Tuesday, August 01, 2006
A Peak Experience
I started in on figuring out how to solve the roof to tree integration dilemma today. It worked out better than I thought and it was a bit of thrill to see the cottage begin to take shape. In the clutter of the workspace you may be able to make out the small wooden planks used to map out the roofs first center peak.
I had a good chunk of time to work on the set today. Yay. Dove in and continued using scrap cardboard taped into place as a first wall template. There was a lot of altering of sizes and placement on the set.
Early into things, I felt unsure about where to place anything and felt illequipped to create the cottage, or any aspect of the film for that matter. In my mind I could imagine spending many months learning about building design and roof construction in order to execute this little set with the knowledge I seemed to require. At that sort of pace, Halfland would be finished sometime in 2023. I felt anxious and overwhelmed for a few moments. And then I decided that in order to get through the project I was going to have to forget all about doing any of this in an educated manner with a grasp on my reference panel's samples. I consciously made up my mind to proceed by the seat of my pants instead and to go ahead and make the cottage, and everything else, strictly as I wished, even if WRONGLY. Gulp.
After that it became fun again and I no longer felt the enervating air of overwhelm. After that insight of the day, Halfland's progress became (for at least a moment) my daily life, moment to moment, inch by inch, rather than a military deployment to be quickly gotten through. I unplugged from the stress matrix for the rest of the afternoon. I am very attached to finishing the entire film and I often worry that I'll be prevented from doing so. But when I can get into this more patient mode, going through the individual steps without my stomach churning into knots, Halfland (or any other project) becomes just part of my daily life, like breathing. I don't worry about finishing "x" amount of breaths in my lifetime.
Seen from inside the front door, Rana, in her soon-to-be cozy, cubby bed, begins her day.
I reduced the width of the bay window and managed to rough in all the walls and the beginnings of a roof line. Looks like hell now, but further iterations will be hugely improved.