Monthly Archives: April 2013

Puppet Costume Part 7: The Coat

The puppet’s coat is finally complete! The next step is the hooded short cape.

The completed coat. I made the buttons out of 3 mm pom poms. Luckily many of them are actually 4 mm wide to replicate the 7/8 "/ 22 mm velveteen cover buttons exactly.

The completed coat. I made the buttons out of 3 mm pom-poms. Luckily many of them are actually 4 mm wide to precisely replicate the 7/8 “/ 22 mm velveteen cover buttons that I will be putting on the live action costume to replace the current ones that are plastic.

Here are some detail shots of the coat in progress:

Here, I am sewing the black trim in place.

Sewing the black trim.

Up close shot of sewing the embroidery floss in place.

Close up shot of sewing the embroidery floss in place.

I embroidered the white dots onto the black satin ribbon.

The white dots are embroidered onto the black satin ribbon.

I reproduced the slit pockets. They are functional.

I reproduced the slit pockets. They are functional.

The coat is spread out here to show the completed trim.

The coat is spread out here to show the completed trim. Notice the slit pockets there too.

New Lighting Set-Up

I’ve been hard at work in my studio, making progress on Seed in the Sand! I thought you might be interested to see my new lighting set-up. My shots so far have been in the lighting representing noon. I’ve just completed a shot where the time of day is late afternoon. The creatures are all staring at the place where the masked woman buried the gem. It starts at noon and shifts to late afternoon. Here is a photo of the lighting set-up followed by a still of each time of day. You can compare it to the noon lighting set-up shown in this post: https://christianecegavske.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/snap-shots-of-the-lighting-so-far/. The lighting is very simple. One Eiko Supreme 500 Watt Photoflood – ECT 120 Volts, aimed in an upward slant to use the ceiling as a bounce.

I have set up the new light and left the others in place so I can be ready to shoot scenes with either set-up.

Here is the new light. I have left the others in place so I can be ready to shoot with either set-up.

Noon

Noon

Late Afternoon

Late Afternoon