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  • Production designers open bag of tricks

    The Legend of Ben Hall production designer Das Patterson and property master Steph D’Alessi shared their secrets with students at Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts in August.

    In a Master Class on production design on a micro-budget, Das and Steph explained how they recreated 1860’s bush huts, a general store and a hotel for the 2016 bushranger epic.

    Dubbed a ‘genius’ by producer Russell Cunningham for his work on the film, Patterson explained the use of time-and-money-saving cheats such as a shipping container, miniature buildings, and rough beams salvaged from timber yards.

    During two weeks in a sound stage at Docklands Studios Melbourne, Patterson and D’Alessi dressed 3 main sets into 13 different interiors.

    The Master Class was hosted by Docklands Studios Melbourne and the VCA.