I’ve been spoiled by the easy access to great paintings, which formed the backdrop of Rosie’s adventures. Almost any great artist you can think of has the bulk of their work in the public domain.
Not so for other works of art. Movies, in addition to being more recent, also have more stringent laws about what goes into the public domain. That means that only a tiny sliver of movies are accessible to work into your storylines. Same thing with music. Even if the score is in the public domain, the performance is not.
For a storyline that relies on sending its characters into works of art, then, there’s a fair amount of research you have to do to locate a work they can legally end up in. I lucked out in the first episode that Roger Corman’s works are all public domain. But, choosing Night of the Living Dead was an accident for the sisters. Now that they know how the wardrobe works, they’re not going to stick another horror movie in there.
I really wanted Bodger to pick a film – he had his heart set on Rin Tin Tin and Lassie. But, I wasn’t familiar with any of the movies that were availalbe, and I suspect no one else is either. He’ll probably get a dog picture eventually. He’d really really like The Incredible Journey (since Bodger the bull terrier comes from that movie), but it’s not public domain.
So, I moved away from movies and went rummaging through books. In particular, illustrated children’s books. And that’s where I found this week’s adventure – in Arthur Rackham’s illustrations of Alice in Wonderland.
You know your miniature world building has gone wrong when most of it is done in front of a computer. I don’t know about other miniature world builders, but for me much of the delight is peering into their tiny worlds, or glancing up and seeing them mid-action in their tiny world.
But, once I got frozen and then boiled out of my garage workspace, the quality of my world building has plummeted until now I’m pretty much just tossing dolls down on the desk to photograph them and then photoshopping them into something more suitable.
That’s ended up making my home much less magical. There’s a lot more magic in glancing over and seeing this setup in my dining/doll room:
than there is in this:
Or in this magical space
contrasted to this table top
Sometimes, of course, I have no options. There simply is no way I’m going to capture this
in my dining room.
But much of it is just sheer laziness on my part. I mean, could I really not have made this photograph using real world props?
Heck, I might even have gotten the scale and angle right.
My next episode is the second “In the Picture” episode, so I actually have to do photoshopping to get my dolls into the pictures. But, I’m trying to make their real world space more . . . well . . . real. We’ll see how that goes
I have to confess, I don’t actually know what’s going on with Betwixt. I had some idea of a parent/child or master/apprentice type thing with the two main characters, with some magic and moving between worlds thrown in. And then, suddenly, my little Maskcat doll, who was meant to be a side character, suddenly made off with the whole thing.
What world has she taken them into to? Again, it’s kind of a mystery to me. They were *supposed* to end up in a traditional fantasy realm – all dark forests and castles – but it looks now like she’s shrunk them down and taken them somewhere else altogether. Which is odd, because I already have a story with tiny characters. So, why are my largest dolls (the big guy is about 20 inches tall) suddenly shrunk down to mushroom size? Beats me.
I’m thinking, now that it’s gone in this direction, that she’ll call them in from their “real” world to solve a host of different problems. This one might take place in a very tiny world with butterflies and mushrooms, but another might put them in more traditional castle-and-dragon fantasy, and others might send them back into the real world. At least, that’s the best that I can figure out her plan. I guess, though, we’ll just have to see.
I have not had such a willful character to work with since Camellia dictated the terms by which she’d be set adrift in the ocean. I suspect she and Ester would like each other.