Wednesday, November 09, 2016

It's The Fiber, Stupid

Indie Wire tells us: How DreamWorks Unified the Divided, Fiber Art World of ‘Trolls’

... Veteran production designer Kendal Cronkhite-Shaindlin (“Madagascar”) had plenty of hair, fuzz and felt to work with in weaving a psychedelic world divided between the joyous Trolls and hateful Bergens.

“We wanted to create a hand-made kind of world made of fiber art…carpeted floors, houses made of hair, even fire made of hair…and Kendal was essential to doing that and getting our teams [in sync],” said director Mike Mitchell. ...

One of the production designer’s first decisions was hiring Portland-based fiber artist Sayuri Sasaki Hemann to build a six-foot forest model so they could analyze its properties. And an early aha moment was basing the Troll hair on wool.

“We broke it all down,” said Cronkhite-Shaindlin. “How does fuzz respond to light? What choice would you make for grass? How would you craft a mushroom?” This provided textures and a palette to emulate in CG. ...

After five days of release, Trolls has rolled up $159,237,239 in global revenues, and has raked in $54,404,682 domestically. The picture has a high Cinemascore and a 73% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The fiber likely has some thing to do with that.


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