Sunday, April 01, 2007
Garum-Stilts...five minute sketch...still in progress
I spoke with Ron a week ago and he said that when he animates the GARUM, he wants to have a reference. So...I am building a GARUM stilt mechanism. As I am 6 ft 7 in, and the GARUM is nine feet, I must stand on 2 ft 5 in stilts and have arm extensions. I am wanting to use PVC, but as the GARUM fights with Gwen and Clarr, I really want a sense of weight to the movement and when swords clash with flesh, there needs to be a heavy, muscular feeling. I will probably use more wood than plastic. I am therefore going through a heavy work out to try and find the muscles I once had in my twenties. Once we shoot the scene, Ron is convinced that the CG GARUM can be placed over me on the stilts. Cue the Rocky theme...
The fight scene between Gwen and Clarr and the GARUM will be the last thing we shoot so I have about three months to really bulk up. When I hit trees (that have already been cut) they need to fall and my arm extensions need to look strong, not rubbery. A steel frame would be best, but I'm looking mainly at wood...but steel...hmmm...I wonder is Stallone has anymore of those muscle enhancing drugs he got busted for in Australia?