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Shawn Philip Nelson
04-28-2009, 07:29 PM
Alright, let's round them up folks!

False Teeth (this site has a lot of good makeup-driven fx tutorials)
http://www.makeup-fx.com/tandeng1.html

Studio Creations Costume and Prop Building
Mostly deals with Star Wars costume/props, but has great general tutorials on plastic vacuum forming, distressing objects, riveting, etc
http://www.studiocreations.com/howto/

Ever wonder how to build a flat? Sure you have. (from Sad Max)
http://www.benteague.com/features/flat.pdf (http://www.benteague.com/features/flat.pdf)

YouTube Video Tutorials

DIY Vacuum Former
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5CGfoxnKaQ&feature=channel_page

Brain splatter (also briefly shows an alternative design vacuum former)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xc7_AAeglE

Capt Quirk
04-28-2009, 07:41 PM
Cool site! I've seen Trooper Clerks before, but never followed it back to this site. Thanks!

Sad Max
04-28-2009, 08:25 PM
Ever wonder how to build a flat?

Sure you have.

http://www.benteague.com/features/flat.pdf

Capt Quirk
04-29-2009, 06:28 AM
Thanks SadMax, that was informative. Building a flat is the easy part though... moving and storing are the hard part ;)

Sad Max
04-29-2009, 07:41 AM
Build 'em cheap and flimsy and junk them at the end of shooting. Storage costs are not worthwhile unless you have a series of shoots planned to extract the value invested in storage, rather than build fresh pieces as you need them...

...or unless you have a *lot* of unused storage space.

As for moving them...rent a truck.

Capt Quirk
04-29-2009, 07:45 AM
Tsk, tsk Max... while the rest of the World is trying to go Green, you are suggesting tossing materials that can be recycled for other productions? Bad Max!

Sad Max
04-29-2009, 07:46 AM
Sometimes 'Green' means saving the green that's in your pocket.

Capt Quirk
04-29-2009, 07:50 AM
Is there anyplace that rents flats?

Sad Max
04-29-2009, 08:14 AM
Is there anyplace that rents flats?

In Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, etc, yes. Look up 'scenery rentals.'

Capt Quirk
04-29-2009, 08:57 AM
Hmm... with Full Sail being close by, it might be a good idea to open one here in Orlando too.

Sad Max
04-29-2009, 09:05 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if there were sources there already - there is a fair amount of production work done in Orlando...gotta look it up.

Larry Rutledge
04-29-2009, 09:05 AM
Shawn - I stuck this, as it could be a potentially useful thread. If you don't mind, can you keep an eye on it and update your initial post with any useful links that get submitted throughout this thread's life?

Andrew Brinkhaus
04-29-2009, 10:41 AM
Hmm... with Full Sail being close by, it might be a good idea to open one here in Orlando too.

Think again. Full Sail makes and stores their own flats. Students are required to construct and finish all flats used for the production of their film while taking Art Direction courses so trying to take advantage of a rental market based around FS would be kind of pointless.

Capt Quirk
04-29-2009, 11:17 AM
Well, there goes another dream of wealth and independence. Thanks for bursting my bubble dude... :)

Shawn Philip Nelson
04-30-2009, 10:08 PM
Shawn - I stuck this, as it could be a potentially useful thread. If you don't mind, can you keep an eye on it and update your initial post with any useful links that get submitted throughout this thread's life?

will do!

Shawn Philip Nelson
04-30-2009, 10:08 PM
added a really cool video to a DIY vacuum former

Reith tv-films
07-04-2009, 11:22 AM
Hi, I've been trawling the 'net for a while looking for good film-related tutorials to compile a links page for an amateur film-making group here in the UK.

I have concentrated on the 'practical' side in particular, so sites that discuss/show You how to do low-budget stuff in the real world - not in software - is what I'm after.
Here's a good one with guides for all the usual practical FX stuff; smoke, explosions, snow, etc.

http://www.detonationfilms.com/Cheap_Tips_and_Tricks.htm


I have just found this intelligent QandA on a set painter's site here in the UK.
It is specifically for amateur Theatre, but worth a look as a lot of the design advice and techniques described, would be transferable/adaptable to film-set use.

http://www.set-painting.com/QandA/QandA_LIST.htm

I'll post more as/when I find them.

Cheers, Theron.

Ryan E. Walters
08-13-2009, 12:07 AM
Thanks for starting this Shawn. :)

Here is a web site that I have been following for the last year- it is really fun to follow when class is in session:
http://www.setbuild.ucreative.ac.uk/current.php

BTW- anyone have any suggestions / idea on how to join two flats together in an easy way that would allow for break down / transport / storage, but also allow for a seamless join? (Or am I asking for to much ... )

Sad Max
08-13-2009, 02:51 PM
Well...good carpentry with good straight stock and alignment via coffin latches or comparable fasteners will get you close enough that taping and painting the seam is about all you will have to do to complete setup.

I think that's as close as the breakdown you describe will come, to seamless.

Ryan E. Walters
08-14-2009, 10:53 AM
Thanks- sounds like a possible solution. (I'll have to test out my carpentry skills ...)

For flats that are not going to be borken down / stored, what is the common way of attaching them together? Is it to screw them together and then tape / mud the joints?

Sad Max
08-14-2009, 11:18 AM
Yeah, align and screw together across the outside framing, then putty, sand and finish the joint. A tape seam is really only for wild joins because under certain conditions it will be visible to camera.

Reith tv-films
10-24-2009, 05:26 PM
I usually go for the "don't tell Me, show Me" style of tutorial, but this
company (based in Britain) has some very comprehensive - though not well illustrated - info for plaster mouldings, casting etc. and should be useful to anyone needing to copy even the most detailed of architectural features, or copying of valuable props for breaking, etc.

Sad Max
10-24-2009, 05:32 PM
If it's architectural detail type stuff you're after, contact the Paramount, Disney and Fox studios' Staff Departments and request copies of their catalogs. Moldings, staff details, you name it, all for the copying or ordering.

Shawn Philip Nelson
01-05-2010, 01:15 PM
We need some good ones on making foam rocks and generally working with polysterene. Anyone got any?

El Gato Negro
11-19-2014, 11:28 AM
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Here is a diagram from the set we build for a feature film I produced.

alexbrown
06-08-2017, 08:30 AM
Very useful!