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Prologic9 wrote: October 17th, 2020, 10:16 pm My bad I wasn't clear, I was talking about the protective foam they put at the top edge to protect their head/neck when leaning back. I'm not sure what to call it, Motherboard Foam?
I completely forgot about that foam! I was so preoccupied with looking for the ALICE foam that I didn't even think to look for the other foam, but you're absolutely right. I don't think there's a name for it like the other parts on the pack, but Motherboard Foam works for me. But looking at the picture of the three guys on the black background, I can't see either foam there, which makes me think all of the promo photos like that were shot during a costume fitting or test or even a specific photoshoot before they actually started filming at all.

Another thing is the red sticker on the top of the pack is blue (or silver, I'm not really sure) on Bill Murray's pack in the New York shoots but not in that promo still (you can see a corner behind his left ear) or one of the others from the same event:
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That photo also makes it more clear that neither piece of foam has been put on to the packs yet.
#4941081
SeaSnoops wrote: October 18th, 2020, 9:36 amAnother thing is the red sticker on the top of the pack is blue (or silver, I'm not really sure) on Bill Murray's pack in the New York shoots but not in that promo still (you can see a corner behind his left ear) or one of the others from the same event
Silver foil reflecting the sky.
#4941134
SeaSnoops wrote: October 18th, 2020, 9:36 am That photo also makes it more clear that neither piece of foam has been put on to the packs yet.
It also makes it more clear that Bill Murray was forced to tuck is pant legs in at least once during production.
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#4941215
I wonder if this shoot was when they realized “oh crap we should probably add some padding!” And probably the starting point of Murrays complaints about the packs :lol:
#4941231
Interesting to look at some of these pics, so it seems that in some instances the red tube at the front was actually practical and had wires running through it seemingly running to the bulb, which is a bit odd as you would think the bulb would have wires on it's base running down the acrylic tube. Funny what hi def pics can show up 35+ years later, things that at the time were virtually impossible to see.
#4941263
To be honest I can't remember anyone saying the flashbulb wires ran through the base of the acrylic tube, since for many years now thanks to the pics of the surviving hero packs it was clear that these wires run through the red tube instead, then pass through a hole in the ear, then under the front grip, then through the external heatshrink tubing running from the base of the front handle to the thrower body.

But yes you are surely right if you only think about what was visible in the movie and what would have been more rational from a purely engineering point of view.
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#4941279
There is actually another lower-positioned barrel lighting system whose wires run inside the front handle. I think the need for the flash came later than the original thrower design, when after some tests the optical effects technicians realized they needed a stronger visual reference for the proton beam firing. Maybe that explains this apparently anomalous and extemporaneous wiring solution.
#4941294
Well, the lower strobing light seems to just be for illuminating the clear tube itself, and wires running through the barrel center for the flash bulb would have interfered with that effect, even if the effect came out a little too subtle on film. The flash bulb for lighting the environment around them momentarily seems to have the greatest impact when you don't even see the barrel, such as the burst of light on Ray's face when he starts firing at Mr. Stay Puft.
#4941412
The neutrona wands in the film had 2 different ways of illuminating the clear barrel: the flash bulb in the tip as well as 2 xenon strobes within the barrel. The flash bulb was used so the animators knew when to start animating the stream effect. The flashing xenon strobes were to continue the effect of them "firing" through a practical effect. The strobes are controlled through the "intensify" push button while the flash bulb was controlled by the push button on the gun ear with the orange hat light.
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