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How to Build Durable Scenery and Props Using Crystal Gel


Rose Brand congratulates our second blog contest winner, Gary Duffey. Gary's blog entry described how he created a durable and realistic looking goat for Blame Society Productions of Madison, Wisconsin. The goat needed to be durable enough to withstand a two-story drop. 

Here is how HE did it.


He used styrofoam to shape the skull and coated it with a thick layer of paper towels that were liberally coated with Rosco Crystal Gel. This treatment continued to the mid-point of the goat’s back. The goat’s knees and hips were a thick buildup of the Crystal Gel/paper towel mixture on a 2x2 wooden frame, which gave the animal bone structure. The hooves of the goat were done in the same manner, and while the product was still wet, he easily shaped hooves onto the goat's legs which made for a solid bond. Goat hair, as required, was made of carpet remnants that were stapled and glued to the wooden frame and/or the hardened Crystal Gel.


The goat was packed for shipment from their shop in Modesto, California, and sent on to the end users in Wisconsin. Blame Society Productions then filmed the dropping of the goat from a two-story rooftop. The drop showed the amzing durability of Crystal Gel -- the goat survived absolutely intact and was used for several takes.  In fact, as a direct result of Crystal Gel's durability, the goat now lives in the home of one of the film company owners and makes regular "guest appearances" in some of his films.


Crystal Gel was the logical choice to use in this project as it is non flammable, non toxic, dries clear, easy to mold into shape when wet, bonds to objects well,  light weight, and hard as thick plastic when it dries.


Rose Brand is accepting applications for the How Did YOU Do It? Blog Contest until April 25, 2011. For more information on how to have YOUR work featured on Rose Brand's Blog visit our Face Book Page.  


Projected Scenery in Set Design

Rose Brand's First How Did YOU Do it Blog Contest Winner

Rose Brand would like to congratulate our first blog contest winner, David Ayers. David submitted an entry describing how he helped create a set made up almost entirely of projected scenery for the Broadway in Boulder Studios production of “Secret Garden.”  (Directors: Angela Gaylor/David Ayers; Art Direction: David Ayers; Ast. Tech Director: Noah Kloor; Animator/Matte Paint: Andy Gerhding)

Here is how HE did it..

  The set was comprised of three, borderless custom 10.5x14' ROSCO rear projection screens purchased at Rose Brand. One LCD Eiki 6500 lumen projector (powered by a MacPro tower) was dedicated to each screen. The three units were then slaved together in order to produce one large picture (environment) across the three screens. The slaves were controlled by one master tower which could fade the environments in and out to serve as "set" transitions using software called Pro Video Player. The minimal physical set pieces used in the interior shots, helped extend the projected environment further into the space. The gaps between the screens were taken into account, by creating doors or hallways so the actors could have upstage entrances and exits. The following "sets" are a carefully calculated mix of photo real and stylized storybook images created specifically for this production.

The Rose Brand Blog Contest is still accepting entries. You can win by submitting YOUR great projects to Rose Brand's Face Book Page. See contest details in the blog article below!


How Did YOU Do it?


Starting immediately, Rose Brand is accepting entries into our blog article contest. The blog articles will feature YOU and the events and productions YOU have created. You may submit your entries by sending an email to or by posting it to our fan page on Facebook. (If you send us an email, we may post it to Facebook as well.) Only the winning entries will make it to the blog and receive a link from our homepage at Winners will also receive a $50 gift card.


Rose Brand will judge the entries based on how interesting we believe they are for a blog post.  The number of winners is dependent on the quality of the entries and purely based on the discretion of our Rose Brand judges. You may win multiple times so keep posting! This contest ends April 25, 2011.