I have started construction planning on Rear Window and immediately panicked. I have plenty of plans that are available in a book on Hitchcock’s architecture and they have given me some nice details that it would have been hard to figure out.

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BUT…

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The scene is just too big to fit in our allocated space (36 inches wide by 24 inches deep) and the scale we use (1/12th) makes me have to give the rooms 8 inches minimum depth (the width of two twin beds and a night table as in Thorwald’s bedroom:

 

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Remember that these are old-fashioned Greenwich Village¬†railroad (or shotgun) apartments that have tiny rooms in a row. When I did a mockup of them, they resembled a doll’s house!!!

RearWindowRoomsAnd they are way too close, unless you were already looking through binoculars at them!

Thorwaldlongview ThorwaldBinocViewHmmm, I could make a mask for the viewing window that simulates the round view of the binoculars or, could have a set of weak binoculars hanging at the window for people to use to get a closer look!

At any rate, Hitchcock made each of the windows in Rear Window look like a mini movie and so I am going to play with that idea. Instead of the apartments merely being photorealistic, I want them to look like mini-movie sets. All of them have minimal furniture and accessories (most of which I have already purchased so I can’t back out now) and memorable¬†actions.

Panic still? Yes, but at least I am not falling out of the Rear Window just yet!