Versatile and stable material for the film set
“We were looking for a system that we could extend on a modular basis and that would allow us to create a structure for rooms, and item offered us the perfect solution,” explains Art Director Uwe Stanik. At first, he and his team had thought about using steel constructions, but this would have made last-minute changes either practically impossible or a mammoth task. Thanks to modular item profile technology, the team behind Stowaway was able to modify their constructions at any time. Based on the MB Building Kit System, connection systems were created for a space station reminiscent of the ISS, not to mention steps and entire pieces of furniture (such as beds for the crew). Using item components, the team was able to integrate ladders and cables into niches and ceiling recesses in the spaceship. Rectangular profiles and Corner-Fastening Sets and Angle Fasteners were used to create a partition in the cockpit. To build a base frame inside the space station, the filmmakers opted for rectangular and radiused profiles, pairing them with some 200 Corner-Fastening Sets and 32 Angle Fasteners. The most complicated structures featuring profile technology, however, were a solar panel rig and a walkway. The latter connected two space stations together and consisted of two platforms and a gangway. Stable Profiles 8 40×40, natural were used for this so as to specifically prevent vibrations and deflection in the structures.
To begin with, the item employees responsible for assessing the scope and feasibility of the project received 3D models of the planned structures. In the end, a range of construction kits – which together weighed over 800 kilograms – were delivered to the film sets in Munich and Cologne. The film crew worked hand in hand with item throughout the entire project, during which our staff members were valued for their top-quality advice and expertise. Everything fitted together nicely on set. “Our team got on really well with the item system. For instance, we were able to put together all the structures in next to no time,” explains Stanik. In that respect, the option to directly combine different types of profiles quickly and to expand structures as and when necessary certainly paid off. Stanik believes the wide range of profiles and fasteners is another key advantage of the MB Building Kit System. The profiles’ minimalist, elegant look was a perfect match, too, as their clear contours ensured the aluminum surfaces fitted seamlessly into the visual concept for Stowaway.