3.22.2011

Today's Bits and Bobs...

I'm working on a few things today, finishing up my mulberry tree, setting up my shot for tonight's animation, and painting my textured wall for Pyramus and Thisbe's homes.


The tree is composed of two plastic shrubs bound together with tape and stuck inside a one inch wooden cup filled with hot glue. Then I took some brown kraft paper, crumpled it and un crumpled it, and wrapped that around the trunk. Added some brown acrylic paint, and hot glued on my little styrofoam white mulberries, harvested from another fake plant piece. The blood-stained mulberries will be attached to the back half of the tree so that between takes I can simply spin the tree to expose the red side for the rest of the short.


My shot for tonight is the final Fates setpiece, featuring Atropos cutting the thread of Thisbe's life. I rigged a few pieces of black foamcore to hang/drape thread around the set, but didn't like the way the thread was hanging, so I taped a penny to the end of each strand so they would hang straight. Made sure each strand was long enough so the pennies rest on the tabletop, so they won't sway between frames...


And lastly, the wall of P&T's apartments. They share a wall and communicate through a crack so the majority of the interior shots will be in front of this background wall, Thisbe in dark blue on the left, and Pyramus in white on the right, so there is a little play between dark and light. The wall is foamcore textured with wall spackle and painted with acrylics.

5 comments:

Shelley Noble said...

kewl. You ever see movie called Strings? All marionettes and so incredibly well done, you'd love it. They cut strings for death in that.

UbaTuber said...

YES! Sven recommended it at some point, it was beautiful and astonishing.

Darkstrider said...

I especially dig the textured wall!

grant said...

I can't wait to see this!

a guy in a gorilla suit said...

stings: this here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strings_%282004_film%29) or this here (http://www.nfb.ca/film/Strings/) - both are… something.

Oh - a note about texture, mentioned by Terry Gilliam in the making of "Life Of Brian) goes something like: I lwatched Passolini, and he uses original sets, with muck and dirt and textures - sets you can smell when watching the film…

The string image is really impressive…