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Posted by grantOlin, on 2008-04-29 17:41:32

I need to make a wooden floor ideas?

I need to make a house with an old looking wooden floor. I need to be able to fly away almost any part of the floor as well, because the project calls for lots of low angles and also high angles (one characters a hand, the other is a person). Also, Ideally I'd like to make the floor out of something that is going to hide the holes from the tie downs since the high angle shots are going to reveal the floor in great detail. Alternatively I suppose I could build two floors, one to put all the holes in and one to use only for high angles so as to put minimal holes in it. Any suggestions. -Grant

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-04-29 20:20:40

You can fill the holes with plasticine. It's not perfect though, with a high angle shot. Especially if it's smooth and polished, with an old rough floor you can get away with more. So a second floor, or section of it, may be best for those shots. All of these will make good floorboards, stuck over a solid particle board base: *3mm plywood cut into strips. *Balsa wood. *Slats from a wooden venetian blind - I found a broken one thrown out, and the thin wood is perfect for floorboards and weatherboards. For floorboards I cut the 25mm (1 inch) strips in half to get 12mm boards. *Strips of anything, painted like wood. First paint pale yellowish base coat on each board, let it dry, then drag brush along with watered down dark brown paint so it goes streaky. Then stick strips onto base.

Posted by I_make_cartoons, on 2008-04-30 15:37:37

you could have replace-able floor planks, so that you can have the tie downs, then in a high angle shot, replace the plank with one that doesn't have holes in it um.. probably. -marc ---- does it count as work if you enjoy it?

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-04-30 19:43:14

Yes, you could! Good one Marc! Just a small counter sunk screw at each end to hold the board down while you animate, maybe out of shot. If you can concentrate the tiedown holes in just 2 or 3 planks, replacing those boards would make more sense than replacing the whole floor.

Posted by Purehilarity, on 2008-04-30 21:57:08

I'm also doing wooden floor. I just used craft sticks for mine. I hope they don't screw up too bad from the drill :X

Posted by Strider, on 2008-05-01 01:00:40

For floorboards or any kind of miniature lumber, I use basswood strips from http://www.nationalbalsa.com/basswood.htm A little watered down acrylic paint stains them up very nicely: http://www.stopmotionanimation.com/dc/user_files/6609.jpg



Posted by grantOlin, on 2008-05-05 21:53:18

Thats an amazing looking wall. THANKS!