Today we finished adding the vines to the other side of the set and added some more to the side I was working on.
I also had the job of the 2 main laser cut walls, putting the vines onto them keeping to the lines that was on the pattern as though they were cracks and the vines grew in them. He wanted it to look as natural and realistic as possible so I also made sure the ones leading up from the bottom, as the walls were detached from the main set, looked as though they had come up from the main bunch of vines on the floor.
Once the glue had dried we started to give the set and rope a base coat of grey. Because the ropes were very fiddly to do we only managed to get started on some of them, which we planned on finishing tomorrow.
After we had left the paper mache over the weekend it had dried and was beginning to look really good. The way the tissue had dried over the sawdust had given it a textured feel although the floor was worn and distressed. We carried on with the paper mache over the part that we hadn’t done then went over the floor again with larger sheets of tissue just to give it another layer as well as adding to the lines and detailing of the floor with the edges of the tissue.
Once we had left it all to dry again over lunch I then started to attach some vines onto the right side of the set. Dewi wanted the vines to come from the bottom of the set then gradually fade out as it got further up, like they were fading away from the light, like vines would do in real life. He didn’t want to many on the set as the character rig needed to walk along so I made sure I kept the vines to a few. So I started gluing them on, making them intertwine with each other and attaching along the plinths keeping towards the walls, as this is how Dewi wanted them to be.
After leaving the clay to properly dry overnight, we came back to it having shrunk because it was air drying, so there were cracks and gaps from where it had pulled away from the poly filler. So we filled in these gaps with some more clay then started to paper mache over the top of the sawdust and clay. This proved to be a real tackle as the sawdust wasn’t stuck down to the set itself so every time we went to put the glue and tissue too it it kept coming back up and wouldn’t stick down. But with some delicate placing and perseverance we managed to make it work. We wanted to get all the paper mache done by today so it could all dry over the weekend, but because we were having to use small pieces of tissue to help it stick to the set it was taking longer than expected even with only 3 of us working on it. But we got most of it done, then left it to dry over the weekend ready to finish on monday.
I really enjoyed doing this as I have always been creative and arty and it was nice to get back into something that I really enjoyed and actually felt I knew what I was doing and was kind of good at. I felt at home doing this and didn’t feel it a burden coming in to help as I enjoyed making a creation and making something become realistic, and I think this is shown in the work.
After the sculptures we then concentrated on one of the main sets. After sticking on the plinths on earlier they had dried and we could then build them up with all purpose filler to get rid of the square shape they had.
So we added on a thin layer of all purpose filler to the base of the set before working up on the plinths. We left them with a texture as Dewi wanted to give an old worn away feel to his set.
Once this had dried, we started to add some clay lines to act like the outlines of stone slabs on the floor that had been worn away and broken, as well as building up the sides of the set with clay. We then added some sawdust on top and into the cracks to give the floor even more texture when we were to paper mache over the top on.
So the first meeting with Dewi we all had we all discussed what needed to be done and the timescale of his projects. I painted two of his large guardian sculptures filling in the white gaps which had been left by the first coat and also stuck two plinths onto the set of where the main sculptures would stand.
Here are some before and afters, then all of them together.
So the main thing I made for Millie was the train. She did’nt want the whole train as only from top front was going to be in shot, so I only made the main frame of it.
I looked at the drawings she had done on her blog to see what kind of style and shape she wanted, I then researched steam trains to have a look at them in more detail and to see how I should think about creating it. I got the basic look and image of the train and decided it would be best to make it out of bolster wood, paper mache and a tin can as the main train engine. I wanted to make it as realistic as possible so adding in the bits of wood at the sides and making the two different chimneys was important. Attaching the tin to the wood was a bit tricky as the surface was very shinny not much stuck to it, but a few hairbands held it in place whilst the glue dried enough for me paper mache it to stick more securely. After paper mache all of the train to give it some texture and to make sure all of the parts stayed in place, I left it to dry before giving it a coat of paint of which I the added the details such as the gold lines and the specific number onto the front.
The money jar she wanted to be more like a tin can kind of look instead of a glass jar. So I made this from clay then added strips of clay around the outside to give it the rimmed effect. I then painted it like the kettle so it looked rusted and worn, but using the grey colour scheme and making it not so worn.
So I had 4 items to make for her final film, which were done on the 7,8 & 9th Feb, and I also was given the task of painting her train station platform, but Millie ended up wanting to do it so I stuck to making the objects and painting them.
First of all I started with the kettle, of which I made it out of a polystyrene egg and clay, building up the shape around the edge, adding in dents and cracks to make it look old and rusted.
These were the notes I made when me and Millie had our first meeting about what she needed doing for her final film. Me and hannah were both helping her out with making the props so me and Millie went through first off and decided what I was going to do and then Hannah. Millie then wrote out all the dimensions and colours that she needed and gave us the materials to make them. Tuesday 4th- Got the materials.
When helping out Amber, there was only one thing that I did for her. As at the time I couldn’t come to the meeting which was on 10th March, so Dan, Hannah and Nicky brought the other little things for her set and made the other items, they also informed me of what needed doing and what she wanted help with. So with the cushions, we all made one each to help her out. After the original meeting there were issues in getting hold of Amber to see what she needed help with as there were 4 of us who were free to give her a hand, but it was very difficult to get her to come in or get into any kind of contact. In the mean time we all helped out with Dewi’s project, which them became the main focus as the issues with Amber were still apparent. These are the pictures on the process of making the cushion on Tuesday 11th March.