Sunday, April 26, 2015

Drag Gone Fly

A little card inspired making a dragonfly for the pond set. I had crackled onto clear plastic with black ink and laminated it onto dichroic film for his wings. He'll fly around the plants above the pond to finish off the pond's cast of characters.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

With a Twist!

I thought the hermit puppet would need to eat a lemon cupcake so I set to build a slice for the top. In the end he didn't need that as the bug party has fabulous cakes making his unnecessary to have in the film. They came out so nice I decided to make a little lemon and add the slices with it into a hand-thrown ceramic bowl for the tea service tray. While I was at it, I used a failed carved spoon to serve up some wonderfully fresh. messy, berry jam on the tray as well!
I took dried lime skins, painted them yellow, cut segments of the juicy flesh out of soft foam wrap. Used paper strips between each segment. Loved how authentic these look when backlit, cells full of juice.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Now Hear This!

Generous, talented, Argentinia-born friend, with a luxuriously ruby-throated voice, María José Marañón graciously agreed to narrate Halfland's first ever trailer last year.  

I had edited the resulting audio shortly after she recorded, mixed with several takes of her reading in layers to give a sense of Halfland being "multi-dimensional". We recorded at my computer with a $10 USB microphone that I had wrapped her up with in upholstery foam, like a giant taco. Good sport!

I delayed posting the first draft as I had hoped to pair it with its visuals, stills at least, and so have been scrambling to get shots done to put it all together since.

But tonight, after sneaking up on myself, I thought to take what I had done before and re-cut it with different melodies and soundscapes in a moment of fresh clarity. Wait no more to hear it.

Perhaps you could listen*, without any visuals at all, and tell me if you can picture it with your imagination.

Halfland Trailer Audio 1.0 MP3 

(*I was able to embed a link to an MP3 of the audio but any which way I try to embed the file in Blogger it gets too garbled when compressed.)

Thank you again,  María José. I am in awe of the richness of your voice. Thank you for coming over.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Halfland Is About This...

Perhaps there is a language which is not made of words

and everything in the world understands it.


Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything

and it can always speak,

without even making a sound, to another soul.

Frances Hodgson Burnett,

from A Little Princess
(Warne, 1905)

A visitor to the Mouse's chalet in the roots of the Answer Tree.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Strolling Twigs

Seen walking in the garden's afternoon light.
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