This past weekend, my mom and her partner, John, came by to insulate the garage / studio where I’m doing all this work on the film.Â The studio walls are insulated, but the garage door wasn’t — it had huge gaps all around its edges, and the door itself is very thin.Â I noticed during the summer that, at a certain time of day when the sun hits it, the door acts as a heater.Â It’s painted black on the outside, and since it’s so poorly insulated, the heat just pours right through it.
Soon, it’ll be winter.Â I’m a little excited to think of how well the type of work I’m doing is fitting in with the change of seasons, and how it will feel to be in a dark room animating while it’s cold and snowy outside.Â Spring and summer were for building and creating things, coming up with ideas and designs, and growing the film.Â Â Now it’s fall, the air is getting chilly, and it seems like time to withdraw into a (hopefully) warm cocoon.
First, the 2x4s and fibreglass go up…Â The last of the door windows is closed in… and then the whole thing is covered by plastic, tape, and finally a heavy purple curtain.Â What’s behind the curtain — no wizard, just these pink guts of glass…
I put up the newly framed James Jean poster in the corner of the studio, for inspiration.Â The image even has cabbages in it!Â I saw him give a talk with Paul Pope at a Beguiling-sponsored comic event last year.Â (Beguiling is a popular local comic store…Â here is the poster, close up.)Â Love his work.
Yesterday was the first day in the studio since the garage wall has been insulated…Â what a difference!Â Not that it’s that cold yet, but the soundproofing provided by that 6″ thick, R20 candy floss is pretty amazing.Â The space is totally cocoon-like now.Â Ready for winter…Â almost ready for shooting, too.