Happy New Year!

I’ve decided to run a special promotion for the new year. To celebrate Chinese New Year’s year of the bunny, I’m going to give away a free bunny scarf to the first five new custom orders purchased through Etsy (from new customers), starting today. So if you’ve wanted a lovely dead animal scarf to warm you this winter season, now you can get two for the price of one. Just go to the site, state your custom animal, color preferences and length and you’ll get a free bunny scarf with purchase! (Bunny colors may vary due to sweater availability.)

Felt Dolls

Yesterday, my friend and I decided to have a sidewalk sale of stuff. Since it was mostly stuff we had made, we thought it was a great idea to sell it outside Haight and Divisidero. I’ll probably start posting here if I decide to sell stuff again. Another sunny day would be a great day to sell.

I have been playing with felt for a while and decided to take my stab at felt dolls. Here’s the beginning stages of the process. I’ll show you the final version when I get to it.

Part 11

After all that hard work and dedication, the film is finally completed. Murphy’s law kicked in on the final day before it was due, of course. Many lights burnt out, a fuse blew out, I nearly burned down the kitchen… oh it was a wonderful thing. One after another. Anyway, here you have it–a few screenshots of the film. The film will be shown during Animation Finals at San Francisco State University. It’s open to the public on the 16th of May at 3pm in the Coppola Theatre. Section H-6, in the Fine Arts building on the first floor. All is welcome!

Tada! Now you really want to come out and see it after these awesome screenshots!


Part 10

I’m on my last stretch as Thursday draws near. It’s 4:15am and I just finished painting my tabletop and making the stethoscope and makeshift knife. I have much troubles with Miette’s head as her head always slides off the wire. After every scene, I have to re-attach her head. It’s a painstaking process and All I’m hoping for is that her head doesn’t snap off on this last shot. There will be no way for me to recover it if it does. This is pretty much how I’ve been feeling lately… zombie-esque. Hopefully she’ll be all dry and ready to go by tomorrow afternoon.

Tonight, Mitch helped me take my whole park scene apart and we were in the backyard scrubbing flocking from the set at 9pm. It was super-cold out by that time. The turf didn’t take as long as I thought it would to come off and I was thinking about placing carpet in the place of the turf, but I’m not sure if that’s now very necessary at all. I almost wished I kept the turf on in case I needed to re-shoot anything.

Yesterday I bought that wood to put the table together and last night was a bit hellish with the table thing because 1. my screws were far too long, 2. the holes I was drilling for the screws were too short, but I couldn’t drill any further 3. drilling things without proper tools and stuff can prove to be really, really difficult. I can’t wait to have a studio to work on this stuff. After a while of tooling around, I got the legs to stand. I grabbed some paint from my random “stuff” box and painted it this pinkish color.

I think this is a poor representation of the table coloring. No matter, it’s completed.

I’ve fashioned a stethoscope using armature wire (for great versatility in animating and bending) and magicsculpt, which I’ll paint later to make it look more stethy. It’s really a shame I didn’t get pictures of us tearing down the set. The winds were high and the turf was everywhere. I’ll have to say that Mitch was a trooper. Turf in eye != fun. Seriously.

This is exactly what my life feels like right now… disconnected.

I consulted my final scene with Nathan and we went through so many things. I’m glad I have very cinematic friends. Tomorrow will be my true test, since I have to drive down to Santa Clara to give Dave his light set back for a few hours… only when I can get back into the city will I be able to start shooting. I’ll need to have everything ready so that this will be smooth sailing. I’d like to get some sleep tomorrow night, though there are a bunch of rather tricky shots I’ll need to go through with this one. Wish me luck!

Part 8

Slowly, but surely, the pieces are coming together. There’s going to be a lot of sleepless nights, this being one of them. My vocabulary is dropping, but my persistence to finish is on the rise. I’ve got a few days to complete at least the picture portion of the film. I’ll be up bright and early to finish the park scenes then start on the last scene, which is actually a scene somewhat in the middle. No matter, I have to tear everything down and rebuild. Nadira’s going to help me with the process. Thank goodness she’s off the next few days.

Newspaper trees for my recycled forest.

So a few days ago, I was sitting on the bus, fashioning my dead bird puppet. I take out the huge coil of wire I have from my purse and start bending and twisting it to form this bird. I start stuffing it with green foam to bulk it out and I take pieces of felt and start hacking away at corners to make a shape of a bird (sort of).

Wire Armature for Crow

Wire Armature and bulking out for cardinal (I know it doesn’t look like much now!)

Here’s where the “winging it” part comes in. I cut a rectangular piece of felt out and cut two slits for the wings to go through.

Now it’s starting to look more bird-like with the bulking and the hood.

Oh ye of little faith. Voila! My bird! I even painted the little feetsies.

Oh photobooth, how I love you and your timed goodness. However will I get shots such as this without you?