Late in 2007 I was employed as Leading Hand Scenic Artist of backdrops and murals for Walden Media's film 'Nim's Island', starring Jodie Foster..
Michael O'Kane was the Head Scenic Artist and Eamon O'Kane (not related to Michael) was the Scenic Foreman. Both fantastic painters. I also had the pleasure of working with Mark Dixon, Joe Smith and Geoff Smith (also not related) on this show
Here are some shots of things I painted for the movie.
Mural and feature wood grain for the dining room scene on board the so called pirate ship, the 'Buccaneer'
Above and below are stills from the movie..
Way in the back there is the 13 x 10 metre backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge and sky...
There's little ol' me painting the sky...
Hilary pretending to be back home in San Francisco just before we repainted the drop as a grey background for the island scenes. It had been folded, taken to another studio and re-stretched, so it was dirty.
In another shot from the movie, Jodie Foster cleans her teeth in the bathroom that her character painted.. On the special features of the Nim's Island DVD, Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin give the bathroom a good rave. My friend Geoff Smith and I painted the murals and I did the wood grain work as well..
Early stages of the bathroom
Wood grain and wear for the front door...
Through the markings and wear on the door, I wanted to express the fear and anxiety that Jodie Foster's character felt about the outside world. So I tried to make the peep-hole seem a little paranoid.. This kind of thought is not consciously picked up by the viewer, but is part of the accumulated effect of the creative process of film making.
The images on this site are solely to provide examples of my scenic art work..