Vitruvius Prologue Stage Photos

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A couple of quick behind-the-scenes photos of the Serlio prologue stage sets. I’m in the process of shooting footage with the Serlio books and will finish the set design for the Serlio puppet when I begin shooting those scenes next.

You can see my set framework in these photos which is constructed with pine wood, screws, and bolts and then stained a dark brown with a water-based product. The whole thing is then bolted to the wire rack. So far that design has worked well since I can wheel the sets around and the set frame is still flexible. The same design is used in the main set which is partially visible in the second photo.

7 responses to “Vitruvius Prologue Stage Photos”

  1. Awesome awesome and more awesome. You make beautiful sets, Grant. And your set-up looks organized and functional and well executed. You are perfectly reasonable and talented. What’s your problem?! What’s wrong with you?!

    I see one clip rig behind the book props, are there more used when more than one book flies through the air at a time?

    Thanks for posting these photos!

  2. Wow…beautiful, meticulous work, as always. Looking at your nice, neat space and looking over at my disaster area really puts things in perspective! Thanks for the sneak-peeks!

  3. Thanks Shelley and Michael. There are holes in the back of the set to support 3 rigs actually. The posted pic only shows one rig in place which is used for a shot when a single book has to float, spin, and then open.

  4. Great work as usual Grant.
    Just wondering if you somehow brace or sandbag your rolling wire carts for shooting?

  5. Wheel locks?

    Good to see the rig shot, I’m on the verge of rig-play, gotta get Nola to run and jump now….

    Oh yeah……..Nice poster 🙂

  6. @Mark – Thanks. Two of the wheels have locking brakes and the carts have enough weight that they don’t move easily when bumped. When I get into major filming I plan to put concrete blocks on the bottom shelf for stability.

    @Uba – If you are going to do Photoshop rig removal make sure to take a handful of shots with none of the moving pieces/characters in place. Shoot an empty set before and after filming while your camera and lighting is still in place. I learned that the hard way on my recent test shots. I think they call those shots “empty plates” so you can composite things easier.

    In the background is my painted rendition of the original SW poster. I remember the original Star Wars in ’77…before the dark times…before the prequels… 😎

  7. Ahh, the glory days…I remember them well….when characters weren’t cardboard and sets weren’t cartoons…

    We’ve got that poster hanging in our kitchen 🙂