This weekend I got to return to the Pacific Pinball Warehouse to film some material for a piece on the Clear Pinball games created by Wade Krause, Michael and Christian Schiess, and others at the PPM. DP Charlie Kuttner (who also worked on PBDG) and I were trying to capture some of the magic of the visible games.
They are pretty magical.
Michael has been such a huge supporter of PBDG — I’m really excited to be working on this small video for him and the museum. It will be included in the bonus material of the PBDG DVD.
It’s tricky to light all the reflective surfaces in the games, especially the clear pins.
photo by Charlie Kuttner
Unfortunately manipulating the playfield directly is not only the way to get the sounds that I want for the footage, but also the only time I ever get a free game ;).
Even the new artwork in progress at the warehouse is impressed by Surf Champ’s beauty.
Primed for Pinball – Alameda Magazine – September-October 2011 – Alameda, California.
Artistic aspirations, his trademark ingenuity and a lucky arrow launched Michael Schiess’ love affair with pinball. Schiess is founder and CEO of the Pacific Pinball Museum, an eccentric, eclectic emporium of pinball preservation, magic and merrymaking that is formally committed to teaching science, art and history through pinball. On any Friday and Saturday night, you will find the arcade-museum at its Webster Street location in Alameda abuzz with old folk, 4- or 5-year-olds perched on portable stools, families, footloose guys and fancy-free girls, party animals (a group of teens and 20-somethings arrived for a pajama party on one Friday), and couples romancing or being romanced by a date with more imagination than the run-of-the-mill, pizza-beer-and-a-movie Joe read more….