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Posted by jy, on 2005-06-29 22:33:27

Hedges

Does anyone know how to make hedges? I'm talking about the kind that people grow in front of their houses, right under living room windows. I used to do them CG with good results, but in the near future I'll be filming a scene where a character gets drunk, dives out a bay window then falls right into the hedges (or bushes or whatever those things are that some idiots are inclined to trim at 7am on Saturday morning x( ) But yeah- hedge thingys. Anyone know how to make 'em? Thanks! -JY www.harboursealpictures.com

Posted by Nick H, on 2005-06-30 03:21:31

One way is to make the shapes solid, out of urethane foam or whetever you like, maybe with some bits torn out to make hollows. Spray paint them dark green, then cover with spray glue. Then sprinkle chopped foam bits, or wood shavings, or anything with a texture in the right size, over the top. Model railway shops sell chopped foam in several colours, and you can make a coarser version yourself with a chainsaw or blender! You can spraypaint the bits in several shades of green, mostly lighter than the base coat, before you sprinkle them on. You can then glue more layers over the top. This suits very dense, neatly trimmed hedges. Or you can buy lots of plastic foliage and stick the leaves on. I've seen some very coarse fibrous spongy stuff, used for industrial filters I think, that would make pretty good hedges on their own. Look at various industrial materials, there may be something. (You'd be surprised what you find in the dumpster outside a factory or shop being renovated.) For the part where the character falls into the hedge it would need to collapse. Try several pieces of foam attached to armature wire, that close up to make the hedge shape from the outside, with room underneath for them to collapse down. You would cover them with the same texture as the rest of the hedge. Coat the armature wire with latex and brown paint so they look like branches, since you may see them as the puppet falls into the hedge.

Posted by jy, on 2005-06-30 18:34:45

Thanks for the info! I'm sure it'll keep me busy, but it's worth it if I have hedges to play with in the end. Cheers, JY