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AQUASHUTTLE SET

The AquaShuttle submarine set, as seen in the 'Oceanus: Act One' short.

The basic layout for the AquaShuttle submarine was first designed by Jeffrey Morris (director of the short linked above) and comic book artist Christopher Jones. Here are Christoper's sketches.

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It was my task to design the actual set based on these and on the exterior design of the submarine. This meant building it out and detailing it in 3D, making sure the dimensions were actually usable by humans, and a number of other issues. My 3D models would eventually used by a Canadian company to create the set/prop from CNC machined foam, so had to start out being accurate accordingly.

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The set would also have to be capable of getting separated between front and back ends for filming.

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At this point I sent off the 3D models to Trevor Adams in Canada, who used them to CNC manufacture the foam pieces that formed the bulk of the set. Here it is after getting transported to Los Angeles for filming, but before the Art Department detailed it. I belive these photos were taken by the director, Jeffrey Morris.

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Note seam separating front and half of set.

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Then it was all detailed out. Among my duties while on set was unit photography - the following photos are by yours truly.

Here's a fun comparison between one of my set design renders and the final set in use.

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And more photos of the set in use.

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At the very end of filming we finally actually filmed the back end separately for shooting inserts (close ups of screens, mostly).

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A reminder that you can watch the finished short here. The monitor screen graphics you can see in these photos (played back live during shooting) were also designed and animated by yours truly. The set is currently in storage awaiting further adventures.