ADG Perspective

July-August 2021

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mass of a nation state. The TVA exists outside of time and outside of a knowable physical world. There is no horizon or atmosphere, and there isn't even an absolute up or down. The spaces are at once interiors and exteriors. A massive hive of bureaucrats engaged in the Sisyphean task of cataloging the entirety of time, past, present and future. I was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's unbuilt city plans for Los Angeles, Niemeyer's Brasilia and the illustrations of Hugh Ferris. It was Josh Viers' incredible skill in Octane 3D that allowed us to generate illustrations with the scale and depth we needed to sell this idea. There's typically no guarantee the final VFX will match the preproduction designs but in this case, they did, and I credit Josh's exquisite images. As a secret sauce, throughout the TVA is a smorgasbord of passive aggressive fascistic propaganda. These gorgeous posters created by Graphic Artist Jason Sweers warn and admonish employees of various things from limiting their +5'-0" WILD ESCAPE UP ELEVATOR - CHRONO WING 2 DESKS AND PARTITIONS BY SET DEC. TYP. WILD FOR CHANGEOVER CARPET 847 ft CARPET 847 ft A CHANGE NOTE 1/4" = 1'-0" WILD FOR CHANGEOVER WILD FOR CHANGEOVER S. PAGE MM/DD/YY DATE REV DESCRIPTION MM/DD/YY CHANGE NOTE A 1/4" = 1'-0" - MM/DD/YY MM/DD/YY - CHRONO MONITOR ABOVE AMPHITHEATER S. PAGE RELEASED REVISED PRELIMINARY A MM/DD/YY MM/DD/YY CHANGE NOTE CONTROL JOINTS IN TERRAZZO FLOOR UNDER CARPET RIGHT BULLPEN LEFT BULLPEN 36'-0" 24'-0" TYP. CONSOLES TO BE BUILT BY CONSTRUCTION; PAID FOR BY SET DEC. BUILT-IN MONITORS, CONTROLS, AND GAK, ETC. BY SET DEC. 2 - SET DEC PLAN SCALE: 1/4" = 1'-0" JOCKEY AS DIR. DETAILS TO FOLLOW 12'-0" x 12'-0" FLOOR BREAKUP, TYP. FLOOR AS TERRAZZO +2'-0" +4'-0" +5'-0" ESCAPE UP WILD LINE OF ARCH ABOVE SKYLIGHT ABOVE - - - lunch breaks to seventeen minutes, to keeping their cubicles tidy. Chronomonitoring On first seeing Chronomonitoring, Loki questions whether it is the most powerful force in the universe. This is the room where all of time is monitored. Loosely inspired by the late work of Frank Lloyd Wright, this panopticon was intended to communicate technical sophistication, as well as imposing architectural scale. The focal point was, of course, the Chronomonitor itself, a seven-foot-wide analog screen that ceaselessly displays the sacred timeline for a small battalion of TVA techs vigilantly manning an array of mission control type stations. The other half of the space was a grid of cubicles for middle management analysts like Mobius. Left and right of the space were giant parabolic openings that led to a literally infinite number of these same spaces, indicating the vastness of the TVA hive. Once again, here a massive hung ceiling acted as the primary light source for the set and lent itself A. CHRONOMONITORING PLAN. SET DESIGN BY SAM PAGE. B. & C. CHRONOMONITORING. ILLUSTRATIONS BY JOSH VIERS. D. RENSLAYER'S OFFICE. SET PHOTO. E. RENSLAYER'S OFFICE. SET PHOTO. F. RENSLAYER'S OFFICE. SET PHOTO. G. RENSLAYER'S OFFICE. TIME KEEPER. SET PHOTO. A B C

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