For our series “It Will Be Ours,” we wanted to create a dismal, sterile room that was being ‘devoured’ by the outside world. We precomposed the scene pretty specifically to have a young boy watching TV in the far right corner, while a woodland woman was sweeping into the scene from the left.

We began by choosing dismal colors of pink and grey for the right side of the frame to contrast with the green foliage we added later. The left side of the set was painted with large black breaks. These black areas were later replaced with a miniature set we created to give the sense of a larger outside world. All of the grime and cracks were faux painted.

The base set without dressing.

The base set without dressing.

The tile floor was also painted a blended design of yellow into grey to further enhance the feeling that the room was being morphed. I added realism to the faux tile panels (sold in 4′x8′x1/4″ sheets at lumber yards) by adding “grout & grime” with a Q-tip. It’s better than a brush because it comes apart & drags the paint irregularly. A quick spritz with water blurs edges.

WIP photo from my instagram @hld4ransom

WIP photo from my instagram @hld4ransom

The next shot shows how dirt & moss finished the scene & hid my tape. From a distance “visual blur” helps a set look more “real” & it serves as camouflage. This concept applies to window displays, DIY Halloween & Xmas home decor & any other fantasyland one might like to create.

"Blurring the edges."

“Blurring the edges.”

Below is a view of how we stretched the background by simply placing additional black foam core behind the set. Again, this black area was designed to “go away” later in our final digital painting.

Left side of set with additional black.

Left side of set with additional black.

Wide view of the dressed set

Wide view of the dressed set

Below is a view of the back of our set. These are the flats we reuse over and over. The triangular jacks are designed to fold up when not in use. They are based on a design by the amazing set design shop Acme Scenery.

Back of set.

Back of set.

Shots below taken during shooting with actress & model Alexzandria Jade.

Jason cracking jokes on set.

Jason cracking jokes on set.

The actress blocking her position.

Alexzandria blocking her position.

The living fauna dress was designed by Kaytee Papusza.

The living fauna dress.

The living fauna dress.

The actress Alexzandria Jade,  wearing the stick fingers.

The stick finger cuffs.

The stick finger cuffs.

For comparison, below is how it looked on set during shooting….

The scene during shooting.

The scene during shooting.

and below is the final image.

"It Will Be Ours"

“It Will Be Ours”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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