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Animatronics: Guide to Holiday Displays, 1st ED
Finally, a book that covers the basics of amateur animatronics! Electronic hobbyists and Home Haunters, take note! This hands-on, project oriented book on animated holiday display covers simple, classic projects and advanced motion animation used in professional mechatronic systems. It includes tips and tricks for sculpting and decorating all of your self-operated mechanisms along the way. Author Edwin Wise takes the reader inside his world of robotics in an innovative guide to designing, developing, and building animated displays centered around the holidays of Halloween and Christmas. Covers four broad categories including: electrical animations, pneumatic animations, servo animations, and control systems. Also covered are "background" projects that include stationary systems such as fog chillers and how to make water glow under black light. This book guides you through the project of building and shows how to control it with AC motors and pneumatics systems inside your animated props. This does overlap a little with his other volume, "Applied Robotics" (see below).
|B194||270 pages, paperback, B&W photos, illustrations, 2000||$44.95|
A hands-on introduction to the field of robotics, this book will guide the hobbyist through the issues and challenges of building a working robot. Each chapter builds upon the previous one, extending a core robot project throughout the book. Examples of chapters include: mechanical platforms, power supplies, adding sense, microcontrollers, insect robots, pneumatics, more behavior and intelligence, programming projects, robot behaviors, and much more.
|B848||300 pages, paperback, B&W photos, illustrations, 1999||Check availability|
Now on to our regular Books!
Techniques of Three-Dimensional Makeup
The most complete book on makeup prosthetics available. Contents include:
- Making a Life Mask
- Breakdown of the Life Mask
- The Three-Piece Mold
- Casting Hands
- Modeling and Modeling Tools
- Modeling and Casting Large Pieces
- Foam Latex
- Making Teeth
- Making Ears
- Casting a Full Head
- Plus much more
|B613||180 pages, paperback, color photos, 1988||$29.95|
A make-up book that has best been described as the foremost gore makeup text. Written by Tom Savini, who has worked on films such as Dawn of the Dead, Friday the 13th and Creep Show.
|B009||135 pages, paper, 1987.||$17.00|
More Grande Illusions
At last the long awaited sequel to the academy award winner's best-selling book. Features many of the author's later film projects. Also known as Grande Illusions Book II.
|B121||Apx. 80 pages, soft cover, color photos, 1996||$19.95|
Books on How to Make Stuff:
Do It Yourself Vacuum Forming
Douglas E. Walsh
This is the only book that covers all the basics of low-cost
vacuum forming, including: molds, materials, heat sources, vacuum
sources and suppliers. Offers many excellent ideas for people
who want to get set up on a limited budget. Well worth the investment.
One of our Top Ten Books.
|B086||129 pages, b/w photos, illus.||$14.00|
Molding & Casting Handbook
A comprehensive guide to the use of more than thirty molding and casting materials in the design and construction of theater properties and scenic elements. Includes a section on vacuum forming. Materials covered include: plaster, polyester resins, latex, neoprene, silicone, urethanes, breakaway resins, hot melt, fiberglass and many others.
|B281||230 pages, paper, 450 photos, 1989||$19.95|
Mold Making and Casting Guides:
Set includes the following four books:
- MOLDMAKING GUIDE
- CASTING GUIDE
- SOURCE GUIDE
- BONUS GUIDE
Moldmaking Guide is 63 pages. Casting Guide is 77 pages. Source
Guide for 186 sources of 210 materials is 28 pages. There is also
a Bonus Guide with charts and other valuable information. The
covers are plain and are stapled together, but they contain the
best collection of practical information ever seen in an easy-to-read
format. Covers procedures used extensively in special effects
and other industries.
|B042||4 BOOK SET, 8.5"x11", stapled, illus.||$36.00|
Monster Makers Mask Maker's Handbook
The Mask Makers Handbook teaches you step by step how to make your own custom Latex Rubber Masks. If you've ever wanted to learn exactly how these amazing masks are made, this in-depth manual is for you. The Mask Makers Handbook takes you from start to finish, through design, sculpture, molding, casting, and painting of a Super-Deluxe Latex Rubber Mask. Tons of tips and information about materials and techniques. A fantastic resource!
Packed with over 150 B/W photos and 25 color photos on the back cover. This book is fully illustrated.
|B129||43 pages, soft cover, color insert, 1994||$19.95|
The Monstrous Make-Up Manual Book #1
Learn how the experts create fun and frightening horror make-ups. From simple to state of the art techniques for Hobbyists, Haunted Attractions and the Film Industry. Over 26 terrifying make-ups and hundreds of pro techniques, (with Zombies and Vampires Galore!) The single most illustrated step-by-step guide on monster make-up...Ever!
Professional Techniques include easy step-by-step instructions for: Foam Latex Appliances, Pros-Aide Transfers, Encapsulated Silicone Appliances, Airbrushing, Mold Making, Sculpting, 3D Out of the Kit techniques, Making Dentures, Face Casting Plus: Simple Paint and Powder Make-ups Too!
|B183||288 pages, soft cover, 786 illustrations, 2010||$44.95|
Special Effects and Related:
Behind the Mask
Mark Salisbury and Alan Hedgcock
Take a close look at the men and their monsters: Dick Smith, Stan Winston, Rick Baker, Rob Bottin, Steve Johnson. Highlights film's greatest monsters from The Exorcist to Jurassic Park. Sure to be a classic.
|B885||125 pages, paper, b/w and color photos throughout, 1994||$23.95|
Books for Haunted Houses:
50 Great Room and Ride Ideas for Hayrides and Haunted Houses
Steve Biggs and Doug Erekson
A fresh collection of stories and room ideas written specifically for haunted hayrides and narrated haunted houses. Includes clever twists to old ideas and many new ones. Also includes five stories that can be turned into local legends. Each idea is broken down into its own three-act story structure; set-up, development and payoff. Save yourself production costs by creating the "Theater of the mind."
|B212||Pages 80, illustrations, loose-leaf bound, 1998||$29.95|
Field of Screams
How To Promote Halloween and Haunted Attractions
Michael M. Cruz
Written by one of the most respected Haunted House Marketers.
Covers some very essential marketing basics. Contents include:
The "Eventive" Concept, 7 Steps to a Successful Marketing
Campaign, packaging, identity enhancement strategies, spin-off
activities, charity, hospitality, income, selling clientele,
advertising, publicity, promotions, sponsorship and much more.
|B301||160 pages, Loose Leaf bound, drawings||$29.95|
Film and Stage Books:
The insider's guide to making your first horror movie. The art, craft and trade secrets of writing, producing, and directing chillers and thrillers. With expert advice from Clive Barker, Wes Craven, John Landis, Joe Dante and Rick Baker.
|B558||240 pages, soft cover, photos, 1992||$14.95|
Recomended books, but no longer available from S.E.S. Corp. Please use other source.
Secrets of Hollywood Special Effects, by Robert E. McCarthy
Special Effects with Fire and Smoke, by Theatre Effects
Creating Special Effects for TV & Video, 3rd ED, by Bernard Wilkie
Professional Lighting Handbook, 2nd Edition, by Verne Carlson and Sylvia E. Carlson, ISBN: 0-240-80020-6
Motion Picture & Video LightingRevised Edition, by Blain Brown
Set Lighting Technician's Handbook, 2nd ED, Harry C. Box, ISBN: 0-240-80257-8
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