I Am Cardboard Man!
May 7th, 2008

Posted by Graham

Which would have been the title of this week’s video, if it didn’t give away the best part about it.

So, I’ve been making that costume for the past several weeks in the back room at my job. Originally it was just out of boredom, and I never intended it for a video. Even when I finally realized that of course we would use it, I didn’t immediately think of Iron Man. And then… oh yes.

We shot everything on a Saturday. We got a great location for all the Cardboard Man shots, and shot those first. I’m really happy with how the lighting turned out. It was also my first time putting the entire costume on at once. Previous I had sized all the pieces for myself, but I’d never had more than a couple on at a time. I was at work after all.

Then we shot the scenes in Kathleen’s car, standing in for a Humvee. Originally we had planned to replace the view out the back window with some desert footage, but it didn’t work out, and the black worked fine anyway.

That evening we shot my green screen footage for the rocket gag, and around 10:30 that night we went to a club downtown to shot the “party” shots at the beginning. We only had to deal with one drunk! Yay!

Later, I took pictures of every box that comprised the costume, from every angle, and made a 3D model of the whole thing for the final shot, which, in my opinion, was the button on the whole thing. I couldn’t stop giggling whenever I explained that joke to one of the crew.

Finally, I layed in a Commodore64 version of “Iron Man” and recorded the “Cardboard Maaaaan” clip in Garageband.

All in all a fun time, and I’m really pleased with the result.


  1. Codpiece. I lol’d.


    Comment by Misty — May 7, 2008 @ 1:39 am

  2. Was the drunk Morgan?
    And Paul seemed a little to exited about Graham without cod piece.

    Comment by Whatchamabiscut — May 7, 2008 @ 4:45 am

  3. haha nice

    just made the costume even greater :D

    Comment by blazingarrow — May 7, 2008 @ 3:47 pm

  4. Hey can you guys post more detailed pictures of the shoulders and the whole thing. I would like to make one or two of them for my friend and I.

    Comment by godzpunchingbag7 — May 7, 2008 @ 9:39 pm

  5. I swear this went up the same day I went to see it, very strange.

    Comment by corncob — May 9, 2008 @ 1:58 pm

  6. Some good shots of Graham’s crotch, thanks guys. The costume is awesome by the way.

    Comment by Exbury — May 14, 2008 @ 1:47 pm

  7. I think the timeshift shirt properly represents the inner suit Tony wears.

    Comment by Jiko — May 14, 2008 @ 2:58 pm

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