For our series “It Will be Ours” we created a miniature set to be used in the background of our main scene. This is an old-school Hollywood device we have used many times before.
The set was relatively simple, with a foreground of various greenery, a mid ground of two “tree trunks” covered in moss and an opal background with plants and gels placed behind it.
Side view of miniature set
We hung the plants off of additional branches to create a natural flow and similar colored gels were hung in a seemingly random manner to create a misty forest.
Foliage behind opal.
A variety of colored gels hanging behind the foliage.
The Set design itself was less about creating a realistic space and more about creating a sense of flow that worked with the strong directional composition of the main image.
Over camera view of the mini set.
Just for fun, we let our son come in and shoot his own set-up and we must admit, he might be on to something. As an homage to him, this photo provides clues as to a little mystery we placed within the image, “It WIll Be Ours.” Can you guess what it might be?
The final miniature still life scene we used.
Miniature background scene.
The final piece, “It Will Be Ours,” with the scene above placed within.