Myself and Jon McCoy gave a lecture at the Industry Workshop in London on the 1st September. We explained the processes that are used within the film industry, when taking a sketched design and turning it into a conceptual model, using both traditional and modern techniques.
Alexander Jay Hutchings
I graduated from Kent Institute of Art & Design in 2005 with a Model Making degree. Having been given the opportunity to work with Architectural Model Makers in the local area, I started my career at Pipers Models in Ashford, Kent. Initially I worked on off site massing models for large property developments in the Middle East and The City. I then later moved on to more intricate work as my skills and confidence evolved. I was fortunate to be involved in some fantastic projects with the team at Pipers, including Apple’s HQ in California, the Dallas Theatre and 10 Trinity Reignwood investments. This formed an incredible platform in my model making career.
My longterm goal has always been to work within the Film Industry, it’s been a dream since I was a kid. I was fortunate to have a friend from university that was working as an Art Department Coordinator on Tom Cruise’s, Edge Of Tomorrow project. She gave me the opportunity to work as a runner for a few days, I of course jumped at the chance. Being in this environment and surrounded by some many talented people, sparked my aspiration to work in the film industry. Come Summer of 2013, the opportunity arose for a Model Maker position in the art department for what was then an untitled, undisclosed project. This later turned out to be The Force Awakens.
Since then I have been fortunate to work on Rogue One, The Mummy and the untitled Han Solo film, with more exciting projects to come.
I am a massive film buff, everything from Sci-Fi to Fantasy, with some crime thrown in! I’m extremely interested in the post production of films and consequently I’m an avid concept art book collector. Believe it or not, I spend a lot of my spare time painting models. It’s a bus man’s holiday, but it’s my way of winding down. If I’m not surrounded by books and paint brushes, then there is no where I’d rather be than on the mountain, snowboarding on a blue bird day.
Take a look at a selection of released work that I have contributed to these projects. Due to the film studios non disclosure agreement, I am unable to showcase all of the models that I have created whilst working on these exciting projects.