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Posted by AgainstTheGrain, on 2006-10-12 19:48:09

Tie-Down Method for Sets

Hello, I have a question in regards to the tie-down method. We will be constructing a bunch of sets for our stop motion film. The bases will be grass (school scene, cemetery scene, park scene), carpet (bedroom scene), tile flooring (classroom scene), and sidewalk (street scene). I'm wondering how to cover these holes and if they will be visible with some of the scenes with grass (grass mat) and carpet (felt). I'm more worried about the tile flooring and sidewalk. Any suggestions would be fantastic. Thanks!

Posted by Nick H, on 2006-10-12 21:33:49

Have a look at Strider's tutorial on hiding tiedown holes at www.Stopmoshorts.com , Tutorials section. I sometimes use a coarse velvet-like pile fabric for carpet. I drill the holes in the particle board base, put the cloth over that, and cut little slits in the cloth over the holes. They tend to close up, and are hidden by the pile anyway, and open up enough to put the tiedown through. Grass mat might work the same way, the pile would hide the slits. Felt may not hide the slits quite as well, since there is no pile standing up, but could work well enough. In rough ground, sometimes the holes don't show much anyway. In smooth floor, you have to fill the hole with the same colour plasticine. I usually make the colour a bit mottled, so there is some variation anyway, and then the plasticine doesn't have to match perfectly. I'd make the sidewalk a bit cracked and stained. You just poke the tiedown through the plasticine, then repair it when you remove the tiedown, before the foot uncovers it. It may not match exactly with how it looked before the foot went there, but the foot hides the change, so you can't tell.

Posted by AgainstTheGrain, on 2006-10-12 21:46:04

Thanks for your tips. I just tested it out by cutting slits into felt and grass mat and it works pretty well! Surprisingly it worked better on the felt (i guess cause it's thicker) than the grass mat which is kinda thin. I'm not sure how to make the slits unnoticeable there. Can't use plasticine since it's a rough surface. I was thinking for the tile flooring of cutting out that tile's colour (from another tile sheet - it's really thin plastic) into a small circle and using that to plug up the hole. I think that would be insanely hard though. Good idea on the sidewalk. Any suggestions on what to make it out of? Wouldn't plasticine leave footmarks? (which you dont really see when you walk on sidewalks, as opposed to like, grass.)