Gelato Things On My Plate Lately

I've finally returned to my cyber public safe space after what was pretty much a non-stop month of work. During July I worked on roughly 5 projects, getting to the point where I could really only do those things and not think about anything else.

                                      May I production design your hat, sir?

                                      May I production design your hat, sir?

Like you, my loyal reader who will continue to love me when everyone else is dead and gone!

My projects en review:

1. A feature - When I talked about this last I believe I was doing a little prep and a tiny bit of set dressing. A small role turned into a much larger one and I ended up spending many more days on set than originally planned. Three words: exhausting, epic, long. An all-nighter might have slipped its way in there. My crowning achievement was the display case of gelato I created for our gelato shop scenes:

Like this picture? Stare at it again under the "Art Direction & misc." section of my  portfolio page !

Like this picture? Stare at it again under the "Art Direction & misc." section of my portfolio page!

Relying on good ol' fashioned movie magic, I made these out of mashed potatoes, food coloring, and a variety of very real ingredients that do not smell that great after being cemented in mashed potatoes under a fluorescent light for 12 hours. Thankfully my PAs and I did not have to remove 80 lbs. of smelly taters from the scene; I created a clear tape netting of sorts over the tops of the containers and painted a thin layer of the "gelato" over it to create the illusion that the containers were full. By the end of the day it was just a small if not gory mess of tape, potatoes and crushed up Oreos. Just like Mom used to make!

2. The one with the tiger - a short film shot in real time about a baby white tiger growing up in an animal sanctuary. I didn't snag a picture of the tiger, but check out this insane PD action!

WHOAH

WHOAH

Yeah, intense huh? No, not the the ramp in the corner. That was there. The other part. No, not the cages in the background. Or the other ramps. Come on. Focus. It's the staggeringly amazing part. Oh yeah. See that epic epicness? Mind blowing, right? Do I need to call a doctor? You know, because there are bits of gelatinous brain tissue and glass-sharp bone splinters dripping down the back of your neck? You know, because your mind was blown?

Well, I wouldn't be offended if you don't see what's so cool about this photo. But what if I showed you THIS photo.

WHOAH

WHOAH

You're STILL not impressed. Jeeves, tough crowd. It may not be apparent, but my PA and I spent roughly 10 hours in the mountains of the desert valley cutting excess thrush and foliage and rearranging it along the fence. It was put there to give the enclosure some greenery. I'm basically god. Maybe I should start building artificially intelligent robots in the mountains of Norway. #ExMachinaJoke

3. A webisode - Cool new milestone achieved: the producer found me out of the blue! No referrals, no job ads. He found me on his own online. Thanks, website! *hugs computer, who feels confused because a computer is not a website and is frankly a little annoyed at owner's ignorance to this fact*

4. Another webisode - a comedic short about #CheatDay. I arranged a magnificent array of sugar and sweets and then stood by and watched our talent consume the entire thing before my very eyes.

I'M NOT CRYING.

I'M NOT CRYING.

5. A short film of long proportions - and decidedly one of my coolest projects to date! This thriller/suspense/drama had all sorts of the severe, extreme, and often surreal elements of a thriller/suspense/drama. It was a lot of work, and best of all, a lot of work I was pleased with. I tackled my largest building project so far, which was building an 80-foot hallway at a studio (with a little help from my fwends). And then, y'know, lining the thing with 100 wall clocks. Side note: there is no good way to transport a car with a back seat full of wall clocks and not have an out-of-body experience.

The stills from this shoot are on my portfolio page, or you can be lazy and remain content with the image below.

The one real shame is that this photo was taken after Labor Day.

The one real shame is that this photo was taken after Labor Day.

This flurry of projects was immediately proceeded by a 5-day air conditioned vacation in the desert. And then, as of two days ago:

6. A teaser/short/feature/maybe - I did a couple days' worth of pick-ups and reshoots for a project that was originally shot as a sort of teaser two years ago... since I don't think I was even production designing two years ago I came into the thing blind. The idea was that the footage from the past couple days will be packed onto the teaser to make it a short, and then with proper funding from her majesty, the Great Royal Magical Movie Fairy Godmother, it will eventually get turned into a feature.

The highlight of this project was visiting the massive work/living studio of a successful metal sculpture artist. He lives in this industrial complex that's almost exclusively occupied by artists who live where they work. It was an enchanting urban beehive of boundless craft and creative work wherever you looked-- with a large local brewery at the center of it, what the flip?! And the guy had the most incredible set-up. There was no question a life-and-blood artist lived here. The spacious living room was essentially a gallery floor displaying massive mobiles, sculptures, and geometric technicolor paintings. The whole set-up was extravagantly DIY in the most luxurious sense possible. Art and absurdity around every corner. I pretty much want to live there, except that the other main room of the space is all scrap metal and soldering irons, and fire terrifies me. If I lived there, I would use that space to store all my props and materials, and then I'd rent it out as studio space for filmmakers and artists. Aren't I a great hypothetical pipe dream planner?

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So what's next up, universe?! Gimme gimme gimme!