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Posted by groeneg, on 2009-07-28 15:30:26

How to build a movable set?

Ok, I don't want to have a stop motion set in my living room for a year. :-) But I do want to work on a longer project then just a weekend or a week. So I need a set-system that I can store easily and which can easily be rebuild and fixed when needed again. Does anyone has an idea how to do this? I want a set that can be put on a table at eye hight and get fixed at the table easily. And if necessary at the same position as it was before moving it. Then if ready shooting I would be able to easily store it on top of a wardrobe or something else. Perhaps some contraptions with hinges? Cheers Groeneg

Posted by bevardis, on 2009-07-28 16:44:04

Have your set on a surface like wood. Plank or something. Simple. Then you can move it.

Posted by Nick H, on 2009-07-28 19:31:10

Make a set floor that can unscrew from the legs. Fix the set walls on to the floor with screws, with the positions marked. Even though I shoot in a stopmotion studio space, I've often had to pull sets down to make room for others, then put them up again. It also helps to take couple of photos showing where everything is, as a reminder when you put it back up months later. I write on the backs of pieces like walls to say where they attach to the next piece. You can see a folding rostrum being put up in my Tiedowns video tutorial at Youtube - it's a table where everything folds flat for storage. The set also folded flat. But if you want your set floor to go on top of an existing table, you would have sides or legs that raise it up to a good working height (Maybe raised about 120mm above the table height?) and also let you get your hand underneath for fitting tiedowns. They could probably be hinged directly to the set floor. A length of 120mm wide timber along each side could be hinged to fold flat, with maybe a strip of 70mm pine across the back, and 45mm in the front, which might unscrew completely for storage or just stay fixed in place.

Posted by groeneg, on 2009-08-05 05:41:36

Thanks for this advice. Never thought about building a whole table that folds flat for storage. I have to give thism some thought.

Posted by Strider, on 2009-08-05 06:18:33

Check out Sven's portable stage: I remember Castlegardener posted about one he built, but I can't find it on his blog anywhere. Maybe hell see this and post a link.

Posted by castlegardener, on 2009-08-05 13:16:44

here is the video I made on how to build a simple stage

Posted by Nick H, on 2009-08-05 21:54:54

Yes, those are two good examples of the sort that goes on top of your existing table. It wouldn't be that hard to have the legs unscew or fold as well, if you need it to store flatter than that.