omegaresnovae  asked:

"...(you ever tried to film in a set that’s composed largely of shiny, reflective glass? Ask the people who made Thir13en Ghosts (2001) about how much fun that is)." Now you have to elaborate on that. Please.

The main set of the film is Cyrus Kriticos’ house (not really a house, to be honest, but I won’t spoil it).  The set was designed by Sean Hargreaves, and it was gorgeous, but it created a lot of problems with filming, because a large percent of the set was entirely made of glass:

As you can imagine, this makes lighting and filming rather difficult, because you have to be constantly aware of reflections in the glass at all times.  Basically, anyone that wasn’t principle to the shot had to be dressed entirely in black to reduce reflection as much as possible.  It also weighed an ungodly amount due to the glass panels and blocks, so the set construction had to be heavy-duty to sustain it.  At least much of the outside was enhanced with CGI, so they didn’t have to build an entire house, but there was still a massive structure that everyone had to drive out to (in the cold) for every shoot.

However, the house itself–and how it is designed and constructed–is integral to the plot, and works beautifully in that respect.  It is one of the most gorgeous, elegant sets for any horror film in existence, and the film captures it magnificently while providing an incredibly entertaining story and engaging characters to frame it.

(In case you can’t tell, I fucking love this movie, and highly recommend it)