Monday, April 13, 2009

Three Days Remaining

Rectangular Foam Capital
With only three days left until opening night for “Joyful Noise,” we’re going to be very busy in the woodshop. The rectangular foam capitals are close to being complete; with little more to do than some detail work and a paint job.

Round Foam Capitals
As of last Thursday, the round capitals were in the process of being foamed out. Over the next few days I’ll have to design and carve them, and considering the time constraints they may not be as intricate as the rectangular capitals.


The archway and the pediment are well underway. Surface details are being applied to the pediment and are soon to be applied to the archway. The floor needs to be painted and a few props need completed, then we’ll be underway. It looks like for the next three days my senior thesis is going to have to go on the backburner a bit.

Lesser Coverts

This weekend I hope to be able to work extensively on my thesis piece. I need to finish painting the acetate for both sets of feathers, and complete the other set of lesser coverts before I can move on to the mechanics.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Capital Idea

Foam Capital in Process

Theater Production has been busy getting everything up and ready for the show April 17th. The carved foam capitals underwent quite a bit of work, when we decided to change the design a bit. Fortunately we are able to use most of what I started. There are two sets of capitals we must form. The set I had started were square and foamed out 2 inches. We decided that where we originally had the square capitals we needed to make round ones, so the square pieces were moved to the other side of the stage and cut down to fit the other columns. At first it seemed like making this switch would cost me a lot of wasted time. However, it turns out that I will be saving a lot of time by making these changes. The square capitals are now smaller and only need to be three sided so finishing them won’t take nearly as long. Also, the new round capitals have less surface area so they also won’t take as long to complete. And in the end they will look much better than where we were originally headed with them, plus I’m a lot less stressed about this project now.

Portion of the Archway

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Fourth Quad

Fourth quad has been keeping me exceptionally busy, as such I’ve quite a backlog of work to post, so here we go.

Pediment Technical Draft

Production for “Joyful Noise” is now in full swing. The show goes up in just a few weeks and there’s plenty of work to do. At the start of production I was asked to create the technical drafts for a few scenic elements including a hanging pediment and an archway. Since I was in charge of the drafting I also assisted in overseeing the construction of the pediment and arch.

Foam Capitals

Additionally I have been asked to spearhead the building of four capitals to be mounted on columns under the arch and pediment. Each is to be carved out of Dow foam. It’s a long process and the design has been somewhat modified along the way, but the results are pleasing, well worth the extra effort.

Sintra Feathers Layout

My senior thesis project is coming along nicely, pretty much exactly on schedule. Leo is helping to acquire a motor I can use to animate the wings. In the meantime I’ve been plugging along, cutting, painting and gluing lots of feathers. I’ve got my process down for each component of the sculpture so now it’s just a matter of putting in the hours and cranking out the pieces.

Mailer Design
I’ve also completed the design for the postcards I am to send out before the show. I should have them in hand within two weeks.