Even with the advent of CGI, many film directors still prefer the realistic
edge that models still provide, as was the case with Stuart Gordon's third
foray into Science Fiction. Also my first mainstream movie contract. 8
months in Dublin, Ireland, under the supervision of Brian Johnson and
Faisil Karim. The experience of seeing models go before the cameras and
the anticipation of seeing them on the big screen was a real thrill for
me. Plus the added enjoyment of creative input - a periodic pleasure in
this field of modelmaking.
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||The 'Pachyderm', 1:25, 16" long, vac-formed
over multiple patterns, includes replaceable lighting, 5 mounting
points, internal piping array for freon gas supply accessable from
4 of the said mounting points, 12 weeks, solo effort sticking to production
designs and full size set pieces already on stage. Seen throughout
||Phut phut, whizz BANG!
||To simulate engine thrust, this
complex system of pipes was built into the Pachyderm, to transport
Freon Gas from any one of the chosen mounting points to the three
engines. Filmed on its side, the jets wouldn't appear to be affected
by the pull of gravity. Using Home aquarium Tubing and valves and
an inverted cone towards the Engine opening, to increase the spread
of the jet from the diameter of the tube to that of the engine opening.
Worked well in tests but was never filmed. The inclusion of this system
meant that there was no room for cockpit detail and so windows had
to be blacked off. As gloss gave the cameraman a problem with reflections,
matt black paper was stuck over them.
||Originally slotted for a close
to camera (but quite quick) fly-by, this Freighter was to zoom down
the space lanes at the beginning of John Canyon's approach to 'The
Hub'. Approx 1:200 in scale. Totally ad-libbed. Can you spot the Homage
to Blade Runner on the side?
||"But, there's no dirt in space!".....
||.....I hear you say. Except for
dust clouds and Nebelae light years across,spent fuel lingering in
docking bays,damage from micro-meteorites…...nah..no dirt at all.
Most people think that 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY got it right, with super
clean spaceships. If you look closely at stills,even these models
have been "dirtied down" . As if by magic,most of that dirt dissappears
when you hit models with bright studio lights.
||Its a buzz to see the model on
the stand in the process of being filmed as you can get an idea of
how its going to look on screen, providing it doesn't end up on the
cutting room floor (as this one did)…maybe someone spotted that Logo!
||1:48 scale Transgen tank as seen on military
base monitor. Remote control turret movement, radar rotation and illuminated
barrel tip built in. Made entirely from scavenged toys etc, with a
few custom made pieces to tie other pieces together. 2 weeks. Ad-libbed.
||I was asked to somehow increase
the size of the tank, but couldn't, without altering the general dimentions
of a tank. If you do depart from reality with futurism, its often
a good idea to have something about the vehicle that rings true. In
this case I thought that general tank proportions would make it more
believable.(see other photo)
Freighter terminal 'The Hub', 2 metres high, 1:200 scale,
constructed main skeleton and applied some detailing... parked trucks,
neon signs, 12 weeks, Team effort......... With all the modelmaking
crew involved, seen twice only.
Saggs' presidential limo', 2' long, 1:8 scale, vac formed,
2 weeks, solo effort and own design. Seen only from above in the
movie, before exploding.
'Transgen' spacecraft 'moonjet' was originally created for
anonymous fly-by, then slotted for crash sequence as a company vehicle.
18" long, 1:48 scale, made from scavenged toys etc, lights,
3 mounting points, 2 weeks, never filmed due to it not being budgetted
for and they were running out of money.(so, the 'fly-by' was axed
too). Totally ad-libbed.
Parked around the HUB are several anonymous trucks and their
cargos. Pulling vehicles are made from various kit and toy pieces.
The container trains are repeat castings of an original container
pattern. 1 week including attachment to hub. Ad-libbed.
1:25 scale Hub cargo bay container crane. Working crane
arms and flashing lights. MDF, timber and perspex structure, clad
with styrene panels and wiggets. Filmed but almost totally obscured
by foreground items. About three weeks. Ad-libbed.
More ad-libbing with this space bike. Made to satisfy unknown
motorcycle sponsors who pulled out of the production, hence-never
filmed. 2 days.
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