Category Archives: Films
I just started watching Supernatural these past few months. Previously I didn’t give the show a chance because I thought it was just another Smallville (which I got tired of and quit after 3 or 4 seasons). I have to say Supernatural holds up to Buffy and Angel very well, and is pretty much a love letter to geeks in my opinion. I’m hooked!
For a blu-ray case design I thought I’d use the Devil’s Gate, a crypt seen at the end of Season 2. Unfortunately there are too many seasons of Supernatural (9 and counting) to make a replica crypt case; it would be the size of a bird feeder or a small doghouse. Instead I decided to make a simple box that can fit within your movie library, one that still has the unique doors and lock of the crypt.
The case features a latch that can be turned with a small replica “Magic Colt”, a demon-killing gun that also doubled as a key to the Devil’s Gate in the show. Just to make the case user-friendly it can remain unlocked, with the doors held in place by magnets or tabs.
Yes I am tempting fate that the show will have 10 seasons. I’m 99.99% sure a 10th season will happen. Here is why: 1.) Smallville did it 2.) They can have a bunch of crossovers with the new spin-off show, and 3.) it’s bragging rights for the CW and everyone involved with the show; if this was the final year, they’d be marketing it as such to drive up ratings.
Other things from the show like the car could make for a cool case, again it’s just that there are too many seasons (some 50 – 60 blu-ray discs in total), a tall order for any complete set.
Some notes: I made the interior orange to represent “Hell”. I was tempted to add some orange LED’s at the mouth of the case but opted to keep it simple. I also added some dividers to make it easier to grab a box set and remove it from the case; this was because I saw this Charmed box set, which looks really tough to grab a season case from. When Warner Brothers does release a complete collection, I hope they offer a case with just the final season, so fans can add the seasons they already bought (one with every season could be offered to latecomers like myself).
Also if you’re interested I posted a hockey jersey design on my other blog.
You can purchase a high-res poster of this map here.
Many theorize that the San Andreas Fault disaster could have been averted by that Superman fella, but he disappeared the very day a large chunk of California sunk into the Pacific Ocean. Fortunately a large corporation stepped up to rebuild what remained of the state. The lesson: corporations are the real heroes.
If you don’t get the gist I made this map to reflect an alternate reality where Lex Luthor’s scheme (from the first Superman movie, watch the scene here) actually worked. The result is a new California where almost every city is named after the greatest criminal mastermind.
I added a few more cities, decimated a few surviving cities (Fresno and Sacramento), and theorized that a massive barrier reef would form as a result of western California being underwater. Also his plan had called for grabbing a slice of Mexico, which I stayed true to. And yes, I granted Otis his dream city; I imagine Lex would’ve been in a good mood after his plan succeeded to permit Otisburg in the end.
I feel that you can turn something as mundane as a plant pot into a geeky diorama, such as the Jurassic Park design above. You could add plastic dinosaurs for a more lively scene.
I believe there is potential for other films/shows to be enlisted in this fashion (like Predator or LOST for use with tropical plants), it’s just a matter of fabricating a bunch of miniature props! Easier said than done.
The last BTTF clock design I posted has been the bane of a few DIYers and countless people who want one but are disappointed to learn it’s only a concept. In all likelihood it’s too complex a design to execute, with all the digital displays and built-in calendar to boot.
However the clock design above is much more simple concept. It would have an LED or two at the base of all the translucent hands (or something like this), causing them to illuminate. As long as the minute hand is also emitting light, this clock will echo the flux capacitor’s appearance.
This could be a wall clock but I would prefer a small desktop clock or something for the bookshelf.
EDIT: my bad, forgot to include something to represent numbers. I would probably have them embossed in the metal casing, similar to the Universal logo on this Blu-Ray case.
Sorry for the lack of posts here lately! I don’t like ignoring this blog ever.
What you see above is a very generic-looking jewelry box for Lord of the Rings, but I want you to ignore how it looks. This idea is about one very simple feature that’s inside the box. Let’s have a look:
Inside you’ll find a replica of the One Ring, one that actually emits a fiery light just like its film counterpart. This is because the ring is built into the box and has LED lights embedded within (or just below the surface the ring is perched on). The lights are active when the jewelry box is open.
Essentially it’s a super-geeky fridge light. Nothing against fridges, but a jewelry box is a more appropriate locale for the One Ring, seeing as it rules other rings of power.
I prefer the ring being a permanent fixture for the box, due to the internal electronics and also not having to worry about ring sizes; however I can see it being a removable and wearable item. You could use inductive technology to power lights inside the ring while it is in the box; or the ring could have light-piping and would sit on a halo-shaped LED light cradle.
Regardless this would be a pretty cool case for all your precious keepsakes.
Sorry for the lack of updates lately! I’m still busy in my other blog, feel free to swing by. I hope to have some new stuff posted here soon, stay tuned.
I have added a second poster to my Zazzle store by popular demand: the All Valley Tournament one-sheet seen in The Karate Kid. Please click here or the image to go to the listing.
Zazzle has more size options and is friendlier for international shipping. That said you can still find this print on Imagekind, which usually has more promotions and has great pricing and service for North American customers.
I’ll be adding more of my pop culture prints to Zazzle in the coming weeks. My maps, which are based on North American cities, will remain exclusive to Imagekind.
As far as geeky office stationary goes, the red Swingline stapler from Office Space is both iconic and emblematic of the film it is associated with. I believe there needs to be more office solutions that are in the same vein as the Milton’s prized stapler.
With that in mind I have devised this tandem: an electric pencil sharpener that looks like a wood chipper, and a detachable pencil eraser that looks like a sock-covered foot. If you don’t get the reference I am making please ask your friendly neighborhood geek/film buff.
I made the above animation for the purpose of humor. The pencil would not be tossed about when sharpened. Also the external case to hold pencil shavings is one option; a reservoir beneath the wood chipper would probably be a lot tidier.
These wouldn’t be ‘replica props’ like the Swingline stapler, however I feel they provide a very unique take on everyday pencil sharpeners and erasers. I’d put them on my back-to-school shopping list that is for sure.