Prospect – Behind the Scenes – Prisoner Box

Prospect, the film I worked on last year building and finishing props and sets, premiered nationwide and is now even available to pre-order on Blu-ray or on iTunes! With that, I’ve been given the okay to do a handful of behind-the-scenes posts about a couple of the things I worked on for the movie.

Prisoner in the box (screenshot from trailer).
Prisoner box at the camp (screenshot from trailer).

Seen briefly in the trailer is this prisoner in a box (no spoilers – go see the movie).

The pristine box as it was handed over to me.

The box was built by our amazing team and handed off to me pristine and white. But this is a cell that’s seen plenty of wear, tear, and environment.

This was the box after the first pass of weathering. One thing I want to bring up because it took a couple of days for me to wrap my head around this when I started as well – so many techniques for doing finish/weathering work, are the same across so many things and are really just a difference in scale. I started my skills on scale-model aircraft, Star Trek ships, and Gundam model kits many, many years ago. Doing props and costumes carried over a lot of those techniques onto a life-size scale. Transitioning to sets was just another order of magnitude up, but utilizing a lot of the same skills. So instead of putting a few drops of paint and some water on a palette to give a 1/144 scale robot a wash, it’s a few ounces of acrylic paint mixed with water in a spray bottle and instead of wiping it down with a piece of paper towel, its using big shop rags. Same technique, just on a different scale. Once I wrapped my brain around it, it instantly became less intimidating!

Detail photos of the final weathering on the box. I used a variety of paints, charcoal, pastels, and even real rust to weather and age the box.

More details.

And even more, more details.


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