Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Still Depressed (the Walls--not me)

Paul caught me plastered today. I took all the moveable panels of the cottage out of their slots and laid them down to have an easier time applying the sticky, messy, stuff to both sides.

Today I took yet another, not skim coat--I wish!--more like a glop coat, to the cottage walls. This time I tinted the joint compound with ochre tempera paint (as a way to color a lot of something with inexpensive pigment). It took far more of the compound than I thought to fill in the depressions and gaps in the walls. For the first hour, I wondered if it will ever be flat and flush with the wood timbers even after another dozen coats. But now I think another pail full should do it. So much for a lightweight set! Woophf.

We spent some time thinking aloud about how I could build the landscape sets around the cottage. Of course Downstairs Clare is a treasure of set building knowledge after all the years he spent as a set constructionist for the Music Center in LA, but his focus these days is on feeling well and resting his bodkin, so that's out. We thought of several semi-skilled (more than me) construction friends we know that we might hire for an afternoon to get me set up, but no one rung a bell.

I need some help in constructing the cottage roof-line beams and some kind of movable bases for the satellite terrain pieces. If no one comes to mind, I may just hack it with recycled kitty litter tubs, hardware cloth, and cardboard!

On another note, I've decided to move Heaven rather than Earth, and will be constructing either a total enclosure or portable sky scape rather than making this massive (holy bajeebies, so massive!) cottage set turn. I plan instead to make the Serpent Musician's desert set the rotating one so the camera can travel ov'r hill and sandy dale to his carpeted holy spot.

4 comments:

  1. the jeane that goes with Clare2:32 PM

    I think he might be available to assist - might be good for him to share what he has locked up inside

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  2. Back in the trenches!! EXCELLENT!

    I was in a parade when I was a little kid and when I think of your set and see the pics , It reminds me of working on our Float for the Big Day!

    ....building a HUGE , monstrous Herself o Dome Skyscape. WOW!!

    that'll be a site to walk into{or should i say UNDER}HA!

    ....like a ride at disneyland....Ill be anxiously waiting in line.

    watching and learnin.

    jriggity

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  3. Back in the trenches!! EXCELLENT!

    I was in a parade when I was a little kid and when I think of your set and see the pics , It reminds me of working on our Float for the Big Day!

    ....building a HUGE , monstrous Herself o Dome Skyscape. WOW!!

    that'll be a site to walk into{or should i say UNDER}HA!

    ....like a ride at disneyland....Ill be anxiously waiting in line.

    watching and learnin.

    jriggity

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  4. Hi Jeane, It WOULD be ideal for Clare to help me exacty because of what you say. It would be a truly needed circumstance where his wealth of skills could be utilized and so appreciated. But--I don't think he wants to do it. He told me today that he does one thing and then has to rest. I'm afraid this project would wear-his-ass-out. Plus, you and I can think all the things good for him we want, he seems happy not to do anything right now, right? He won't even wet a paint brush. Hurmphf.

    Thanks, Justin. HA! Don't watch me to learn anything! I'm winging it! Plus, I don't think my methods are the smartest way. I was looking at my GINORMOUS puppets here yesterday and literally LOL at the size of yours in comparison!

    It's like 10X as big here! Ha! Paul thought all stop motion had to be this size until he saw your set. whupps.

    I have been thinking of a sky dome/parachute/curved wall on wheels deal.

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