Tenenbaum Tuesday: First Floor

I downloaded a copy of The Royal Tenenbaums for research (I own the DVD, but wanted an AVI I could easily load up and take shots from. I seem to have gotten one with Spanish subtitles.

Incidentally, this is what I’m also using as reference, so you can check my work.

Okay, so another week has passed, but it doesn’t seem like I got much done. However, what you can’t see are the three or four rejected versions of the first floor here. I’m not great at visualizing, so I tend to build a lot around an idea before deciding that I don’t like it and tearing it down. Or, to be more positive, before thinking of a better way to do it.

Full props to my lovely and brilliant wife, incidentally, for pointing out that I COULD do the staggered brickwork on the far right.

The time has come, however, for some of these phony pieces to be replaced with real ones, before I have to dig down too far to swap them out. So I put in a Bricklink order yesterday (three of them, actually), and will be fixing up the windows very soon (I’m especially excited about what I have planned for the turret windows on the first floor.)

The main problem I’m encountering now is this. Let’s call this the “front” of the house. It’s clearly the most interesting side, architecturally. The right side of it is also pretty good, but mostly just because it also includes the turret. In my original photo, the actual “Tenenbaum house” ends just after the column of windows to the right of the turret and then a different house begins. There’s a side in-between those that would just be a wall.

In addition, I have NO idea what’s happening on the “left” side of the house. Google Street View doesn’t capture it well, the overhead view isn’t hi-res, and there aren’t any other references I can find. Nor can I figure it out from the movie. So I don’t know what I’m going to do there.

The obvious solution would be to just do a three-quarter facade, which is what I may go with. I may also add a facade of the neighboring house to balance it out. But for now, I’m just concentrating on what I know I need to do.

Oh, and just for the heck of it, here’s my work space IN ACTION.

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2 Responses to Tenenbaum Tuesday: First Floor

  1. Curtis says:

    I’m guessing you’ll dismiss, “You could go to New York and, y’know, look at the left side?” as the crazed rantings of a lunatic.

  2. Dave says:

    Don’t think I haven’t considered it, Curtis.