Post by lespaceplie on May 15, 2008 23:53:59 GMT 1
These flats were a regular part of the interior set in the early days even making minor appearances in some Pertwee episodes. Sometimes they were oriented the wrong way (horizontal rows of roundels instead of vertical rows).
What were these walls a photograph of? The design is not merely a photo of the set walls unless it is the back of them. It was probably easier to capture a smaller textured surface.
Also, does anyone have a high-resolution photo of these walls? I'd consider using photographic walls in a fan production. Trompe l'oeil might work well in addition to a model set.
These walls were a photograph, I believe, of the piece of plastic that Peter Brachaki originally based the walls on.
As the wooden walls were quite expensive to build, and they needed more set area, they decided to use a photographic blow-up of this plastic.
I'm convinced I've seen a photograph of this in print somewhere, but I can't remember where. I thought I'd seen it in the Early Years book, but it's not there.
I too would love to get a high resolution photo of them. I've tried to make a composite picture of one in Photoshop, but I didn't get very far, due mainly to not having very good reference to start with.
Unfortunately, it's not as simple as copy-and-paste, as the shadows and shading change across the plastic, so the roundels in one corner are quite different from those in the opposite one.
Ooooh this is interesting conversation. I actually had wondered whether that wall pattern exists anywhere. But yes, maybe its more of a make a 3d model of it beforehand. Though it should be interesting creating something 2d in photoshop...
After making a slightly dodgy 3D roundel, and duplicating it up as instances, I think I understand a little more about the image.
I believe that the roundelled piece of plastic was put on a mirror for the photograph. The roundels themselves are cut-outs in the hollows of the plastic sheet. Some areas of the plastic touch the mirror better than others, and where it doesn't you can see a reflection of the plastic in the mirror behind. The image is taken slightly to one side of the plastic, rather than face-on, to avoid seeing the camera in the mirror. The mirror can then reflect a lit/backlit piece of paper which shows up in the roundels.
At least, that's what I believe so far. How easy this will be to reproduce, is probably "not very". If I can create something similar, and use it as a basis for painting and copy/pasting on top of, that might work.