The Making Of The Hackaday Prize Video

As you’re probably aware, there’s a video announcing the launch of The Hackaday Prize blocking the front page of Hackaday right now. This is by design, and surprisingly we haven’t gotten any complaints saying, ‘not a hack’ yet. I’m proud of you. Yes, all of you.

Making this video wasn’t easy. The initial plans for it were something along the lines of the new Star Wars trailer. Then we realized we could do something cooler. The idea still had Star Wars in it, but we were going for the classics, and not the prequels. As much as we love spending two hours watching a movie about trade disputes, we needed to go to Tatooine.

QV4A4035I just wanted to go to Toshi station

This meant building a prop. We decided on the moisture vaporators from Uncle Owen’s farm. It’s a simple enough structure to build at the Hackaspace in a weekend, and could be broken down relatively easily for transport to the shooting site. I’ve created a project for the actual build, but the basic idea is a few pieces of plywood, an iron pipe for the structural support, and some Coroplast and spray paint to make everything look like it’s been sitting underneath two suns for several decades.

Oh, I was the only person at the hackaspace that knew what greebles were. That’s not pertinent in any way, I’d just like to point that out.

The Suit

The vaporator is the star of the show, but we also rented a space suit. No one expected teflon-covered beta cloth when we were calling up costume rental places, but the suit can really only be described as a space-suit shaped piece of clothing. The inlet and outlet ports are resin, and the backpack is a block of foam. If anyone knows where we can get an Orlan spacesuit, or even a NASA IVA or Air Force high altitude suit, let us know.


[Matt Berggren] led the prop build and starred in the assembly footage. [Aleksandar Braic] and [Rich Hogben] rented a ridiculous amount of camera equipment. On set for the hijinks was [Aleksandar “Bilke” Bilanovic], [Brian Benchoff] (me), [Jasmine Bracket], [Sophi Kravitz], and [Mike Szczys].

16 thoughts on “The Making Of The Hackaday Prize Video

  1. The only thing I find REALLY REPULSIVE is the flag of the corporation “United States”, a corrupt democratic corporation originally formed to act as a defense organism for the constitutional republic “united states of America”. This flag is perpendicular to the original one representing free states and people (it had vertical stripes). This flag represents the hierarchy of states over others, of the military over the people, it is the symbol of a dictatorial corporation.

    1. The mercury space suit is somewhat ‘meh’ if you’re going for the space-suit look. There’s not that many sci-fi suits out there that have the right look either.

      I recognize exactly how hard it is to create a good-looking spacesuit. I made a pattern for the Apollo-era snoopy cap, but I can’t even find the right fabric. I’m looking for teflon-coated silica cloth. The closest thing I’ve found with the right look is the belt on an automatic pancake machine at a holiday inn.

      You would think we would just be able to buy an air force partial pressure suit. When I think of how much it cost to rent the suit we have, it starts making a little bit of sense.

  2. Ah, greebles.
    Many hours have been spent adding greebles to my son’s cardboard box robots.
    And Greeble was the first plugin I used with 3D Studio some 20 years ago. Still use it today.
    Cool video too.

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