Why Spiders Hide
Now that the Window Seat set is finally finished, I started blocking the Lacemaking Spider's shots as a director. Even though the puppet wasn't fully dressed, He was installed for his scene in the cottage attic; he's tied down to a small board, covered with a white stretch lace stocking that will move with his eight arms as they appear to weave the pattern.
Here, he sits by the half-web twig mullion window in the moonlight, busy with his labors of designing webs of various laces. The attic is his workshop, with his inventory of threads on spools and swatches of new web ideas tacked to the wall for inspo.
One of the things I did on this re-build of the wall was to add a lot of additional parcels of wool and stacks of woven blankets to the attic around the spider's stage. It was more interesting (and true to me) that
a spider would tend to be more comfortable a bit hidden behind things rather than working straight out in the open.
So, when blocking the shots, it was important to reveal the spider slowly by showing all the sundries stored around his workspace first. It seemed more true to his nature to stay shy, even if he is wearing a top hat.