Directed by Robert Vilushis, the film is about a small fairy man who lives in the woods. He runs a magical forge with which he smiths seeds into tools for his farm. Three critters assist him; a praying mantis, a pill bug, and a slug. He's built various tools to help the animals - he made a shell for the slug, turning it into a snail. The snail shell has been my major sculptural contribution so far.
|Sarah Mannino, our lead puppet artist, sculpted the|
body of our slug - I helped make the mold to cast him.
|The shell was designed to look like acorns, sawed in half,|
hammered flat, and nailed together like shingles.
Collecting reference was fun.
|Sarah was kind enough to sculpt the|
base shape of the shell for me. Super time saver!
|Here's my basic plan for the details, with real acorns|
and another of the seed-smith's tools for reference.
|After approval from the director, I fleshed the|
design out a bit more and brought it into relief.
|Agh! I forgot to take pictures of it before it went off to mold-making.|
But here it is afterwards, a little worn, but still holding some details.
|And here's the mold!|
I'm pretty thrilled - it looks like the silicone caught a lot of the detail.
Stay tuned! I'll post the plastic versions once they've been poured.