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Other Structures

Many productions call for other miscellaneous set structures such as trees, pillars, water wells, etc. Many different methods and materials can be used to build these objects. The nature of the object somewhat dictates the materials, but there is generally a lot of flexibility in what can be done.

If an object does not need to carry any weight, its frame can generally be made out of thin wood. The wooden frame is then usually covered with some sort of contouring skeleton, such as wire mesh. This skeleton is shaped to the desired contour, and then covered with papier-mâché strips, a fabric and glue combination, or fiberglass. Once dry, the structure can be painted and textured at will. Other interesting effects can be had using different types of foam (styrofoam, etc.). Foam can be easily cut, shaped, and finished, allowing realistic rocks and other objects to be created.

If the structure must carry weight, generally a platform is built into the structure where the support is needed. The platform can be covered with the finishing material to blend the look of the structure together.


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Steve Richardson 2000-07-06

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