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Posted by EricHayez, on 2009-12-07 18:20:41

Animation Sets: building materials

Here are some pictures from my film sets. Almost everything is made from plywood (like the structure) and, believe it or not, floral foam (the green, sponge-like stuff people stick flowers in) for the walls and bricks. I also use real concrete for the roads. Here are some pictures:¤t=DSCF4155.jpg¤t=DSCF4045.jpg¤t=DSCF41761.jpg What kind of materials do you guys use for your sets? (feel free to post pictures or videos) Eric Hayes

Posted by Nick H, on 2009-12-07 18:48:48

I don't see any pictures. Have you worked out how to attach an image file? When posting, you can see a "click on here to choose your attachments" line underneath the white text box. Make sure you change the file type from the default text type to Jpeg Image. Tick the box to embed the image so it can actually be seen, otherwise it will appear as a link that can be opened. Choose File from your hard drive, then Upload. You may have to re-size and/or compress the photos to make the files small enough to be posted, the limit is 250 MB. I mostly use particle board instead of plywood for the base of the ground and for wall structure. Floral foam is a urethane foam I believe - very good for carving. I don't use real concrete, because I often want to drill tie-down holes, and I use and re-use the same sheets of particle board for many different sets. Usually my 1:6 scale roads are the particle board ground base with black paint, then some grey splatter. The footpaths are another layer of particle board sitting on top, painted lighter grey. Recently I've coated them with some tile adhesive on it for texture, which gives a much more cementy-looking result. My small 1:24 scale streets all had a layer of 3mm MDF, sanded down to a knife-edge at the sides at the edges to give a bit of camber. A little of the chipboard underneath showed in the gutter, then the footpath was thicker 6mm MDF.

Posted by Nick H, on 2009-12-07 19:00:03

1:6 set with painted particle board footpath, not very convincing: A bit like your bakery set - a street with shop fronts. 3 shops was the most I could fit in my studio in that scale, so for wider shots like the one below I had to go smaller. All the meat is cast in liquid latex from plaster moulds. The motorbike is a 1:6 scale plastic kit, but I made the Morris Minor from fibreglass. The front half was later used in Good Riddance for a van version, then as part of a hybrid Morris-VW van with solar/wind/water power. 1:24 set for Good Riddance of "the corner store"- called a Milk Bar in Australia - with 3mm MDF street surface: All the bikes and cars were 1:24 diecast models, except the hero car, a Morris van, which I couldn't get in 1:24 so I had to make it. You can get them in 1:43, and a weird 1:26 scale that's just a bit too small, but not in the 1:24 size I'd chosen.

Posted by EricHayez, on 2009-12-07 19:01:11

Oh, oops :( I'm new with this site. Wow - that is an amazing film set. absolutely fantastic. So if it's 1/24 scale, how big would the set be?

Posted by EricHayez, on 2009-12-07 19:02:33

It would appear that did not work either. Maybe this will:

Posted by Nick H, on 2009-12-07 19:47:12

Now you've got it! It's stupid, but the default is Plain Text - if you wanted to post text you could just past it in, no need for an attachment, people only use this to post photos. Both sets look great! Nice grass and ground textures in the smaller scale set! The bakery would look completely at home next to my shops, except there is almost always an awning over the front in Australia. But it's a great bit of setbuilding! If you tick the box that says something like Embed the URL in the text, the photo will show up without everyone having to open it. with a lot of photos it can make the thread slow to load, but with those two it shouldn't be a problem. My full city streets set would have been on a 2400mm (8 ft) wide by 1200mm (4 ft) deep sheet of particle board, with a bit of extension on each side at the back, so maybe max width of 3 metres (10 ft). There was a painted backdrop behind that for the sky, even wider. I remember my camera was jammed up against the back wall to get it all in. I wouldn't have any buildings on the sides near the front of the set, what you see is a wedge shape getting wider the further back it goes. The same houses could be re-arranged and re-used to make several different streets. In this thread, I am making buildings from the boxes my computer and power conditioner came in: Gets rid of the rubbish, and saves on buying materials at the same time!

Posted by wiz, on 2009-12-08 07:56:29

These are great! Nice, crisp details and sense of scale/proportion throughout. I really like the set-dressing / little details such as patches of moss, loaves in the bakery, and the sign in the window of the antiques shop. :) Cheers, Damien

Posted by Nick H, on 2009-12-08 18:11:41

Oh! Well spotted - I missed that sign in the antique shop - good one! :7

Posted by Strider, on 2009-12-09 02:59:40

An indispensable set-building product... Basswood planks, sticks, strips etc: It's essentially miniature lumber. You can get scale sized 2x4s, 2x6s, etc.