It all started with Obie contacting Judgeboz after finding him on gumtree (i think)
good to speak to you today.
so here's the deal: i've been hired by a production company named activeTV that are making a children's show for ABC3. the first episode we're doing involves a popular new arcade machine which hypnotises the player with a video to behave in an amusing fashion for a
short time afterward.
i've been charged with making this device exist.
the features it would need to have in order for the scripted action to work are:
1. a screen that we can run a video feed into (a computerised face is going to deliver the hypnotic message on the screen)
2. speakers that we can run the accompanying audio through.
3. a seat or bench that the player sits on.
4. a coin slot and a start button.
5. a curtain of some kind to make the hypnosis experience private for the player.
6. a small camera mounted above the screen facing the player!
7. i'll want to apply some vinyl signage with a fictional brand and name for the unit.
its quite a brief, and although i suspect i'm probably going to end up having to make the thing from scratch, i reckon it would be a much more
believable end product if i was altering or adapting an existing arcade machine. i guess the dream would be if i could find a broken or otherwise
unloved unit that was some sort of booth (a racing game? an M or MA15+ classified game? a photobooth?). failing that maybe i could build a booth of some kind around a unit that satisfied some of the other requirements.
depending on how much i had to alter a unit i'd be able to return it or whatever parts were of value to its owner.
if i do end up making the thing from scratch i'll at least want to get my hands on arcade style buttons and coin slots, and the chair is also
something i just don't know how i'd make look legitimate without great effort and expense.
i've got to decide which path i'm taking in the next couple of days; the scene its in is being shot in about a fortnight.
so yeah if you think you or any of your associates might have something
So John replied and cc me into the email
thank you for your call today.
The best person to talk to is a guy called Danny at Gameroom Essentials (http://www.gameroom.com.au
Danny makes video game cabinets from scratch- Im sure he can help you with your requirement.
I'll be keen to see your show once its completed.
I replied to John,
Thanks for the referral John. Not sure his timeframe is workable though. I'll see if he contacts me, and discuss what his budget is.
I did a little research on him and worked for shows like master chef, mcleods daughters and wolf creek.
This totally came out of the blue, and I received a phone call from Obie 9am the next morning.
He told me that he wanted the cabinet to look real and could run video playback on a screen. It was only going to be used once. He wanted to keep the budget under $2000, and after seeing a sketch of what he wanted, I told him that he would get change.
After doing some calculations, I gave him a quote of $1500, which he was surprised that it was below budget. Now he had money to do sign writing.
hey danny, here's my finished sketches.
i sent them through to the producer last night and she's approved it all.
of course there's still a bit of leeway for alteration, especially if it involves adding cool stuff like that patch board.
how are things looking at your end?
lt me know when you reckon you've got a plan.
i've got a schedule now and it seems we'll want to deliver it for filming setup on tuesday the 24th with the actual prank happening on the 25th. i guess we should allow a day to apply artwork but i'll case that out now..
More to follow....