Making the hallway for Poe's boarding house, for when he hears a tapping and opens the door.

Comment by StopmoNick on April 9, 2014 at 2:37am

The walls are Sceneboard, a 10mm thick corrugated card, nice and light but sturdy enough to stand up pretty well.  I added a couple of holes to show the lathe-and-plaster construction.  The closer door would be the one opposite Poe's room, but will probably get re-dressed to be his door looking the other way.  The doors will need room numbers.

This is probably how the stairs will be seen.  A handrail slanting up the wall is still to be added.

Looks like I can't shoot this wide unless I make more ceiling and floorboards. 

Comment by Mike on April 9, 2014 at 6:12am

This looks great, Nick! The scale and details all go together very well. Did you carve the doors and frames, too? They're quite nice.

Comment by Dennis on April 9, 2014 at 6:26am

Nice, Nick.  Poor Poe, reduced to penury for most of his adult life and forced to stay in shabby boarding houses.  But at least his chamber looks in better shape and he's got that hogshead (?) of Amontillado to comfort him. 

Getting close to filming? 

Comment by StopmoNick on April 9, 2014 at 6:41pm

Mike - Door frames are MDF, with 3 bamboo skewers in the middle making the grooves.  Door is mostly layers of 3mm ply, plus some thin card to add a step to the edge of the framing.  Brass knob is turned on my Sieg mini lathe.   

Dennis -

I have actually shot just over a minute, but half of those shots aren't working.  They flow on from one shot to the next ok, animation is smooth, but don't seem to say much.  The puppet is only expressing his frustration in one shot, the second to last.  I put in some closeups of the paper he is writing on, with titles that aren't quite right, like "the barrel of sherry", but either you don't get them or you do but they fall flat, and I will have to cut them.  Dropping in references to other stories, while at the same time wanting to say he can't come up with ideas, is not working.  I will have to throw out 4 shots and maybe substitute one or two new ones with better acting.  However I will be keeping the editor's office shot with your voice acting!  

I may move on to opening the door into the corridor and what happens after that, and come back to the earlier stuff.  I only got up to the first tapping on the door, so it's a minute of nothing much happening.  Major puppet to make before I can shoot the corridor so it's probably a month before I shoot again.  Maybe after he sees who is in the corridor and backs off, he can be flooded with too many ideas and I can still use them, but earlier on it just undermines the whole writer's block thing.  Funny how I had to shoot it to see that.

Comment by Mike on April 10, 2014 at 8:02pm

Now that is creative and resourceful! Very nice. 

Comment by Tony Perry on April 11, 2014 at 7:17am
That's a great looking set. Love the colours and the hole Showing lathe and plaster is a nice touch too. The amount of work you have put in on this film ( and that's just the stuff you have put up here ) is staggering. Do you ever get despondent? I love the whole process , but I am two and a half years in to what should end up a 7 minute short and some days I do wonder what I am doing. Then I look At your stuff and tell myself to stop complaining. Ha ha.
Comment by StopmoNick on April 11, 2014 at 5:42pm
I'm a bit more than 2 1/2 years into what should be an even shorter film, with not much progress. Apart from making props, because that is the part I enjoy. I do wonder if I should just abandon it sometimes, and move on to the next film idea. But I've let a couple of things I started end up going nowhere now, and I don't want to make a habit of it. I do keep interupting this to do stuff for other people's films, then I do a bit more on this.
Comment by Hugo on April 13, 2014 at 2:05pm

Fantastic work ! As usual. Don't give up this one !

Comment by Simon Tytherleigh on April 15, 2014 at 8:46am

Beautiful set work!

Comment by Lewis Crabtree on April 16, 2014 at 1:29am

fantastic set Nick, very beautiful.

How are holding the whole set together? 

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