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Posted by AgainstTheGrain, on 2006-11-06 23:21:50

Question about sidewalks and a classroom floor!

Hey all, I was just wondering if you guys had any advice on what to use to create a street sidewalk? Keep in mind that there are holes underneath for the characters to walk on. Im wondering what to use that you won't see the holes. Same question goes for a classroom floor. (not carpet though). I'm having this same problem in trying to think of something to use that will allow characters to move through the board holes while covering them up. Thanks!!!

Posted by Nick H, on 2006-11-07 02:22:43

Go to Stopmoshorts, click on Gallery, click on Tutorials, and look for Strider's tutorial on hiding tiedown holes. I use 1/2" particle board for my set base, then another layer to raise the sidewalk up above the street level. Then I have a strip for the kerb that runs along the edge. You can see one short strip of kerb is not in place in the foreground on the left. http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL65/42706/59767/357603.jpg I fill holes with grey plasticine, like Strider explains.

Posted by AgainstTheGrain, on 2006-11-07 23:25:54

Luckily i don't have to worry about creating an actual street road. I'm just wondering what to do with the classroom floor. I don't want to do the whole floor out of plastercine, and i'm worried about just plugging with plastercine and if you'll see it. For the sidewalk i'll probably make it out of plastercine, easy to cover up the holes that way. How are the holes covered up in that photo? It looks flawless!

Posted by Strider, on 2006-11-08 02:07:08

I think you're trying to be too careful! ;-) The way it's generally done (as explained in the Hiding Tiedown Holes article) is to just use wood or whatever is convenient for the set floor and pre-drill the holes, then mix up plasticene to match the color and plug them all. It can help a lot (as also explained in the article) to have your floor tiles (for the classroom set) speckled, as that can hide any irregularities if you don't get the plasticene smoothed down quite right. Of course, for most shots, you either won't see the floor under the puppets' feet or the camera will be at a low enough angle that the holes just won't show. Watch a 'regular' movie and see how many shots do you actually see the sharacters' feet in contact with the ground (or floor)? Not all that many really. Most shots will be 3/4 length or 1/2 length or closeup. Ocasionally thwere's a long shot if people are walking or something. And I know an animated film isn't going to be just like a 'regular' movie, but it can be made similarly in relation to shots. It makes your job a lot easier too!