images of spring

Inspired by Underneath the Sycamore.

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...And now we are under the same sun
Feel it through the leaves
Let it heal us
We are the same
We are both safe
Underneath the sycamore

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We were both broken in our own ways
Sifting through the rubble for the wrong things
I know you’ve got a vengeful heart
And I cannot be stopped as soon as I start
But you have seen your darkest rooms
And I have slept in makeshift tombs
And this is where we find our peace
Oh this is where we are at least

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Underneath the sycamore
We are the same
We are both safe
Underneath the sycamore

Adventures in Setland

I’ve gotten a request to talk about the sets I make for my films, so I thought I’d start a set of posts explaining the basics (and the details) of each set I make.

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Here’s the laboratory scene in “Masquerade”.

When making a set, there are several key features one should identify:

1) What is the purpose of this room? What is it used for?

2) What is the larger location of the room? Is it in a house, a school, an office…

3) What are the artistic features I want in this film? Should the colours be bright jewel tones, faded browns, mysterious blues, or something else entirely?

The lab in this scene is in a school (probably a private school or a public school in an affluent town). It’s used for science classes. Stylistically, the whole of “Masquerade” focuses around jewel tones.

On to what I did:

1) I knew that the “students” would be conducting an experiment, so labware (available from Laybo on Ebay) was necessary. For extra chemicals, I found small bottles of coloured liquids from about the house. The golden liquid is a Burt’s Bees salve. I used bath salts for the “crystals” that form in the reaction, and food colouring to make the liquid in the flask red.

2) If you’re working with labware, you need a lab bench. My lab bench is actually a small CD tower turned on its side. I usually use it as a shelf for displaying a vase in my house, but when Art calls, it fulfills a higher purpose. ^_~

3) To add that air of swank (actually because there was an empty space in the frame that was bothering me) I put in a column. You can get these at crafts stores for $8-$20, depending on the size. Note: When your frame (i.e. picture) has less empty wall space in it, it often looks more realistic (unless you want the scene to be sparse for a particular purpose).

4) Details. These are extremely important.

The lab coat on the wall–well, what’s a science lab without the lab coat? (*cough* unless you work in, say, a physical chemistry lab or computational physics lab, where you are denied that privilege since you don’t work directly with reagents or organisms)

The little plant in the pot adds a nice bright green touch, accentuating the jewel tones. Teachers also often enjoy having plants in their rooms, so this is accurate to the setting.

The tiny shelf, which is also a craft store buy, is filled with tiny science books. I printed the covers of some of my favourites (including The Way of the Cell) from the internet and wrapped the new covers about tiny notebooks and miniature books made by AG.

The metal bowls–well, I’m not actually sure of their purpose, but they looked like they could perhaps be used to hold various reagents, so I put them into the shelf.

Next to the plant, I put a little glass cup holding a number of mini coloured pencils (from Barnes and Noble).

Next to the glassware on the bench, I put a notebook (their lab notebook) and a pen (from Warwick’s of La Jolla) since in science labs, one generally has to take notes for one’s lab report.

In everything I used, I tried to have bright jewel tones to correspond with the colours used in all the flashbacks in the film.

Anyhow, I hope that this is useful!

—s

Welcome to the Starlight Studios blog!

Hello, readers!

This is the blog of Starlight Studios, a stop-motion film studio that operates on Youtube and Vimeo.

Starlight Studios consists of myself–S Chandra–and a nebulous group of others who work with me on one or another project.

I’m a high school senior, planning to go into the sciences. For some unthinkable reason, I still enjoy art. *gasp!*

Anyhow, here is the link to the Starlight Studios YouTube:

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/AsteriEtoile/videos

 

More posts shall be forthcoming.

 

— s