Taking the easy road to do anything, is just plain boring to us. If we can create a new challenge and use it as a way to work through some ideas, we are into it! Take for example our concept to build a boat, for use in a quick little promo video with Hellbound Glory. The video is for their upcoming Rebel Soul Tour with Kid Rock and Buckcherry. Instead of just having actors play a role or to show some live footage of the band, we wanted to up the ante and have some fun.
This whole project started off with the idea of creating a new set of flags for the band to be used as stage backdrops. The Hellbound Glory logo needed to be sewn on bright orange canvas, to help jump off of all the black on the stage setting. Putting up some crappy banners made from vinyl just felt soulless and we wanted them to have a proper setup, to be seen by the hundreds of thousands of fans on this tour.
Our story needed an interesting narrative to help tie everything together. While conjuring up the the local folklore over in Morehead City, North Carolina, about the one and only Blackbeard, we got to thinkin' on his infamous pirate flag. Creating a flag and or banner from scratch was our mission and we enlisted the help of our favorite upholstery team to sew the various elements together. Our theory was that if the flags were done right and proper, then they should be approved by the one and only Blackbeard himself. Luckily for us, a partner in crime, just so happens to be a Blackbeard stunt double.
|Getting the lettering just right, as it was cut out of black canvas and sewn onto orange canvas for a great effect|
|Ryan is putting the finishing touches on the Hellbound Glory flags, which are Made In the USA!|
|Blueprints checked and double checked for accurate measurements on our boat build|
Next up, more movie props for the Carolina Still video series coming up this spring!
Huge thanks to Tams Higgins, Mike Thompson, Buck Thrailkill and Shane DeRuise for helping out on this project. Without their help, there is no way in hell I could have gotten it all done. Also we need to give Blackbeard a proper shout out. His legacy lives on in these parts and growing up by the sea in old pirate stomping grounds, has allowed that part of East Coast nautical culture to be firmly embedded into my DNA. I also shot and edited the short film and put it all together. Life is too short not to try your hand at everything!
|Our short film actors ready for their big roles, haha!|
|Troy Bilt now will become a ship!|
|Adding in the side frame for the starboard side|
|Basic structure of the frame is complete|
|Add the side ribs are in place and ready for the next layer|
|Main structure is just about complete|
|Design challenge, hmmm... how to create an axle system with spare parts|
|There we go, scrap wood and long bolts with sleeves from Harley shocks made just the right fit|
|Everything is now ready for the paneling to be screwed into place|
|Buck getting used to driving his new ship. Gotta dig the wood grain on the back side of cheap paneling, fit perfect!|
|"How is this supposed to be a boat?" Just go with it...|
|Saw dust everywhere and last minute pieces being finished up|