DANNYDÁVILA PRODUCTIONDESIGN & ARTDIRECTION
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The tub in the Graceland house had never been used. After SFX plumbed it we were asked to build a custom rig for ease of use with camera. We created a slightly larger, 3 sided replica of the Original Tub in the Graceland house. This allowed for the camera department to have full side access to shooting the tub.
Because of limited electrical capacity on this mega yacht, we were able to light this scene almost entirely with the lighting provided by the Art Department. This was planned in cooperation with the DP and the Electrical Department.
In this episode the script called for one of our main characters to go undercover with a hardened Los Angeles gang. We set the mood in the gym by adding color on the walls along with shelving that allowed for the display of trophies.
The images on the bottom left, and bottom right show the gym when we first scouted it.
The image on the top right is the photoshop pre-vis we used to show out plan for the gym and the top left and bottom middle were the final product.
This scene called for our cast to break open walls in a house and pull wads of cash out of the house. The Art, Props, and Construction Departments worked in unison to create a seamless three take wall that worked out perfectly for the shooting crew.
This neighborhood church was a full build on our Sound Stage.
For this and all SFX scenes we generate drawings of the effect. This helps the SFX crew with rigging but also assists in keeping the flow of information between the Art Department and Production. By giving production a layout of each effect we save time and money and allow for maximum safety on set.
We took an empty white room and added several wall frames to allow for an FBI mobile command center.
By closing off the room with this framing we were allowed for lights to be placed on camera along with giving the room a sense of scope.
This crash scene was in fact a well placed vehicle with a few conveniently placed dents and a hole in the windshield.
The SFX department was able to safely open a hole in the windshield where we placed a fallen tree inside of.
Dents were added after the car was placed and the greens department was able to place vines and ground foliage to simulate the car driving down the hill.
The image in the middle bottom is the before image of this particular garage. The script called for a dental home office for an illegal dental operation.
In the scene our characters blew up a safe. In reality we created the post explosion scene with a puff of smoke so to create the illusion of an explosion on screen.
We also made the neighborhood more down by adding leaves on the street and dulling down the grass.
We added Jail Bars in this hallway as a foreground element. We also added stenciling on the walls for a more realistic prison look.
This apartment was a full build on our stages with limited space available. By adding a few angles, and dummy doors the camera didn't know the difference between a large apartment and a smaller build.
The furniture in front of this Fast Food Restaurant was custom built. The large sign to the left of the screen was created by the art department and placed in post production.
This cut costs during production and took minimal effort and money from the post side of things.
In the back story of this show the father of our lead owned a construction company. When it was time to shoot a scene in the fathers house we took this empty room and created a wood shop to support the characters back story.
In an effort to support a tight shooting schedule we took an empty room and were able to build 5,000 square feet of hallway, with 4 rooms, and an elevator within 4 days.
We were also able to quickly change these hallways so that from one scene to the next (not pictured) the hallway took on a different appearance.
This themed out Motel was actually a full build and dress. Our goal was to help the back story that our characters were in Florida for this episode.
On a show about law enforcement interrogation rooms are the norm.
The interrogation room is a difficult set to design because of bare walls, limited lighting, an observation room and allowing for crew access.
With this interrogation room we used acoustic paneling with pops of color to add depth to the walls. We also had three live feed cameras to save money for the production.
The live video feeds allowed for a minimal amount of setups to contain the maximum amount of coverage AND by doing all of the actions live it saved money in post.
This particular interrogation room took on some of the properties of several that we've created in the past.
This one was in the offices of the ATF. In a previous episode our ATF offices were modern and modular. We placed storefront windows to match that look. Painted ceiling tiles on the walls gave depth without having to place lots of signage on the walls.
The walls of the observation room were lined with my preferred technique for acoustic tiling which also gives a look of depth and is significantly cheaper than other acoustic tiling solutions.
The story called for this interrogation room to be part of the county jail system.
Green walls, lots of age, and narrow, tall windows gave us the look we were trying to achieve.
Large stenciled lettering on the walls also brought the set to life with a sense of realism.
This actual prison did not have any bars. After painting the while walls with contrasting colors we built jail bars to help this jail actually look like a jail.
The custom bench for prisoners along with the signage tied the entire set to the look we were trying to achieve.
By utilizing the stage wall and building an additional wall we were able to make this small space look like a prison.
We worked closely with the Director to plan out the coverage for this scene. By doing so we saved time and effort which in turn saved the production on their bottom dollar.
On this day we were fighting the page count, the sun and the weather.
By placing this fire pit on a lazy susan production was able to save time and money by allowing for multiple angles on the same camera and lighting setup.
In this scene the script called for our character to walk up to a set of mailboxes and a map of a building complex. By aging the mailboxes, and creating the map/stand we gave life to the story that this character was in an unsafe environment.
In our story the hero character is getting beat up in an alleyway. We created this abandoned auto body shop that gave production the look they needed for the shoot.
By putting a soft tarp ceiling on this space we assisted the DP in his efforts to make this a night for day scene.
A few well placed set pieces gave this already creepy location the final touch that it needed to set the mood and tone of this scene.
This small billboard was generated and created completely in house in the art department. Our construction department built the frame and bases for this sign.
The three dimensional effect is achieved by two layers of foam fore being placed on a backing layer. The image was created as one logo then printed in sections to allow for this technique.
In building the frame the construction department needed to make sure it would be the same thickness as the final sign.
Proper communication made this project a success.
This scene called for a physical therapy room in a hospital. This room was across the hall from the main set we were shooting at this day.
By converting this empty meeting room we saved the production a full company move on a very page heavy day.
We added flooring, custom built furniture, custom graphics on the wall and a hospital sign.
This Desert Themed room was a full build on our stages. It featured double layers of wall paper, a custom made Valance, and Themed out artwork and furniture.
The double layer of wallpaper was because the script called for a messy bloody scene then a scene where the characters are cleaning the blood then a scene where it was restored to almost perfect.
The shooting schedule did not allow for us to shoot these scenes on different days so we double layered the wallpaper in order to allow for a quick cleanup.
This scene was a festive celebration turned wrong. The fire pit was created by the Construction Department. SFX brought ceramic gas lit logs and Set Dec placed layering of string lights to help give depth to this night scene.
We had very little time to Create this custom mask. We were able to take existing off the shelf prosthetics and create this custom mask.
The rendering on the left was used for approval. After we chose the desired prosthetics we created a rendering that utilized the look and feel of the chosen prosthetics.
We then handed the rendering and research photos to our Special Effects Makeup Artist and he artistically took the research, prosthetics, and rendering to a real life application.
The original exterior wall of this location fell off straight into the canal below. We added a wall that created the look of a screened in porch. We then added custom drapes and set dressing did their magic with this rustic swamp look.
We added fresh greens, planters, and a full party scene to this backyard.
The transformation from abandoned and overgrown to the neighborhood hangout was an effort to help give more back story to the leader of this East LA Neighborhood gang.
Sometimes the perfect location doesn't require much.
We added a few set pieces and some work lights to round out the secluded look and feel of this location.
We also added strategically placed black vis-queen helped hide equipment and people but kept crew and gear close enough to the action to allow for a faster shooting day.
This location recently had a fire and was under renovation. We took the opportunity to use this as a really great drug den.
We opened up the walls on either side of the main room to allow for more natural lighting to enter the room.
We also added several elements to the house to help the tone of the scene and look of the set.
We were filming in the actual City Jail but it did not have a visitation room adequate to our needs.
We were able to modify a large holding cell to create our own visitation room.
This Custom Built Semi-Opaque Backdrop Step and Repeat was created to allow for back-light and give a sense of style to this stage setup.
The stage was placed in front of a boring staircase but with these panels and some up-lighting the staircase really came to life.
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