Storyboard and Illustration Samples, Set Design and Graphics

Set Design


Sheridan 3×3 Set Build

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 8.13.34 PMgarage plan w_carsgarage sketch P1110105Every year my Production Design students at Sheridan College build a studio set and then shoot 8-10 different short films on the same set. This yera we built the interior of a gas station.

These are some shots of the work in progress.

We painted a backing as well for outside the entrance.

Below a photo shop mock up of the backing.

backing mock up mock up

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As it turned out, we were unable to get our REAL gas pumps and we had them printed on vinyl and mounted on foam core.

They actually worked quite well in the background.

Below a link to a  short Youtube video.


Set Building Basics

We were shooting on location here in toronto at the Waverly Hotel at Spadina and College. It was decided to shoot at the actual location for 2 days and then to move the crew back to the studio where we would build a section of the set.

6650086465_c7baeb2812_oThe first step was to get some detailed photos and measurements. The Key Scenic painter and Construction Manager met me at the location and we did our research getting measurements and matching colours.

P1100723 P1100727 P1100741 P1100745The next step is to come up with a floor plan that works

and situate it within the studio. Crew access and fire regulations are taken into account.

Plan 1 below.

Scanned from a Xerox multifunction deviceThis was shown to the Director who had some notes.

Plan 2.

Scanned from a Xerox multifunction device(1)Below is the final plan (within reason as things can still change.)

Scanned from a Xerox multifunction device(2) Scanned from a Xerox multifunction device(3)A simple elevation followed with door details.

The set went up very quickly.

P1100793 P1100797Once the set was standing the painters got to it.

P1100816 P1100821 P1100826The painters were then followed by the Set Decorators.

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All in all, a very believable set that matched the location.

New Art Moderne Set Proposal


new office1A quick rendering for approval before we move on to the working drawings.

More from the Larry Collection

Teen Magazine

This was created by Mike Nesbitt for the TV Movie An Officer and a Murderer….

Crime Scene

These are staged prop photos for a television series. Cassie Keenan is the model.

More GCI

New CGI Sets

The finished GCI set.

More CGI Sets

Crappy Motel Set

Art Deco Bar Studio Set


Girlie Mags

A couple of prop magazines for a film.


A crazy incinerator we built for the latest project.

The Larry Collection

World’s Worst Prop

What is there to say…..?

Victorian Desk Build

We needed a nice Victorian desk for a set and the carpenters built this and the skilled scenic painters finished it.

Thanks to Phil Carvalho, Mark Taylor and Rob Taylor.

It looks like it’s always been there.

New Dash Card

Saul Bass Style Posters

Some prop posters for a film rendered in the style of legendary designer, Saul Bass.

Sheridan College ATVF Production Design 2011/2012

For school this year I decided to recycle some of the pieces that were built in the summer for the Empire State Building set seen in an earlier post.

In addition I had a large New York Tanslight left over that we put to use as well.. The end result was quite good and this year’s PD students really worked hard on the set.

As I write this, 10 different films are being shot on the same set.

Some screen captures from a short film we made. The film can be seen here.

Prop Movie Sign