Thursday, October 15, 2009

Smile, You're On Hoot & Chief Cam!

Ok, so we have explained in previous posts how we would stand in the load area watching for a gap of empty cars so we could jump out without anyone seeing us, as well as having enough empty cars to have some time to take pictures in a set, sometimes 30 seconds, sometimes a minute or two. And we have explained how we started staying inside the ride for extended periods, sometimes hours at a time.

Well, when we started the extended stay adventures, we quickly realized one little problem, how do we get back onto the ride??? We didnt have the luxury of standing in the load area and waiting for a gap. So we had to find certain places of the backstage areas that we could see the cars going by, so we could count empty cars, just like we did in the load area. So this video here is us scouting some of those locations and filming them to see if whether or not it appeared like the guests could see that spot. And as you can see, the camera sitting on the railing at the Nova Cite garden was quickly spotted by some teenagers. :)

But what we really needed was a spot close to the cave, because that was the easiest spot to get back to the cars, so the spot where we are looking thru the pine bush at the Mesa Verde grove control tower was that sweet spot. Anyways, it was good to know of alot of spots we could 'spy' at the cars, because it always helped us keep on top of what was going on: Were there alot of people riding, were they cycling guests out of the ride, were cast members riding thru, where were places we had to be extra careful to duck when walking behind the sets, etc...

Also as a bonus, at marker 5:20, you can see me climbing up behind the rocks on the side of the Mesa Verde farm looking down at the grove and cars. And you get a quick shot looking out of the cave facing the Kitchen at marker 7:45. Also I think I should mention that the long period of time in the garden shot, we were not standing there with the camera. What we would do is set the camera up somewhere, let it record for several minutes while we would go off and record some audio or take pictures, etc... Hoot did this several times, mostly to get some really cool grove shots that I will post in the future. Enjoy!

18 comments:

  1. Nothing to do with the video, but I'm a little freaked out that "Sunnycide" and "redhead" are the top searches. If I were you, Hoot, I'd be a concerned as well...

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am concerned! I thought for sure more people would search for "naked animatronic in the bath tub" OR "full frontal animatronic nudity"! I certainly would.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I looked really closely at the people in the cars, on the remote chance I'd see myself. No such luck. Dang! What a cool thing that would have been.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Ha ha! I do the same thing EVERY time I see someone's Disney video, Clinton.

    Great video guys, I could watch this one for hours!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Boy that would be freaky to see 1999 me riding around on that thing. What a small world that would be! And that's a different ride completely...

    ReplyDelete
  6. I enjoy 6:30 when it looks like you were peeping through the trees like a couple of pervs.

    ReplyDelete
  7. What's the loud sound at 3:10, 4:57 and 6:32?

    ReplyDelete
  8. @Eric_w: that would be the Orange Scent Cannon, spewing out its orange smelling goodness!

    ReplyDelete
  9. This is cool, but imagine a Steadicam walkthrough of the show scenes.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'm worried about you guys. The men in the nondescript black mouse van didn't raid the secret headquarters and abduct our fearless leaders did they?

    ReplyDelete
  11. Eric_w, I'll start the letter-writing campaign. Free the Horizons 2! Free the Horizons 2!

    ReplyDelete
  12. No letters. Let's break them out, guns blazing, Jack Bauer style.

    ReplyDelete
  13. God I hope they're not lost forever with only their likenesses to appear one day in a revised Toy Story Midway Mania ride where everyone can shoot CG rings around their heads for points. That would be sad.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Who would win in a fistfight- the Billy Mays impostor Dad in Mesa Verde or Tom Fitzgerald fixing his Solo Sub?

    ReplyDelete
  15. First, TF would try to zap Billy-Mays-Dad (BMD) with the cheeesy gun thing he's using to work on the sub - only to be shocked when he discovers it's simply a cheap non-working Disney prop. At this point BMD would whack him over the head with the space station cake and it would be all over.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Actually, Tom Fitzgerald would bore Billy Mays Dad to death with the new Imagineering operating guide of budgets, flowcharts, Excel, Powerpoint, and reduced budgets.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Speaking of people looking for themselves in Disney videos, I'm 99% sure that I and my sister are the two kids walking by in an old video of a baby crying in the Crystal Palace when Eeyore walks up to him. Looks just like we did back in '89/'90.

    ReplyDelete