Our friend Dylan came from Grand Rapids and lived on our couch for a month to share his design wizardry and help us with the first steps of making a super complex Kickstarter video.
The set is a room in a currently raw space on the third floor of the old Machias 5 & 10 building. The walls are marked by exposed wood and stained, peeling wallpaper, and when you walk through the place you have to maneuver around piles of rubble and buckets to catch the leaks. Eventually this space will be fixed up and converted to a mix of community spaces, including a mosaic studio, an adult education classroom, a letterpress studio, and more. For this project, however, we converted one of the rooms into a space that felt like a mix between an old grandmothers room full of memories and a prohibition era speakeasy (or what we imagine one might look like if we were its proprietors).
Over the course of a month we spent many long days and late nights breathing the dust of the old space as we fixed it up just so. We hauled a bunch of beautiful old picture frames, inherited from some of our local friends, out of storage and tried out many different configurations of how the frames might fit together on the floor. After hours of hammering eyeholes, stringing wire, making cardboard backs, and picking photos, we strung them floor to ceiling on the walls from the still-intact crown molding. Meanwhile illustrators sat drawing and redrawing plants and earths and insects for all the stop animation that had been dreamed up.
Once the first round of filming finally happened, we finally let Dylan move back to Michigan, and soon we’ll be able to share with you this massive video project, as we ask you to help us fund a large scale print run of our latest narrative graphic, Mesoamérica Resiste.