Creating film sets
Just looking for opinions and any advice. As a hobby-level filmmaker ideas are sometimes hampered by locations. As an example I need a temple or 'great hall' for a very short film ( < 2 mins) Here are the options and issues...
1) Real location. Might be difficult to find, agreements to film etc etc. The 'Behind the Scenes' video for Rebellion showed how much effort goes into this. Obviously shooting in a forest, park etc is not so bad but if you want something specific it can be very hard. Even if you're into Guerilla filming it's hard to get in and out of a temple in time. :-)
2) Real Model and green-screen. This can be fun but takes a lot of effort, time and a fair bit of talent. It does allow you to make exactly what you want and then record at any angle but it's best to replace any close-ups with something else. I'm going to keep an eye out for model kits but these are often vehicles or building exteriors rather than interiors.
3) 3D model and green-screen. A really good option especially as there are some affordable 3D modellers out there (e.g. Blender) but, again, creating realistic 3D models takes some investment and talent. As a stop gap I've been looking at Minecraft to build sets for testing purposes. It works pretty well, can be recorded (with some adjustments) from any angle and is quite quirky. Again, I am keeping an eye out for 3D building interiors which fit the bill (and are not too pricey).
4) 2D Images. You might find a background on the web but it's luck if you find exactly what you're looking for and at the right angle. You could draw something yourself. I'm OK at drawing but I'd struggle and, of course, you'd need multiple views.
Any thoughts? Have I missed something? Got any of your own tips to share?