Written and directed by Aidan Largey, produced by Causeway Pictures and What’s Next Films. I was brought in to oversee the art department of this shirt film a few days before filming. The shoot was across several spaces at one location, requiring sets to be decorated and struck sequentially while filming was in progress. The main challenge here was timing as the young actors had a rigid schedule to work to; as well as the very short design/source pre-production phase.
The film follows a boy genius and his best friend as the salvage parts to create a time machine, while navigating their relationships with each other and their family. It was shot over three days on a small estate near Crossgar, N. Ireland. There were a handful of obstacles to overcome in the set dressing, such as making one outhouse look like a school room and a dining room on opposing sides. That said, for the main garage space it was a matter of layering our own story on what was already there.
This space needed to look something like a rough workspace inhabited by kids. Elements of of both construction and toys littered the room. Custom made schematics, book covers and posters were made for the scene. Fairy lights softened the space and workbench lights added some practical lighting. Various toys were then scattered along the surfaces, the plasma globe ended up becoming a prominent feature.
Garage – Before
Dining Room / School
This was a single room, to be cleared and decorated for two separate scenes. The obstacle here was hiding the distinct orange/beige bricks for the school scene without damaging the walls surface at all. I managed to temporarily paper the walls using sticky pads. For dining room the DoP, Aidan Gault, referenced images of strong symmetry. I hunted for furniture and fixtures that I could find in couples to achieve this. I then made tablecloths and runners to create contrasting colour scheme to the sickly coloured walls.
Dining room – before
School room – before