Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Let's Talk Music

Got some music on the way now! John is doing some really cool stuff with a Robert Rodriguez vibe to it. It's got some Brazilian influences along with other Hispanic influence. Here is a little video of the instrument that John tried to duplicate in his own way (see the 2nd video).


I'm also making progress on the larger truck. I pulled wheels off of a toy John Deer tractor and got help from Stephen in figuring out the scale and measuring and making the truck bed seeing as I'm terrible with numbers. I am making 2 clay pigs that I am going to mold and cast with foam to shove in the truck bed. More to come!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Diez Mas!!

Ten more houses completed! I'm not so sure how many more I need, if I need any at all. My next step is to start carving out the scene.

Take a look.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Painting Progress

All of the brick pieces for the wall are finished and painted. All I need is the connector pieces which are just columns, so that's not really a concern considering I have a million wooden columns that just need some paint once I figure out where the walls are going. These are sporadic brick walls throughout the landscape, not the border wall. The above picture is the process of carving the bricks, the different stages. In the time lapse below, you will see how the bricks are painted.

Several more houses have also been added to the scene with many more following. There are more houses waiting to be painted and the houses that are "finished" are waiting for finishing touches such as doors and windows which they will all get at the very end.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


I finally figured out how to load the rough animatic up to the web! YAY! There may be 2 varying pans, but this is a basic idea of what its going to be like. The only big difference is that the border patrol shot is cut out and when the druck is driving away it's driving toward border patrol.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Cheap Trick

So in my journey to find the perfect method to capture my process I ran across this site that explained an alternative way to make an automatic time lapse. Evidently, there is a way to program a calculator to make the camera go off every certain amount of time. That saves me a buttload of money so it looks like I'll be trying that out, but I think I have to catch a short nap first.

Load Up!

After carving about 50 "brick" blocks for random broken walls in the city, I decided I best get the pink foam and other building supplies for the actual set. I could sit and chop away at little houses forever but we really wont see how many we need until we start placing them.

Anyway, here we are loading up my car with the wonderful help of Marco.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Cookie Cutters

I've decided that since I made a few finished sample houses, I should start cutting down all the pieces and then go about finishing them. I have cut mother forms and am going to vary the details of the houses. So, although they may have the same basic shape, they will differ in color, texture, roofing, door and window placement, etc. I'm going to check out some fun stationary papers to see if I can get a really high corrugated panel for some of the roofing. I have looked at boxes, but they seem too flat, and I know that once I rip off the outer layer, it won't look very good.

More cutting and more testing to come!