Author Archive for Steve Neill


Great day at the studio

We were able to get the second part of the tricorder mold made today. Tomorrow the third section and on Friday the last section. It is going well.

I worked on the midget sub some more finishing off little details.

I also started a new personal project to convert to radio control a 1/72 scale Moebius Skipjack one of my favorite subs.

Worked on the  puppet sculpture some more with Gisselle and we finished it so tomorrow starts the mold.

I did more CGI work on the Pilot too.

Lastly I worked on our Iron Giant head today. I looked at a lot of pictures and video of the giant and he has brows that really define his character I had to add. I did it using Apoxy Sculpt and tomorrow I will sand it to perfect shape. I made the eye discs and sat them in and it really set him off.

More tomorrow.


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Incredible Work of Brad Hoplock

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Brad made this as a low res test. He has since sent me a hi res that will be posted as a completed short trailer later this week. It was just so good I just had to share the low res. This captures the true mood and feeling of, “But Something is There”. A true story. My story.

Please follow the blog. We past the 3/4 mark on this production with only a few shooting days left. This is real. We are funded. and we have been in production of this TV pilot since April.


Another great shooting Day

Read the blog and here’s a few iPhone clips.







Iron Giant and tricorder

It was a push with all the other things going on at the studio to make progress on both projects. We have another big filming day tomorrow and there was lots to prepare for.

But I did manage to get the Giants head all blocked out with his major components.

Giselle and I fiber glassed the head with  West systems wonderful epoxy and a layer of 2 oz. cloth and another of 4 oz. Next day it was hard as a hull on a ship. Sanded it a bunch and then used Evercoat glazing putty to fill out all the rough spots and get the head master smooth. After that I used the Bondo air cure red spot putty to get all the small stuff.

I then put on a lot of gray primer and while that dried I started working on the jaw. For two days I wondered how to make this not so simple jaw. I tried Styrene. Nope. didn’t work so well. Tried it again. Still didn’t work and it didn’t look right.

On the way home from the studio the mind went over time and it occurred to me if I used cardboard, stacked it up to the right thickness and then cut, slotted, bent it, curved it and then skinned it with thin Styrene that might work.

Today I tried it. I was able to bend the cardboard and sheet it with styrene while bent over the master for the head. Doing this both from the outside and inside persevered be shape perfectly. I then  sheeted the edges and boom I had the jaw. It fraking worked.

Then I started on the Mohawk fin. I made a basic 2D template, fitted it to the head shape and using Evercoat fixed in place on the head. It still needs more Evercoat and sanding but I ran out of time in my day. Never the less I captured the look of our dear friend the “Iron Giant”.

I still need to do lots of finishing work. Add the ridges around the eyes and the taper. Blend the fin. Add the nobs to the jaw. But its getting there.

In addition the first part of the tricorder mold came out great and Jim started part two of 4.

Next week after the shoot we will have more time to work on the molds and get the “Iron Giant head ready for its mold. Then on to the body. That is after I make one of the heads up, light it and servo the jaw.😉





The Iron Giant begins

Sunday I decided to do a 6 ft version of the “Iron Giant” and Monday I started blowing up the front view with Mary’s help. Mary found online a program that would take an image blown up to 6 ft and break it into 42 sections of 8 X 10 sections that one could later tape together. That was the first step. To get an idea of its size. To use it as a reference to enlarge other pieces to the correct dimensions.

Tuesday I started with the head. Using the Mondo toy which is accurate according to Adam Savage and his friend Brad Bird (the director of the film) I got a side view and front view and enlarged them to match the giant full size print off.

From that I made a side view and a front view MDF template or former.i assembled all of the parts to make a basic head form for foam carving. I’ve used hot wire cutting for this as well but in this case it was the best route altogether very messy.

It didn’t take long to get a accurate head shape. Later today once sanded and final shaped this will be glassed West Systems Epoxy and fiber glass cloth. Then this will get sanded again, spot putty and prime red until glassy smooth. The eyes of course will be carved in, and he head fin added.

I made a temporary jaw just for a look but today I will shape a proper thick correctly shaped jaw out of foam and glass.

Both maters I’ll e molded in RTV silicone I the end and an cast the final parts made from epoxy glass.

It just the beginning. Most of the body parts will be mastered will be made in styrene and glassing putty.






Lots of new stuff…

Submarine testing went very well at Chris Langdons pool in Ojah on Sunday. Video tells all.

Printed out with Mary’s help (she found the program online that breaks a large picture into 8×10 seconds you can print out and tape together) the Iron Giant to the scale I’m going to build him to. A bit over 6 foot. About one 1/6 scale.

Work begins and from the empnlarged plans and pictures I’ll start making the head a chest first. A mix of materials from foam wire cutting and expoxy glass to large sections crafted from styrene. All the masters will be molded in hard epoxy molds and some silicone.

Final cast pieces will be made from lightweight expoxy glass with and internal pose able  armature. I’m never planing electronics, servos and voice .


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