Friday, June 23, 2006
Guardian of Action
Mood image from an Italian photographer that captures the obscuring blur and chiaroscuro I'd like for Rana's cottage.
Kind guardian of action, Sven Bonnichsen (http://scarletstarstudios.com/blog/), counted the days since my last post (he's the only one who does math around here) and offered a friendly %3@#$%kicking, reminding me that this blog is for DAILY action on Halfland. Real action as well, not namby pamby faux pretend "oh, I'm thinking of this" stuff either!
I can honestly say I haven't been wasting time and my excuse is that I focused more on getting paying projects to press, taking care of home and hearth (except for ironing, that's still piling up), giving Himself private ballet lessons every night (not a euphemism) and taking ballet three times a week myself. Minimal time has been spent lounging on the (evil) time-robbing sofa with cookie crumbs on my mouth and my hand stuck down in a can of Pringles©ƒ.
That being said, let's go. Because every friggin' waking moment of my life (aside from said moments listed above) is spent relishing fabricating Halfland characters and props to the point where I want to grab my hair in both fists and rend it out by the roots! Dudes, I can TASTE IT more than ever!!!!!! ARGGGGHHHHH.
Next steps (DEAR READER, PLEASE HELP ME DECIDE):
1. Take the contents of the 32 envelopes of invaluable and necessary reference clippings for every aspect of the project and paste the mutha's down on butcher's paper with wallpaper paste. Take photo of the whole shabang, spread out like a futbol field, and then hang them on rope lines around work/building area.
An essential preliminary step although perhaps a less sexy one than starting to build something.
2. Create a sample of cottage groundscape that includes real roots I scavenged from a tree removal last year and moss and grasses, gravel and dirt. In order to test ideas and see where I'm going with the finished grounds on the set.
Not important to do now at all, possible distraction, but I keep wanting to do it, perhaps because it's an important 3D sketch to make? (interrogative.)
3. Dive in and cover the Styrofoam cottage walls with cardstock and position them on set around the tree. Fasten them with a removable peg system, cover them with wire mesh and then knife on base layer of Fixall plaster coating.
Gotta do it. Been avoiding it. Gotta move this step forward so I can begin building the cottage set in earnest. Frustration rating 6.2
4. No fabrication. Make paper cutouts and run through a selected scene with still camera for 3D story boarding.
Well, gotta fabricate at some point. And gotta 3D story board at some point. I tend to think fabbin' first to get more project momentum going for myself.
or 5. go back to the poor Mach ll foam covered Rana stand-in puppet that's been forlornly harnessed upsidedown in my bench vise since I hacked off the (incorrectly fashioned) bolts in her hoovals, with her faux fleece skin all peeled back and sad lookin'. Repair her feet, her legs, her torso and shoot a clip of her to continue testing camera/software flow.
There are dozens more points at which to start, but I've narrowed the list down to these for voting purposes.
What'll it be? Any ideas/advice on what I should do first, Gang? Thank you so much for the support.