My reception space used green screen to extend the height of the set so I decided to show on the model where it would be placed in relation to the action. In the actual space it would be hung from the rigs just feet above but could be also fixed to the top side of parts of the ceiling to secure it. There may also be a need to fit part of it behind lighting so that the space below can get sufficient light to create the right effect. Any lighting rigs can be removed digitally.
The last image shows the green screen position in relation to the set and the rest of the build.
The white card model for the reception is now complete. The photos show some of the construction process and completed images with a selection of views. I will add some further details and information concerning the green screen area next and complete some visuals to show what this will look like in relation to the model. I will also look at various ways that this set could be produced using CGI.
Building on the details of the main reception area I began to add buttress style pillars throughout the space. I wanted to create walls or areas that could be lit, casting some subdued light in addition to the shaft of light from above. There is still a lot of detail to add to the walls including piping and ceiling connections. There is also a floor motif to design and the ceiling itself with a walkway.
Top pictures are some wall and buttress detail, below the pictures show the rough layout of the floor space of the reception with pillar positions.
I chose The Medical Research Centre to be my main sound stage model build this term as it provides a variety of interesting spaces to design. Some of the areas will work as composite sets to allow the characters to walk through, other parts will be separate.
I see that the sets will probably be broken up into three main sections:- Firstly the corridor, lift and main reception as one because of the ease of a walk through. They are all built on the same level, even though the lift has the illusion of taking the characters to different floors. The reception area will have a walkway above ground.
The second area will consist of stairs and corridor leading to the arena, plus the arena itself. Because the arena drops down it needs to be built inside the tank. The tank offers a good depth to create the floor, walls and allows for the balcony/walk area to be built over the edge of the tank. I chose to make the stairs/arena sections separate from the reception as there needs to be a drop in height from the stairs to the arena so they have to be built on platforms.
The third area will probably be a lab area which I have yet to design.
I had a go at working out the rough dimensions in white card, building the floor and tank area and then making the bare bones of the arena part of the model.
The first picture shows the basic shape and how it will fit over the tank. The other images are views and development of the pillars and walls. There are no doors yet as this is work in progress. I need to add railings, floor and wall details and a whole section for the ceiling. The curve of the wall was created by scoring the foam board.