Sunday, Puppet Sunday

Posted by Steve on May 25, 2010 in Production, Sets | Subscribe

This Sunday we invited all our pals down to Frown Town for a good old fashioned puppet set raising.  It was really rather Amish, except for all the whiskey and beer. 

Originally we’d planned to make the sets mostly out of bicycle boxes, but as luck would have it we happened across a massive roll (1oo ft) of cardboard at Discount Builders Supply.  It’s meant to protect floors during construction, but we’re using it to build walls.  First we glued two sheets together with a brown paper patch, then built up a simple frame out of 2″ x 2″ pine.  Finally we glued and staple gunned it all together, giving us the individual panels we’ll put together to form the vacant lot.

Here, our housemate Ben is sponging up some bricks with our designer buddy Beth Naumann.  We’re using tempera paint because even though it’s dangerously impermanent, it costs practically nothing.  We got particularly lucky when our local Pearl closed it’s doors and we were able to stock up on discount pa int for about a buck fifty a bottle.

Ben and Andy finish off the wall.  Once these dry, we’ll paint in some mortar and then it’ll be time to start distressing, graffiting and generally detailing the wall panels.  In the distance, another wall is halfway framed.

The massively talented Carmen Olsen came by with dog friend, Luca, and put together this dead tree for Penetration Park.  It’s got to be heavily reinforced and painted up, but I’d say she’s done a flawless job.

Laura Stevenson, who is herself made of art, knocked together this fire hydrant from start to finish.  This, like the tree and a few other set pieces are still getting forged from bicycle boxes.  Sincerest thanks to Valencia Cyclery for the hook up.

Details such as windows and doors are traced onto walls just to save on brick work.  Later, we’ll project these onto bicycle boxes and cut them out as their own seperate pieces to add a bit of stability and depth, as well as to keep those edges crisp.  We also plan on cutting out the window panes and throwing in some plexiglass.  Our set ethos is largely to make them as quickly and cheaply as possible, but we still can’t help putting in the detail work.  The obsession’s with the details.

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