M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady in the Water is a film about an apartment superintendent Cleveland Heep (Paul Giamatti,) who rescues what he thinks is a young woman (Bryce Dallas Howard) from the pool he maintains. This Scrunt puppet was one way they created a wolf-like creature made of grass who hunts our main characters through out the film.
When the life sized Scrunt puppet prop arrived in our studio he was on a vey basic stand which supported his body but was not exactly aesthetically pleasing. Also, the head was not well supported and that was adding some stress to the foam latex skin. Additionally, there were some tears in the skin around the face and elbows that needed treatment. Pat and Steve handled support and restoration on this piece and then we moved on to adding a bit of theme to his display.
The wolf puppet was already quite a bit larger than your average German Shepard, so we wanted to keep the base fairly tight in size, so that it didn’t overwhelm our client’s space. The style of the display seemed like a no brainer; we wanted create a small piece of the Scrunt’s natural habitat. The foundation of the base was created with wood and carved foam to create the natural ground texture. We also coated the entire base to add to that natural texture as well as to add durability. Hidden wheels allow for easier movement.
When the coating was complete we painted the entire base with several different browns for a natural earthy coloring. Then came the time consuming task of adding all of the moss and grass. The key with this process is to make sure whatever you do looks natural and random. The finishing of the base was definitely a team effort. Melissa, Maria, Pat and Christine, armed with several types of moss, grass and stones, each chose a corner of the base and tackled it in no time. A full color, printed metal plaque was a finishing touch!
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