Mock earth/dirt

jumpjet

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Hey! I'm working on a scene where two boys have to dig a well. I've got the well itself figured out, as it is a 4x8 platform with a hole cut in it, at a bit of an angle. A second platform is set at a slightly steeper rake and goes to the floor.

What I need is for it to not look like plywood. I need a convincing surface to look *something* like ground/dirt/grass/rocks, etc. I'm not asking for photorealism, just better than a platform...Any thoughts? Anyone seen anything done like this? The total surface that needs to be covered is 8X8...
 

PhoenixSworn

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Mar 1, 2006
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If the well is stationary(or a unit) you can lay plastic on the platforms--if you want to be neater, or burlap if you want it to hold better, and literally put a layer of dirt over it. It holds just fine. Or, if you're after a prettier look, you can lay sod on the plastic. Then it can be watered and kept healthy through the run.
As always you can add rocks and dirt to taste.
 

kingfisher1

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Jul 14, 2005
Just out of curiosity, what play is this?
 

nate

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Rock Creek, Ohio
Since it is a traveling show, maybe buil a bit of a lip above the platform to hold the dirt in place. That would allow you to move the scenery while minimizing any mess.
 

jumpjet

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Chicago Suburbs
Hrm. I can't help but think that dirt would make it inordinately heavy...

I was kind of hoping someone had a solution involving erosion cloth or burlap or something more temporary.

We need more scenic painters/textiles people on here. :p
 

MKE

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Jul 5, 2004
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Australia
a good idea is to get some old carpet that is brown on the downside of it.
lay it over the plywood with a few things underneath it to make it look there are bumps in the ground.

then if u have the time place some gardern mulch over it to give a textured look to the ground