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    Apr 7, 2013, 1:12 PM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #51

    Still working on the clock tower. I've camera matched a good reference photo, so I'm working on getting this as accurate as possible now. If you compare the photo and the render, you can see that it's fairly accurate.
    I've been working on the pillars today. I don't think I got the molding around the base 100%, but I'm happy with how the pillars look.
    I also made a small start on the puma statues, although they currently look like smoothed blobs.

    The top clock section still isn't attached, but that will be done very soon!
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    Apr 7, 2013, 1:48 PM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #52

    When you have finished the pumas you could sell them on shapeway as statues..
    You should check out the movie Cat People where they are also featured.
    Cat People (1982 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Apr 7, 2013, 2:00 PM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #53

    Contec said: View Post
    When you have finished the pumas you could sell them on shapeway as statues..
    You should check out the movie Cat People where they are also featured.
    Cat People (1982 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Oh wow, thanks for that! In my research about those statues the other day, I didn't come across that bit of info. I always assumed they were made specifically for BTTF. I'll have to find a copy of that.

    The more you know!
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    Apr 7, 2013, 4:41 PM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #54

    Then I guess you don't have this one
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    Apr 7, 2013, 7:41 PM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #55

    If you need more reference for the pillars the same courthouse (on the Universal Backlot) was also used in Bruce Almighty, Gremlins, and I think Sneakers. There's probably others as well.
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    Apr 8, 2013, 6:48 AM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #56

    could also search for backlot tours , many tourists have been right past that and maybe posted videos or photos
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    Apr 8, 2013, 2:03 PM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #57

    Universal City : An Image Gallery - Courthouse Square

    There's a great close up of the pillars about half way down the page. Don Knotts is standing between them.

    BTTFtour | 1955 COURTHOUSE SQUARE LOCATION

    A couple of shots here as well.
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    Apr 8, 2013, 2:05 PM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #58

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qD6I0VvfftU

    Not the greatest video, but a couple of decent close ups.

    Hope this helps.
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    Apr 8, 2013, 2:42 PM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #59

    Contec said: View Post
    Then I guess you don't have this one
    I found that one just before you posted it. But I didn't find it until after you pointed out their origin.

    I checked out the movie, and the statue is part of their zoo set, and there are about 10-20 of the statues along the tops of the brick walls inbetween the animal cages. There are a couple of good close-up shots, and a few other shots that might be able to help with scale. Definitely some useful reference in there.


    Joosh said: View Post
    Universal City : An Image Gallery - Courthouse Square

    There's a great close up of the pillars about half way down the page. Don Knotts is standing between them.

    BTTFtour | 1955 COURTHOUSE SQUARE LOCATION

    A couple of shots here as well.
    Thanks! I've used that first link extensively for courthouse square, especially the Cafe '80s, but I'd never seen the second link though, so a lot of excellent pics there that I hadn't seen before that will be very useful.

    Thanks for all of the links, guys. I've spent a lot of time searching the net for reference, so I've already seen a lot of it, but you're still coming up with great stuff I haven't seen before, and it all helps!


    Slight update on the courthouse. I've almost finished the top arch section now, and I managed to find a font that with a bit of editing is fairly close to the original for the "HILL VALLEY COURTHOUSE MALL" lettering.

    Getting close to done now! New pic is a super high res render.
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    Apr 12, 2013, 3:43 PM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #60

    Looks amazing!
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    Apr 26, 2013, 7:32 AM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #61

    bttftour said: View Post
    Looks amazing!
    Thanks.

    I haven't updated this in a little while, so a bit of a dump here!
    I've mostly finished off the courthouse now. There are some details I'll do later, but for now I'm moving on to other buildings.

    I'm now working on the north side of the square, which is the left side when facing the courthouse. These are general buildings, none of which are featured all too prominently. I've finished the True Blues building, and I'm currently working on the next building, which includes Pizza Hut, Me Perfect All Natural Steroids, Eclipse, and something else I haven't identified yet.
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    May 1, 2013, 4:36 AM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #62

    Looking really nice. What a fun project!
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    May 28, 2013, 5:23 PM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #63

    bump for progress
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    Sep 2, 2013, 3:25 AM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #64

    If I could work CAD software this is EXACTLY what I would build. I just freaked out looking at the Cafe 80s interior. I have always wanted to build that set 1:1 scale.
    I can't wait to see the progress and the finished product. I really want a Pepsi Perfect now!!!!
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    Sep 2, 2013, 5:52 AM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #65

    MattyJ said: View Post
    If I could work CAD software this is EXACTLY what I would build. I just freaked out looking at the Cafe 80s interior. I have always wanted to build that set 1:1 scale.
    I can't wait to see the progress and the finished product. I really want a Pepsi Perfect now!!!!
    Coincidental timing on the bump, as I just got back to this a couple of days ago. If you ever do have the opportunity to build the set 1:1, you know where to come!

    I spent a bit of time a couple of days ago researching to identify every vehicle that is used in the future scene, as I want to recreate the entire scene including details such as cars, maybe even people. Some cars were quite obvious, while others took a little bit of digging to find. I found some of the car selections to be quite interesting!

    From back of North street to front-
    dark grey at back of row in front of Pontiac dealership - 1989 Pontiac Fiero concept car (also seen briefly driving past while Marty says "the shark still looks fake"
    red sports car second from back in front of Pontiac dealership - 1988 Pontiac Banshee concept car / substituted for 1985 Saab EV-1 concept car in the non-Marty shots, likely due to availability
    faded red old car, in front of orange vege shop - plain old Volkswagen Beetle (duh)
    silver boxy futuristic car - from "The Last Starfighter" (1984)
    red classic looking sports car - 1965 Gene Winfield Strip Car
    black car, seen only briefly - "Bladerunner' Spinner (1982), modified and painted black
    white three wheeled vehicle in front of true blues / pizza hut - Pulse autocycle (they apparently had several of these, although I'm not sure how many of them show up in the movie)

    Griff's car - BMW 633 CSI Cabriolet

    Yellow scooter bike thingy across from corner of cafe '80s - labelled as a Honda Wasp, probably custom made, as I can't find any info on it

    white car in front of antiques store - 1987 Pontiac Pursuit concept car

    silver car that goes past after Marty first crosses the road - Chevrolet Express 1987 concept car

    red van in background of several shots, including when Marty first crosses the street, and when Marty is getting into the Delorean - 1986 Pontiac Trans-Sport concept car

    dark green bus/van that stops near the Cafe '80s - from "Supervan" (1977), modified

    pink classic car - 1959 Ford Edsel

    red car that flies down landing ramp - late 1980's Ford Mustang

    white car with blue stripes, seen as Marty is entering Courthouse square, and as Marty is entering the Delorean - 1987 Ford Tempo

    car that Marty grabs onto during the chase - Jeep Wrangler YJ

    Plus at least 3 1989 Ford Probes, modified to look more futuristic with longer windshield (red, dark grey, gold)


    I've still been working my way down the North side of Courthouse Square, which aren't featured that heavily in the movies, so there's not as much reference for certain angles. And I've also noticed that the blueprints don't take into account the slight gradient of the ground, so I've been working through that to get it accurate. It's also proved to be a pain for camera matching.
    But here's what I've got so far-

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    Sep 2, 2013, 6:25 AM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #66

    Hi,
    You are as bad as me with attention to detail haha.. Long lost brothers? lol It's looking great!
    I just had a look through my OE trip photos from 96 to see if I had anything of use for you but sadly not. I then went over to my garage and dug through my BTTF books and items and came up with a few photos you might be interested in from old Starlog magazines and the Card set that shows a few cars.
    Flick me a PM with your Email addy and I'll send them over the ditch to you if interested..... you may have already seen what I have but the offer is there if you want it.
    Mat
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    Sep 2, 2013, 6:45 AM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #67

    here are a few pics of some cars and the street you are working on....

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    Sep 2, 2013, 8:33 AM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #68

    MattyJ said: View Post
    Hi,
    You are as bad as me with attention to detail haha.. Long lost brothers? lol It's looking great!
    I just had a look through my OE trip photos from 96 to see if I had anything of use for you but sadly not. I then went over to my garage and dug through my BTTF books and items and came up with a few photos you might be interested in from old Starlog magazines and the Card set that shows a few cars.
    Flick me a PM with your Email addy and I'll send them over the ditch to you if interested..... you may have already seen what I have but the offer is there if you want it.
    Mat
    Thanks! I think I'll take you up on that offer. That first pic you posted is already something I haven't seen, showing a section of Courthouse Square I have little reference for, the area of the backlot past the Holomax. I couldn't for the life of me figure out where that Surrogate parenting center was tucked away!
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    Sep 10, 2013, 6:14 PM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #70

    MattyJ said: View Post
    here are a few pics of some cars and the street you are working on....

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    Mat
    The orange car (number 81) looks like it's just a repainted spinner! Should be loads of reference for that one!
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    Sep 13, 2013, 11:27 PM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #71

    It'd be a dream come true to have a scaled model kit of the Hill Valley 2015 set! Any chance of making that happen?
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    Sep 14, 2013, 12:14 AM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #72

    VilleLeskinen said: View Post
    Yep, I saw that a while ago while researching the Cafe '80s. It's actually extremely inaccurate and lacking in details, although the rendering is very nice.

    Yodamann said: View Post
    The orange car (number 81) looks like it's just a repainted spinner! Should be loads of reference for that one!
    It IS just a repainted spinner! I don't recall seeing an orange spinner in the scene, but there's a black one in there that they don't show too clearly, perhaps for that very reason.
    It turns out only a couple of the vehicles in the scene were made from scratch, including the cop car and the Texaco car, with the rest all being either re-purposed from older productions, wild concept cars, or modified present day cars.

    GeneralFROSTY said: View Post
    It'd be a dream come true to have a scaled model kit of the Hill Valley 2015 set! Any chance of making that happen?
    Definitely thinking about it. I'd love to have it to scale with something like the Hot Wheels Delorean, but that would still put the Courthouse alone at 1.5ft wide, let alone the entire scene.

    Still working my way down the north side. I've been working on this building near the back, which I don't have a lot of reference for, so I'm mostly working from old backlot photos. Nothing too exciting to look at, sorry.

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    Sep 14, 2013, 8:52 AM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #73

    I think the orange Spinner was only seen at Lyon Estates (that's the name of it, right?). The black Spinner is parked in the square somewhere, near the Pizza Hut. Apologies if you already have this pic.

    Let me know if you need any references on the Texaco car, I have a few pics.


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    Sep 14, 2013, 9:10 AM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #74

    Mike J. said: View Post
    I think the orange Spinner was only seen at Lyon Estates (that's the name of it, right?). The black Spinner is parked in the square somewhere, near the Pizza Hut. Apologies if you already have this pic.

    Let me know if you need any references on the Texaco car, I have a few pics.


    -MJ
    Oh yes, you're right. Just as the flying cop car turns into the street, you can see the spinner on the corner house. It's dark, so you need to be looking for it. It makes sense, since the photo I have of the orange spinner is in front of the house. Duh! I've been focusing on Courthouse Square, so I've overlooked the other little bits of the future scenes. I've got all of the cars in Courthouse Square figured out from what I can tell though.

    I've already got plenty of good reference for the Texaco car, so if it's something you've found on the internet, chances are pretty high I've already got it. But just incase, I'd be interested to see it to make sure I haven't missed any good reference. Thanks.
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    Sep 14, 2013, 9:33 AM - Re: Back To The Future 2015 Set (CG Model) #75

    My mistake - Hilldale.

    Here are the shots I have of the Texaco car. From the background, it too looks like it may have been used in Hilldale.

    I also have some of the Part II trading cards. Not that they're hard to find, and I don't have a complete set, but I can scan some of them that show the cars and the set, if you like.


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