our costumes the most pressing concern is expense, style and of course heat because we're filming in summer, for all those reasons we chose wire-wrapped in plaster over newspaper paper maché or latex casting. Also, What Would Ed Wood Do?

So, I acquired some wrapped 20-gauge galvanized wire, some masking tape and wire cutters, all things available at any hardware store.  Then I looked at a picture of a raptor skull:

Once you have a good idea of the shape you can figure out what the skeleton of your headpieces should look like. So, find yourself a base (I used this cheap cowboy hat) and start building a wire-frame. 
The wire frame is the guide for the shape of the plaster, using a hat means you need to worry less about comfort. Finally, make sure that you aren't horribly unbalancing your structure by putting too much weight too far forward or backward someone has to wear this. 

Other Considerations:
  • Wires poking into someone's head.
  • Can the person wearing this breathe?
  • Can they see?
  • Are you making this too heavy?
  • Is your hat going to fit the person wearing this's head?
  • Are you listening to classic rock or metal because this is going to be so cool it will rock your face off?
Next Step: 

Once you have your frame in place, wrap the joints of the wire with masking tape. If you're feeling really sassy you can also reinforce those joints with hot glue, but that adds weight and the plaster you will apply later will reinforce the structure as well. 

make my day.

Once you have the joints wrapped, wrap the entire wire frame so you have more surface area to attach plaster to.  

Next, create the connective tissue of your Raptor's face, look at a picture of what those angles are going to look like, and then use tape to create the surface planes you'll want.

Then, you're ready to start plastering. BUT WAIT STOP, first lay down something like trash bags in order to keep the mess at a minimum and so the plaster doesn't stick to surfaces. Plaster wrapping is pretty much like paper maché, which you may remember from preschool. 
The big difference is materials, Rigid Wrap or Plaster Gauze Wrap, like the stuff that is used for casts, is available at craft shops, art stores, medical supply stores and amazon. It dries lighter than newspaper and is easier to manipulate. It's not all that expensive either, especially considering that all your expenses so far have been galvanized wire and a hat.

So cut your wrap into small strips, dip it in water and begin wrapping it around the wire frame.

You may want to let it dry in stages so that you can better attach wet plaster in the shape you want.

Once you're done sculpting, let the whole thing dry overnight, at least 8 hours so it's really solid.

While the head is drying you can throw together the rest of the costume (part 2). We used a foam pool noodle for the tail. When putting together the rest of our costume our concerns were heat, the ability to move, and portability. We won't have fancy wardrobe trucks, in fact, I think we'll be lucky if we take taxis to shoot locations, so the ability to fold this and carry it is pretty essential.

Once it's dry, make extra sure that it is dry, then take it off whatever you used to prop it up while it was drying, CAREFULLY. Then, try it on someone's head and get ready to have your mind blown.


Friday, June 11, 2010

Upcoming Events

Join us at Campfire! next weekend

and prepare yourselves for the unparalleled awesome that will be...

When Dinosaurs Roamed the Burg...
July 17, 2010, Location TBA,  1pm
Dress up like a dinosaur and congregate with you Cretaceous Brethren in searching for the finest watering hole in Williamsburg!
The first in a series of parties and events to support Jurassic Park Slope a transmedia experience, When Dinosaurs Roamed the Burg is part film shoot, part normal day in the burg, part party.

This is your invitation to participate in a unique kind of film, one where you participate from the first day of filming until well beyond its final release. Please join us and help this dream come to life by dressing up like a dinosaur, or a hipster and migrating with us.

To find out more about Jurassic Park Slope and its interactive experiences, Join us at our Facebook Fan Page.

DOs and DON'Ts:
  • DO dress up like a dinosaur, or a hipster, or a hipster dinosaur.
  • DON'T make a costume that could hurt someone or yourself.
  • DO get your friends together in a group and support local restaurants and businesses. 
  • DON'T be a jerkasaurus, be respectful of the sidewalk, traffic, businesses and other people (dinosaurs or otherwise).
  • DO check back at this page for helpful advice on how to make your costume.
  • DON'T eat or stalk any prey on the street– we get that some of you are carnivores– but we've all been through this–that's why brunch was invented, get yourself some steak and eggs and a bloody mary, it's 2010 for goodness sake.
  • DO take pictures and video and contribute them to the Jurassic Park Slope Fan-site, tag them on twitter: @jurassicparkslo ,– flickr tag: jurassicparkslope.
  • DON'T forget that you're in a public space and other people have to use it too.
Get Excited! Have Fun! Get Involved!

Press Friday!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Weekly Caption Contest: Last Week of May!

Congratulations to you, Jonathan,
for unseating, Jon. 

You win an insufferable sense of smugness that both horrifies 
and arouses onlookers, for an entire week!

To take Jonathan down a peg, 
join the caption contest at our Facebook Page.

Bill Murray Please Be in Our Movie

Please join us at our sister site:

Because you know he'd be perfect. Because he's perfect.

Dear Bill Murray,

We don't have your direct line, but we're trying to get a hold of you the best way we can think of... by posting obtuse requests in an area you have rumored to one in a while drop by while on your busy schedule of awesome.

While there can be no imitiators, we'll be posting all imitiation Bill Murray Voicemails we recieve on the MurrayPhone, (646) 423-0290, here for your delight and amusement.

Please be in our movie,
         The Producers of Jurassic Park Slope

Location Scouting