The BBC had to bail out my Father  arrested as a potential communist spy for sketching a police box for the original  Tard...
Art Director Budget Visuals Plans Logistics Props Buyer Greensman Animal wrangler Scenic artist Model maker SFX Constructi...
Shepperton Studios H Stage Render Farm The Old House Creche A Stage
Pinewood Studios
Pinewood Studios, D Stage Makeup Blocks Green rooms Production Offices Workshops Props
 
Rainmaker  – projection  geometry composite for Da Vinci Code  C Stage Shepperton Saint Sulpice Paris Projection stills - ...
St James Theater Wellington
Budget Time Quality
Turkish Delight, Prelight, 'A' Stage Shepperton Showing the painted cyc, groundrows, gauze, middle and foreground elements...
Lighting  for mid day and dawn Gauzes allow great flexibility of lighting By ten the following day all this was cleared ou...
Two gauzes used in this effort
Brazil An example of utilising a mirror in a model set The figure is some 15cm across with the painted cyc 25 meters wide....
Brazil – ext
8 by 20 meter backdrop of New York for a Dutch TVC Two scenic artists  over 3 days Sets  utilise backdrops, ground rows an...
TVC backdrop, Elstree One artist for three days Note painted tree  and it's  shadow on the wall
'D'' Stage Pinewood  ‘The Wall’ 3 meter high skyscraper ground rows being flown in Setting up the horizon line is importan...
Scenic art is often combined with 3D Note real book against his nose
‘ H’ Stage Shepperton Studios Build and prelight for Wimpy tvc Profits from this job bought our first studio – way back in...
The Meaning of Life Hero building in full size, intermediate  and miniature versions
The Meaning of Life “ Crimson Pearl Assurance” 'City of High Finance' 5 meter high perspex buildings
Time Bandits Fortress of Ultimate Darkness Miniature designed for a 9.8mm lens
Time Bandits  Fortress of Ultimate Darkness The Gate House -  Miniature and intermediate model
Top view of Intermediate model
Final composite with Miniature as backplate with the Invisible Barrier rotoscoped in with an optical step printer.
Napoleonic Traveling Theater for Time Bandits We made this fully practical so it could be filmed front and back
 
‘ Alien’ followed ‘2001’ and the just released ‘Star Wars’
Essentially about this . . . .
. . . . .bumping off these actors
Ronald Shussett's original  visual for Nostromo's 'Bridge'
Original look for Nostromo interior
Evolving  to the claustrophobic
. . .  and aged  We used f.e.v's to provide the oily translucent look Note mirror and studio wall
'C' Stage Shepperton ‘ Nostromo’ Interior
‘ C’  and ‘D’ Stage, Nostromo Interiors
Dallas Dallas
'Shussett‘ visual  for LV246 ext , ‘H’ Stage
 
Gieger visual
Ext /model /Bray Studios
Gieger visual for LV246 ext
H stage LV246 Note matte flag
Nostromo ‘leg’ H Stage
H stage, build LV246
H stage.  Note painted backdrop on cyc
 
 
Gieger at work with his favourite double action airbrush
Same subject redone to accommodate practical details
Glass painting in final shot
A  stage int. based on previous visual
The completed ‘Jockey’ finished in pearlescents and f.e.v.s
John Hurt catwalking in his off the shoulder number
Gieger with one of his babies
 
 
Älien  stills courtesy of 20 th  Century Fox
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  • Film Talk 1

    1. 2. The BBC had to bail out my Father arrested as a potential communist spy for sketching a police box for the original Tardis Later the BBC almost arrested me for loosing control of a Dalek in the scene dock. Daleks have no brakes. A remarkable oversight for an alien wishing to take over the world
    2. 3. Art Director Budget Visuals Plans Logistics Props Buyer Greensman Animal wrangler Scenic artist Model maker SFX Construction Manager Carpenter Minimum 5 years experience on major films Painter Marbling, Wood graining, Aging Rigger Scaffolding Stage Hand Keeping the stage organised Plasterer Mouldings Textures Sculpter Director Creative Producer Fiscal and deadlines Director of Photography Location Manager
    3. 4. Shepperton Studios H Stage Render Farm The Old House Creche A Stage
    4. 5. Pinewood Studios
    5. 6. Pinewood Studios, D Stage Makeup Blocks Green rooms Production Offices Workshops Props
    6. 8. Rainmaker – projection geometry composite for Da Vinci Code C Stage Shepperton Saint Sulpice Paris Projection stills - Canon EOS 1DS MK2.
    7. 9. St James Theater Wellington
    8. 10. Budget Time Quality
    9. 11. Turkish Delight, Prelight, 'A' Stage Shepperton Showing the painted cyc, groundrows, gauze, middle and foreground elements. Each is lite separately. The arc lamps each use over 200 amps. 3 phase power is separated into the grid, ground rows and arc lights. 150 x 50 meters of painted cyc – 10 days design and build
    10. 12. Lighting for mid day and dawn Gauzes allow great flexibility of lighting By ten the following day all this was cleared out ready for the next one.
    11. 13. Two gauzes used in this effort
    12. 14. Brazil An example of utilising a mirror in a model set The figure is some 15cm across with the painted cyc 25 meters wide. The clouds are made from kapoc polyester filler
    13. 15. Brazil – ext
    14. 16. 8 by 20 meter backdrop of New York for a Dutch TVC Two scenic artists over 3 days Sets utilise backdrops, ground rows and foreground elements First the backdrops
    15. 17. TVC backdrop, Elstree One artist for three days Note painted tree and it's shadow on the wall
    16. 18. 'D'' Stage Pinewood ‘The Wall’ 3 meter high skyscraper ground rows being flown in Setting up the horizon line is important along with moving from a single VP to double VPs for a more natural look
    17. 19. Scenic art is often combined with 3D Note real book against his nose
    18. 20. ‘ H’ Stage Shepperton Studios Build and prelight for Wimpy tvc Profits from this job bought our first studio – way back in 1976
    19. 21. The Meaning of Life Hero building in full size, intermediate and miniature versions
    20. 22. The Meaning of Life “ Crimson Pearl Assurance” 'City of High Finance' 5 meter high perspex buildings
    21. 23. Time Bandits Fortress of Ultimate Darkness Miniature designed for a 9.8mm lens
    22. 24. Time Bandits Fortress of Ultimate Darkness The Gate House - Miniature and intermediate model
    23. 25. Top view of Intermediate model
    24. 26. Final composite with Miniature as backplate with the Invisible Barrier rotoscoped in with an optical step printer.
    25. 27. Napoleonic Traveling Theater for Time Bandits We made this fully practical so it could be filmed front and back
    26. 29. ‘ Alien’ followed ‘2001’ and the just released ‘Star Wars’
    27. 30. Essentially about this . . . .
    28. 31. . . . . .bumping off these actors
    29. 32. Ronald Shussett's original visual for Nostromo's 'Bridge'
    30. 33. Original look for Nostromo interior
    31. 34. Evolving to the claustrophobic
    32. 35. . . . and aged We used f.e.v's to provide the oily translucent look Note mirror and studio wall
    33. 36. 'C' Stage Shepperton ‘ Nostromo’ Interior
    34. 37. ‘ C’ and ‘D’ Stage, Nostromo Interiors
    35. 38. Dallas Dallas
    36. 39. 'Shussett‘ visual for LV246 ext , ‘H’ Stage
    37. 41. Gieger visual
    38. 42. Ext /model /Bray Studios
    39. 43. Gieger visual for LV246 ext
    40. 44. H stage LV246 Note matte flag
    41. 45. Nostromo ‘leg’ H Stage
    42. 46. H stage, build LV246
    43. 47. H stage. Note painted backdrop on cyc
    44. 50. Gieger at work with his favourite double action airbrush
    45. 51. Same subject redone to accommodate practical details
    46. 52. Glass painting in final shot
    47. 53. A stage int. based on previous visual
    48. 54. The completed ‘Jockey’ finished in pearlescents and f.e.v.s
    49. 55. John Hurt catwalking in his off the shoulder number
    50. 56. Gieger with one of his babies
    51. 59. Älien stills courtesy of 20 th Century Fox
    52. 60. The End

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