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Posted by Warhead, on 2010-01-14 07:36:43

Spaceship interior and space set

Hi, I'm still in the planning stages of my big short film. For this one, I need at least two sets, an outer space set and a spaceship interior set. It's not like Star Wars than a tongue-in-cheek Ed Wood-like look. So, help on making this work on this restrained budget of mine?

Posted by PaulVortex, on 2010-01-14 07:51:01

Heh - If you are going for the Ed Wood look, then it shouldn't be too hard to put this together with very little cost whatsoever... Have you done any sketches for this yet? ED's spaceship interior from Plan9 included some wooden work tables, a simple fake wall, some old bits of radio equipment, a basic square "porthole" type window ([i]I believe the aliens had to tip-toe to look out of this window![/i]), and a doorway with a ridiculously complex opening mechanism. "Your [i]Human[/i] minds... Stupid! [i]STUPID[/i]!"

Posted by aestrada3, on 2010-06-04 01:13:35

Hey! I've actually had experience building a rocket ship set piece for a short film I'm currently working on and I was able to do it by using some pretty inexpensive material. Check out the tutorial on my production blog: I was pretty happy with the results and the technique lends itself to being flexible in terms of it's design so that you're not limited to making only one type of rocket. Hope this helps!

Posted by prammaven, on 2010-01-15 15:54:23

I would say, make the spaceship out of triple corrugated cardboard, spray paint it silver, and add little details like a viewing port, and paint that silver too. Maybe an airlock, with a hose spout-style handle. Silver is the futuristic look, and it can also be very cheesy.

Posted by Warhead, on 2010-05-13 12:24:30

Slight change of plans. I haven't properly designed the set yet, But I'll get pictures of the designs on the forum soon.

Posted by grecodan, on 2010-05-15 15:54:58

Cannibalize old plastic model kits for cool nernies to stick on everywhere. Tank models have lots of cool hatches and treads and stuff that can look pretty cool if artfully placed. Take a look at some of Greg Jein's stuff from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He and the rest of the crew covered the big mothership models with airplane parts, telephone poles, the Millennium Falcon, R2-D2...all kinds of weird stuff that just looked cool when properly lit and photographed. Obviously you have to be more careful for an interior set, but just find all kinds of strange looking household stuff, spray paint it, and stick it together. Colorful marbles, stuck into holes in cardboard and then back lit can make a cool looking instrument panel. Just make sure you know what you're going to be filming, so you can construct the set accordingly.

Posted by Nick H, on 2010-05-16 03:27:52

When I worked at the ABC we didn't have the budget to buy actual model kits to cannibalise, but you can do the same thing with all sorts of junk. This is the exterior, but I did interiors in a similar way.

Posted by Sasquatch, on 2010-06-05 00:18:05

Alfonso, That's cool...Is the film a live action or stop motion? or combo?

Posted by aestrada3, on 2010-06-05 00:39:26

Thanks, It's a traditional stop-motion film. However I realized that a lot of prop/set building techniques cross over very effectively into the live-action world, so it'd be really fun to experiment with that. I really like the look of something that's been fabricated by hand as opposed to rendered in a computer. Hand-made stuff has a sort of intimate quality to it since it tends to be a little more imperfect.

Posted by Warhead, on 2010-08-20 14:32:57

OK, the ship exterior will probably be made out of a small paper bowl, decorated with various bits and bobs. Say, has any one used this spray foam insulation called Great Stuff/ Cause I thought, with some sandpaper to smooth it down, I could make a convincing but cheap space ship.