Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Stream of Consciousness
Still unfinished Rana stand-in comes out on the porch to see what the flash photography's about. I put digital water to indicate the general location of where the water will run.
Ugly photos but I gotta just show what's happening not just what represents. Today I took plastic tubs I had on hand and topped them with scrap lumber to block out the surrounding landscape from the cottage's front porch down to the stream's edge a few steps away. I roughed in a stairway path with cardboard boxes. I will need to make larger landscape patches for the left side of the hill and another for the right as well. I'll need to find higher bases to build those on, maybe something with lockable wheels, eh?
My plan is to papier maché these smaller set pieces, as the main centerpiece will be, but then strengthen the actual animation pathway the characters will walk across for tiedowns, before dressing the whole area with dirt, sand, rocks, moss, etc. There was a perfect material for doing that that a craftperson, Mari Tobata, used on Micheal and Julie's prop team. It was similar to plaster bandages, except smoother and made of highly toxic fiberglass type material instead. She frickin had to use ACETONE!!! to soak the dried sheets in to soften them enough to apply to the rounded shapes of the sculpts. After air drying, and adding 2-3 layers, these masks and other elements were drillable and hard as nails. That won't do in my home/shop so I'll have to come up with a no-tox idea.
Tomorrow I'm out for large quantities of masking tape, brackets, hardware, lots more paper, joint compound, FlexAll©. I feel a set coming on!