I've spent the last two months or so working as the production designer on a student film called "The Book Eater". Sets, props, costumes, and...yeah, that was about it. I got involved because the director is a friend of mine, and also there's a monster book that terrorizes a bookstore owner (sounds like fun to me!). I'm going to spend the next several posts talking about the different pieces that went into making the film happen.
First, I'm just going to look at the hero prop of the "Gorgonomicon" book. I made three books for various parts of the film, and this is the one that just sits and looks pretty for the actors to interact with.
The book is built around an old dictionary the director found.
...It's also built backwards. It was decided that this would add a little extra mystery to the prop.
Foam core, cereal box, duct tape, and hot glue form the structure of the cover.
A few of the camera-ready pages of the hero prop featuring Latin poetry in some font out of Lord of the Rings, and fake woodcuts of rampaging sea creatures. Incidentally, both images are references to existing monsters (if anyone recognizes both, I'll be really surprised and give you a virtual high-five).
More "Book Eater" to come...