Smoke and Mirrors: Harry Potter Scenes Reimagined

Smoke and Mirrors: Stage Sets Reimagined, Melbourne University Project, Architecture Images

Smoke and Mirrors: Harry Potter Scenes Reimagined

Stage Set Project in Victoria, Australia – design by Melbourne School of Design

3 Mar 2019

Smoke and Mirrors

Design: Melbourne School of Design

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Smoke and Mirrors is a summer intensive at the Melbourne School of Design and explores the intersection of stage sets, miniatures, architecture and narrative driven design. Utilising spatial analysis of film sets and literature, the animated artefacts are a product of the digital and physical born from rapid prototyping (laser-cutting), digital fabrication techniques and model-making.

Smoke and Mirrors Harry Potter Scenes Reimagined

Teams were tasked with designing and fabricating an animated set model based on sourced material. Using techniques and discussions learnt over the course of 12 days, they explored the use of model making and designing through the lens of a camera. Highly detailed models were creating using a mixture of intricately laser-cut pieces, hand modelling, and lights and motors and used in-camera effects such as forced perspective.

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Smoke and Mirrors explores the intersection of stage sets, miniatures, architecture and narrative driven design. Utilising spatial analysis of film sets and literature, the animated artefacts are a product of the digital and physical born from rapid prototyping (laser-cutting), digital fabrication techniques and model-making.

Smoke and Mirrors Harry Potter Scenes Reimagined

Teams were tasked with designing and fabricating an animated set model based on sourced material. Using techniques and discussions learnt over the course of 12 days, they explored the use of model making and designing through the lens of a camera. Highly detailed models were creating using a mixture of intricately laser-cut pieces, hand modelling, and lights and motors.

Smoke and Mirrors Harry Potter Scenes Reimagined

This studio was led by architect Jannette Le, and tutors Michael Mack, Mond Qu and Denis Vlieghe and shows independent scenes that centralise around the wizarding world of magic.

Smoke and Mirrors Harry Potter Scenes Reimagined

Students were given 1.0mm and 0.6mm boxboard to create their models from. They made use of trace paper (for windows and diffused lights) and LED lights and motors connected to Arduinos.

Smoke and Mirrors Harry Potter Scenes Reimagined

Melbourne School of Design put together briefing documents for 8 scenes from Harry Potter, with client information, quotes from the books, and some reference imagery. The students tried to replicate, but in a more fun way, when a client approaches an architecture practice with a pinterest board of ideas and you have to distill them into a design. You can use the ideas pack as a reference, but you can’t copy from it. The students used this information to design their versions of the scenes described as miniature objects or sets, but we only let them use brown card (because challenges are fun!)

Smoke and Mirrors Harry Potter Scenes Reimagined

The Melbourne School of Design students selected characters from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series and scoured through the books, movies and Pottermore to build a client profile. Students then studied these characters and designed the spaces to reflect how the characters would have used the space.

The students had only 11 day to design, build and fabricate their models. Over 400 hours of laser cutting was completed to fabricate the models, and for one, 700 boxes were hand-cut to fill Ollivanders Wand Shop!

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Smoke and Mirrors: Harry Potter Scenes Reimagined – Design Information

Melbourne School of Design

Makers:

Gringotts
Paul Yap En Hao
Hylin Lam
Ka Wing Karen Tsui
Hoi Yin Ho
Kye Yuan Choong

Ollivanders Wand Shop
Ping Meng
Sheng Zou

The Shrieking Shack
Chenggao Li
Zichao Zhu
Haotian Wu
Siyang Wan
Xinhui Xu

The Burrow
Andrew Rahman
Zoe Jo Bratcher
Alison Hammer
Wei Lyn Song
Edwin Jupp

Flourish and Blotts
Archana Karunan
Shreyaa Shah

Grimmauld Place
Edward Yee
Duncan Crowe
Mary Hou
Daniel Zou
Luke Kim

The Chamber of Secrets
Sara Tan
Ying Ruey Lee
Yohanes Richo Wirawan
Juan Carlos Planells
Mengli Pi

The Great Staircase
Bin Wang
Hao Lin
Zhenyi Jiang
Zarrin Salami
Xiaohan Liu

Smoke and Mirrors Harry Potter Scenes Reimagined

Photography: Jannette Le

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Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia




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