When modelling the house, I had a look at different things to create the warped looked we were going for.
Dervla provided me with this awesome piece of concept art which I used for a basis of our model. We opted to change a few things though- to make it a bit more like other inspirations we looked into.
The original concept art by Dervla. It needs a few tweaks to the design- such as the lack of stairs at the front- the person is trapped forever!
Courage The Cowardly Dog
Evil Dead Cabin
Michael C. McMillen
I found some of McMillen’s work online and found it really nice to look at- an loved the rotted elements that really made it unique. I showed Sinead (as she was modelling the telephone masts) – and we agreed the wrapping of the wiring on the house gave that extra abandoned vibe.
All images found on McMillen’s website. (Lalouver.com, 2016).
Monster House Concepts- Chris Appelhans
Behance– Dmytro Doskoch
CG Society- Lukasz Michalczyk
I split the house into different components when modelling it- to really hone in on what they needed to look like and research them individually.
The assets involved in the house included 3 bigger things, which smaller items attached;
Main house- A roof- tiles and beams, the walls/ wooden paneling, windows, window shutters, door and door frame, chimney
Porch- support beams, roof-tiles and supports, floor panels main outer panels
Stairs- the step planks, breezeblocks
Basement/ shelter entrance- doors, pad lock, latch, hinges, support and concrete base
The base of the house or the wooden paneling- I looked at the houses from the evil dead, along with an array of abandoned sheds and summer homes. This was to create the creepy, well worn look I wanted to achieve.
I initially block modelled the panels- placing them around the house in an even like fashion, for further destruction after.
For the roof, I was heavily inspired by Gerald Dunleavy’s Black smith house (see above- I loved the look of a longer front of house- like a face, rather than having the tiles block the majority of the structure like in Dervla’s designs.
For the windows themselves- I looked at the Evil Dead house and how they were created- windows warped and slopped as if the wood had rotted away. Also, we though of adding the window shutters to make it look really told and creep- as if someone wanted to block the world out.
Some of the broken shutters I looked at when modelling mine.
The basement door was inspired by the idea in Cloverfield Lane (2016)- the hidden basement in which the trio live. I wanted the idea of a hiding space- but what if it was for something more sinister than a tornado- like when in the War of the Worlds (2005) remake the alien eye probes the basement area.
The Bunker. (YouTube, 2016).
Probing the basement.
I looked into different basement/ tornado shelters for this- including the locks and latches.
Below is a little turntable of the model- showing all the detailing on it. I want to add some dead shrubbery around the house itself, to give a bit more of an overgrown vibe.
Lalouver.com. (2016). Michael C. McMillen. [online] Available at: http://lalouver.com/artist.cfm?tArtist_id=206 [Accessed 28 Nov. 2016].