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AUTHOR SUBJECT: New studio
MooiTV.com
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Posted: 11/19/2016 10:42:10 AM
Come January, I'll be moving my operations to a new studio. 

It's one big hall with a reception area as an entrance and a balcony overlooking geese swimming on a pond and wild african animals grazing all the way to the horizon. 

The building is in bad shape and has baby bats all over the floor of the hall, squeeking like mad when I step on them, and birds and pigeons have nested everywhere and are flying around like crazy in there. 

But they'll just have to learn to co-exist with me or leave. 

Anyway, the reception area shall become a dressing room with make-shift basin with tap water from a drum and a large mirror on wheels. 

The large hall shall become a large blue screen / green screen filming area in one half, and the other half shall be rails with costumes and small space for regular props and lighting equipment. 

I just wish there was a mezzaneen, because there's so much vertical space unused, but there isn't so we'll do without it for now. 

The balcony shall become the editing bay I think.  Just needs a large outdoor umbrella and there's already outdoor tables and chairs.  It'll become my new office too.  A nice outdoor office.  Maybe later I can put a roof over it, or just close it up with those see through caravan tent sail things.  

Yep, lots of work to be done, one of which is to install electric plugs everywhere and curtains or something to block the light out from all the windows, and somehow I'll need to be able to rig lights from above.  The roof is also not looking too fresh in places.  Might need replacement in parts.     

But there's something exciting about starting a new studio from scratch.


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Posted: 11/19/2016 10:46:45 AM
Is it as exciting as your dinosaur movie?

mokkimachi
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Posted: 11/19/2016 12:40:45 PM
I don't know, that dinosaur movie is pretty exciting too. 

But this is also good, just not all creative work.  More like just hard things that need to be done.   

And some of the dinosaur movie will be shot here so in the end the excitements of both will blend to form super-excitement.   

SLEEPTILLNOONPRO
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Posted: 11/19/2016 3:27:19 PM
 Congrats on your new bat cave/bird cage. May you have many great adventures Magic.
mokkimachi
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Posted: 11/19/2016 10:16:47 PM
Studio, Aldridge.  It's going to be a movie studio. 

Thank you for the well wishes dude!    And guess what's exporting on my system since Friday?  INTERNATIONAL TREASURE!!!  Yay! 

I completely forgot I ever made it, so watching it after so long felt like I was watching a brand new movie.  Laughed all my energy deplete. 

Should be all done and uploaded by Tuesday or Wednesday.  I'll make the announcement then.

Thanks for remembering about it and liking it.  I can't remember if many others liked it, but I guess it takes a genius to see genius.  

So specially for you, it's coming up for digital release.


SLEEPTILLNOONPRO
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Posted: 11/20/2016 1:30:05 AM
Thanks Magic; you are the coolest!
mokkimachi
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Posted: 11/20/2016 12:37:26 PM
Went back today to take pictures.  Found the birds have all gone, probably because I disturbed them yesterday.  Except for two dead ones.

Bats are still everywhere. 

Anyway, might as well share the pictures for those of you who like illustrational visual aids.

Here is my current blue screen / green screen hall.  Whole place can become either blue screen or green screen, including floors and two walls.

I love this place.  It served me well.  Too bad this will have to all move.  Upside is the new place is much higher.  

It's a bit of a mess right now though.  Pardon the mess.  

 

 


New studio to be from outside:




My new outdoor office and dining area.  Needs some gazebos or something:




Hall that will be new blue screen / green screen studio.  Half of it will probably get mezzanine in time for extra floor in order to store equipment & stuff:   




Last night I saw a bunch of vampires entering the place.  This morning, these are all I found:











SLEEPTILLNOONPRO
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Posted: 11/20/2016 4:32:07 PM
 That's awesome dude! Yeah, plenty of room for another floor. And, the little vampire bats are cute as heck!
mokkimachi
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Posted: 2/21/2017 2:39:23 AM
Booked somebody to come fix the roof next week. 

And it seems they're going to build the second floor with wood.  I said I wanted steel but the steel guy is busy so it's probably going to be wood built by a carpenter (doesn't just put in carpets).  They say it will be strong enough.  

So, let's hear a big yay! 





SLEEPTILLNOONPRO
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Posted: 2/21/2017 10:25:19 AM
 YAY!


  Are you still going with the mezzanine or are you putting in a complete 2nd floor?

mokkimachi
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Posted: 2/22/2017 7:18:07 AM
Mezzanine. 

I'm going with wood for practical purposes but I'm not sure about it because there's a cathedral in england I used to go to that had a balcony type mezzanine made from wood and one day I went on it and found myself the only one on it and everybody else on the floor below and the priest looking like "nobody told you??  YOU'RE GONNA DIE!!!!  Run!!!"

Learned afterwards that after 400 years, that wooden mezzanine isn't up to code to hold a hoard of humans and it's been condemmed or something until it has undergone restoration.  

I don't want my mezzanine floor to collapse after just 400 years of use!  I want something that lasts.  

But wood is cheaper so I was sold on it yesterday.  

But of course wood can burn so I'm still against it.  

Wood or steel? 

Time for a coin toss.

And of course steel can rust as far as I know so I'm indecisive.  

Your advice?    


SLEEPTILLNOONPRO
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Posted: 2/22/2017 12:05:29 PM
 Wood.


1. Much cheaper than steel. I did some basic research on the net and figured steel would cost at least 5 times more per square foot than wood. 

2. Durable. It will easily last your lifetime and beyond. Lumber these days is usually treated with all sorts of chemicals protecting the wood from fire, water, insects, rodents, mold etc. You can even buy the various coatings and do it youself.

3. Wood is easily worked vs. steel. Which leads to a question. Have you considered doing this project yourself? Save yourself a ton of dough. You're a master prop builder; this would be gravy. You probably have all the tools you need already. Ever hear of a barn raising party? You would have a mezzanine one. Order all the materials from a lumber yard/ DIY home center and have it delivered to your studio. I would over build it especially if you're using it for lots of storage. 2x12 joists, 3/4 inch plywood for the sheathing, 16'' on centers. Lots of pics online for ideas. You can buy the posts and stairs already made and install them yourself. Have a few friends over for food and drink and have fun building. Your new mezzanine could easily be built in a weekend or even just one day. Make a movie about it. I wish I was there; this would be a really cool project to tackle.

mokkimachi
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Posted: 2/23/2017 12:30:59 PM
Thanks for the cool ideas dude!  It sounds like you've built quite a few wooden mezzanines in your day.  Construction a passion of yours? 

Too bad you're not here to join in the fun of hard labour :(  But I'll take you some photographs of our pretty mezzanine just to show you what you've missed. 

A mezzanine raising party eh? 

Sounds great but we'll party upon completion on top of the mezzanine.  Don't want people to get all drunk and not do the job properly.  First work, then party.  

Actually my first choice before steel was solid stone slabs.  Should last a few thousand years.   

But then how to get them inside the place;  we'd have to take off the roof and break out a wall and whatnot.

So the vote is in.  Mine shall be wood then.  I can tell people I've got a woody.   


Have you considered doing this project yourself?

Yep, I would do it myself but this thing could squash people underneath and break valuable equipment and props if not built expertly, so perhaps I'll get in some experienced help for this one, just to avoid a possible travesty. 

Cheers A!

SLEEPTILLNOONPRO
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Posted: 2/23/2017 2:01:58 PM
 Right on dude; have fun.
mokkimachi
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Posted: 3/6/2017 11:22:48 AM
Good gravytrain this thing is more work than I anticipated. 

But it's coming along.  We got the roof beams replaced and the new holes cemented up and the roof affixed properly.

Hopefully I can remain interested to see it through.  

Yes.  Yes I shall.  

K bye.   



SLEEPTILLNOONPRO
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Posted: 3/6/2017 6:38:24 PM
 Sounds great Marius! I hope you're shooting all of this for a documentary.
mokkimachi
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Posted: 3/8/2017 10:54:13 AM
Not quite unfortunately.  Slightly too hectic for me to concentrate on making a reality show about everything going on. 
 
But I do film some good shots here and there for memories of sorts.  If you're curious I'll of course post you some visual aids. 

Today we moved a ten ton steel beam three kilometres by hand.  Took up most of the day but it's here and ready to be of use.   

SLEEPTILLNOONPRO
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Posted: 3/8/2017 8:13:04 PM
 Well yeah I'm curious; that's why I keep asking for a bts on this whole wingding of yours. Clamp a camera to your head while you work; the Nascar pitcrews do it and it works for them. 

 YOU MOVED A TEN TON BEAM BY HAND 3 KMS?!?!?!? I wanna see the visual aid on that one!

mokkimachi
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Posted: 3/10/2017 11:20:42 AM
Lol!  J/k.  The whole thing was probably 10 tons but we measured and cut off only what we needed so we only moved a 2 or 3 ton piece.

Well here's some visual aids for your enjoyment, some all sepiaed up so I can print them out and stick them on the walls, like those old construction photos you see on the walls of coffee shops.  

Now you're probably wondering why we're talking about steel when we decided on building with wood.  Well we found this lovely old baby just sitting at a demolished building doing nothing, so we're now doing a combination of wood and steel:



Once our piece was on wheels, it could move relatively easy.  

But it was so heavy it kept eating through the inner part of the wheels and the wheels had to be replaced regularly:

 

Laying down wooden tracks, the wheels didn't just disappear completely into the ground and be stuck, as had first happened:




Took about 5 hours and our steel beam has finally arrived at its destination, ready for use:




Starting the hoist up:




Halfway there:




All the way up:




Temporary light supports to hold it straight up, from the sides:




Shall our team have a successful mezzanine?  Tune in next time, for the next instalment of "The Mezzanine". 

Anyway that's how far the project progressed yesterday.  Today the rest of the supports was put in.  Maybe the whole thing can be completed tomorrow.

Oh, and in case you're wondering why this beam, it's because it's so thick and strong it will not need other supports underneath except at the two ends.  I didn't want to like have a spiderweb of supports that looks like a mess.  

This beam cannot bend, no matter what the weight is I put on top of the mezzanine.  We'll need to like have an entire planet push it down from above before it will bend.  And maybe not even then. 

SLEEPTILLNOONPRO
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Posted: 3/10/2017 1:33:34 PM
 Very, very sweet Marius! Yeah, thats one reason why I recommended 2x12 joists if you were going with wood; to be able to leave large open areas to make it easier to move about. But, that big steel sucker is the shit! Thanks for the update; I'm interested in such things.
mokkimachi
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Posted: 3/13/2017 12:58:38 PM
Didn't go quite as fast as I had hoped but it's going.  Here's some more progress:






Breaking out a window:



Replacing it with a door:



Floor beam construction continues:






One day soon you shall see a floor on the other side of this door: 




Cool then Aldridge dude!  I'm glad somebody's interested.  Are you involved in the field of construction?




SLEEPTILLNOONPRO
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Posted: 3/14/2017 4:24:27 PM
 "Are you involved in the field of construction?"

 I haven't been in a long time Marius. Someday I would love to build a studio facility as nice as the one you have with a huge greenscreen room. Keep posting info as it happens my man.


mokkimachi
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Posted: 3/30/2017 12:34:00 PM
Well our studio is looking spiffer and spiffer.  Whatever spiff means. 

Let's continue the photo novel where we left off last: 


Adding the floor to the mezzanine level:











Adding the stairs:









Adding the railing:




Mezzanine construction complete.  We call it The Mezzanine Of Great Beauty. 








Starting with colored screens.  Black wall serves as black screen.  White wall next to it serves as white screen. 















Starting to install lighting for color screens:




And so, slowly but surely, a new MooiTV.com studio is born, destined for greatness and to be the hosting place for a range of adventures to come. 





SLEEPTILLNOONPRO
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Posted: 3/30/2017 8:17:06 PM
 Beautiful man. Simply beautiful.
mokkimachi
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Posted: 4/1/2017 12:59:04 PM
Yep, Mooi means beautiful.  How'd you know? 

Well today was the first time I started feeling at home in the new studio. 

I thought I was gonna be like just resume as always in the new place and barely notice it's a new place.  

But nope.  It seems I first have to make it my own by just being there for a bit.  This past week I was still like I didn't even want to go there.  Still too unfamiliar.     

But now as things are getting sorted and I'm working there, it's slowly but surely becoming a place I love.

And going up and down the stairs a lot will help keep me fit.  

I'm gonna love this place.  That feeling of magic is incubating there.   

Mike Conway
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Posted: 4/4/2017 7:32:21 PM
That is turning into a beautiful studio!

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SLEEPTILLNOONPRO
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Posted: 4/5/2017 2:50:39 AM
 Marius...."Yep, Mooi means beautiful.  How'd you know?

Oh that was easy; I just googled it.

Seriously, I'm in envy of you having such a nice place now to produce more Slobbies!


mokkimachi
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Posted: 4/8/2017 12:40:21 PM
She's beautiful allright!

Had a bit of trouble with bats shitting on everything.  I thought they'd leave from all the activity in that place, but they didn't.

But I think I solved that problem now hopefully.  Shall see tomorrow.  

So what's stopping you from making yourself a nice studio, Aldridge?  Didn't you say you live in a warehouse?  Sounds ideal! 

Lots of space warehouses have usually.  Just put up some temp stuff and make use of the place as long as you can.

Whose warehouse is it? 

SLEEPTILLNOONPRO
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Posted: 4/8/2017 4:38:10 PM
Had a bit of trouble with bats shitting on everything.  I thought they'd leave from all the activity in that place, but they didn't."

And...."
But I think I solved that problem now hopefully.  Shall see tomorrow."

What did you do Marius; put em all in diapers?


"
So what's stopping you from making yourself a nice studio, Aldridge?  Didn't you say you live in a warehouse?  Sounds ideal!"

Yeah..real ideal. One morning a 200 pound cockroach woke me up and told me we had an ant problem.

mokkimachi
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Posted: 4/8/2017 11:12:43 PM
So?  Don't let an ant problem stop you from your dreams. 

And a 200 pound talking cockroach - what a stroke of luck!  Do these titles give you any ideas:

"The CockRoach" - Horror film

"Giant Roaches from Outer Space" - Sci-fi

"Revenge of the killer cockroaches" - Sci-fi

"The Roach Prankster" - Reality comedy

"Solving world hunger through the genetically upsizing of cockroaches" - Documentary

"Insect pets gone bad" - TV show

"Daddy, Daddy, there's a monster in my closet!" - Scary movie for any genre

"There's something in my food!" - World health propaganda movie

"Honey, that tickles!" - Horror porn

"The invasion" - whatever


These movies simply write themselves dude!  No excuses.  


What did I do with the bats you ask?  Meh, that story is boring.  Which is why I didn't include it.  But here it is:

Well I didn't see them in the day, just every morning I see the crap they left all over.  At night I see them sometimes fly around endlessly without stopping.  Can't do much about the matter then because they are too fast and too high up. 

Then one morning when they were nowhere to be seen, I closed the windows for two days to see if they stay out.  Or die from hunger if they're hiding inside and there's nothing to eat anymore inside the place.  Didn't help.

Then I read online that shiny foil strips scare them so I hanged up foil strips.  Maybe it helped but maybe not.  

Then I realised there are small openings where the roof beams go into the wall.

So yesterday I got a 200 mile long ladder and filled the openings up as best I could with expanding foam.  

Then I heard one bat started screaming from one of the holes.  Then he stopped.  

So now I have a bat forever sealed in expanding foam inside a hole up against the roof.  Hopefully the rotting stench of death that is sure to follow will also be locked in the foam.  

Is this the end of the bat problem? 

Dunno.  I've been too lazy to sweep up the crap already left everywhere so I can't say if there's new crap. 

Maybe today I'll sweep it up.  But maybe not.  I can think of more exciting things to spend the day on.   

SLEEPTILLNOONPRO
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Posted: 4/9/2017 1:20:50 PM
"Honey, that tickles!" - Horror porn

I like it!!


This site has some ideas on getting rid of bats. 

http://getridtalk.com/how-to-get-rid-of-bats/

I like the Christmas lights option. After you get your facility to look like some cantina in downtown Ensenada, you'll be bat free for life as long as you don't forget to pay your power bill.

mokkimachi
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Posted: 4/11/2017 9:21:04 PM
Ew.  That one?  I like "Antics Roach Show". 

Thank you, my handy human search engine!  I think their smelly liquids idea might be the thing I try next. 

Because no, none of the previous things worked.  The bats are still there. 

Anyway, yesterday I had my first official shoot on this here new blue screen.  It can only be described as a pleasure.

The place is not finished yet but it can start work as is.  Here's the latest visual update: 





I'm making a DVD trilogy series so beautiful, to watch it is to be transported to a world of enchantment, to view it is to get an overdose of niceness, to drink it in through the senses is to get filled with beauty and enjoyment, and to experience it is to go mad with bliss.   



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Posted: 4/11/2017 10:48:03 PM
 Very, very awesome Marius; your studio certainly is first rate. 



"I'm making a DVD trilogy series so beautiful, to watch it is to be transported to a world of enchantment, to view it is to get an overdose of niceness, to drink it in through the senses is to get filled with beauty and enjoyment, and to experience it is to go mad with bliss." 


Nice!

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