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Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Glitter Emergency Part I: How to glitterbomb a violin




Sorry for vanishing - I've been in preproduction for a new film. It's called The Glitter Emergency and it combines elements of silent film, music video, dance film and drag number, set to the second and third movements of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto performed by yours truly, live or canned. The video storyboard, which describes what happens in every measure, is posted to the Glitter Emergency Website.

There's much to write about the film but this first post is reserved for a photo series on how to decorate the violin of a mephistophelean superhero, in this case named Stringendo.



Step #1: Hit pawn shop on Mission and plunk down $80 for Chinese violin, bow, case, crumbling cheap-ass rosin, Suzuki Method Vol. 1 and pad of manuscript paper.



If violin is cheap enough, you should be able to do your make-up in reflection.




Step #2: Strip violin of pegs, strings, bridge, tailpiece, fine-tuners, and tailpiece. Get your sandpaper ready.




Step #3: Summon all the frustration you ever felt learning the instrument, and sand.





Step #4: If you intend to play the violin after makeover, protect the fingerboard and neck with painting tape.





Step #5: Hang the violin in a well-ventilated area.




Step #6: Blast Prince in well ventilated area, shaking paint can for two minutes after rattle engages.




Step #7: Spray away.




Numerous light coats work best and prevent unsightly drips.

















Step #8: Figure out something fancy for the ribs. Decide on a piece of holographic contact paper you have not quite enough of, and turn San Francisco upside-down in search of comparable replacement. Six hours later, give up.




Step #9: Consider alternatives.




Step #10: Despair.




Step #11: Put violin aside in frustration and paint bow. Protect horsehair in Ziplock baggie.




Step #12: Remembering theme of your movie, drizzle fine glitter onto wet silver-glitter acrylic paint.




Step #13: Repeat for bow.




Step #14: Repeat for scroll.





Step #15: Repeat for bridge.





Step #16: Glue rhinestones to purfling.





Step #17: Replace parts and have a photo shoot.




































5 comments:

Michelle Brazier said...

A work of art!

dennysland said...

Quite wonderful! both the finished fiddle AND the way it came to be.
You rock, Skribble!
Denny

Sylvia said...

This looks fantastic! I can't believe what a huge difference it makes.. I want to do my guitar but I'm not sure what colors to do. Yours turned out great.
-Sylvia
Zig Zag Papers

Hunter said...

what a delight, and I learned a new word: Purfling. Thanks, Paul!

Online Violin Lessons said...

Love the concept of the glitterbomb. That has to be the flashiest violin I've seen to date. Great work.

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Paul Festa’s first film, Apparition of the Eternal Church (2006, 51 min), captures the responses of 31 artists to the apocalyptic music of Olivier Messiaen (with Justin Bond, John Cameron Mitchell, Harold Bloom; screenings: Grace Cathedral, Barbican Centre, Library of Congress; “Remarkable”The New Yorker; “Stunning”Chicago Sun-Times; “Sublime”Globe & Mail; numerous awards). Festa performs the Tchaikovsky violin concerto, opposite members of the San Francisco Ballet and The Cockettes, in his award-winning second film, The Glitter Emergency (2010, 20 min), a silent-film drag ballet comedy (“Enormous visual and musical inventiveness…full of pleasure and joy...Festa gives a bravura performance."—Film Threat). He produced, wrote and edited, with director Austin Forbord, and was chief archivist, for the Emmy-nominated documentary Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco (2010, 80 min: with Robin Williams, Bill Irwin, Peter Coyote; screenings: Geary Theater, KQED; “Intriguing...entertaining...a valuable record”—Variety). Performances as violinist and actor: ODC Theater, Center for Performance Research, Kunst-Stoff, TheatreFIRST, North Bay Shakespeare, Albert Fuller's Helicon Ensemble (Merkin Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall). US, Boston, NYC, SF, LA and DC (Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress on the “Betts” Stradivarius) premieres of Messiaen’s Fantaisie for violin and piano. He is the author of OH MY GOD: Messiaen in the Ear of the Unbeliever, based on Apparition of the Eternal Church, and several anthologized essays, and has written for The Daily Beast, Salon, Nerve, and The New York Times Book Review. Current projects include a novel and Tie It Into My Hand (2014, ca. 80 min), a documentary feature that has screened as a work in progress at the Cannes film market and at ODC Theater in San Francisco (with Alan Cumming, Gary Graffman, Peter Coyote, Mink Stole, Robert Pinsky; "A fascinating exploration of the artistic life, as rollickingly entertaining as it is insightful and stirring."San Francisco Bay Guardian). Education: Yale (B.A.; prizes, honors, distinction), Juilliard (Cert., Adv. Cert., scholarships). Residencies: Yaddo, MacDowell, ODC Theater, Centre des R├ęcollets.

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