So we’ve been working on a project for the last while. To me personally, this is a BIG project. Probably the largest thus far of my photography career, and it’s not even a photo-shoot. Along with the usual workload at 2D Photography Inc., we’ve been secretly (somewhat) working on this Rube Goldberg Machine for nearly six months give or take. Some of you may have guessed what we were up to from our teasers (Teaser, Teaser 2 for ?????, Third Teaser ie Teaser #3) but hopefully it was still a surprise.
It’s been a while since the idea came to me in late November, 2010. We started construction on it in January and while there have been a lot of delays, we’ve essentially just worked our butts off to get this thing shot. So without any further adieu.. here it is!!
Well, I hope you all enjoyed that! It was a fun and painful project. Certainly most of the people that were heavily involved (including myself) had a love-hate relationship with it. I’m sure there may be some questions regarding this video and I believe after we get some in a follow-up post will be written in order to address them. In the mean time, we did put together this other video briefly explaining the process.
Sufficed to say, this Rube Goldberg video could not have happened without the support of a few organizations. I’d like to say “Thank you” to:
Additionally, a fair number of people have had a hand in helping or bearing with both 2D Photography Inc. and myself with this project. For your help: building the damned thing, painting, repainting, and for your support and faith I’d like to thank the following people (I know I’m missing a few as well so I apologize, you know I love you) in no particular order other then alphabetical-by first name:
Autumn Hachey (Our model for the video)
One last note. There’s a part of the machine that’s a bit hidden. The problem was that we really wanted to include a photo-booth in this video since they’re so cliche. The trick was that we just couldn’t think of a way to make: countdown, fire some flashes, eject an image and STILL look like a photo-booth. So most of the elements were inside. With that in mind, we’ve included this clip to help flash some light on what’s going on in there. (Description below)
Essentially there’s a whack of mousetraps in this thing. The lens case triggers the first trap and the attacking arm of the trap pulls down a string which goes up and over the ball on the top right, lifting up a block that’s holding the ball in place. From then on, each ball triggers another trap with simultaneously pushes the panel on the front of the booth (revealing the countdown numbers) and pulls the block on the row below letting loose the next ball. At the end, a crane of sorts lifts up another set of blocks releasing five balls: four marbles, and one ball bearing. The marbles land on a pocket wizard firing our flashes while the bearing goes for a longer trip to pull the pin on our image. Lastly the image falling lifts the lever below it, sending the golf ball on the outside away.
Thank you all for watching and reading. We hope you really enjoyed the clip and we’ll catch you all on our next adventure!