When I lent my services to a collegue who was working on a film about 12 years ago, I was introduced to the world of cnc. I remember watching this huge machining centre milling out a slab of mdf and turning it into a fantastic set of gears. I knew that it would have taken me hours to achieve the same thing with traditional power tools. I decided then that I would invest in a cnc router for my own business Oxenham Design. At that time I could turn on a computer, but even to check email seemed like a crazy set of operations. I persevered and learned every piece of relevant software I could get my hands on. I am now fortunate enough to be using Vectric's ASPIRE software, and Techno cnc routers, which has helped us to create some amazing projects, both in part, or in full. I thought that this blog would be a great place to share "behind the scenes" adventures with the software, materials and equipment we use, as well as the projects we build.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Landscaping in Miniature

Today was probably the most chilaxed day on set yet! They were shooting product shots all day, so we didn't need to be there until the afternoon. But as craft services has been having fantastic lunches, we decided we would get there in time for that!!
The dinosaur base has gone through another set of changes, so Jody worked on re-dressing that set for awhile. Apparently they are shooting that set first tomorrow, and the Rescue Heroes set on Sunday, so the rush to finish the Rescue set was kind of for not. Crazy world this t.v. stuff is :)

For the park garden set, I worked on the flower beds around the trees, I mixed up some raw umber paint with sand, and spread it around the pocket hole that the trees are growing out of. We picked up a small planter basket that had these tiny orange plastic flowers, but when you break off the flower part, they scale very well with our set. These were stuck into the paint/sand mixture, and the whole base was placed outside to dry in the sun. Whats cool is how real the park looks outside on a table in the studio parking lot!

So I put a water bottle in for a scale reference. Now that's funny!
We totally lucked out on the trees for this job. I was driving home last week, and saw this crazy looking bush at the side of the road. I stopped and checked it out, and the branches were amazing as scale trees! I don't know what kind of tree it came from, but I definitely made a note of the location. Were always looking for realistic tree bases! You know you're a geek when you get excited about a small stick that looks like it could be a big stick!

Tomorrow I will finish the Rescue Base, while Jody is going to man the Dinosaur base while they're shooting. It should be another easy day........................for me, not Jody! MU HA HA HA!



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