All Those Moments Will Be Lost in Time, Like Tears in Rain
by Judith Gary for Somewhere in Time (2015)
I worked several months on this project, keeping a log of my hours, which totaled to 244 hours. Before starting my sketches for the design, I watched the film clips for the “tears in rain” scene. I was able to find a lot of reference photos from the internet, too. After creating some sketches and perusing through the materials, I prioritized what was most important to create the scene. The two characters would be the most important focus and where they would be sitting, which is a rooftop. Surroundings were developed as left over materials allowed. I used something from every item in the box, as well as the box itself. Below I’ve listed a description of each item I created and what materials were used.
Batty: I cut up a popsicle stick for armature for sculpting Batty’s body. I used the white modeling clay to sculpt him, chose the white figuring it would be easier to get the skin color with the paint. I’m versed in figure drawing, but it had been awhile, so got out my old anatomy books to guide me. The black modeling clay was used for his shorts and shoes. I sprayed the surface with a fixative spray that it would grip the paint better. I used acrylic paints for skin color, feature details, and blood. I also added some pastels for shading the skin. I created his tattoos with a fine tip marker. To create the spike Batty stuck in his hand, I clipped a small piece of the popsicle stick and sanded it into a spike and painted it with black acrylic paint. I sprayed a clear gloss paint for a wet look since the scene takes place in the rain.
Deckard: I also used cut popsicle stick for some armature support in Deckard’s body. White modeling clay was used to sculpt the head and hands. I used the blue clay to create the body, since it would be covered with clothing, and I didn’t have enough white clay left. I used the black clay for his boots, and the brown for his hair. I created all the clothing from the cloth bag. I measured him and created patterns out of tracing paper, carefully planning so I had enough cloth for his pants, shirt, coat, and the bandage on his hand. I transferred the pattern to the cloth, then cut it out. I glued the cloth with fabric glue, and painted the fabric with acrylic paints. I used acrylic medium for texture on his collar and as a glue for fraying cloth edges. His tie was created out of a piece of cardboard cut from the box that held the modeling clay. I used acrylic paint for the skin color, blood, feature details, and some pastels for shading the skin, then spraying everything with a clear gloss for a wet look.
Dove: With good old YouTube I was able to get instructions on how to make an origami dove. I tried it first with the brochure paper, but it didn’t work very well. I tried the white paper, but it was very difficult to crease because of it’s thickness. I tried peeling the white paper, but then it was too cloth like and wouldn’t hold the crease. So I tried again with the white paper but creasing with a metal ruler. I got the best results with the latter. I painted a thin coating of white acrylic paint on the surface so the paper wouldn’t absorb the gloss spray. I used a thin slice from the shrink film and glued it to the dove to support it and give the illusion it’s flying away from Batty.
Rooftop: The bottom of the Mystery Build box was used for the main part of the rooftop. The roof has a curvature on the left side, so I cut some of the instruction sheet paper that came with the shrink film to create this effect. I cut strips from the painting board to create the steel beams. I used a hole puncher to punch the modeling clay box to create the bolts on the beams. I put a dab of Elmer’s glue, then set the punched cardboard on top to create a ‘bolt look’. I cut up the thick foam and used some of that for supports underneath the beams. Using acrylic medium, I painted the foam surface to give a smoother texture and so it wouldn’t absorb as much paint. I lightly sprayed the surface with a hammered metal spray for some texture. I glued on leftover pieces of materials for debris on the rooftop. I also soaked a couple of cotton balls in acrylic paint to give the appearance of a pile of old rags. I used the spool of thread, painting the string black and the plastic brown, to look like a spool of cable. I sponged and brushed layers of acrylic paints for a grungy metal surface, finally spraying with a clear gloss for a wet look.
Columns on rooftop: The tall block of basswood was cut in half for the two column bases. I cut and carved into it to create ledges. I used the plywood disc to cut backing for the facade of the upper column, which I created out of the thick foam pad. The foam was soaked in watered down Elmer’s glue, then dried to stiffen it so it wouldn’t absorb as much paint. I glued it to the plywood backing. Then to create a way to connect and support the upper facade to the bottom base of the columns, I used the wood cube on one, and glued together strips of the painting boards leftover from creating the beams on the other. I cut up the wide wooden dowel to create the design element in the middle of the upper facade. The canvas panel was peeled apart, and I used the cardboard section to build the side and top panels for the upper columns. I used left over foam to stuff in the gaps. Then the entire column was painted with white acrylic paint to even color, then layered washes of grays, blacks, and browns. Finally it was sprayed with the clear gloss.
Brick wall: I used the Mystery Build box lid for the brick wall. The short basswood block was used as support on the back of the wall. Leftover plywood disc was glued on the back to help stiffen the wall. I scored the surface of the the underside part of the lid with a pencil to create a brick texture. I used acrylic paint to cover the brick, roof section, and black out where the window would be. I used charcoal to grime up the brick. I used some of the square hardwood strips to create the window framing. A piece of the shrink film was used to represent glass. The rubber band that wrapped the popsicle sticks was cut up and painted for debris on the roof section. Part of the balsa foam block was used for a constructed element on the roof section. The skinny wood dowel was used to make a pipe on the side of the building. After everything was glued together, it was sprayed with the clear gloss.
Roof ornament on brick wall: Balsa foam block was cut, sanded and carved to create the base part of the ornament. The makeup sponge was cut up for design elements on the base. A hole punched piece from the cardboard mirror disc was also used as a design element. The top part of the ornament was created with the steel metal ball, mini wood bowl, and wood ring. Left over canvas panel board and model clay box were used as supports, everything was glued together, painted with layers of acrylic paint and sprayed with clear gloss. The canvas panel board was used to connect and support the roof ornament to the brick wall.
TDK Sign: I drew the TDK logo onto the shrink film with permanent markers, then cut it out. I sprayed the back with a ‘frost’ spray. Then I glued the TDK logo onto a section of the shrink film, which was lined with black permanent marker to represent frame work for the sign. I used the small styrofoam disc to support the sign.
Neon logo: I drew the design with permanent markers onto the shrink film, shrunk the film down in the toaster oven, then glued it on to the TDK film sheet.
Fan: Four popsicle sticks were used for the fan blades. I drilled a hole in the center, used a section of the aluminum wire for the blade section to spin on. I cut the wood beehive in half to glue on the front and back of the center of the fan, formed/baked Premo Sculpey to use for the hardware. I drilled a hole in the hardwood strip to stick the aluminum wire in to connect the fan blade section to the wood strip. Everything was spray painted black and clear gloss. More aluminum wire was used to wrap around the wood strip to be able to stick it into the large styrofoam disc for a stand. I drilled a hole in the half wood ball, glued it to the styrofoam to help support the aluminum wire.
Wall behind TDK sign: I was able to glue together the left over brochure and white paper to create the base for this wall. Leftover plywood disc was used for support and design elements. The clothes pin was taken apart and glued together to create another design element. Other materials used for design elements were the front of the model clay box, leftover canvas panel board, painting board, wood carved out of the tall basswood, instruction sheet from shrink film, and white paper. Other support materials were leftover chunks of thick foam, cardboard mirror, canvas sheet, painting board, and popsicle sticks. The aluminum bar was glued to the bottom as support and to connect to feet made from baked Premo Sculpey. I had to add black modeling clay on front and back sides of the feet to help keep the wall standing. After everything was glued on, the entire thing was spray painted with black. Layers of acrylic washes were added for surface interest. Then it was sprayed with clear gloss.
Wall in between columns: I used the foam sheet for the main part of this wall. I glued the burlap to the front for texture. I added the leftover aluminum wire as a design element. The last hardwood strip was used as a stand for an ornament element created by glueing the mini wood barrel to the mini wood egg. The metallic plastic strip was glued to the top of the foam to extend the top of the wall. Premo Sculpey was used in the center of the aluminum. Everything was sprayed with black and painted with acrylic paints with clear gloss over it all. I then glued it in place behind the columns.
Liquids and colorants used
Hot glue gun
Black hammered metal spray paint
Black spray paint
Frost spray paint
Gloss spray paint
I really enjoyed the challenge of using all my experience and knowledge to come up with a creation using unexpected materials, several I’ve never worked with before. I definitely learned a lot. Even though it was a lot of work, the experience was well worth it!
I want to thank my husband for helping me film the final scene. He helped me with lighting and smoke for a more dramatic effect. Hope you enjoy it!
When I read the theme “Somewhere in Time”, the first thing that popped into my head was the Roy Batty speech in the motion picture Blade Runner. For those who have not seen the movie, the dying replicant Roy Batty makes this speech to the character Deckard moments after saving Deckard from falling off a tall building. Deckard had been ordered to kill Roy and his replicant cohorts. The speech is given when Batty is dying. “I’ve seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attacked ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion; I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time…like tears in rain...time to die.” One of my all time favorite lines in a movie. My goal was to capture the moment after Batty dies and Deckard is in awe of the fact Roy saved his life even though Deckard was trying to kill him. The scene takes place on top of a rooftop in a rainy, dark, dreary atmosphere. After Roy dies, a dove that he held in his hand flies away. There’s a character who creates origami figures throughout the movie. So, I thought it would be great to create the dove as an origami dove. Hope you enjoy my creation.