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Hacienda - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
So... I'm kind of trying to figure out how the hacienda is laid out from stopping the film and looking at every angle I see. (It's one thing to set something in the land of the dead where no one knows where something might show up. It's another to have someone who's lived in the same hacienda his entire life not be able to explain fairly specifically where things are.

The shoe shop is against the street, with a work window and two doors facing outward, and around the corner, there's a regular window and what seems to be a door from the street on the other side. It also has a back door leading to the courtyard where the well is. Directly across from it, we know there's the ofrenda room next to a gate, with a little shade tree that Mama Coco is sitting under at the beginning (probably where Miguel demonsrates his running technique to her, too). Beside the ofrenda room is what looks like a long open dining and kitchen area, which leads to a wall in the middle of the courtyard with a big arch in it. When we see Luisa spreading the petals, you can just see a bit of the shop truck through the arch, so there must be an entrance big enough for vehicles, and we know from the shot of Dante climbing that it's near the truck where you can climb up to Miguel's crawlspace. There's some kind of lower building beside it before you reach the alley. You can also just see part of another outdoor room, and I think it's on that side of the wall-arch that Miguel confronts Elena outside Coco's room. Does this look at least plausible?

Also, I think there may be more rooms behind the ofrenda and dining area. Miguel didn't look like he was going outside when he snuck out of the ofrenda room from the side. There are most likely more rooms beyond what I showed, since this sort of hacienda would be essentially a closed square. Probably the truck comes through a gate.

hacienda map.png

Also, all those shots? Man, that is a BIG hacienda. I guess there's no business like shoe business.
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shiiki From: shiiki Date: June 23rd, 2018 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh gosh, I’ve not seen the movie more than once so I couldn’t say how accurate the picture is, but I do admire the level of dedication in mapping out the locales in your story! It certainly shows in the writing. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 23rd, 2018 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)
It's the advantage of having written in a very nitpicky fandom for a while. I try to pre-empt mistakes!
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 23rd, 2018 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I have "The Art of Coco" somewhere and can check it tomorrow morning to see if it has a map -- I know it has a very detailed layout of the shoe-making workroom but I'm not sure if has the whole hacienda. Your map looks good to me, though -- I bet there are a few more rooms, like you said, if nothing else because everyone has to sleep somewhere. It is big -- but then, if you've had almost a century to add on, it's probably pretty affordable :).
sonetka From: sonetka Date: June 23rd, 2018 07:30 am (UTC) (Link)
And that was me again because apparently my computer loves logging me out by surprise.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 24th, 2018 04:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Just read it on hoopla. Yay... nothing contradicts me, anyway, and boy, did they do a good job with the visual storytelling. All the word parts about the hacienda were just confirming what was super clear in the pictures -- the haphazard nature of the build-out from the shop as the family and business grew, the oldest parts, the mis-matched parts...

But no full map with living quarters, so... I guess I'll make that up. ;p
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