January 30, 2011

A Future Imagineer from the Philippines

Ten year old Renzo, from the Philippines sent me a bunch of photos of his haunted mansion paper models. What makes these different from most of the model photos I receive is that Renzo has designed and built these from scratch!
Renzo writes, "Hello my name is Renzo. I live in the Philippines and have been dying to go to Disaneyland.
I make alot of projects my rooms over flowing :) "

They are awesome!

January 23, 2011

Building That Old House on the Hill

I found it necessary to build one of my paper model kits because I keep giving them away. Since I had a camera handy I decided to record the construction and play around a little. This is the first time I have attempted this type of "animation" and my first YouTube upload!
I had no script and I wasn't even sure if all the photos and video I took of the process would be usable in crating anything interesting. Now I wish I spent more than an afternoon making it!
Our cat, Misti Kay, makes a quick cameo, among other guest stars. Some of you may know Misti Kay as the critter who smashed my first New Orleans Square model prototype back in 2005.

January 19, 2011

The "Magic, Memories, and You!" Castle Show

The Magic Kingdom is finally utilizing the new 3D projection technologies and have produced a SPECTACULAR castle show for their new "Magic, Memories, and You!" campaign. These shows utilize multiple high power projectors which project animations and effects which were created using a 3D map of the castle. This makes the images prefectly aligned to the detailed shapes of the castle and allows the images to partially wrap around the castle.

Disney has raised the bar! I hope I get to see this in person soon!


Thank you, "Inside the Magic"!

Thank you, "Orlando Attractions Magazine"!

January 14, 2011

Phantom Manor Building Tips

There is a wonderful forum thread by "Bagpiper" on the papermodelers.com forum!
The thread includes video and jpegs of Bagpiper's experiences in constructing the Manor. He has some great tips, some of which I will follow the next time I build the manor!
Many of the tips can be used in the construction of all of my models,
so please take a look.

The full thread can be found at

The videos can also be viewed at

January 5, 2011


James Rolfe, also known as "The Angry Video Game Nerd" created a great mini-documentary about "The Blob" and the "Blobfest" celebrations that take place in my home town of Phoenixville, Pa, every year. I added this link to my "Hometown Blob" section of "Other Haunted Dimensions", but I wanted to be sure everyone sees this. I have yet to actually attend Blobfest, since I'm usually in Orlando working on Horror Nights at that time of year.
It's very interesting and fun! Check it out,below!

January 4, 2011

Lonesome Manor

In the WII Game "Epic Mickey" there is a level called "Lonesome Manor" which pays tribute to the 1937 Disney animated classic "Lonesome Ghosts", but it also pays tribute to the mansions! The building is a combination of the pillars and verandahs of New Orleans Square, the conservatory and brickwork of Liberty Square, and the cupola of Phantom Manor! I do not have the WII system but I would love to play this level!

The top image is concept art of the Manor and the bottom image shows how it look in the game.

January 2, 2011

A New Year in the Dimensions!

2010 was a great year for me and Haunted Dimensions! While being a freelance designer in the entertainment field can be sporadic, this past year was full of wonderful experiences and challenges!
It looks like the winter months will offer no substantial paying work for me, which is common, so I hope to use my time to restart a few projects that were put on hold during my peak work season.
I want to thank you, my fellow Minions, for your constant support and interest!
I wish everyone a happy, prosperous new year!

I added two new links in the LINKS section.

One is for "Horizons: Resurrected", where designer Chris Wallace ("technologist, entreprenuer, and co-founder of The SuperGroup"), is recreating the lost EPCOT attraction "Horizons" as a virtual 3D model, with the ultimate goal of recreating the entire attraction as an interactive experience!

I also added a link to Googles FREE 3D software, SketchUp. I am often asked what 3D software they should learn and my answer is "SketchUp". It is quickly becoming an industry standard!