On movie sets, rooms in houses are often built in the traditional three-wall style, their layouts arranged according to space on the soundstage rather than architectural realism. But the creators of supernatural horror thriller Annabelle: Creation, to be released Aug. 11 by Warner Bros., did something different.
After conferring about the best way to shoot the prequel to 2014’s Annabelle, director David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) and production designer Jennifer Spence created two complete to-scale sets of the house’s interior on Stage 26 at Warner Bros., Burbank, one for each floor.
The build created the perfect alignment of several visual elements. Such completeness was necessary because many of the shots move or point from one room to another, including an early scene where excited orphan girls explore the entire lower level in a single tracking shot.
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