Work is well under way for the set of Tale of January. The workshop has been taken over by the makings of a tree, Our scenic artists have been busy painting the leaf cloth and props have a selection of interesting pieces being made.
In the props department, Oscar has made an array of interesting props over the start of the term. He began with the two medieval carts which will be used as market stalls laden with produce.
Oscar has also had some opportunities to brush up on his poly-carving skills.
The produce which would cover the cart has been created using a variety of methods. The fish were cast in 2 hollow halves in latex which were then fixed together. This gave them a pliable and moveable form. The pears have been cast in plastic from a plaster mould using the vacuum former.
Paintshop is busy with a few large scale items for this production. One of the jobs has been to create the stonework effect on the castle wall flat. This was created by painting the cut flats with a red-brown base, masked off when dry and rolled over with a cream and lighter brown mix to give texture and depth to the effect.
Our scenic artists have also successfully tackled the task of painting the leaf cloth. This will be flown in front of the tree. It should create an amazing effect. Can’t wait to see it up.
In construction, Lana and Constance have been working on creating the branches of the tree. A steel frame was made and welded together onto which the airex was cut and fixed using T-nails.
A thousand Lana-deer antlers were gathered and attached to the main branches using two part epoxy to create the smaller branches of the tree.
No Lana-deer were harmed in the making of this tree!
Fortunately, we have a brand spanking new CNC router with which our branches were cut out of airex material.
The tree has been textured with artex and then painted to complete the bark effect. This was done by applying a creamy orange base to the tree and then once dry, adding two paint washes to the top. One for the main bark colour and the second for the shadowing. The effect is amazing!
Our first years laying the floor! Yes, fit up is well under way and the ply flooring has been laid. This will be painted by scenic art to resemble the brown colour of the model. The edges will be sprayed with black paint which will then be faded into the brown to create a soft gradient.
There are a few pieces in progress around the workshops so I may have some more pics to add and update you on, but for now, due to everyone’s hard work and late nights, it is all looking great!
In addition to our show work, Sam Palmer (3rd year TT student) has been busy in our workshop creating his graduation project. His objective was to create an immersive environment depicting the Sword in the Stone. Sam spent a few weeks making prototypes and working out the best methods to use to create the shape and texture he was looking for. He used chicken wire fixed to a wooden frame to create the shape of the rock. This was then covered with a plaster scrim before being textured and painted. It was a pleasure to have Sam working with us and he did a great job c his final creating his final piece. Personally, I enjoyed the atmosphere he had managed to create. The music and the water running out of the rock elevated the whole thing to another level. Very well done!
Sam used a small pump to push the water out of the top of the rock he then created a moat around the outside of the rock to guide the water back down to the pump.
It was a pleasure to have Sam working with us and he did a great job creating his final piece. Personally, I enjoyed the atmosphere he had managed to create. The music and the water running out of the rock elevated the whole thing to another level. Very well done!