Watch this video to see it work:
Watch this video to see how I made it, and see some pictures it's taken
This instructable contains detailed instructions on exactly how I made mine, but with some simple modifications, anyone can make their own with any digital camera and laptop.
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HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
For the body/structure:
- Black duct tape
- Black spray paint (semi-gloss)
- Plexiglass (16"x18")
- window fogging spray
- glue/ spray-tack
- 5 gallon bucket with lid
- utility knife
- Any DSLR*
- Any External flash
- Hot-shoe flash extension cord
- remote shutter release button (wireless or not)
- A laptop (that you don't mind disassembling)
Step 1: Constuct the main body
I started by making a rectangular box with no top or bottom, that fit my body (shoulder width and body depth is the main measurements you'll need, but remained proportional to the dimensions of my camera. Remember that you'll need room inside for the computer body too. I put two small squares of cardboard on both the left and right side, top and bottom, to make sure the box stayed rigid and square.
From this, I added the the flash base/ viewfinder part on to, and the angled top on each side.
It takes a little measuring, some simple multiplication, and trial-and error. If you're not comfortable making some of the angled contours, don't worry, just stick to basic geometry like squares and rectangles, and it will still look great, and still function the same.
For this step you will need:
- duct tape
- utility knife
- Use a straight-edge and utility knife to cut the cardboard
- For the round pieces, use scissors
- tape both sides of every joint. You'll need the strength or the costume will fall apart!
- USE GORILLA-TAPE brand duct tape. It is MUCH more more durable than any other brand I could find, and only slightly more expensive.
- Save the painting until the very last step, or your tape won't stick.
- The more precise your measurements are, the easier the costume is to make, and the stronger the structure will be, so measure twice and cut carefully.