AN ENDLESS LOOP

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I am between sets again. There are 4 minor sets to build through before I reach the final location and while they are all fairly small in scale they still require a significant amount of detail. They will encompass a total of 12 shots in the finished film (doesn’t seem like such a great return on investment) The thing is … the look of any film must be consistent (along with its internal logic but that’s the subject of a whole other post) so the work put into these sets has to match that of the major locations. It’s moments like this when you can find your resolve tested. You just have to get past it.

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LOOKING DOWN

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This set piece took about 10 hours to make. It’s a forced perspective miniature of a street and buildings as seen from a balcony. The buildings may appear somewhat unfinished but the scene takes place at night and most of it will be in shadow so detailing was neither a priority nor a necessity. The finished shot lasts just over 1 second.  Could I have done without it? Probably but it would have been at the expense of a really cool shot. Now, really cool shots do not a good film make but they certainly won’t hurt and sometimes you just want to show off.

RATS

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I’ve been building sets non-stop for 6 weeks. Around all the building I’ve been able to sneak in a shot here and there. It may not have felt like I was making any headway but I’ve quietly past the midway point of filming. I really set myself a task by wanting to establish a complete world for FILTH to inhabit but it’s been worth it. The top of the film is complete and it is very gritty, very hard, and effectively prepares you for what you’re in for. As for the photo below, I have nothing to say. It speaks for itself.

THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY

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I needed the shadows of a couple of goons to move along the wall of my alley set but I did not want to spend a lot of time creating puppets for said goons so I employed a very old technique: shadow puppets. I downloaded a very simple pattern, printed them on cardboard, cut out the various pieces, split pinned them together, glued them to a stand and had them on the set, ready to shoot in less than 2 hours. Most importantly the end result was startling. The picture below really doesn’t do it justice but it gives you a good idea of the set up involved.

SET BUILDING

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I don’t post videos for a reason. They’re a lot of work to make and they take time away from making the film. However, I wanted to show that with just a few supplies and a little ingenuity you can create a decent looking set. This is not an instructional video by any means but it will give you good idea of what goes into constructing a set like this.

Watch the video: HERE

A DARK ALLEY

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There is an enormous benefit to having FILTH take place in a modern human world. Coming up with alien environments or fantastic locations requires a lot of planning, designing and guess work where as I need only walk the city to get inspiration for this film. This alley set will open the film and with a little redressing will serve a dual purpose later in the film. Next week I’ll show you exactly how I built it.