I had an awesome time being an art assistant for the short film "Heart of a Doll", directed by Ash Mayfair. I learned so many new things and got to work with great people! Since it was a period piece set in 1965, I made a lots of props like a fake photo and helped make a fake newspaper. Lots of work went into converting a family's kitchen into a 60's looking kitchen - painting, putting up temporary wall paper, and lots of other details. I was "on stand-by" for a majority of the shooting time, meaning I had to be ready after a "take" was done and had to reset the props back to their original positions. I also needed to fix things on set (changing a light fixture, trimming curtains, cleaning glasses that were used as props). I also sawed part of a flat (fake wall), and felt so macho like I could build my own house! I loved the variety of tasks, and it kept me on my toes! Even though I brought my comic boards with me, I didn't get a chance to do any work on AER HEAD :P I did manage to get a few quick sketches of some of the crew, though:
I really liked being a part of this project, and would like to do more work as an art assistant for films. But probably not too much, because the long hours (literally from when you wake up early to 11pm, even all nighters sometimes) don't leave me time to work on my true passion, which is comics. But I love trying all kinds of freelance projects and learning all sorts of new things! It's important as a freelancer to be versatile. (Sketch of Lauren © Mayfair Pictures 2011)
In other news, Max West featured my work on his blog, Sunnyville Stories! You may have seen Max posting some useful tips on this AER HEAD blog - he's really on top of things like blogging and progressing on his comic. His stuff is worth checking out - I think it may be a big hit with kids in the future.