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Mini-Istanbul – a metropolis in one room

The set building process: First, there was an inspirational. Then (and those photos I spare you) I started to do a small plastillin blocking and drew rough groundplans of the buildings visible in the inspirational. Then Eugen Kelle started blocking in 3-D until we had a set big enough for the camera move and sent

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In the meantime

Published on February 4, 2013, by in Kara the film, Puppets.

A lot of work has been done so far – and in between Sinem´s updates from the shoot I will try to squeeze in more documentation on puppets and sets – even though they are done and infront of the camera already. Here´s Kara´s neutral facial and some pictures of how she got her long

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Kara’s “marionette” doubles

Our main character Kara lives with a marionette double, who appears on stage in the teaser. Through a recommendation we discovered the marionette workshop Prague where we got in contact with Mirek Trejtnar. We asked him to carve a tiny!! wooden marionette from our drawings and build a stop motion replica with ball-and-socket armature for

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Highway to Istanbul

This is our largest set – as it tends to become large when you have a bus traveling on a highway in a continuous camera move. Even though our bus is quite tiny, we ended up with a 6.50 m. x 4.50 m. set (basically as much as we could fit into our Waterloo Studio

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Little things that matter

The few props we have in the teaser were crafted by Nina Milarch at Steegmüller Skulpturen. The bus, which is work-in-progress in this picture, is built by Pablo Pinkus.

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The silk curtain

After several tests searching for the best-suited material, Agata Rojek made our Marionette Theater curtain from thin and tricky-to-sew silk. Hers was not an easy task: the curtain had to be animatable, thick enough to not see through to the back but thin enough to allow a shadow play with back-lit characters. The result turned

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More set building

Here are some more set elements from the marionette stage, which was built in Ruit. The stage is finished and waiting for set-up for the shoot by now. The beautiful paint work was done by Susanna Jerger.

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The curtain rises for the set builders

Published on December 20, 2012, by in Kara the film.

It´s about time we introduced our set building team and their work. At Steegmüller-Skulpturen in Ruit, close to Stuttgart, the fabulous four Susanna Jerger (Head of Set Building), Jörg Steegmüller, Pablo Pinkus and Nina Milarch work hard to give our puppets a stage. And with a stage they started. We know, of course, about the

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What’s inside a cat?

It’s one more of Olaf´s brilliant armatures. And it already has Mr Fleas’ personality.

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Fur mockup

Anne Breymann worked on Mr. Fleas. She did a fur mock-up – very quick and very much to the point. We immediately liked the colour and the look of it – a bit ‘street cat-shabby’, but seemingly a cat in good health.

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