Saturday, 31 July 2010

Alfred Hitchcock: Part 1

My new project is Alfred Hitchcock, which I hope can be used by a local (Waltham Forest based) compaign group the McGuffins, who are campaigning to get the derelict local EMD Cinema, bought several years ago by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), restored as a cinema for the community. The McGuffins are called thus because 'McGuffin' was Alfred Hitchcock's term for the desired object around which any plot revolves, motivating the characters into action, and Alfred Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone in... Waltham Forest! Waltham Forest is, ironically given the connection to one of British cinema's greatest directors, one of the two London boroughs not to have a cinema, hence the interest in rejuvenating the EMD, for both practical and heritage reasons.

The puppet will be made in much the same way as Nick Griffin was, so I shan't cover it in the same depth, but as a departure I have first made a smaller scale maquette (from Super Sculpey) which has helped enormously to get an idea of the basic shapes and proportions. I will scale this up around 50% or so to sculpt the fullsize version from plasticine.

Here's the maquette:

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