I just discovered another toy commercial I worked on, and wanted to share some fabrication pictures!
Here is the commercial, it's pretty fun!
For this project, I was building a little city pipe system to supplement existing city miniatures to create a crazy polluted environment. It doesn't sound very "healthy" perhaps, but it was a ton of fun to build!
I was working with my good friend Adam Lawrence, the production designer, and the first thing we did was run to home depot to accumulate all sorts of odd conduit and fun hardware, that might translate well into miniature pipe. I also used yellow foam and dowels to create some of the custom shapes from Adam's drawings.
This first pipe was supposed to have a huge gash for the toxic ooze to flow out of. I dremeled out a hole, and then used pliers and a heat gun to warp the gash open. Once the the pieces were roughed out, we gave them a quick primer gray coat.
Then, the fun step could begin. To give all of these various elements a little unity and "texture", I wrapped various strips of squishy foam adhesive sheets around everything. This was the perfect material to use, because it could hug curves well, and not warp. Also, when cut, it exposed a clean edge.
Finally, to give everything that last bit of authenticity, I covered everything with "bolts", or press on jewels. Although every jewel was adhesive, I had to super glue each one, to make sure nothing came off.
Another coat of primer! This time, we sprayed it on a little thick, which created these fantastic cracks all over everything! We loved the look of it. Below, we tested out a little chrome, just to see how it looked.
Here are the pieces on set! Isn't it incredible what a little light and movie magic can accomplish? I love this set picture. All of the background elements came from a prop house, and Adam built the ground and rigged it for ooze. I think it all came together fantastically well.
Thanks for checking out the commercial! I am currently looking for my next project, so keep me in mind if you need any miniature work! Also, be on the look out Thursday for the latest on Vera!