I’ve been part of creating sets for television and film for over 2 decades now. During that time, I’ve worked in many different roles on the production side of moving pictures. Most often I work as a member of a team of set dressers, which, in turn, works under the supervision of Set Decorator. We are responsible for everything that you see on a screen that an Actor doesn’t specifically deal with. As an example, in a typical “home” set, this would be placing things like couches, lights, curtains, art work, etc. When I’m not dressing sets, I often work as an Art Director, being responsible for construction, painting and graphic elements that appear on a set. While a large volume of my work usually falls under a major studio project, I also do a lot of smaller things.
This past spring, I was contacted by Ahsland Viscosi from CMBXP about helping with an upcoming event. The event was to take place in September and she needed a way to divide a large room in half in order to have workshops in one half and a social space in the other.
After meeting with her and learning exactly what she needed I got to work designing a way to accomplish what she needed.
Usually, when working on a film set we have a few weeks to create the set and get all our pieces in place. Splitting a room in half with a temporary partition is something that I’ve had to do on a few film sets in my career. This particular project was a little more of a challenge in that I wasn’t able to get into the venue until a few days before the event.
Everything had to be created off site and moved into place with only a couple days lead before the event started. In addition to the divider being fabricated, it had to be painted in order for the artist, Kellie Sorrows, to apply the design to what her and Ashland had decided on. Special thanks to Samara Barks for creating the letter cutouts!
After nailing down how the fabrication of a 46 foot long room divider was going to look, it was time to get down to actually making the thing.
This meant that I had to:
Create 11 individual 4x8 panels
Prime those panels
Put them together temporarily (in our brand new South Austin Studio!)
Assist Kellie in painting a base coat to her design
Dismantle and transport panels to venue
Re-erect panels in the venue
After installing the divider in the space, I added a simple Black curtain pipe-and-drape system on the back side to help define the workshop area.
This was a fun project and I feel grateful for Ashland in trusting me to create the divider for the event. It was great to assist Kellie in facilitating her design. After seeing tons of pictures on Instagram, it looks like it turned out to be a hit.
Looking forward to creating something special for the next CMBXP.
Photo of the CMBXP Wall Divider team (Left to Right) : Leandra Blei (L), Brad Blei (B), Ashland Viscosi, Samara Barks, Kellie Sorrows
Check out the awesome time-lapse video from Originator Studios showing the partition going into place and Kellie putting the final touches on it