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Surf's Up Props

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OK, as requested, I'll post a few more, then I'll move on.Here are some prop designs I did for Surf's Up.

I play the ukulele, and so I took a specific interest in designing Big Zs uke to look as authentic as possible. Since penguins are smaller than people, I thought it would make sense to use a smaller object, such as a coconut shell as the body. Again, in keeping with our world, all the items for the uke were found items that you'd find on the seashore.

I tried to be as economical as posible with my props, so I was always trying to find ways to reuse a prop. In this case, the shells, bamboo and coconut were used over again quite a bit. Heheheh, this coconut was used so much, I kept getting teased about it.

I had also heard from our directors that Jeff Bridges (who also plays the uke) wanted to make a real one based on this design. I don't know if he ever did that, but it sure would be fun to see.

And here I've got the drawing for some of the wooden Tikis you see throughout our movie. These couldn't be regular Tikis, but instead they are based on bird designs. Look closely as you'll notice they are in keeping with Polynesian design, but they are made to look like birds.

The modelers also had a bit of fun with these too. They divided the assignments as per the Tikis that looked most like them.

26 comments :

Ale said...

Sweet work, Marcelo! Love the tiki shapes.
And the shell tuning pegs are just brilliant! ;)

Brandon said...

These are Great! The tiki guys are awesome. I'm amazed at how much research goes into one simple prop. Thanks for being such an inspiration!

Sam Nielson said...

Those tikis are plain fun, every single line.

Jason Seiler said...

Man, it is unreal how much work went into these films . . . awesome stuff!

Nathan Lindsay said...

love em.

Shawn Escott said...

These are so cool! You've got an awesome blog!

Todd Harris said...

great job on this , love the tikis, really nice.

Marcos Mateu said...

You play the ukelele too?? what is it that you don't do Mo?
Anyway, such cool design I'm not surprised Mr. Bridges got in the idea of materializing it. That would be really interesting to see.
Good work with the Tikies too!, I remember having to create a location drawing using these designs.

Per H said...

Always so excellent! These drawings stimulate my childish imagination. I ordered an Ukulele yesterday by the way (use to play violin). Is it a trend out there?

bobnelson said...

awesome as always! the tikis are full of spunk and sass. i would love to see someone make some actual tikis like yours. keep posting!

Todd Oman said...

talent like yours should be outlawed, awesome as always.

Shuku said...

Marcelo, the ukele is -brilliant-. Ale's right, the shell tuning pegs are -great-. My mother would love this; she's a very accomplished ukele player herself.

I couldn't help laughing for a good ten minutes over the modelers dividing the tikis up. They're beautifully designed and yes, I did notice they were birds and beaks! Man, if I had one of these in my office, the children's choir wouldn't be half so misbehaved...

--Shuku

Mark McDonnell said...

Great ideas. Nicely constructed as well,

MAC

Pinflux said...

Wow.

I bumped into yours and Paul Lasaine's blogs today, and suffice to say my mind has been sufficiantly blown :O

Amazing, wonderful work! Your figure drawings are particularly inspiring and I do hope you post more of them! Also neat to see that you are openly a Christian :)

Keep up the awesome work, can't wait to see more!

J

Jedulous said...

first of all, you play the uke?! Secondly, The tiki designs are really nice. The general design is great, and the attention to detail is really impressive: how they look carved from wood, then weathered by the coastal climate. Intense.

Beatriz Iglesias said...

Those tiki-things rocks! ^__^

Jamal O said...

Awesome Marcelo!

Top notch Intelligent design as usual.

Look foward to more and more...

David Colman said...

always taking something ordinary and making it appealing,new, and fun.... inspirational as always

George Cwirko-Godycki said...

really cool drawings, those tiki's are so cool

Angeewhoa said...

love your work!!! when is your class starting at schoolism?

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks everyone!

Jason, it is amazing how much work goes into these films. Not just at my level, but at all levels. Managing the shine on a beak, or the translucency of the ice, feathers stretching across an elbow, coordinating the color so that the mood will change from scene to scene, and still work logically -- it staggers the mind. It's no wonder these films take three years to make.

Yes Marcos, I play the uke. I can't believe I've never play it around you. Next time you come over to the house, I will have to regale you with the "Monkey Song" I wrote for my kids. Your the best Marcos, it was an honor working with you.

Per h, yes, uke players are simply taking over. We've finally gotten over the stigma that Tiny Tim left, and starting to make converts.

Shuku, it would be nice if you could video your mom playing the uke, and post it on your blog. I'd do the same, but I think I would embarrass myself with the "Monkey Song."

Pinflux, thanks. I try to be an open Christian, without rubbing it in anyone's nose. At first I tried to keep it to myself, but then I was reminded that Peter denied Christ three times. I thought to myself, I'm doing the same in my life! I vowed to myself that I would be as transparent as possible about my faith. I am a Christian, and I'm grateful for His sacrifice.

The Schoolism class will start when I can get the videos cut. I'm not that familiar with the online format, the PC computer I'm working with, or the software programs involved, so it's going to take a little time while I get my act together. But, soon!

Thanks again everybody.

Andrianarivony C├ędric said...

Real work! I like it

Jason Johnson said...

Great props, Marcelo! I really enjoy the amount of R&D that went into these, as well as making sure it worked in the environment and story. You definitely put the love in the work. Inspiring as always! :)

Erika Baird said...

Hey Marcelo,

Nice work, as always. Stopping by to say hello from back in Rexburg since I finally got around to catching up after our visit with you. I look forward to watching your blog

Erika

Celeste said...

So, you dropped by my page, leaving funny and nice comments. Naturally, I'm curious to see what your stuff looks like and I cruise on over to your blog thinking maybe I can watch a cute movie you might have made... Well, I guess I have seen some of your movies. Your work is fabulous.

BEN said...

W O W!!
Love this work! The volume, the lines, beautiful work, beautiful art...!!!!
:°)