Making a cylinder for Isopikkujärvi

Why do I need a cylinder? Well, Pikku’s house, the pine trees and other things that I have made for the environment are going to be attached to this giant cylinder that I can rotate. The rotation of the cylinder will then give the illusion of a weird kind of trackingshot over the landscape.

A cylinder made of corrugated cardboard and sweat

The cylinder is built out of cardboard. I used the cardboard box our tv came in, the box I got when I ordered foam board and a few old moving boxes. I started by tying a string to a pen and mark the circumference of the end pieces. I cut this shape out four times and glued them together two and two, making shure the corrugation was in a 90 degree angle in the glued parts. This way the end pieces will be a lot more stable.


If you plan on moving the finished barrel, for example to a different location for the movie shoot, it’s a good idéa to make shure your apartment door is larger than the diameter before attaching the sides.

Isopikkujärvi cylinder

The diameter on my cylinder was about 10 cm larger than my apartment door, something I discovered only after gluing the sides on and stabilizing the entire thing with lots of supports inside.

But luckily I had left one part of the side open where I was planning to reach inside (to put the cables, batteries and attach things poking through to the inside). With a lot of help, some pushing and a little bit of crushing we managed to get it through the door. I then carried it to the studio where I will continue the work.

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