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About 20 or so years ago I spent 2 years learning to read the hieroglyphs of the Maya. I had already spent countless years becoming illiterate in Egyptian hieroglyphs so it made since to look into this other great dyslexic friendly writing system. I put in the time and the brain sweat only to find that when I got to the point where I could just start to read the literature that I was totally turned off by all the religious bloodshed, horror and flaying of living humans. I had the key to open the door but did not like what was on the other side. So I quit my studies and almost all of it drained out of my head. One of the few things I got from that time is a lasting love of the Popol Vuh. My next project is the brothers One and Seven Blowgunner and their ball court on the top of death's domain.
Outline of Popol Vuh Action

1/6/2017

I love Daiso Japan Stories. Cool pen pals.

Been researching burial practices of the Maya. If you are going to have a graveyard, even in Xibalba, then you need to know what it looks like. I am going with the cave form. Seems to be the one form that lasted throughout the ages. Very few people really know that much about the Maya but that doesn't make a difference. I do not plan to join the ranks of the New Age Harmonic Conversation fools or the 50s academics (sic) lazy crew "the Maya did not have a written language they just liked to draw meaningless pictures". Nor do I plan to just grab images and paste them on the walls as so many do. Research is important. If for no other person then myself and the 2 or 3 people out there who know what they are seeing.

1/5/2017

1/4/2017

Starting to plan the set for Popol Vuh. Ball Court, hut and jungle on the top level. Tunnels on the next level. And Xibalba on the bottom level. Should be able to reuse the rubber matting from the roads and cut it into blocks. If I can figure out how to dye it red I should be able to use the river for the river of blood.

12/20/2016

The puppet for 1 Death has been giving me a lot of trouble on a design level. Wearing the flayed skin of the Corn Maiden sacrifice is major creepy on an intellectual level if people can figure out what they are looking at but the jump suit profile just wasn't cutting it. (no pun) The thing is that whatever I do with the design has to be true to the culture. The Maya had a very large, blotted, upper aristocracy/warrior class. This is where the sacrifices came from during their season of star wars. Nothing to do with Lucas and everything to do with when Venus is in the right place and local neighboring city states went into the field to fight. The sole reason for the battles is the capturing of sacrifices from the enemy army. The whole macho warrior class is part of this social compact. Some of the major macho warriors would even go into battle covered with ropes to mock the enemy. "See how brave (stupid) I am! I laugh in the face of a horrible death." That being the tradition I decided to give 1 Death a cape of knotted red ropes that look a little like dripping blood. Going farther with the Corn Maiden motif his staff is a corn stalk. Also added blood to the flayed skin. There is no way to talk about this project without getting gore all over my soul.

12/29/2016

1 Death is on his way but not there yet. Wearing someone else's skin is pretty creepy but it comes across as a flesh colored jump suit. So it may be time for blood? I want to keep it as tasteful as possible but the cultural facts are the facts and I have to go with them. Face paint needs to get more graphic too.

12/27/2016

A bit creepy creating the skin for 1 Death. But if I am going to do this animation right then I must be true to the source material. Like I said, being Corn Maiden is not a very pleasant gig. Kind of leads to a very short resume in the Pre-Columbian fashion industry.

12/26/2016

Starting to remember why I quit my studies of Maya. Working on the design for 1 Death. 7 Death has skin of a Jaguar so 1 Death is going to be Priest of the Corn Maiden. I am working on a wax form that I can build a latex skin over. Corn Maiden was not a very fun title because the priest ended wearing the title holder.

12/23/2016

Finished the 7 Death Puppet. Finished my last Santa visit.

12/21/2016

In heavy research mode on the ballgame. Good sources of real research and a lot of people who like to CosPlay as priests of the Maya. Not sure I would like to go to their party.

Starting to plan the last animation on the Litter Bugger set before I strike it. Think a Pogo Christmas.

12/20/2016

Finished the 7 Death Puppet. Made a batch of Mustache Wax yesterday, coconut oil and bees wax, for Santa visits. My first one was Friday the 16th, Kaiser Permanente Pediatrics. Tonight is the Silverado Library, Buena Park tomorrow and Tustin Thursday.

12/19/2016

12/18/2016

Started on wire armature for 1 Death. Using black anodized cooper wire. It will be covered in plumber's epoxy. I am going to use the black epoxy from Home Despot and then spray paint it white. This will be my second skeleton puppet. I did one for a Harryhousen sword fight just because. He has also been in a number of my shorts including P.P.F. (password=pooppun) and Race Gods Race!(password=openrgr). I'm thinking of doing a model of the new set in 3D Max to work out all of the details before the build. It is going to be a 2 1/2 level set with the jungle/ball court home, a tunnel and Xibalba, the land of the dead.

12/14/2016

Finished the 3rd draft of the script. Already planning effects shots and set design. Finished posting the grades for my Cal State class.

12/11/2016

Just finished the first draft of the first act of my next animation. Also got out all of my Maya Glyph textbooks. Have to make sure that everything is real and really says what it is suppose to say. It drives me mad when they fake the glyphs. I stopped watching the Hammer Mummy movie because the glyphs in the ren said Ka Ka not Ka Ra. Teach them to not listen to their expert when he tells them that female names need a silent "T" egg shape.


Playing Ball With Deaths

Larry Loc 2016

Ext. Morning Jungle Clearing:

Fade In: Tracking shot through jungle foliage coming to rest on a Maya stone head covered in jungle creepers. Sounds of a hard rubber ball hitting stone. Excited voice screaming in victory (O.S).

Cut To Close Up:

Laughing classical rugged hooked nosed face of a noble Maya. There is a five pointed star birthmark wrapped around his left eye socket. This is 1 Hunahpu (1 Blowgunner)

1 Hunahpu
Point, point! Our side!

7 Hunahpu
One nothing our favor! You have
to do better than that, nephews!

Pull Out Reveal:
Four ball players in a Ball Court cut into the jungle. There is a second ball player that looks almost exactly like 1 Hunahpu right down to his yoke and other ball gear. The only difference is that he has a star birthmark over his right eye socket. The other two players are younger. These are 1 Monkey and 1 Artisan

1 and 7 Blowgunner play ball all day with 1 Hunahpu's sons 1 Monkey and 1 Artisan, the sons of 1 Hunahpu.

1 Monkey
Father, Uncle, One nothing. Look out! You are getting tired. That is all ....
Pan down through solid - Int. Cave Mid Shot:
To Xibalba, the land of the dead. A place of darkness and skulls. The are 2 throwns facing each other separated by a slow flowing river of blood. A skeletal figure in full Maya King raiment sets on each thrown. These are 1 and 7 Death, the Lords of Xibalba. The sound of the ball court is rattling the stones of the cave.

1 Monkey continued (O.S)

... you had. we are going
to destroy you ....

Pull In To a 2 shoot of 1 and 7 Death:
Dust and pebbles fall on the unhappy faces of 1 and 7 Death, the Lords of Xibalba.

1 and 7 Death: Tegether
aaaAAAHHHHHH! Enough!
This must end.

1 Death:
These Ball Players Must stop their noise.

7 Death:
Messengers! One-Legged Owl! Skull Owl! To us!

Cross Fade Int. Xibalba / Ext. Ball Court - Afternoon: Down Shot POV flying owl

1 and 7 Hunahpu are playing against 1 Monkey and 1 Artisan. They are bouncing the ball on the walls of the stone ball court and screaming with laughter.

1 Artisan
1 point to 1 point. We are coming for
you old men. Your breath is gone!

7 Hunahpu
There is a still a thing or seven we have
to teach you children.

Still in Skull Owl POV as he lands on the Ball Court Ring just as 1 Hunahpu is about to sink the ball off of a hip shot from his yoke.

Cut to mid shot 1 and 7 Hunahpu and 1 Monkey and 1 Artisan looking up frozen in mid play. Skull Owl, a skull with wings setting inside the ring holding the rubber ball in his jaw. One-Legged Owl balancing on his one leg the lip of the ball court.

One-Legged Owl
You are summoned to thecourt below to play ball against the Lords of Xibalba!

1 Monkey climbs up the side the ball court and grabs the rubber ball. He and Skull Owl fight over possession of the ball and 1 Monkey wins.

Skull Owl
You must obey the summons of the Great Lords!
And you must obey it right now.

1 and 7 Hunahpu speak in whispers between themselves. 1 Monkey, still scowling at Skull Owl walks over to his father and uncle. He gives 1 Hunahpu the ball and in turn 1 and 7 Hunahpu whisper in his ear. They look at the Owl Messengers and then look at 1 Artisan. 1 Hunahpu gives the ball back to 1 Monkey and then speaks sternly to his son. He mines hiding the ball up high and then pushes 1 Monkey in the direction of 1 Artisan.

1 Hunahpu and 7 Hunahpu join hands and turn to the Owl Messengers.

1 & 7 Hunahpu: Together
We are ready!

Skull Owl and One-Legged Owl fly on ahead and lead them down into the bowels of the earth. 1 Monkey and 1 Artisan stand and watch their Father and Uncle fade from sight down a tunnel. 1 Monkey is tossing the ball up in the air and catching it. They turn and walk back to the house and their Grandmother.


12/10/2016

Went to the film festival at LACMA to to see my student's work. It was okay but for some reason they cut the last scene and the credits. Not happy with that. But what can you do?

Picked out story beats from the outline to make the backbone of my script. I most times do boards and then a script but this project leans more to a script as the first step.

  1. 1 and 7 Blowgunner play ball all day with 1 Hunahpu's sons 1 Monkey and 1 Artisan
  2. Their ball court is above Xibalba (land of the dead)
  3. 1 and 7 death are upset by the noise
  4. They send messenger for 1 and 7 Hunahpu to come play ball with them
  5. 1 & 7 Huahpu leave their rubber ball in the eves and leave 1 Monkey and 1 Artisan behind with their mother.
  6. 1 & 7 Hunahpu are fooled by manikins dressed as lords - the lords laugh at them.
  7. 1 & 7 Death invites them to set on a stone bench which is a cooking stone. The are burned the Lords laugh
  8. Taken to Dark House and given a torch and cigars already lit told to given then back unused in the morning.
  9. When they can not return the torch and cigars they are sacrificed and the head of 1 Hunahpu is hung in a tree that bares fruit looking like the skull of Huahpu. No one will eat the fruit or go near the tree.
  10. Blood Women, maiden daughter of Blood Gatherer, hears tales of the tree and its fruit and goes to see it in the place of ball court sacrifice.
  11. The head of 1 Hunahpu speaks to her "Don't you want the fruit?" She replies "I do want it!" the head says "stretch out your right hand!"
  12. The Skull of 1 Hunahpu spits saliva into the center of her right hand. The head of 1 & 7 Hunahpu were of one mind during the act.
  13. Hunahpu and Xbalanque generate in the belly of the maiden Blood Women.
  14. Blood Women gives birth in the mountains.

12/9/2016

Finished the outline of the part of the Popol Vuh that I want to animate. Now I need to cut it way down and eidt out all the stuff I can.

12/7/2016

Been working on the outline of the action of the Popol Vuh. See link above. Strange how much is coming back. Some of the words but mostly idiom which is the heart and soul of the nature of the speakers of a language group and opens the thinking. Xibalan; Sky Jaguar, Blue Green, primordial swamp from which life sprung. It kind of drags in the center. Trying not to think of edits yet. Can't help but think of effects. Already planning a film reverse for the tree growing fruit.

12/5/2016

I have been rereading the Popol Vuh. I am reading a newer unabridged version. The names of the heroes are different than I remember. I will go back and read my older version after I outline the action in this version.

Father/Mother of all the people
  • Xpiyacoc
    (Father of of 1 & 7 Hunahpu)
  • Xmucane
    (Mother of 1 & 7 Hunahpu, maker of the blue green plate)

Ball Court Heroes Defeated
  • 1 Hunahpu
    (1 Blowgunner)
  • 7 Hunahpu
    (7 Blowgunner)

Parents of Hunahpu and Xbalanque
  • Head of 1 Huahpu
  • Blood Women
    (Maiden Daughter of Blood Gatherer)

Ball Court Heroes Triumphant
  • Hunahpu
    (Blowgunner)
  • Xbalanque
    (Little Jaguar Sun)

Lords of Xibalba (Land of the Dead)
  • 1 Death
  • 7 Death
  • House Corner
  • Blood Gatherer
    (Father of Blood Women)
  • Pus Master
  • Jaundice Master
  • Bone Scepter
  • Skull Scepter
  • Trash Master
  • Stab Master
  • Wing
  • Pack Stap

Messengers of the Lords of Death
Military Keeps of the Mat
  • Shooting Owl
  • One-Legged Owl
  • Macaw Owl
  • Skull Owl (skull w/ wings)

Breakdown of Popol Vuh
  1. 1 and 7 Blowgunner play ball all day with 1 Hunahpu's sons 1 Monkey and 1 Artisan
  2. their ball court is above Xibalba (land of the dead)
  3. 1 and 7 death are upset by the noise
  4. They send messenger for 1 and 7 Hunahpu to come play ball with them
  5. Xibalba wants their game equipment, kilts, yokes, arm guards, panaches, headbands and rubber ball
  6. 1 & 7 Huahpu leave their rubber ball in the eves and leave 1 Monkey and 1 Artisan behind with their mother.
  7. Messenger takes them by the roads to Xibalba
  8. 1 & 7 Hunahpu are fooled by manikins dressed as lords - the lords laugh at them
  9. 1 & 7 Death invites them to set on a stone bench which is a cooking stone. The are burned the Lords laugh
  10. Taken to Dark House and given a torch and cigars already lit told to given then back unused in the morning.
  11. When they can not return the torch and cigars they are sacrificed and the head of 1 Hunahpu is hung in a tree that bares fruit looking like the skull of Huahpu. No one will eat the fruit or go near the tree.
  12. Blood Women, maiden daughter of Blood Gatherer, hears tales of the tree and its fruit and goes to se it in the place of ball court sacifice.
  13. The head of 1 Hunahpu speaks to her "Don't you want the fruit?" She replies "I do want it!" the head says "stretch out your right hand!"
  14. The Skull of 1 Hunahpu spits saliva into the center of her right hand. The head of 1 & 7 Hunahpu were of one mind during the act.
  15. Hunahpu and Xbalanque generate in the belly of the maiden Blood Women

12/2/2016

Started researching the Ball Game of the Maya. Got a few images. Have a load of skull themed stuff I picked up before All Hollow's Eve. Thinking about doing a quick animation with the frogs my wife and I created for the Silverdo Library Summer Reading program display. They are not the right scale for the set but maybe I can still do something. Time to reread Popol Vuh. And I have a test to write.

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