Studio Monday – Dry Run
My Studio Monday will start two weeks from now and I thought it would be nice to do a dry run today. I cleaned up the studio, and started working on my Orpheus film project. Who would have guessed?
I spent the whole afternoon in the basement and worked on a set, the entry cave to the underworld. I’ve got two kind of sets, the “real world” stages, where everything is three-dimensional, and the Underworld also known as The Land of the Death, that will be silhouette-like. The cave is one of the real world stages, and according to that I design it similar to Orpheus’ house or the cemetery.
Today I first ripped off some of the old prop pieces. I’ve already worked on this set in December but then I got stuck somewhere in the process. – I found it helpful to start again from scratch, though I re-used some of the old parts as well. I painted the ground plate with a first layer of acrylics, and did the same with the surrounding cave walls. I chose the colors close to those I’ve collected on the initial mood board.
Next I glued the walls to the floor, and added the stairs I made a few weeks ago. At this point it already looked like a set… But because every cave in my inner-head library has huge rocks close to its walls, I also modeled some rocks from paper: I crumpled the paper up and wrapped it with masking tape. I placed the stones into the scenery, and hot-glued them down. Finally I began covering them all with a layer of paper mâché.
The first rock is drying while I’m writing this, and I look forward to continue. Up to now it went much better than I thought, and I feel relieved and happy. Ha!
I still have some problems to solve: I need an idea for the water of the River Styx which should be made of paper and be also animatable. At least it should look like paper. I don’t have a clue right now, but perhaps you might have a suggestion? I love to read your ideas in the comments!