The Making of the Fair II

Last week we wrote an article on ‘the making of’ the fun fair. This is the second part!

Let's start with the Haunted House. It consists of an outside and an inside. The outside was made of a cardboard box and covered with a layer of papier mache. After that, Karina painted faux-rocks on the walls, just like real Haunted Houses. The prison-bars are made from skewers, and the skeletons are key chains that we found in a Halloween-shop. Funny right?

The dragon on that is sitting on top of the haunted house is made from tin-foil and papier mache. Karina made not just one, but three different dragons! The first two turned out way to scary for a children’s book. That why she choose the third dragon, which has a kinder appearance.

Tom built the inside of the haunted house. The little carts are made from a toilet paper roll and papier mache. The wheels are made from beads.

The hanging bridge are made from some pieces of wood that were tied together. The sea-monster is modelled from clay. After the haunted house we started on the candy stalls. Tom made a cotton candy-machine from an empty tin of cat food! Lili made the cotton candy from pink sheep’s wool. The stalls are made from wood. To learn how Lili filled the stalls with candies, click here.

When all the sets were finished we organized an audition for the mice. We had already made up the stories, but we still needed the right mouse for the right character. Then we started making test-photos of all the scenes with the camera on our phone. We put these foto’s next to the text in the computer so that we could figure out if we needed a landscape picture or a portrait. When we knew exactly what we wanted, our photographer Allard Bovenberg came to our studio with all his equipment to make the photographs. He has a very special technique for lighting the rooms; he darkens the room completely and than shines several flashlights on the sets he wants to photograph.

Then the graphic designers came in and made the text and photographs ready for print. Our Publisher Rubinstein checked for final errors and spelling mistakes and than it was sent of to the printer! It was a lot of work, but super fun to do. The book had been for sale for two weeks now, and we have already started building decors for the new book. We just can’t sit still!

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