Hola from the tropical WF.HQ.
The heat is getting to us; but in the words of a dying Cowboy in Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket": I can hack it! And yes; we will preveil this vicious summer heat... we will stand triumphant when winter slides softly over our land and we will welcome it with open arms. Meanwhile one can gaze upon these pictures of the set coming to life.
Johan, Ellen and I will pay a visit to the isle of Fyn on the 23rd of August, where we, along with other animation entities, will share the esoteric knowledge of our process with the public and with a number of young filmmakers like ourselves who would like to take a peak into the animation world. The event is arranged by our consultant Jakob Høgel from NDS - and he asked us for a picture they could use. So we decided to test the unfinished apartment with the unfinsihed puppet of the mother and some of the finished furniture.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? NO! It is a new design for the backyard that Else drew some lazy afternoon whilst waiting for something to do. Thoughts come and go - mental sinewaves collapse and give ways for NEW mindscapes. Thus we grew somewhat worried that the old design wouldn't fit the new ideas we got for the backyard sequence. It's of course always weird to start from scratch - especially on something as huge as these buildings - but it is for the best. Both Johan & I are extremely keen on the new design, and we are looking forward to work on it. The sky behind is the sky picture Else will use as a reference to paint the background sky painting. We just photoshopped it in to see how it would look.
And here she is; Else, painting the gigantic SKY PAINTING! It WILL be awesome!
I will end this post with a little Star Trek story from the first season of The Original Series. It is the episode called "The Naked Time" where, due to lack of awareness, this guy gets infected with some strange sort of emotional epidemic that spreads through physical contact. Soon everyone aboard the ship gets infected and acts demented and irrational. Even Mr. Spock (the half vulcan / half human science officer) who has forsaken human emotions to live a life dictated by pure logic, gets infected. To make matters even worse the Enterprise is spinning out of control and will soon burst into flames as it breaches some planets atmosphere. But just as all hope seems lost Dr. McCoy finds out that the cure for this emotional madness is simply... ...water!
My point with this little tale is to remind people to drink water, if they want to avoid going mad.