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Posted by Graeme, on 2008-06-23 03:10:56

The toilet from Hell

I am starting work on the sets for a music video and I would like to share with you (not literally of course) my lavatory. There is a bit of tidying up to do and some old rubbish and news papers to be strewn about. The final will be lit with a flickery green flourescent look. G

Posted by Strider, on 2008-06-23 03:16:02

Awesome!!! Definitely not a thing I'd care to sit on though! I really like the crackle finish on the lavatory and the upper wall... perfect touch.

Posted by jonlendrum, on 2008-12-01 16:08:49

that is a fantastic looking set, i also love the cracked effect. how exactly did you get the effect, its very effective!?

Posted by Graeme, on 2008-06-23 04:45:26

Thanks Mike, I have some other 'rooms' I am working on and I'll post these as they get finished. I am working in 2 scales got a 6 inch puppet which spends its time in one room and other sets that play an establishing role in setting the mood for the video and these are 1:24. I must admit that this is the first time I have built and I'm quite enjoying it :) far more creatively satisfying than the 'Last Man standing' greenscreen stikfa gore fest I did recently. Here is another shot of part of a dining room which is not quite finished yet, filmed through a distorting magnifying glass which I may employ for some shots. G

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-06-23 05:52:00

Fantastic toilet! Great bit of set finishing, I love the crackle effect too. And the tiles!

Posted by Graeme, on 2008-06-23 14:12:49

Thanks Nick, Took me a while, about a couple of weeks to get it together, one thing I have learnt from all this is to test and make a 'maquette' sounds a bit posher than a 'practice' but you know what I mean :) G

Posted by castlegardener, on 2008-06-23 18:45:02

I think that is a terrific set. I really appreciate the tiny details in it. I would believe it was a photo from gas station more than I would believe it was a puppet set. My hat's off to you.

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-06-23 20:15:31

Aha! I've found a fault! }( I can see a straight vertical seam in the tiles, where one sheet joins another. It would be better to cut in and out of the tiles, like I do with sheets of brick. Or now that it's done, to patch a cutout tile over each one with a line through it. Or, lean a mop against the wall at that point, or have a water pipe attached to the wall, or something else to disguise the join? - Evil Nick It's better than a photo from a gas station, it's hyper-reality. (At least, I hope so, maybe gas station toilets are really that bad in the USA?) :P

Posted by emmyymme, on 2008-06-23 23:12:14

Evil Nick strikes! Though personally I find the vertical break adds to the realism - makes it look like the gas station owner was too cheap to use real tile and stuck linoluem all over their walls! (Like the lovely wood venier plastic sheets for cupboard shelves, to make them look more... wooden?) It makes the bathroom (not the set!) have that cheaper-than-possible look (again, I love the set! Just speaks to the realism) that I've (sadly) encountered on road trips.

Posted by Graeme, on 2008-06-24 02:14:25

Drat and damn....caught me out :D I was hoping that my grunge was going to blend the seam but it didn't work very well so the idea is to have some old rubbish there laying against the wall. the idea of a pipe on the wall sounds like a good idea Nick I'll try that one out. G

Posted by Strider, on 2008-06-24 03:52:21

Is it...... a SLIMEY, RUSTY pipe?

Posted by cashc0w, on 2008-11-27 14:41:17

great sets! may I ask what materials were used and what your process was? How long have you been building for?

Posted by Graeme, on 2009-01-04 12:33:00

Hi, Sorry for the delay in posting I have been away for a while. I have only recently got into stopmo animation and the loo was my first set (I did a lot of practise ones prior to this version ). I use foamboard and inkjet printed wallpaper stained with tea I painted the black splashes on, polymer clay for the Loo painted with acrylic paints the crackle effect I documentated somewhere else when I find the link I'll post it in reply to the next post. If you go to the website there are stacks of photos but not too many explanations I'm afraid although you can see pictures of some stages of the loo production under 'artwork techniques' G

Posted by Crystal Dawn, on 2008-12-29 09:37:52

A very impressive job you did on the lavatory. I love the crackle look (for lack of proper term) on the upper-wall and door.

Posted by Graeme, on 2009-01-04 13:00:21

The crackle effect is documented in topic 5291