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Posted by Nick H, on 2008-08-11 21:38:48

Virtual Pub Crawl

I've just been looking at pics of a new member's amazing 2-story bar interior set. And we've been watching Nofby's progress, and Mike's got his bar taking shape over at Darkmatters. A lot of us are doing stories set in a bar, or have done in the past, so I thought, let's all go on a pub crawl! :9 How about each of you post just one image of your bar set in this one thread? (well, it could be two if you have an exterior view as well. Or if the view looking to each side shows very different things. But not 6 shots showing much the same thing.) Doesn't matter if it's a work in progress or finished. It may be posted somewhere else, but I'd like to get a few together on the one virtual street. I can also recall some bars in films by non-members (like Jiri Trnka), or people not so active at the moment - like Eric Scott's western saloon, Rene Castillo's land of the dead bar in Hasta Los Huesos. Despite the number of them, I notice each one is very different, with its own atmosphere. And best of all, no hangovers! And nobody will ask for proof of age before they let us in! Embed the pic so it's there for all to see! Any takers? I'll kick off with my Emu's Arms Hotel:

Posted by Strider, on 2008-08-11 22:58:58

High five, Nick!!! Ouch... that poor bartender... can you imagine the pain, not to mention the ignominy, of having a frog stuck into your forehead on a wire??!!?! :o :o :P (almost a bad as having to post my crappy, unfinished bar right after yours!!! x( ) Here's Cosmo's tavern: Obviously still in progress, though that doesn't stop these party animals from cracking open a few brewskis. Here's a section of the bar with much better lighting/photography.... [a href="¤t=veronica_03.jpg" target="_blank"][img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"][/a]

Posted by Graeme, on 2008-08-12 02:21:47

Hey Mike the expressions on those characters faces are great, and the guy on the far left has obviously been partying all weekend. :+ G

Posted by tvs_frank, on 2008-08-12 17:48:14

Awesome sets and puppets. Nick, how did you make those stained glass windows? This isn't a great picture, but I wanted to use one that showed the whole bar.

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-08-12 21:16:22

Wow - even after seeing some other images of it, I'm bowled over again! Beautifully made, and beautifully shot. It's hard to believe I can't get a real drink there! That 2 story space is something you don't often see in stopmotion sets. If you click on the box when you select your attachment you can embed the photo so it shows up in the thread. I originally made the Emu's Arms set as a Lizard's Lounge when I was doing my first animaton tests, years ago. I made the first stained glass windows by drawing the black lines on paper, then making a photocopy on clear acetate. Then I coloured in with stain glass paint. It's similar to how we used to do it on perpex (plexiglass, acrylic sheet) for sets in the tv studio, only smaller, and I had some stain glass paint left over. Much later I re-used the set in Good Riddance, and needed some more windows for the exterior set and the doors which hadn't been made before. This time I had a computer, scanner, and inkjet printer, so I could scan a colour image of the window and print out the lines and transparent colours on a clear sheet.

Posted by LensFlair, on 2008-08-13 01:03:52

Wow, I like pub crawls and I like the pubs I'm seeing here! Here's the Chinwag Arms which I posted elsewhere on this site recently. The lighting on the night shot still needs tweaking a little. As I said before it's a miniature intended for use in a long shot, the interior will be built to 'puppet scale' later. Mmm, I can almost smell the ale! Roll on the next pub... John

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-08-13 04:28:41

Hey, another exterior shot! I'd like to drop in there, my kind of place - any interior set made? I see you have an internal light to give it a nice warm glow in the night scenes.

Posted by LensFlair, on 2008-08-13 04:39:01

Yes Nick, the light is in fact a car sidelight bulb running off a variable transformer. Hopefully when it comes to filming we'll get the light levels right. I've started to design the interior but, until I get room to store it, we can't construct anything yet. I've started furnishings and props, I'll post them later. Good fun ain't it? John

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-08-13 19:55:51

Eric's not on the boards much, so I went over to SMS and grabbed this shot of the exterior of his saloon. I made a 1:24 model of my pub exterior as well, but it wasn't seen much in the film. I might dig it out and take a shot of it later. With my smaller scale buildings I used compact flourescent lightbulbs inside for night shots, since they don't get hot. That was after I put a regular 25 watt bulb inside a cardboard 1:24 house, so it started smoking and going black, then fell apart when the hot glue melted! A car side light probably would work ok if it's bright enough though.

Posted by LensFlair, on 2008-08-14 01:34:16

I do like that weathered look on the saloon, very lived in. My Chinwag Arms interior is still a long way off but here's a table and some candlesticks from the set. The candles will have CGI flames. The tables are made from balsa and stained with 'rustic oak'. John

Posted by youneekusername, on 2008-08-14 17:25:06

Good idea Nick...when I saw tvs_frank's bar set I was blown away too! It's like one of those dollhouse collector dioramas that looks like it costs a small fortune to put together!! (found this youtube earlier this year and even showed Strider when we were discussing bottle-making.) Well, I'm happy to say that my bar set arrived to my new home all in one piece. Actually I might have to touch up some of the bar stools, those got bumped around a little (didn't take the time to wrap them up!) But otherwise everything is settled in and waiting for me to finish the video. Here's a quick shot I took - with no special lighting obviously. And here's another shot of the entire set so you can get an idea of "scale"... I still want to add some things on the side walls. Pretty much finished though. Who knows, I might even make another bar set to extend upon this one because there is also a band stage in this bar. Just kind of connect them together better. (more bar pics and band stage pics on blog) Really loving the "rustic oak table" John. Excellent exterior set as well! That's something i've never attempted yet...well, i've made a brick wall before....that's my extent of exterior set building.

Posted by Nofby, on 2008-08-26 06:45:51

This is the exterior of 'The Fox and Hounds' victorian pub. (In progress) I'll post the interior later, because I'm going to get a bit more progress done on it before I post the picture. (Sorry for the first photo quality, the camera was on stabilizer mode)

Posted by groovista, on 2009-01-25 20:46:11

Truly groovy! What an inspiration. I really appreciate the shots of sets and the shots of shops; it helps to see how it's done in actual context. BTW, I'm glad that the non-human non-puppets are taken into account (noting the food bowls on the floor)

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-08-26 19:44:32

Thanks Nofby, I was hoping to see an update on your pub here. Nice handmade plaster texture! Now I'm looking forward to opening time so I can go inside. I just took a shot of my 1:24 scale pub model, but I can't post it without deleting something else. I seem to have exceeded my allowable total for attachments.

Posted by Strider, on 2008-08-26 22:19:05

Hey, lookin good Nofby!!! You plan to hit that chain with some red and black paint to rust it up a bit? They didn't have stainless steel in ye olden days. (Incidentally, that's why I always loved the swords in Xena but hated most swords in those other period shows that became so popular in the wake of Hercules, which were shiny and obviously mass produced - some even stamped from sheet metal!! x( )

Posted by Nofby, on 2008-08-27 04:07:41

[div class="dcquote"][strong]Quote[/strong] Hey, lookin good Nofby!!! You plan to hit that chain with some red and black paint to rust it up a bit? They didn't have stainless steel in ye olden days. (Incidentally, that's why I always loved the swords in Xena but hated most swords in those other period shows that became so popular in the wake of Hercules, which were shiny and obviously mass produced - some even stamped from sheet metal!! x( ) [/div] Hehe, thanks Mike, I forgot about that. I thought something looked a bit wrong, like a shiny ear-ring :P I'll rust it up and wack it around a bit to get it weathered. Now I need a door and one of those old wooden signs at the side like this.... Nick, I heard about the thread in the other adventure game thread, so I thought I would add to it, why don't you post another message with the photo? But I suppose its tidier if everyone keeps it to one post. Ah well, its too early in the morning for me to be working out anything, so I'l leave it someone else in a different time zone. :P

Posted by Nick H, on 2008-08-27 20:53:58

Trying again: It seemed to work that time. I couldn't find the road and footpath pieces, and it's sticking up because there's an electrical cord going under it to power the compact flouro light inside. This would only have been seen in a wide shot showing 4 or 5 buildings, never as close as this, so it's not highly detailed. (Except for the leadlight windows, which were easy to scale down in Photoshop and print out smaller.) But in the end I got all the arriving and leaving the pub shots I needed with the big scale set, I never showed the street it was on in 1:24. So it's a couple of rows back, hidden except for the roof, in the small scale wideshots of the city. Nofby - It would be good to make that hanging sign in balsa wood. You can age and weather it with a wire brush.

Posted by I_make_cartoons, on 2009-03-13 15:00:39

god damn you guys and your... talent! x(