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Old 01-02-2008, 08:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey,
another post on G1 mentioned a DVD by Mary DuPrie on instructing models on how to pose. I went to the link and was checking everything and noticed that she seems to be using 1" think foam core or something like it to paint on, ie; a fake wall. I was wondering if any of you have seen this done before and was wondering how they attach two piece together and make it "seamless"? I can't get anything bigger than 1/2" foam core here in Arkansas, and I doubt that wall insulating board will have a paintable surface on it. Any ideas or suggestions?
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Do a google search for foamcore...you will find some art supply stores that carry 1", and sell it by the case...hold on to your checkbook!
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I think the 1/2" stuff is the best width because its a lot lighter. If you use white tape to join to boards together, they make a nice book end that is easy to use. I usually cut mine to 3' x 7' so that makes a panel that is almost 6' wide when almost fully extended. If using for a background, you simply light it to blow out the white and that blows out the tape also.
Usually I use these to block lights from spilling on whatever.
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I can't get anything bigger than 1/2" foam core here in Arkansas, and I doubt that wall insulating board will have a paintable surface on it.

Any ideas or suggestions?
Thick foamcore is nice, but I haven't found it locally here either, and even the thin stuff is really expensive in large sheets.

Here's my thinking. The foam insulation products available at the home improvement places in 4 foot by 8 foot sheets are somewhat more reasonably priced. That gets you the basic structure. Heck, even 4X8 sheets of 1/2" plywood are cheaper than the foamcore.

Some of the insulation products have aluminum foil water barriers, some don't. What you need is a surface you can paint on. I'm thinking cut the foam to desired size and epoxy some readily available poster board on them. Then you can paint to whatever color, wallpaper over, fabric cover, etc...

I think these materials are a lot more available, and significantly lower cost than foamcore although it does take some extra work, and you may have to be careful with lighting to avoid showing seams.

If you've seen the pictures of Mary's studio on PBASE, she has a rather extensive collection of those false walls, props, wardrobe, etc. Must be nice... I have a living room... she has 3700 square feet of space.
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I used the white board that you get at home improvement stores to put in walls of showers and kitchen walls etc... the 1/4 inch thick stuff that is gloss white on one side.

As R Fredrick Smith stated you can set your lighting to blow out the seams, or light editing in PS to remove what little shows.

In my old home studio in Tampa I had about 10 various 4 x 8 sheets, in sets of 2 to give me 8' x 8' walls, flooring etc.

A couple of those sets where 12" x 12" tiles glued to plywood so I could change out the flooring at a moments notice etc.

This image was taken using the gloss white sheets both for the floor and wall


This image was the white gloss "wall" and the plywood and tile "flooring"
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I used the white board that you get at home improvement stores to put in walls of showers and kitchen walls etc... the 1/4 inch thick stuff that is gloss white on one side.
The question is will the 1/4" panels stand up by themselves without bowing. For example, if you hinged two together with tape to form a corner?

Also will the glossy surface "take" paint and wallpaper paste? What about the backside?

And finally, how much do they weigh?

I think my concerns (which I presume are similar to other shooters) are that while the white paneling is great for white floors and backgrounds, we want a variety of backgrounds available.
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I used the walls to support them, as they do bend. The backs are paintable.

Weight wise; they are probably about 25lbs per 4x8 sheet, so light enough to move around by yourself. The plywood I used for the flooring and as an underlayment for the sheets was 3/4 inch thick so those were fairly heavy with the tiles glued to them. I was able to move them around by myself... but they do tire you out.

For cloth backgrounds that were easy to move around, I used two spare light stands, and 1.5" PVC pipe with a 1/2 inch hole drilled near each end. I bought varieties of material at fabric stores in the longest widths I could find, I think the longest was 12' wide. This setup was very easily moved around and took up very little storage space.

The picture below was taken with one of the cloth backdrops:
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I used the walls to support them, as they do bend.
Thought so. Unfortunately, forming corners (without actually having the panels in a corner) is what I'd probably try to do most. And 25 pounds may not seem like much, but at 50 pounds per "corner" it's a lot more than foamcore or insulation panels.

Don't get me wrong, I'll use the white panels as a floor with white seamless to save the seamless, but I'll pass on using them as walls until I've exhausted the other options.
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Old 01-08-2008, 07:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Just to update my situation, I bought to 4 x 8 x 1" blue dow styrofoam panels from Lowes ($35.00). I'm going to try gluing paper to the panels with elmers and then paint them. I have no idea how this will work out. I'll let y'all know.
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Gluing brown wrapping paper to styrofoam sux.

going for plan B. Gluing card board on the styrofoan, which will probably suck too.
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