Portals is one of a few personal projects I had planed for this year. Below is the first photograph of this series. I wanted to create something mysterious, something dark. My client work usually goes very much the opposite way. So this should be a nice change.
I am handling the term ‘portal’ very loosely. To me it doesn’t mean there is a gate that I can use. Portals can have any kind of shape and size. Something might slip through them unnoticed. I want to play with the unknown.
As for the setting: It’s the early 20th century. Entities appeared after a glitch in Dr. Curiovsky’s last experiment. His is eager to study this discovery, not knowing what he is dealing with. This is his first encounter.
If you think you know where the story goes, leave me a comment with your opinion.
Some ideas need a bit of magic to come alive. That can have several reasons. The idea might need expensive set builds or takes place in a very remote location that is hard to access with a full-blown crew and heavy gear. Perhaps sometimes it is simply not possible to produce in reality. That is when digital set extension comes into play. It explains like this – some parts of the image are created in front of an actual camera and others are created on the computer to enhance reality or achieve the impossible.
Digital set extensions can also save money. How many productions have a budget to hang up a car on the wall or to build a set to make it look like it’s hung up a wall?
It can go further of course. The images below have been entirely created on the computer. Going this way gives you great freedom to tweak things like angles, materials or backgrounds, even after the shoot. Those change request are definitely a lot more expensive with photography or film. Because, one would need to get all set elements, the subject and the crew back on location. There, they then have to match what has been done before.