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Angus and Michael blow off the weapons pods

Test matte -- the bottom ammo magazine is hit

Filming the chopper



First day of shooting! Angus films the AH-6 attack chopper against the bluescreen.

Adjusting the chopper for a new angle.

Angus gives a standard mechanic's crawler a coat of chroma-green paint.

Pasting up the storyboard for the chopper sequence.

Helpful neighbor Sgt. Mark Williams (LAPD) welds a support stand for the jetpack shots.

Low Budget Chroma Floor Paint. Mixed by Lowe's Hardware, it is a very close match to the original chroma green (left) and about half the price. Lowes will mix it if you give them the following numbers: 103-4Y 113-1Y 1145Y32 base 4

Angus paints a section of the upper deck with the new chroma floor enamel. Ninety percent of our filmmaking is in the prep work.

Outdoor Greenscreen staging area built on the upper deck. PVC pipes were rigged to hold a greenscreen and a 30' extension ladded serves duty as a lightbar.

This gives an open area for smoke and the lamp heat to escape easily and is cooler for filming than the garage at night. The only problem is the lights attract bugs.

Stage with greenscreen set up. Filming on cloudy days helps reduce shadows.

Angus and Nick begin assembling a set in the garage.

Screws are inserted every five inches to give an industrial look. The nice thing about using foam sheets is the screws can just be poked in by hand.

Once the flats are assembled they can be painted.

The CDA HQ set nears completion

Beginning assembly of the chopper cockpit set

Taylor Johnson checks cockpit interior

Chopper interior set gets painted

The chopper interior nears completion

Taylor Johnson in the cockpit, ready for filming

As always, modular set construction means that walls and doors can be re-arranged to form new sets. Here is a corridor being built.

The generous permission of Mary Ditto to use the storage space behind her office allows us to assemble an "invisible room" (a greenscreen stage.) Here, Angus and Craig begin taping sheets of insulation foam together for the walls.

The walls and floor will be covered with inexpensive styrofoam sheets so that they can be painted without permanently affecting Mary's storage area.

The sheets are silver on one side, but need primer for the chroma paint to stick.

Angus and Craig almost finished applying primer.

Painted and equipped with lights, the finished "invisible room" is ready for production.

Angus directs Brian as Craig looks on.

Brian Silverman on camera

A Detonation Films MicroSquib.

Angus, Tim, Craig and Salvage begin constructing control panels from styrofoam sheets.

The panels are held together with expansion foam at the seams.

Panels are painted silver.

Buttons and other controls are applied.

This is the pillar that will hold the agents prisoner.

Once the pillar scenes were done, the pillar was tilted over on its side and repainted to serve as the Cobalt Missile.

The Cobalt Missile fuel hatch, constructed from a plastic bowl and a gardening tool found at the 99 cent store.

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