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.
Seen briefly in the trailer is this prisoner in a box (no spoilers – go see the movie).
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.
And even more, more details.