Close up detail of the bottom center panel of parlor pilasters. The same detail is at the top of the pilaster and on each side of the center medallion.
This is a close up the center detail of the french molding detail on the pilaster. The scenic artist paint it with three or four layers of paint, glazes and tinted rubbing wax. They do a brilliant job!
This is the point of the sets being built when it really all comes together and takes shape!!! It is when the artisans from Construction, Plaster and Paint put their final touches on the set. This photo is a detail of one of the Pilasters with a corinthian column capital. The Pilaster would be built like a tall box in the construction shop. The plaster men would cast the column capitals and the french moldings and apply them to the pilaster. Then the carpenters would add all the different moldings. The crown moldings would be cast and added to the top of the walls. Then scenic artists would do their magic!
Now I am going to show you some of the Architectural Details of the Paris Apartment. I already showed you one of the boards with the different french moldings that we used. Now I will show you close-up details and explain some of the process. Do you know I went to a five year Architecture program and I don’t think wood or plaster moldings were ever discussed? You kinda have to learn about that on your own, or from the different jobs you work on. Using different moldings is one very good way to set the period and tone for your Film or TV Set. Just so you know I had a couple of teachers telling me they were showing this blog to students to show them a bit of the behind the scenes making of sets to inspire beginner designers in theatre and film. Which is exciting!
This shows just one board of some of the beautiful french rococo molding that we used in the Paris Apartment. I will have to say that picking moldings is one of the really fun parts of the Production Designer, Art Directors or Set Designers jobs!!!! It is like toys for adults, we love them though they aren’t cheap. Most of these came from a supplier in Chicago. The plaster men would make many many cast of each to cover the walls of the sets.