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Hollywood sets look vast and amazing on screen, but in reality, they are built as minimally as possible to achieve the look.  What appears as stone, marble, wood, glass and brick may in reality by plywood flats, Styrofoam, textured facades and exquisite paint jobs that give the illusion of richer materials.
In this module, you will learn how to construct a movie set, from building flats to painting and texturing the walls to building a floor and ceiling.


  • 35:15 video that teaches you how to build a set
  • Illustrated companion guide


  • How to build a flat an the materials needed
  • How to determine the height of a movie set
  • How to add dimension to a flat, four-walled set
  • What are wild walls and how to properly use them
  • Working with ceilings and how to cheat a set with no ceilings
  • Laying floors
  • Creating surfaces and paint to add realism, age or texture to walls
  • What to do with a set once shooting wraps
"Very straightforward and easy to follow. I also really appreciate the combination of technical and aesthetics, which is how I base my class. I would find this to be a very good reference to provide to students."
   - William Donaruma,
      University of Notre Dame