I'm not sure if I posted this picture before, but it does symbolize people as well as a TV set--things aren't always what they appear to be. Ok, back to work........most set walls are made up of "flats." In the theatre they are made of 1x3's laying flat with canvas (actually unbleached muslin) stretched over them. In TV (and some film) they are usually 1x3 (sometimes 1x2) on edge and covered with 1/8" "door skin", also known as luan, also known as 1/8 ply. I did talk about this in an earlier post, but now an earlier post can mean months ago. You can see how simple this method actually is, but also how well it works for easy set up / take down as well as versatility and reuse. Remember the wall "off sets" when walls are joined overlapping that sort of yell "IT'S A SET" in case you didn't know. Even the permanent sets on Magnum were built this way, although they weren't braced with these temporary steel braces or "jacks." A lot of this terminology came from the theatre / stage use. Of course the flats can be covered with plaster, texture, wallpaper, or that ever popular "V-groove" paneling so popular back then.
Since I digressed in the beginning (and there may be more of this as the photos are just about gone), I tried to link this blog into my"LOST" bio--something I didn't know that I even had. It's not to discuss that show, but maybe they will enjoy some of the general information I've been able to pass along about television production in general and not be sued by Disney for divulging "sacred" LOST info into cyberspace (like I know any).
I see I have picked up a few new followers (WELCOME and thanks!) even though I haven't posted much lately--but there is still a lot of info here to read. I really do need to get going on the promised sound stage floorplan. I'm afraid it's not going to be all that detailed or even to scale. I suspect that some of you could probably draw a better one with all of your knowledge of the show better than I can. At some point in the next few postings, the well of photos is going run dry. I keep hoping there are more set photos stored away as negatives, but I have a few termite repair battles to fight before I can spend a lot of time crawling around looking for them.
Hope you all have had a great 3 day weekend and took a little time to remember what it's supposed to be about--even as I grilled hamburgers on my one day off this week. Unfortunately it looks like there will be a lot more days off again soon! Maybe I can put my new found shoe shining skills into practice?