5 Children & It

5 Children & IT

Based on the classic childrens book by E.Nesbit. Tells the story of 5 refugee children who have to stay at their Uncles' mansion in the countryside. Befriended by a sand fairy, which they discover by disobeying their uncles' orders NOT to enter the greenhouse, they are then granted wishes by said fairy. The usual mayhem ensues. It was our job, Bill Pearson, Myself and the team, under the supervision of Richard Vandenburg, to make the mansion in miniature, as it was situated near a cliff edge, not a real location for any mansion that the production could find.










Naked Models





enhanced As usual, we ran out of time to 'dirty down' the model exactly as we would have liked to, so I've enhanced the weathering in photoshop to see how it looks
Tower and spire Apart from the basic structure, this was the other chunk I was responsible for finishing. The children fly out of the door beneath the clock face in one sequence
To the stage....not the tip! With the Model complete, it is wheeled around to the stage for shooting
Definately NOT made in vane Never originally intended to be seen in close up, production required an extra shot of the weather vane and as the full size vane had been dismantled, they used the miniature. I'm not sure wether that shot ended up in the film
. And so it should be! A well established practice when shooting models is to have at least one shot where the camera is low down to show the view from a scale persons eye level. With the proper lens this usually succeeds in making the miniature look full size. Strangely, not all directors do this. I always take one because I love to hear people say "how big is that?"
Mouldy trickles It took quite a few practice runs, before I got the technique for doing this off pat (who IS this Pat person?). Acrylic paint and lighter fluid did the trick I think
Getting to the root of the matter Wire and latex would have been the way to go had there only been a few roots to make, but with so many, I decided to go on a little hunt around the studio for something suitable. I found some fine roots behind the hut, after all, you cant beat the real thing!
Its always good.... ...to have a person in the shot to give it scale. Chris Trice lends a hand instead.
  Another chunk Progress shot of the clock tower. Constructed from 5mm thick FOAMEX also known as FOAMALUX. Easy to carve brick lines into with only a scalpel and rough up with a powerfile.
  Added depth Without internal illumination, the vines werent really visible. I think seeing the vines added depth and a mysterious quality to the glasshouse. Uncle Albert rules that the children must never go into the greenhouse..and indeed, a lot of the action takes place inside. Strange that the green house is never seen as an exterior establishing shot, for this important plot location.