Holding Our Own
Rebuilding The General Store

Of all the animation scenes lost from Holding Our Own Episode 3, the only one that was dismantled was the General Store.  Fortunatly, it therefore was the only scene that need to be built for reshooting.

General Store Reference Image 0-01.  This is one of two stills from the original animation session that survived, but it clearly depicts every detail from the set. I don’t need a brick-by-brick match for the walls, just the dimensions. I did want the room to be furnished exactly as before, though. That wouldn’t have been possible without this still.

General Store Reference Image 01-03.  Rebuilding the store took only 1 hour, in 3 sessions. The first session was the longest, 1/2 hour long. That was all it took to construct the “frame”. Not only that, out of serendipity, the Clerk’s counter was intact, although in its two components. Building a set for a Lego Brickfilm is different than building an actual set. Structural integrity is important in Lego set designed for play or display. In Lego animation, it’s not as important all the time.

General Store Reference Image 2-03.  Here is what the store look like after the second session, which was 20 minutes long. Now the shelves are filled exactly as before. The only exception is the red “cheese piece” product on the second shelf on the left.  Originally the dark red “cheese” piece was regular red and the regular red bottom part was transparent red. I only made this change because I liked it, but didn’t have the color at the time. The cheese piece was something I recently acquired as a spare piece from a Mixel. THe upper left shelf has a lot of red caisters with gray caps. These are supposed to be Coca-Cola cans. Notice that there is one without cap without the can. That’s because that can was an older piece from a 1960’s “Town Plan” set. I keep these apart from all my other Lego elements, so it wasn’t added yet. You can see it in Image 0.

General Store Reference Image 3-01.  The floor in the General Store is the same two plates that I use in the church scene. so I had to remove the plates to finish the set. The church reference photos were also subject to the hard drive crash. (it was only 3 months old in a brand new computer… thanks a lot, Hewlett-Packard!) So, anyway, I needed to take a new picture of the church set so I know the relationship between the floor and the props on it.

General Store Reference Image 4-04.  Here’s a shot of the store’s interior after completion. Even the trees are close to the positions they were originally, which is coincidental because they were removed and rearranged much later when I set the exterior for the traffic stop scene. You can see the rear left bumper of Brent’s Jetta through the front door. The same two Modulex bricks have returned to the counter. …And, like before, the clock is frozen at 4 minutes before 3.

General Store Reference Image 5-02.  The scene is now ready for shooting. The Clerk is in place, standing on the studs of the two jumper plates behind the counter. The only adjustment that needs to be made is to rearrange the 14 yellow cans into its pyramid configuration, and kept in place with tiny bits of tacky putty.

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General Store Reference Image 0-01.

General Store Reference Image 0-01.

General Store Reference Image 1-03.

General Store Reference Image 1-03.

General Store Reference Image 2-03.

General Store Reference Image 2-03.

General Store Reference Image 3-01.

General Store Reference Image 3-01.

General Store Reference Image 4-04.

General Store Reference Image 4-04.

General Store Reference Image 5-02.

General Store Reference Image 5-02.

More Characters From Episode 3

These characters appear for the first time either in Episode 3’s Church Scene or the General Store Scene, which occur in the middle of the episode. Some are passing characters and some have speaking lines.

It’s funny that as the writer of the series, you never intend for a large community of characters to develop, as the story is focused on the Schneider family and Johnny Strange, but as the characters go about their lives, they interact with so many people in the town of Bremen. There’s no intent for the series to become like The Simpsons, where everyone in the series is well-known and, gathered together, would fill a city block.

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Cell Phone Girl.  She owns a purple cell phone. Ironically, Cell Phone Girl doesn’t have any speaking lines.

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Clerk.  The clerk owns the general store. Voice by Tom Sluggo.

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Father Fahrenheit.  He is the pastor at St. Hilarius church. Voice by Max Butcher.

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Girl in a Hurry.  She likes to make a swift exit. Girl in a Hurry has no speaking lines.

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Kid.  Son of the Clerk. Voice by Juan Cabrera.

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Mr. Zietz.  Father of Melissa’s second-best friend, Carleigh. Mr. Zietz has no speaking lines.

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Mrs. Zietz.  Mother of Carleigh. Mrs. Zietz also has no speaking lines. Carliegh is in the scene with her parents, but her reference photo was posted in this journal long, long ago.

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Organist.  Organist can play the organ in English and Spanish. Voice by Mary Charles.

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Cell Phone Girl.

Cell Phone Girl.

Clerk.

Clerk.

Father Fahrenheit.

Father Fahrenheit.

Girl In a Hurry.

Girl In a Hurry.

Kid.

Kid.

Mr. Zietz.

Mr. Zietz.

Mrs. Zietz.

Mrs. Zietz.