Bones designed the first major of the haunt to have two drop portraits be the scare.
A ‘drop portrait’ is an elegantly simple haunted house effect, and I’m going to let my friends over at explain exactly what that is, for those who don’t know what I’m talking about. Generally speaking, the hardest part about building a drop portrait is designing something that won’t either fall apart from the weight of the fall or won’t injure the actor, who’ll be expected to operate the mechanism in the dark. It’s usually a loud CRASH!!! kind of a scare, so it doesn’t require much from the operator as far as being additionally scary.
For us, the hardest part – in my not at all humble opinion – was creating something that looked awesome and believably solid.
The second one? Wellllll, it ended up that we’d chosen an image that was a bit too detailed and small to allow me to really see what was going on with it. The end result is ok, but a little too, “O HAI THAR!!” for my taste, to be honest.
..and realized that the initial design would have meant gluing that header directly onto the plywood wall. Which is fine if you have a permanent haunt. But we don’t. This all has to come down in a few weeks and go into storage. So Bones ended up backing this with thin wood so it could be mounted via screws above the portrait.