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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / PEZ Shrine on: October 13, 2005 12:53:28 PM
So I have a good friend who is an aspiring filmmaker and she took a class on making a documentary.  The topic that her and two of her fellow students chose was a woman who collects PEZ candy dispensers.  The movie turned out great and was shown at a local theater with the other student films to a sold out crowd.  I was super proud of my friend for challenging herself to do something new and for putting her all into the project.  I also really enjoyed the film as I'm a bit of a pop culture enthusiast. 

To congratulate my friend on her film I made this PEZ shrine as a gift for her.  It took longer to finish than I would have preferred but that was fun because by the time I gave it to her the drama around her film had died down a bit so I think I totally surprised her.

The entire shrine was made from 100% salvaged materials (I live in Portland which has the best Goodwill outlet store ever where you buy things by the pound right before they send it to the landfill) including the paint, the glue, the PEZ dispensers, the frame, the little tiny camera, etc.  I started with a small 4" wooden shadow box frame that someone had done something with and then abandoned.  I took out the glass and painted the frame yellow on the outside and off white inside.  I used an order form from a PEZ package that had a picture of a bunch of dispensers to cover the back of the inside with little images of Garfield, The Simpson's, etc. and I used a little plastic Barbie size movie camera as the focus point.  I used magnetic words to write out "A Pez Film" under the camera.  My refrigerator is full of word magnets that I have salvaged from Goodwill so that was easy enough to do.  The "pez" word was from a Spanish set and apparently means fish.  The name of her movie is "Sweetly Dispensed:  Inside the Heart of a Pez Collector" so I used these old cloth tabs from a discarded office supply set to write out Sweetly Dispensed on the frame.  I put the little edges from negatives inside on the edges to look like film and added some glitter on the inside edges as decoration.  On the outside (which you can't see on the photo) I collaged a bunch of different colors and pieces of the candy wrappers on three edges as decoration from a side view.  The name of their film production is "Triple Chicks Productions" because three women worked on the film so I glued three pedestals from PEZ dispensers on the base to represent each of them and added a clown head from the top of a dispenser because he fit so well with the colors and is wearing a hat that says PEZ.

This project was a blast to make and to give away!  My friend inspired me by making the film and hopefully someone will be inspired by seeing the shrine I made to pass on a good deed to someone else.  Sorry the photos are crappy, my camera is a cheapie.

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