What do you get when you combine 500 balloons, an air mattress pump and 4.5 hours of physical labor? The happiest room in the world and 77 points in the March Scavenger hunt.
Behind The Scenes
My planning for each day of the hunt begins the day before or the morning of. Later on in the comp I might start planning further ahead but usually I take it a day at a time. I pick a couple of possibilities including a fall back option just in cast of plans not working or judge rejection (never happened, our judges are extremely lovely and gracious). And I wanted to start with a nice splash.
I didn’t decide for sure until just before lunch and then hit the road to buy the stuff I needed. Thankfully the prep was easy and so I was underway by 1:30pm – I had to go out at 7pm and I had to do 500 balloons – sure I could do 100 an hour.
TimeLapse – watch the happiness grow.
And of course I could – in fact it took about 45 minutes per 100 balloons. I had a few extras just to make sure – and I was glad I did. There were a few DOA’s and some just decided it was time to check out with a bang! My timelapse was my back up option (it was to become a animated gif if needs be – not that could think of any reason I wouldn’t get it approved but it was good practice)
Finding an app to do the Timelapse cost me about $10 as I worked my way through the apps that promised but didn’t deliver. I was after an app that let me position my iPhone a a camera and then use my iPad to view and record. I don’t have an iPhone camera mount so I was using a shoe box as my tripod. In the end I found two great apps which did exactly what I wanted. It uses wifi but BlueTooth doesn’t have the bandwidth so I was happy with the wifi only.
The Remote app I used on the iPhone5 was Stop Motion Studio Remote Camera (FREE) and the Recording App I used on the iPad2 was Timelapse Studio Pro ($0.99). The Timelapse app is absolutely amazing. They both work on iPhone and the iPad. I tried more expensive and other free but these were the best.