Thursday, November 15, 2012

Scenic Sculpting :: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Worked with a small team of sculptors for 6 weeks on the Batcave for Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises". This portion of the film was built and shot at Sony Studios in Culver City. It combined traditional set building using stick & lathe and plaster with newer techniques using styrofoam which offers a lot of flexibility, changeability to the sets while shortening the lead time to get it built.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Scenic Sculpting :: Mirror. Mirror (2011)

Worked on this project for 6 weeks in Montreal during the summer of 2011. We had a small team from Los Angeles leading a very eager and capable group of local sculptors and artists. I saw the film about a month ago and the tree where the 7 dwarves live got a lot of play in the movie...which is not always the case. We built the exterior tree as one set, and the interior tree as a separate one. And all of these had to be modular for reasons you'll see in the pics below. It's a blending of art and engineering and filmmaking.

This was the Dwarf Tree In its finished state. About 20' tall, and 50'+ from end to end.

Modular top of the tree...had to be able to take it down to sculpt the inside.

And to put it back up on a base to get the height that was needed.

And once the top and base were established we could start making the roots

Moving this was modular to sculpt, but also to fit on a trailer to ship to the soundstage about a mile away.

And voila! In place, reassembled and coated and ready for paint (another union handles both those tasks)

Would you believe this is actually one piece of foam? The rock part serves as a support to hold the tree at its sharp angle.

Had to show the bark texture we carved, and the further transformation of styrofoam with a great paint job (and fake moss!). Movie magic at its finest!

This is a shot of the set for the tree interior. The entire root system can be moved in/out to allow the cameras and lights to to do their thing.

Inside the tree!

Sculpting overhead is never easy!

In front of a large wall section that was once totally blank, and that turned into a giant wall of roots.

The finished wall relief.


Thank you, Montreal!