Some of the chief ingredients behind The Squirrel King aesthetic include simplicity of construction, whimsical design, and scale. Any art piece involving all three of these elements is sure to pique our interest.
James Grashow makes a lot of this sort of art :) His monkey project, a collection of whimsical life-sized cardboard monkeys, is a classic such piece!
Have a flick through his website, there's lots of wonderful inspiration there!
Firstly, it was the last day of shooting for our esteemed Catburglar, Tony Doupe! Tony, big thanks, you are awesome!! You performance is always amazing and you are a gem to work with. Thanks again :)
Secondly, our location scouting mission (which started before 5am yesterday as I piled the last pieces into the back of the car - see left) was a complete success! The final episode will now end with magnificent scope, befitting all the hard work that has gone into the rest of the series. A huge relief to me, and simply a magnificent result for the production.
Superb scouting, Justus!!
Finally, doesn't Bob's bathtub look awesome in situ :)
A little measurement of the trunk of my car revealed the first iteration of the bathtub to be in need of a size reduction (given our need unexpected need to pair today's second ashes scout with a little shooting - we're losing our beloved Catburglar early).
To keep the bathtub "round 2" identifiable as a bathtub though, I stylized a little. I'm pleased to report that I'm super happy with the new lines. The final product has a nice trim on the lip of which I promise to post a pic tomorrow, in situ, after today's scout and shoot!
Yesterday the Nail Salon walls got off to a bright start when the Aliens and a friend started on the hand-printed pattern. And the colors look fantastic!
It's just that the Trouble and Strife has reservations about the sophistication of the design and whether that works for a nail salon ...
In preparation for the next big shoot - this weekend's attempt to more or less wrap up the Catburglar - there are a few props that still need constructing.
To navigate the most expeditious route through this production design dilemma, Alien
One took hold of the first half-made prop, the Catburglar's telescope, and with it she found the beginnings of a Taco stand.
Later today, we're going to hand-paint the walls of the Nail Salon :)
Last weekend we shot the fish, but on Friday and Monday we also shot some of our (not yet flaming) flammable landscape. Specifically, among other things, we witnessed the gypsies' covered wagons pulling into town.
It was a truly delightful sight, even if the wind did wreak terror on our paper, pipe-cleaner and cork wagons!
Enjoying a little summer fun yesterday
picking apples on a friend's farm, we found the perfect place to stage squirrels tossing oversized acorns. Alien One and a good friend helped operate said squirrels :)
Success! In fitting gypsy fashion - which is curiously close to The Squirrel King aesthetic - covered wagons coalesced from the remnants of champagne bottle corks and wire, toothpicks, a pipe-cleaner or two, and some colorful paper scraps!
A little stop motion and we should have the arrival of the gypsy train :)