ILLUSTRATIONS / DESIGN PROCESS IMAGES

The previsualization and prep phase of a project is the most important time in the design process. 

Here are some examples of the tools I use to previsualize sets and get a strong concept communicated to directors, producers, VFX supervisors, and DPs.

 

Sketchup plans and rendered walkthroughs help us use our resources wisely and have a solid approved set design prior to construction.

I always create a well articulated Pre Pro Book that clearly communicates all facets of my art department and makes sure everyone sees our progress every step of the way.

Skyfighter - Spaceship Walkthrough & Rendering

Interior Built on Stage

Example Commercial Pre Pro Book 

Walmart Toys 2020

Additional Tools Used

Renderings, groundplans, animations, concept art, mood boards and more.

McDonalds Living Room
McDonalds Living Room

Built Set on Stage Rendered In Sketchup Production Designer - Benjamin Ralston McDonalds 2020 Award Season Promos with Uber Eats.

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Kelley Blue Book Commercial
Kelley Blue Book Commercial

This is a full set build on stage with multiple smaller sets that combine to make one long set! Drawn In Sketchup by Benjamin Ralston

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Contagion - Groundplan
Contagion - Groundplan

Construction plans are drawn to communicate the size and space of a built set. Hand Drawn

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Bully - Groundplan
Bully - Groundplan

This director's plan is something that I would make to distribute for any set. They will be helpful in camera diagrams and blocking, as well as furniture plans and overall production plans! Drawn in Layout by Benjamin Ralston

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Wheel Of Fashion Set
Wheel Of Fashion Set

Before building a set, even a small one like this closet, I wanted to see exactly how much space we could utilize! Drawn in Sketchup by Benjamin Ralston

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Before building a set, even a small one like this closet, I wanted to see exactly how much space we could utilize! Drawn in Sketchup by Benjamin Ralston

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Trolls School Hallway
Trolls School Hallway

Sometimes just taking a look through a camera lens can really be helpful for determining how big the set should be. Drawn in Sketchup by Benjamin Ralston

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Rendering to Reality
Rendering to Reality

An example of how we can achieve almost exactly what we pre previsualize in preproduction using SketchUp! Designs by Benjamin Ralston.

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Concept art for the film Blackstar Canyon - The Arkham Arcade

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Concept art for the film Blackstar Canyon - The Arkham Arcade Sketchup Model & rendering

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Concept art for the film Blackstar Canyon - The Arkham Arcade Sketchup Model & rendering

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Deadwax Living Room Set
Deadwax Living Room Set

A furniture plan is put together to communicate the placement of furniture on a set. After a groundplan is drawn and distributed, a furniture plan expresses color and space. Drawn in Sketchup by Benjamin Ralston

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DIF: The Film - Set Plans
DIF: The Film - Set Plans

A full set plan like this includes a furniture ground plan, stage spotting plan, and multiple renderings and perspective. Drawn In Layout

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What The Funny - News Desk
What The Funny - News Desk

Renderings are very important to show and tell exactly what you plan on the set looking like. Quite often, when time allows, a rending will be made in addition to a groundplan, construction drawings, and mood boards. Drawn In SketchUp

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Lindsey Sterling - Greenscreen
Lindsey Sterling - Greenscreen

Greenscreen renderings like this show how much greenscreen is required for specific angles of set extension. Drawn In SketchUp

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DIF: The Film - Rendering
DIF: The Film - Rendering

Rendered In Podium

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The Drowned Man - Furniture Plan
The Drowned Man - Furniture Plan

A furniture plan is put together to communicate the placement of furniture on a set. After a groundplan is drawn and distributed, a furniture plan expresses color and space. Hand Drawn

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The Drowned Man - Mood Board
The Drowned Man - Mood Board

Mood boards are key in the initial stage of design to communicate color palate and textures planned for a specific set. Made In Photoshop.

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Quitters - Groundplan
Quitters - Groundplan

Drafted with magicPlan

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Spiderman - Bedroom Drawing
Spiderman - Bedroom Drawing

A simple sketch can help start a conversation about tone and size of the set. Hand Drawn

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The Drowned Man - Camera Plan
The Drowned Man - Camera Plan

Quite often I provide a camera plan of the set to show directors and cinematographers the space as well as allows them to mark camera angles and plans.

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City Of Ember - Prelim Rendering
City Of Ember - Prelim Rendering

Sometimes a prelim rendering is done to get a general size of the set and scope of the production.

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Prelim Sketch
Prelim Sketch
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Blocking Rendering
Blocking Rendering

A quick blocking rendering can be helpful for production to show frame size and get a general feel of size of a set.

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Contagion - Stage Plan
Contagion - Stage Plan

A stage plan is drawn when a set is being built on a stage to show the crew where specific scenic items go in relation to the stage.

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Contagion - Rendering
Contagion - Rendering
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Contagion - Rendering
Contagion - Rendering
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Greenscreen / Set Extension
Greenscreen / Set Extension

When a set is to be extended by green screen its helpful to show a set drawing with the extension.

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Contagion - Rendering
Contagion - Rendering
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Contagion - Rendering
Contagion - Rendering
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