endless corridors

How we enjoyed the corridor scenes! Bolting down them being chased by two speedy daleks. It's what everyone should do in their spare time. Well, we only did it once, and that's enough! We had nearly a hundred feet in length around one corner with doors at each end and in two other places. This was enough to give us what we wanted to make any chase scenes more realistic. No-one needed to run on the spot!

Now with that much length we had to afford it. This was achieved by using our magic material - the 300 yards by 5 yards wide of blackout material we bought second hand. It is fireproof and perfect for hiding the outside world. When the corridors scenes are treated accordingly and given the right mood lighting (a bit like shewn above) then you don't realise the walls are stretched black material over a series of frames. With sound and music the effect will be complete.

In hindsight with more money we'd have had wooden walls or silver (as used later for the panels in the dalek control room) but there you go - we didn't have access to the panels at the time!

Corridors may be cliched and in Devious we avoid cliches like the plague - not! If you're making your own amateur movie and it's a sci-fi movie and if best a Dr Who movie and you're wondering about having corridors - well, go for it! The darker the better - all the better for your monster looming out of the gloom...(looming in the gloomin - sounds a bit Scottish). We have our corridors lit low light deliberately to give a sense of fear and foreboding - in some of the corridor scenes the daleks are dead although no-one really knows and so the darkness helps build the tension as our players try to navigate around the complex. The darkness also provides a neat contrast to the intended brightness of the main control room.

The doors and door surrounds were made in hardboard sprayed silver. The doors slid along a gantry made from angle iron which worked reasonably well but not reliably enough. Full mains lighting was used for the door lights and the dalek door-opening mechanisms were spare spheres as used for the dalek balls.

One door set has been retained for future use...

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