Chapter 13 features the children exploring the Shandor mine.
Listed as they appear in film.
Trevor, Lucky, Phoebe, and Podcast went to the old Shandor mine and rode the mine elevator down the shaft. To break the silence and tension, Phoebe told one of her jokes. She asked what a cigarette and hamster had in common. Lucky had no clue and asked what it was. Phoebe replied they were both harmless until you stick one in your mouth and light it on fire. Podcast snorted and Lucky refrained from laughing and looked away. Trevor commented it was the worst time. They turned on their flashlights as they got closer to the landing. They were two statues of the Terror Dogs in Sentinel form. Trevor spotted the large statue of Gozer. Below it was a statue of a horde of vaguely human spirits reaching up to the Gozer statue. Once the elevator landed, Trevor pushed up the side then Lucky helped. Trevor shined his light on the Gozer statue. He asked if that was her. Phoebe informed him that Gozer had no gender. Lucky found that pretty woke for 3000 BC.
Trevor warned everyone to watch their steps. He came upon a big hole in the ground. They all looked down it. Podcast believed it was a sacrificial death pit. Phoebe wondered what they were sacrificing. Lucky guessed it was virgins. She teased Trevor and noting tough luck for him. Phoebe recalled that statistically, most 15-year-olds were virgins. Trevor panicked. Lucky realized he was 15 and lied to her about his age when they first met. He tried to defuse things and told her he would be 16 in February. She pointed out it was June. He quickly changed the subject and asked what all those holes in the wall were. They all looked. Phoebe joked they were "vacancies." Lucky wondered where all the bodies were. Podcast announced he found one. They others joined him at the lone glass tomb. There was an elder man in a purple suit wearing a twin red sash. Trevor was shocked and asked if he was sleeping. Lucky pointed out it was a coffin. Phoebe climbed up a wooden ladder nearby. Podcast saw the name plate and realized the man in the tomb was the late Ivo Shandor. Lucky admitted he looked fantastic for a dead 90 year old. Podcast recalled when someone died, their fingernails kept growing. Lucky quickly called that false and stated only their skin shrunk.
Phoebe believed Shandor knew Gozer was coming. They looked up at her. She found a series of numerical inscriptions. The visible years were 1821, 1823, 1883, 1908, 1945, 1984, 2021, and 2134. Podcast recalled the Krakatoa eruption in 1883, the most violent volcanic activity in human history. Trevor asked what happened in 1908. Podcast guessed it was probably the Tunguska blast over Siberia. Lucky saw 1945 and begged the question of what did not happen that year. Phoebe saw 1984 and quickly matched it to the Manhattan Crossrip. She likened it to a countdown. Podcast deduced it was like a prophecy. There was a noise. Phoebe climbed down. There is an orange glow coming from the pit. Phoebe leaned over and looked down. A spectral horde was rising up. Trevor called out to Phoebe. There were vague figures and arms in the horde A familiar powering up sound was heard. A proton stream was fired over the pit. It zoomed past Phoebe's left side. Three other proton cannons fired. The streams all crossed then shot into the spectral horde. The mine rumbled. The spirits in the pit visibly reacted to the crossed streams. Trevor shouted to Phoebe. Phoebe realized this was the cause of Summerville's earthquakes. Ivo Shandor's eyes suddenly opened. He turned his head at Podcast, who naturally freaked out. Trevor shouted out to Phoebe again. A voice in the horde said her name, too. A humanoid figure started to form. Trevor pulled Phoebe away.
The crossed streams forced the horde back down. A modified P.K.E Meter connected to the cannons turned off. The proton cannons each turned off. Shandor turned his head and went back into a death-state. Phoebe and Trevor stood up Lucky ran over. Podcast pointed at Shandor and asserted he was alive. Lucky asked Trevor if he was okay and brushed the dirt off him. Trevor told her he was fine and asked her the same question. Phoebe walked between them and killed the moment. Trevor asked Phoebe what was wrong. She studied one of the Proton Cannons and declared their grandfather was right all along. She surmised he built the Proton Cannon array and stood guard, even when no one believed him, sacrificing everything: his life, his friends, and his family. There was a silence. Podcast thought that was a bummer. Trevor and Lucky looked down at him in dismay. Phoebe stated they needed to tell Callie what they discovered.
Callie called out for Phoebe in the Farmhouse. She looked in Phoebe's bedroom and sighed. She picked up the P.K.E. Meter.
- The sound stages used for the Farmhouse and Temple of Gozer were next door to each other.
- The mine shaft was built during the first week of photography.
- The Gozer statue was heavily inspired Polish sculptor Stainislaw Szukalski.
- The Gozer statue in the temple was sculpted in 3D and ZBrush.
- The Temple of Gozer set was built using a combination of three techniques: taking molds of real rocks, hand sculpting, and cutting on a four axis mill.
- Everything above 15 feet tall and all the squeezes in the corner rocks of the temple set are real rock.
- The floor in the temple set was a foot of styrofoam sandwiched between plywood. During construction, a 10 person team cut a circle in the floor and slotted in the pre-built sacrificial death pit gateway.
- The mine elevator was built practically. It was 45 feet tall on the Studio 3 sound stage in the Calgary Film Centre. It led to the the chamber set on the Studio 2 sound stage.
- After coming down the mine elevator, there is a statue of the pre-chosen form Gozer took in the first movie.
- Phoebe notes Gozer is genderless. In the first movie, Chapter 26: Gozer, Winston thought Gozer was male then Egon states it's whatever it wants to be.
- Lucky finds out Trevor is only 15 years old.
- Trevor reveals he turns 16 in February 2022.
- Lucky notes it is currently June.
- There is a sequence of years etched in stone in the temple:
- 1883: 1883 was the year of the Krakatoa eruption, as mentioned.
- 1908: The year of the Tunguska blast that Ray references at the end of the first movie.
- 1945: The year World War II ended with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
- 1984: The events of the first Ghostbusters movie.
- The most current year etched in stone is 2021, when this movie takes place.
- Ivo Shandor's coffin was patterned after real glass enclosures used to display the embalmed bodies of infamous leaders around the world and religious figures across Europe. Kirsten Franson modeled one of Francois Audouy's sketches in 3D, which was then distributed to the construction department and crafted to be elegant and sophisticated.
- Ivo Shandor's tomb reveals he was born in 1855 and "died" in 1945.
- Ivo Shandor's physical appearance incidentally matches how he looked in Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions). It was a coincidence, Arjen Tuiten did not look at the design from that game when he made his one concept.
- While the year 2021 is inscribed in the stone, Podcast's line about Shandor's body being in the tomb was not fixed to from "75 years" to "76" to reflect it is 2021.
- The Proton Pack props reserved for the 4 pack set up in the mine weren't up to Jason Reitman's expectations. Peter White and members of the Alberta Ghostbusters worked on them for a lot of hours over a weekend.
- Shannon Chapel worked on the P.K.E. Meter prop that controls the Proton Pack array.
- Rob Petkau, of Genesis Custom Sabers, also worked on the Proton Cannon's wand props.
- The Proton Cannons were initially mounted on a flat piece of metal but the Alberta Ghostbusters working on them made the bases that were used in the movie.
- The Proton Cannon with the odd looking panel was redone by Jordin Johanson of the Alberta Ghostbusters. Initially, it was covered with trap relays and sockets. He pulled them off and reworked them under the direction of "what would it look like if the cyclotron assembly was completely pulled off?"
- Johanson used parts from a scrap bin to make its injector tubes so that it kind of looked like an ion arm power cell.
- The Proton Cannon with the separate mounted cyclotron was built under the premise of what it would look like if the cyclotron had to be removed or swapped out at some point.
- One of the Proton Cannon wands resembles the thrower muzzle from the Proton Pack seen in Ghostbusters (2016 Movie). That wand was shipped to the set from a prop company based in Los Angeles and only changed a little.
- The resistors on the Proton Cannons are a mix of real and casted.
- The components of the Proton Cannons are mostly fiberglass.
- The Alberta Ghostbusters left some easter eggs inside the Proton Cannons:
- A random B-level Star Wars figure is on one of the bases.
- One of the Alberta Ghostbusters' TK numbers is on one of the outer rings.
- The Alberta Ghostbusters' logo is inside the prop where all the electronics are.
- The business card of the then president of Alberta Ghostbusters is in one of them.
- They signed the inside of the one with the big cyclotron.
- They programmed shout outs that are commented out on the Arduinos that run the props.
- The team of Alberta Ghostbusters technically broke on-set rules and installed the Proton Cannons and bases themselves using pipe fitting adapters bought from a local Home Depot on a holiday weekend.
- Phoebe alludes to Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Winston Zeddemore.
- Tested YouTube "The Production Design of Ghostbusters: Afterlife!" 11:30-11:32 1/26/2022 François Audouy says: "Yeah, let's go check it out, it's the next stage over."'
- Tested YouTube "The Production Design of Ghostbusters: Afterlife!" 12:11-12:17 1/26/2022 François Audouy says: "They get in a cage and then we built a 40 foot tall mine shaft on the shop during the first week of photography."'
- Inguanzo, Ozzy (2021). Ghostbusters: Afterlife The Art and Making of the Movie, p. 137. Titan Books, London UK, ISBN 1789096529. Francois Audouy says: "We were heavily inspired by the powerful work of Polish sculptor Stainislaw Szukalski."
- Tested YouTube "The Production Design of Ghostbusters: Afterlife!" 15:00-15:03 1/26/2022 François Audouy says: "This was all sculpted in 3D and ZBrush."'
- Tested YouTube "The Production Design of Ghostbusters: Afterlife!" 16:19-16:33 1/26/2022 François Audouy says: "There's a combination of many different techniques to this, there's a combination of taking molds from real rock and there's also a lot of hand sculpting and the third thing that we're doing is we're cutting things on a four axis mill."'
- Tested YouTube "The Production Design of Ghostbusters: Afterlife!" 17:42-17:56 1/26/2022 François Audouy says: "So everything above 15 feet or all of these squeezes in the corner rocks are all--that's all real rock and the benefit of that, too, is that it's only about this thick so it's super lightweight."'
- Tested YouTube "The Production Design of Ghostbusters: Afterlife!" 18:34-18:55 1/26/2022 François Audouy says: "We've got a 10 person team coming in and they've--this whole whole floor is about a foot of styrofoam sandwiched between plywood and they just go in, they'll cut the circle in and then we have the pit that's pre-built sitting outside, the stage that comes in and just 'dook' slots in and we have an instant hellmouth."'
- Go Creative Show YouTube "Ghostbusters Afterlife Production Design (with Francois Audouy) GCS291" 41:51-42:08 12/6/2021 Francois Audouy says: "Then we built a practical mine shaft that was 45 feet tall on stage for for the kids going down the elevator and then they open up into a chamber that was built on stage and-"
- Inguanzo, Ozzy (2021). Ghostbusters: Afterlife The Art and Making of the Movie, p. 135. Titan Books, London UK, ISBN 1789096529. Line reads: "For their descent down the rock-lined mineshaft, a forty-foot-tall vertical set was built on the Studio 3 sound stage at the Calgary Film Centre, fully equipped with an operable elevator control system."
- Inguanzo, Ozzy (2021). Ghostbusters: Afterlife The Art and Making of the Movie, p. 135. Titan Books, London UK, ISBN 1789096529. Line reads: "That downward trip culminates in neighboring Studio 2, where again the special effects team lowered the miner's cage carrying the young actors, this time down into the tip of a giant pyramid-part of an immersive 360-degree temple set."
- Inguanzo, Ozzy (2021). Ghostbusters: Afterlife The Art and Making of the Movie, p. 139. Titan Books, London UK, ISBN 1789096529. Line reads: "Shandor's coffin was patterned after real glass enclosures used to display the embalmed bodies of infamous leaders around the world and religious figures across Europe. Franson modeled one of Audouy's sketches in 3D, which was then distributed to the construction department and crafted to be elegant and sophisticated."
- Yes Have Some YouTube "Arjen Tuiten - Ghostbusters: Afterlife Creature Design, Effects, and Makeup Interview" 26:35-26:39 1/21/2022 Arjen Tuiten says: "Funny enough, I never looked at The Video Game."
- Yes Have Some YouTube "Ben Eadie - Ghostbusters: Afterlife Props, RTV Trap, & Stories from set" 56:11-56:20 12/3/2021 Ben Eadie says: "We get all these packs in and they're not quite what Jason wants and we're like 'okay we gotta make this good' and--"
- Yes Have Some YouTube "Ben Eadie - Ghostbusters: Afterlife Props, RTV Trap, & Stories from set" 56:27-56:39 12/3/2021 Ben Eadie says: "And Peter's like 'you know I don't care what it'll take' and he put in some major major hours over a weekend along with a bunch of the Alberta Ghostbusters."
- Yes Have Some YouTube "Ben Eadie - Ghostbusters: Afterlife Props, RTV Trap, & Stories from set" 58:05-58:11 12/3/2021 Ben Eadie says: "The narrative is that they're controlled by that P.K.E. and that-that's a scratch build from this, the, Shannon Chapel guy."
- The Black Firehouse Podcast Spotify "Session 3: Ghostbusters Afterlife Gunners Seat & Sentry Proton Packs" 19:28-20:41 1/25/2022 Jordin Johanson says: "So just members of my franchise that helped out would be Ashley, who did a lot of paint, weathering, and detailing. She also designed a different neutrona wand box that was ultimately unused but now exists in her home secretly. My good friend James was also involved. He was the one who recommended me specifically which was great. He did a lot of the modeling. He also modeled parts of the Ectomobile that needed to be made. Another friend, Sean. Cast--brought on for casting a dummy version of the R.T.V. That would stick out of the Ectomobile that couldn't eject because was only half a body, it ended before--And Dustin who did electronics and wiring and also ran the wrap party which I also got to be gently involved in. And finally for Ghostbusters friends, Rob who worked on the Sentry Wands specifically. Yes, Genesis Custom Sabers is his company."
- The Black Firehouse Podcast Spotify "Session 3: Ghostbusters Afterlife Gunners Seat & Sentry Proton Packs" 42:12-42:25 1/25/2022 Jordin Johanson says: "Originally, I think you can see it on some of the pictures, they're literally mounted on a flat piece of metal. Initially, the bases were something we created. Kind of beefed them up and such."
- The Black Firehouse Podcast Spotify "Session 3: Ghostbusters Afterlife Gunners Seat & Sentry Proton Packs" 42:46-43:34 1/25/2022 Jordin Johanson says: "One of them was covered with trap relays, relays and sockets. And it didn't make it to the final because I pulled them all off. I was like "This doesn't make sense to me as a Ghostbusters guy." That one is the one that has the bizarre looking almost 'Arc Reactor' looking panel on it. So I was given direction by my supervisor who worked on the movie, Peter, 'What would it look like if you were to pull this cyclotron assembly completely off?' And I sketched something up and I have it to another member of production and he turned my drawing into that gear looking guy that you see with all the copper at the center and all the wires that run in and out."
- The Black Firehouse Podcast Spotify "Session 3: Ghostbusters Afterlife Gunners Seat & Sentry Proton Packs" 44:06-44:24 1/25/2022 Jordin Johanson says: "I also found like in a scrap bin, some Hammond project box... I used it to make the injector tubes that go into it. So it look--it kind of looked like an ion arm power cell. I yeah, it was a really weird bodge job. I felt like it came out right."
- The Black Firehouse Podcast Spotify "Session 3: Ghostbusters Afterlife Gunners Seat & Sentry Proton Packs" 44:33-44:55 1/25/2022 Jordin Johanson says: "So that's the one I believe is on the right side pillar closest to the entrance of the set which doesn't help you guys at all but there's a separate cyclotron built onto the column that cords run to so it was like the cyclotron had to be removed or swapped out at one point, that's were it once was."
- The Black Firehouse Podcast Spotify "Session 3: Ghostbusters Afterlife Gunners Seat & Sentry Proton Packs" 53:09-53:45 1/25/2022 Jordin Johanson says: "So those came from LA. A lot of the base work came from the prop company in LA. Outisde of me changing wiring, moving parts around, adding the bases, and filling those up with easter eggs and parts, those were already on there. And I was just like, at one point, one of the things, this is the most original part here because a lot of the parts are Ghostbusters parts. I was like, 'Actually that's from After-Answer The Call.' So I pull up a picture. See here on the bottome left. That's this."
- The Black Firehouse Podcast Spotify "Session 3: Ghostbusters Afterlife Gunners Seat & Sentry Proton Packs" 55:03-55:14 1/25/2022 Jordin Johanson says: "It's a mixture. I cast a bunch when I was working on the stuff on the Sentry Packs."
- The Black Firehouse Podcast Spotify "Session 3: Ghostbusters Afterlife Gunners Seat & Sentry Proton Packs" 55:19-55:29 1/25/2022 Jordin Johanson says: "Those are mostly fiberglass ones on the Sentry Packs. They were fiberglass and cut on. Either cut out or mounted on."
- The Black Firehouse Podcast Spotify "Session 3: Ghostbusters Afterlife Gunners Seat & Sentry Proton Packs" 57:59-58:26 1/25/2022 Jordin Johanson says: "There's a Star Wars figure inside one of the bases of the Sentry Pack. Some random B-guy we painted up. One of our members' TK numbers is on one of the outer rings. Our logo is inside the pack where all the electronics and such are inside the base. My Alberta Ghostbusters President, at the time, business card is in one of them. On the one with the big cyclotron, we all signed the inside of that. I think we put a bunch of shout outs that are commented out on the Arduinos that run them."
- The Black Firehouse Podcast Spotify "Session 3: Ghostbusters Afterlife Gunners Seat & Sentry Proton Packs" 51:34-52:05 1/25/2022 Jordin Johanson says: "But we actually installed them which technically broke some rules because I think that's construction or set deck. But we took the packs, the Sentry Cannon bases, and we drilled into the fake stone walls and then put the straps across and mounted the Proton Wands using Home Depot, it was the only thing open on a holiday weekend, pipe fitting adapters."
Images were grabbed from the Blu-ray by Paul Rudoff. Black bars have been removed, which leaves all images at a 2.40:1 aspect ratio.
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