Hey there!

I promised earlier to post some pictures of the set of my new short Finity Calling. Sorry it took a while, but I have loads to show now.

Some thoughts on the design:
I wanted the tiled walls and floors to look like and early 20th century operating room/abatoir/laboratory. The tiles should be sterile clean and cold looking, but on the other hand reflect the light and people in a way that scatters the shape and becomes painterly and allmost impressionistic even.

This set itself is one of the biggest things I've animated. It can be taken apart and built up in different arrangements depending on the shot.

Here's the video:

stop motion set - exploded view from Jasper Kuipers on Vimeo.


This is what the set looks like with some random light on it. So not lit completely the way it will be when shooting or anything.

And here is some of the construction and making off stuff for anyone who is interested:

wood construction.

First I made a batch of Tiles at the right size.

And with those I tiled part of a wall and part of a floor. Here I made sure that all the tiles varied in angle and height a little.

I made moulds again on these bigger areas creating big jiggsaw pieces to do the entire set.
For casting I used a polyurethane casting plastic called Axson f180 with a powderfiller that is actually ground stone. This makes the stuff ideal for machining, sanding, sawing cutting etc. and it gives it a look of actual stone or ceramics. 
If it were possible to marry a 2 part plastic this would be the one for me ;)

After attaching all the puzzle pieces to the wooden set I filled up all the seams with the same plastic by pouring. For the windows this was ideal, because I could round off the edges making the stones/tiles look very solid and heavy without any seams showing.

The last step to do was paint the whole set.
I gave everything a thin wash of grey that mainly settled in between the tiles.

After this I used Iron wool to sand it all off again but leaving some shading and stains in the tiles that makes them look aged.

I finished the whole thing off with a thin coat of varnish, et voila!

As soon as possible I will post some images of the furniture that will go into the room.

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Looks great so far Jasper! Good work!!

Wow, excellent job!! Love the way it catches the light! I'm really primed for those kind of effects just now, having over the past 2 nights watched Bladerunner and Alien. 

Thanks!
I hadn't specifically connected it yet to those films, but now that you mention it there is some definate similarities. I should rewatch those again anyhow because they're pretty great!

The whole film will be stuffed with these things, allso in the costumes and furniture.
The cool thing with these kind of effects I think, is that you get all these accidental presents from the material which makes the lighting, photography and animation later on much more fun.

Looks great. Suppose it wil look even better with the furniture and puppets in place!

Looks very good!

thanks guys!

Looks fantastic!

I love the opening with the rounded off tiles... Great job!

Great looking set, the look of the tiles is spot on.

Unbelievable!

Great job!

The way the light reflects of the slightly different angles of the tiles makes it all worthwhile!  Really like the thick walls visible in the doorway/window openings.

Thanks all of you for your positive reactions!
People over here were starting to call me crazy, so it's good to hear you say it's all worthwhile :)

By the way, if anyone is interested this is the facebook page on the poject.
I'm affraid it;s all in Dutch, but images speak for itself right?
www.facebook.com/finitycalling

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