Position: Art director. In collaboration with Production Designer: Mark Mulcahy
Story description: A 9-1-1 operator receives a frantic call from her son who has caused a horrific accident. Every word matters when the call is being recorded.
My objective: Design and build a 911 call center. Budget: $800. Materials, 2×4’s, 1×4’s, and fabric.
My first step was to transfer a concept drawing into a sketchup model. Considering the dimensions of the sound stage and the 6 overhead rigging pods.
I designed a modular system that could be moved around to accommodate the direction the camera was shooting. This system left 20 percent of the structure open for people to freely walk through.
Built several 6′ x 8′ structure out of 2×4’s, and a hand full of 6′ x 8′ panels made of 1×4’s and wrapped in fabric (stapled). 4 single units were then bolted together to make one long wall. This was done so a wall could easily be unbolted and removed if needed for production.
Considering time constraints, panels were attached with a slip knot, that would be easily undone, so the panel could be moved.
A series of images to show construction and the completed set.
The modular system fully taken apart and stored.
Images from final film.
Director: Andrew Fairbanks
Producer: Gerrad Wilson
Production Designer: Mark Mulcahy