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Two concept designs I have made on photoshop for a short film we are shooting on sunday 14th.

The film is set in a small 1940/50s cafe/bar. The basic outline is that a young woman is reading a book in the cafe and whilst she is engaged in her reading, the camera pulls away to reveal that the other people sitting in the cafe are invisible, other than their props such as newspapers, cigarettes, poker cards etc etc… When the girl stops reading and closes the book, the cafe is restored to normal and the people are no longer invisable. I will post photos of the shoot next week…..

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Tower - Floors and Staircase (PART 1) -  Once the walls of the three towers had dried, the next stage was to cut over 150 floors/balcony sections which on the front of the towers would act as the floors between the staircases, and on the back would be the balconies of the flats.

The rear balconies were a straight forward rectangle with a small section cut out to fit around the divide between the two apartments. 

The staircase balconies however needed to be cut with a large section removed identically on each one so that the three staircases would line up straight. They also had a mortise and tenon joint by cutting a two small tenons on each balcony and cutting two mortise into the two opposite walls of the tower. Once cut the underside was painted white, and the top was painted light/dark grey for a concrete finish. 

The backing wall was painted with a mustard-yellow which i then dry brushed brown and black to create a derelict effect, and also cut sections of ‘flaked plaster’ exposing the brickwork underneath. The doors were painted a wood brown and again dirtied down for a derelict effect.

Part Two will continue this section…..

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Constructing the walls - Once the tower walls had been covered in the brick paper, the windows inserted, and the insides painted black they now had to be glued into place. 

To ensure a strong structure to the towers;

1. I cut a foamboard base and a lid using the groundplan (Secured with a top layer of mountboard)

2. Cut a 5mm trench around the edges

3. Cut a 5mm trench off of specific walls 

4. Slotted the bottom and top of the walls into the trench and applied PVA glue

5. Secured the joints with masking tape until the glue had dried

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Walkway Railings - I began with buying sets of metal railings (10mmX245mm) that were suitable for 1:100 scale from 4D Model shop (http://www.modelshop.co.uk/Shop/Model-Detail/Fencing-Railing/).

I then applied a grey base coat of spray paint, followed by a black gloss coat and left it to dry. Once ready I had to bend the strips into the shape of the walkways and punch small holes for the posts to be glued into. Finally, using any remaining strips of railing, I made the handrails for the staircases and glued the joining sections together. 

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Overpass - Between the three towers is two curved walkways with staircases leading up/down the two levels. These were made using stacked layers of foam-board which were wrapped in mod-roc, covered in brickwork wallpaper and painted to match the walls of the towers. However, my initial foam/plaster walkway became too fragile and had to be replaced by a mountboard version which will be in a seperate post…

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Pavement - Drawing and then scoring paving slabs into the plaster base using a scalpel. This is then followed by a dark grey/black wash into the gaps and a light grey dry brush. I also discovered a technique of dragging sand paper over freshly spray-painted surfaces which created a rough, weathered effect to the pavement. 

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