So, I found a mummified, perfectly preserved butterfly on my window sill. Its beautiful and I want to preserve it and look at it and may be show it off to people. See if I can make a brooch or something out of it and give it as a gift to people close to me. But I cant do any of this as the butterfly is quite fragile. How can I preserve this butterfly forever ... or if that's not possible, a very long time? [more inside]
I have a wax model (a small buckle). I'm interested in getting 500 or so brass or bronze castings made of it. Does anyone have any experience with a contract casting house? Who? How were they to deal with? What were prices like?
I need to find a substance that is : a) transparent over the visible or infrared, b) melts between 10 and 100 degrees C c) has modest freeze/melt expansion e)is at least a bit volatile in the liquid phase. [more inside]
Yes, I can Google, and I see there are a lot of websites for casting calls out there. Some of the more polished ones charge for making posts. I don't mind paying to post an ad. But which websites have a lot of actors looking at them and are likely to get results? My production is in Seattle. [more inside]
What's the best way to ask someone if you can take their photograph on the street? Also where's a good place to discreetly watch people? [more inside]
I have two dream jobs: one is working as a producer at a small independent production company in NY, the other is being a casting director. I don't want to be some big hollywood producer, but I'd love to work at a smaller media company. Whenever I've managed to get a foot in the door somewhere, I've done well. There are two problems. One is I have no idea how to land an entry level position in such a company. The other is that I'm starting out late at the age of 29. [more inside]
I have these antique wooden horses, some of which are completely missing their tails due to breaking off and subsequent loss. I would like to recreate 4 extra tails using some method but am getting overwhelmed by the possibilities. I am not afraid to try creating a mold then casting them somehow, but I would like this to be easy and cost effective (<$30 total) since I only need to do 4. I am doing this purely for aesthetic reasons and the material does not have to be terribly durable and Obviously I do not expect this to be wooden. The tails are approximately 2" x 1" and are originally wood, painted black.
How to remove/dissolve Oasis wet floral foam? Problem: must be polyester friendly. [more inside]
Where can I get a (bronze?) cast of a squeaky alligator toy made and mounted? [more inside]
I am shooting a music video next month. It's a personal portfolio project and while my social group has stepped in beautifully, I still need people with certain traits/looks. Is there a place online I can post a listing to while also being upfront that it is an unpaid/volunteer gig? [more inside]
Where can I find good quality stamped or molded _3D_ reproductions of zodiac signs (the fish, goat, scales, etc - not the written characters) of a "classical" appearance, between 1" and 2" diameter? I found several places selling a zodiac candy mold, which might work, but I'm not sure I like the style of the images. I'm wanting to use whatever I find as a pattern for sand-casting metal to make adornments for a big armillary sphere I'm building for my garden, so it doesn't really matter what they're made out of. Tin, plastic, wood, paper - whatever. If they're too flimsy I can make castings of them and use those as patterns. Suggestions would be appreciated. :-)
Any tips for securing big name (sort of) talent for an indie pilot? [more inside]
Where are the industrial live/work spaces and/or workshops in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
What makes a good casting director? [more inside]
How can I make a clear plastic cast of a bicycle? [more inside]
As a hobbyist robot builder/random object fabricator, what options are available to me for making custom parts out of plastic or similar materials? [more inside]
I play bass guitar. I'm not bad at it. In fact, I'm quite good. How do I get auditions to start playing for touring musicals and the like? (and do I stand a chance?) [more inside]
OK, I've searched all over the internet, MeFi and tons of blogs. I've learned a lot, but I haven't found what I'm looking for. I want to carve a simple ring design for my girlfriend, out of jewelers wax, then send it to a professional silversmith and have it cast. Now I could do it myself, but I neither have the space nor the equipment to do it properly. So yes I have seen and read just about every tutorial about DIY casting. So...anyone out there know where I could find an actual silversmith, only found one, they want a minimum of 25 pieces....
Is there a down and dirty way to determine my suit measurements without going to see a tailor or using anything other than a normal tape measure? [more inside]
Casting calls for hired goons? Counter-intuitively, I may have a 'look' for movies/TV. Do I? If so, what do I do with it? [more inside]
MeFi Chef Brigade: Anyone out there know anything about cast sugar (sometimes called poured sugar or sugar glass)? I'm experimenting with some historical cast sugar recipes, but could use some advice..... [more inside]
I want to stream my desktop on popular sites such as Justin.tv. However I'm on a Mac. What software do I need?
I want to stream my desktop on popular sites such as Justin.tv. However I'm on a Mac. What software do I need? [more inside]
I'm making a short film in Boston that requires two leads -- a man and a woman -- in their mid-20s who can dance ballroom. Where should I post a casting notice? [more inside]
Moving company overseas, any software to help with online communication like Video & live Screen casting for online meetings.
Moving company overseas, any software to help with online communication like Video & live Screen casting for online meetings. [more inside]
MeFi actors/casting directors/people who have been extras before... any tips for what I should do at an "extras casting call"? [more inside]
I'm trying to host an open casting call for actors/models in NYC. Any ideas for somewhere professional, yet cheap or free? [more inside]
Narrative/fiction movies with unexpected moments of "reality" or fourth wall-breaking or other interesting metaness?
Narrative/fiction movies with unexpected elements of "reality" or fourth wall breaking or other interesting metaness? Illustrative examples inside (without spoilers): Sling Blade, Bamboozled, Shortbus, Timecode, South Park, etc. [more inside]
I have a small but detailed necklace pendant of the buddha cast in silver. How and where can I get an exact replica cast in 24k gold or platinum in NYC? [more inside]
Where could I post a casting call for an online web contest that involves dancing? [more inside]
How do you make a mold for lost-wax casting? [more inside]
How does one become a casting director? It doesn't seem like there would be classes in film school on becoming a casting director, so I'm curious as to what professional course one would take to attain this position. I have quite an eye for placing actors in roles that have yet to be cast, but I'm sure that's not all it takes. Is it all just nepotism and luck?
[Filmfilter] Why are some people listed with their character's names and others not in film opening credits? [MI] [more inside]
Has anyone here ever done small-scale plastic (specifically polycarbonate) casting/fabrication at home? What are some good resources for getting started?