After filming out footage for our exhibition we spent a lot of time thinking about how to curate our space. First of all we decided that we wanted to have a corner in order to make it darker and feel slightly theatrical. We decided that we wanted to show our ‘stage’ to.
We thought that it would be a great idea to let the visitors play with the puppets so they get an idea of how they move. The puppets we used to record were all handcut from card (By Sam, Beth and myself) and were quite weak after being used. So we decided to laser cut them on mdc for a nice addition.Sam had done a lot of work on branding (Specifically with Scottish companies) in order to get us some publicity. So we included the labels for the whiskey bottles which she had designed.
We decided that we needed a sign to say who we are so I made that, unfortunately I didn’t take pictures as I went but it took a few attempts as it was hand cut. I also thought it would be a nice touch to make a booklet with a copy of Tam o’Shanter inside and a little bit about ‘The Shadow Collective‘. This was a challenge for me as I struggle with Adobe softwares and was on a short timescale as this was a spontaneous decision – but definitely worth it! Whilst I was doing this Beth edited our shadow puppet footage to add a flash of lightening and a hazy fire feel to the end two scenes. Again Adobe software is something we found hard so it took alot longer than anticipated.
(Images of the making of the booklet.)
This is also something which we could give out at our event at Alloway Kirk as a memento for the audience. Putting the exhibition together has been great fun, on Monday Beth and I made a frame in fabrication so we could hang a curtain in our space to darken the area and it worked really well. We added some fairy lights to the space as this is something we would do at the production in Ayr to give it a magical kind of feel.
^Nearly finished (don’t want to give it all away..)
So our show is Thursday 1630-2030 at F Block (Bower Ashton) come and check it out, in the meantime here is the making of ‘Tam o’Shanter’. (By Ruby Hinton)