Entries in Digital-Props (29)
My inbox is still recovering from one of the coolest emails I've received since embarking on this journey of lightning bolts and glowing men. Zack Finfrock of Emerson Wild: Monster Hunter sent us this amazing piece of fan art featuring all the Mercury Men characters.
Zack NAILED the characters, from the Containment Suit Invaders scrawny necks and lifeless stares to the lacing on the side of Jack's jacket. Since I've got a hi res version of the file, we're making it available for YOU to download as well!
You can check out Zack's artwork HERE, and his webseries Emerson Wild: Monster Hunter. And let this be an open call to all you artists out there. Send us some Mercury Men inspired artwork and we'll gladly feature it and your other work here on the Mercury blog.
I've got an 8 year old brother named Peter. (Which means my six siblings range from me, 29, all the way down to 8!) For the past couple years Peter has been at that age where the films I make aren't just stories that his big brother filmed, they're adventures his big brother has lived. He thought I was a super-hero for three years after seeing Captain Blasto. So part of the inspiration for our digital props series is that for every piece I make, I can print it out and give it to him as a relic of some great adventure out there. Tomorrow he'll be getting a few posters, an orbital map, and a blueprint for a ray gun.
Do you remember Indiana Jones' leather notebook from Raiders? The one he used to calculate the position of the Staff of Ra? And of course any Indy fan would remember the Grail Diary. Well every time they would crack open one of those books on screen, even to this day I can feel my body sitting up, trying to peek over. This guy has been on great quests. That little book has to be filled cover to cover with notes, sketches, and artifacts detailing every dangerous catacomb and ancient puzzle. I just wanted to snatch the book right out of his hands. In fact a few people have come as close as you can get - Indy Props and Quest for Gear.
While we've only released a few so far, I really hope our digital props can capture some of that for you. I hope they're as mysterious and fun for you to see as they are for me to make. And if you're enjoying what you see of Mercury Men thus far, I'd encourage you to actually print the props out. Or at the very least make a folder where you can save the images for yourself. We've got a great big story to tell, a story that pours over the edges of the videos themselves.
Is there some film prop you've always wanted to snatch out of the film, aside from the obvious lightsaber and Hoverboard of course.
To celebrate today's 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we produced a short teaser video along with TWO special edition Mercury Men posters which are FREE to download and print. You can either print them on your home printer or toss 'em on a flash drive and take them to your local print/copy place. Happy Anniversary Apollo 11!
Our newest release in the Digital Props Series is this set of vintage trading cards featuring the main characters from the series. The cards are hi-res and standard sized for you to print out and place in card sleeves, so break out that old binder! We'll be releasing cards throughout the series. And make sure to read the card back descriptions which will often feature back story elements not seen in the episodes themselves.
Third release in our digital prop series.
Three photographs have sat pinned to a small bulletin board in the Wright-Patterson Terminal Building for several decades. They have generally gone unnoticed and current generation pilots would be unable to identify the men in the photographs or the events in which they were taken. An older generation of pilots however, well into their seventies, regard the photographs fondly and spend countless hours over coffee, discussing their historical significance. There originally was a fourth photograph which has since been removed.
After designing the orbital map for Jack's map projector (I'll post a picture here soon), I figured I ought to offer a print version here as our second digital prop.
League members carry a small collection of photographic slides detailing the orbital and rendevous paths of various celestial bodies. This particular chart depicts Earth (center), it's Moon, and the several satellites and comets that intersect it's orbital path during the month of October.