Expo 67 - 3d film

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Well, it's time to start the 5th 3d film for the BIE... the one about Expo 67.

I'm already late... it's the first film wich I'll start late... nothing dramatic for the moment.

As for the previous films, I must choose to rebuilt in 3d thematic pavilions...

The first choice was Man the Producer, on Notre-Dame island. This group of pavilions appear very 70', very original, futuristic, terribly fashion I Think...

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An another place is also interesting, it's the Man in the Community, but shapes and especially materials make less 70'. Too much wood rolleyes.gif

Also the environment appear less interesting.

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After this first choice, I've finally change of place, change of island... for the Saint-Hélène island, with the 3 pavilions of Man the Explorer.

That give certainly something more clear, with more space.

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For the start of the ride, I could use an another pavilion wich have much interest, the one of Expo67 Control Centre... where was all big computers... something very new in this kind of event ! a real revolution !

For this one, it's not very easy, due to the lack of documents and photos...

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This pavilion permit to start the film of the Expo67 logo !

And after this pavilion, after the 3 pavilion of Man the Explorer, the film can finish just front of the Calder's Stabile.

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During the ride, the Minirail will be visible to give life to the animation.

But for the moment, not enough documents and photos... well... much photos, but often not very detailed... and no blueprints.

I hope to be able to start this project before the end of september ! the 3d animation must be finished at the end of october... short... et hot blink.gif

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I have thousands of pictures of Expo 67. Let me know what you need.

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While waiting these thousands of pictures laugh.gif I've decided anyway to start the project, with the part almost easier to begin.

The first sequence in the film will be inside the Control Center. In first, I planed to show computers... but even if I know the type of GE computer, I don't know exactly where that was in the building, the number, etc.

As I have many photos about the control room, finally, that will be the sequence choosen to illustrate the beginning of the computer era... to manage this kind of events.

Here's the first polygons :

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Time for the update, with the external pavilon after inner parts. LIttle trick with the logo, in fact, there were two logos place in face, on of Expo 67 of course, but also the one of General Electric, but I can't put it here, no trademark in this film !

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So, I located the control room here at the left of the stairs. On the rare original photographs, the curtains are lowered in time, which allows us to imagine that lies behind this room and avoid the sun to interfere with viewing screens.

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Front of the building, the location should be minirail brackets.

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The Control Centre as a whole. The roof is not detailed, for two reasons, the pictures where we see are taken from too far and can not accurately discern any detail! and the final film, we never see the top of the building, which is a more than valid reason ;-)

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A final rendering for pleasure,

to the left of the Control Center will find the Centre Scouts ... whose achievement was not specifically planned, but as it's between this building and the pavilions of Man explorer, I don't see how I could go to not rebuild as well.

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Behind the windows, we see the control room. But in the film, in contrast to that image, when the camera out of control center, the curtains are all down, as in reality ... Finally, I suppose.

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And next ... we will minirail news ;)

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Here's a shot of the map and monitors inside the room. You have most of this, but it looks like there was a clock over the map as well.

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I continue to be amazed by these renderings.

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Bill... just one word...

you're FANTASTIC biggrin.gif

that help me a lot cool.gif thanks to you, I will be able to be more precise !

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The eight monitors (four on each side of the big screen) look to be the standard shape of televisions of that time, but the big screen itself is rectangular. So I take it that that particular display (the map) was probably a rear projection slide transparency?

Interesting that the still camera was able to capture all the TV monitor pictures without any of them being out of synch.

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Did this control room actually have people working there? Or was it just for show, and those chairs were always empty?

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Same advice for the big screen... and I read the book of Yves Jasmin, (expo67 communication chief); he wrote that this map was more to show where there's a problem, and not to do real actions !

Empty chairs ? not at all... but I think they used more their phones, than hundreds buttons laugh.gif

The minirail now ... and rails. At first view, there were several models of rail carriers, depending on the topology of the field, but also perhaps for aesthetic reasons, depending on the location of the expo.

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Here the wagons "normal", there's 14. I don't know if there were exceptions, but on each picture where I had a complete train, there was this number of 14 midsize cars, plus a car engine head and a caboose.

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Front view of a string of minirail. I noticed small differences in the lead car, particularly at what looks like a control box for this automatic train. Perhaps improvements or changes were made during Expo 67.

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View the back.

Without being able to be 100% sure of that detail, including their location, I saw pictures on some kind of staples under the cars head and tail, to avoid shifting.

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A last view of minirail a whole! Next step ... Scout Group.

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The eight monitors (four on each side of the big screen) look to be the standard shape of televisions of that time, but the big screen itself is rectangular. So I take it that that particular display (the map) was probably a rear projection slide transparency?

Interesting that the still camera was able to capture all the TV monitor pictures without any of them being out of synch.

My guess for the big screen is painted plastic or glass, perhaps with indicator lights behind?

Regarding the shots of the monitors, you can see lighter horizontal bars on a couple of them towards the top. It just means the photographer's camera was set at slower than 1/30 of a second to catch a whole scan (and a bit more). In 1967, the remote cameras probably had vertical sweep locked to the power line, and horizontal sweep free-running ("industrial sync") and otherwise were not locked to each other. Condensing multiple views onto a single screen would have been a distant dream. Recording would have been possible, but expensive and tedious, requiring manually changing tape reels every hour or two.

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Thanks for the precisions Wayne !

Following of modeling with a part that not very interesting for me, nor for the film.

This is the group of Scouts.

At documentation, not much interesting, some views from the sky, so far, is not what's best for the details and some photos and drawings. This group is located just between the Control Centre and the thematic pavilions, I can not help to achieve. Moreover, according to the frames of the final movie, I might be forced to model just a few other pavilions in background.

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So I did as I could. Anyway, since it doesn't present a real interest in the film, the camera will run quickly (in the same time than the minirail), and we shouldn't see much, the stockade, and the summit of tent !

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A final render on the big Scout tipi !

Tomorrow, I'd made some of these early renderingd, scouts group + minirail + control center ... just to keep the motivation!

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Not a big update or true news... just some renderings with all pieces done, together...

good for the motivation ! biggrin.gif

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I've started the next step, thematics pavilion... not very easy, even if the shape appear really simple.

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Around the main pavilion of this film, or rather three theme pavilions that make up man explorer. Here are some steps that illustrate the realisation.

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These pavilions are quite simple in appearance, but without specific plans, they often prove to be a real headache to make. I think in the end I never got too bad out, and I managed to find the original assembly of thousands of tiles that covered the plywood surface.

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Here it is fully assembled. We shall see later, when there's a walkway around and join these pavilions, they're all built from common components, an assembly of metal ladders forming trays, walls, partitions and other gateways.

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This is actually a series of pavilions extremely modular, it has been possible to arrange at will, so to create the adequate space to each of the presentations or demonstrations.

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Quoique d'une architecture résolument moderne et avant-gardiste, qui collait bien avec son époque, ces pavillons n'étaient pas été forcément du goût des visiteurs. Si aujourd'hui nous les apprécions de part leur intégration dans une vision globale de l'exposition, il n'en était pas de même lorsqu'en 1967, on se retrouvait nez-à-nez avec ces structures métalliques brutes et préalablement rouillées ! On imagine aisément la découverte de ces pavillons, qui semblaient avoir déjà subi les outrages du temps !

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These theme structures always reminded me of a piece of Canada's BMEWS line of radar stations, which replaced the old DEW line.

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Maybe they used the fairgrounds in Montreal as a big test site. What better cover than to call them 'theme buildings'. :D

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You're really well informed Randy, secret services ?

or big imagination laugh.gif

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The 3 theme pavilions arranged in a triangle have to spare at the center of the Universe Square.

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There is a sort of pool, with fountains in its center, an outdoor bar or restaurant.

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We shall see in a next update, this extends to a higher level as a second terrace, where you can follow walkways to link the three theme pavilions.

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When I saw this post I remembered that I had taken a picture of this area when I visited Man ans His World in Aug. of 1977. Here is my picture. Steve

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Waouw great !

Finally no much changes in 10 years... umbrellas colors, and the Symbol of man is now an advertising for cinema ohmy.gif

Do you remember if it's always "Le Raphaël" Cocktail Lounge" in 1977 ?

Thanks a lot for this interesting shot wink.gif

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When I saw this post I remembered that I had taken a picture of this area when I visited Man ans His World in Aug. of 1977. Here is my picture. Steve

Hard to imagine that just a few years later these buildings would be in ruins and ready for demolition.

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Following of the Place of the Universe, with the floor of the restaurant "Le Raphael". Now we are discovering the type of structure used for these thematic pavilions of Man Explorer. We can easily imagine the construction game that had to represent thousands, even millions of metallics pieces, and bolt!

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Access stairs are in place, this time with the floor of the upper terrace of the restaurant

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Below should be part of the Salon-Lounge "The Raphael".

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Note the two staircases that go backwards, they will join the major gateways that allow access by air to the three pavilion of the Man the Explorer.

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Quick update

here the structure of bridges that link the three pavilions of the Man the Explorer ... a forest of metal.

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Connection with the Place of Universe...

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...and with the pavilions, but it still lacks many details! ohmy.gif

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very nice - keep up the good work!

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Glad to hear you appreciate Wayne, thanks !

Now the following,

the project really begins to take consistence. Here is a step that will allow to fully appreciate the project area, the area of the expo which will be presented in the film. The location of the theme pavilions is now fully connected to the group of Scouts and Control Centre.

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The minirail line was extended and follows the original route of expo, along the banks of the channel and bypassing a thematic pavilions.

When we see the extent of the area, we understand that 1 m 30 sec, we can make a quick lap, and without having time to go to Calder Stabile.

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Focus on the turn made by the minirail. In the new scene animation, the camera should also take this path.

Can be seen on the right side of the pavilion, a small protuberance, which is actually the base of a statue. Between the Group of Scouts and the theme pavilion that was a statue of Nicolas Copernicus seated. I thought I could do without them ... but I realized that during the tracking shot that follows the route of minirail, it would be se

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Missing on the left side, the Scandinavian pavilion, whose implementation should further delay.

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Little walk along the first of three theme pavilions, along which we see the structures of different platforms, but also of the stairs. There was an escalator on the other side, in front. So I guess these stairs were reserved for the descent.

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Close up the stairs and different levels, I'd be hard pressed to fill the absence of photographs taken inside, but the camera should not come here searching for the movie!

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Shown here is the escalator, which overlooks the square of the Universe.

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Here a pretty rich view of pavilions, structures, stairs and escalators, walkways and minirail ... phew!

For now, it shows quite well the details of the structure, but we must think in the end, everything will be uniformly rusty!

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View from a bridge of northwest pavilion, toward the Place of Universe. I could hardly allow me to end such a frame in the movie, in fact, we look towards the other bank, to Notre-Dame Island, and we should see, among others, the Soviet flag. We can unfortunately not all do!

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A broad view of the Square. But I'm very fond of the visual richness of this place.

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Framing that is going to refocus the last shot of the animation to take us to the third theme pavilion and this wheel animated symbol of Man.

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Passing near the restaurant "Le Raphael", not for it to advertise, but rather as a symbol of this festive and friendly place ...

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...place that is completed to fly, we should see in the background, the the phone pavilion ... and perhaps that of Maine, unless I can deleted it!

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...to finish near the wheel symbol of Man. In the film we will be much shorter, so to see the symbol.

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It's almost finished for the the main pavilions of the film, but it must now fill the immediate environment that will be seen when moving the camera.

We start with the one in continuity, from the Control Center to the left along the shore, passing the thematic pavilions, we find the pavilion of Scandinavia ... last building before the Swan Lake and the Place des Nations.

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This is a very interesting pavilion, if you like the style improved hangar... anyway, we will not see much in the film, as the camera passes between the pavilion of Man the Explorer and the one of Scandinavia.

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This pavilion with simple shape, was actually very impressive, especially when compared with its neighbors, the theme pavilions.

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We realizes very well on this last image, the pavilion of Man the Explorer looked very large before the establishment of it!

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Following...

with two new pavilions for garnish environment that will always be seen from a distance ... processing details has been limited.

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...but finally don't miss so much details, in order to be high!

Despite its simple rectangular shape, the Iranian pavilion remains so far a very pleasant and refined.

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The Phone pavilion is more simple, but very functional.

Fortunately, as it turns out that in 1967, Canadians are big fans of the phone ! They are said to be the most talkative of the Universe !

This is a private pavilion, built at the initiative of 8 companies. It is inside a movie theater and an exhibition.

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That's now where these pavilions and how they fit into the global scene.

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This is not really visible here, but if the camera went on, we discover a gap between the thematic pavilions, bridges and the last two pavilions that have just been added.

It's therefore necessary that I fill this space, the Switzerland pavilion was there.e !

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