Building the Set - Futuristic Prison Cell
The most challenging aspect of production in "Infinity Chamber" was the design and construction of a futuristic prison cell. Working with an extremely low-budget, writer/director Travis Milloy built the set himself within an industrial space in Canoga Park, CA. He utilized any inexpensive elements that he could find at scrap yards and dumpsters and got some materials donated. It was a "working" cell, 12' wide, 32' feet long with an 8' high ceiling . Over 5,000 screws were used, over 3 tons of lumber and materials and 17 gallons of paint. The reflective ceiling was created by laying down 4x8 insulation squares on top of the set frame. Howard was an old parking structure security camera that was modified and painted, purchased from a scrap yard for $10. It took nearly a year to construct and it had to be dismantled and removed in 24 hours.
As seen in the photos, writer/director Travis Milloy had a difficult time in finding the right element to create a texture on the end walls. He tried using foam squares and assorted plastic patterns to try and create something unique. In the end he discovered empty plastic trays used by grocery stores to ship 2-liter soda bottles. He found by attaching them to the walls and drilling holes through the wall behind them to allow light to spill though, it created an interesting texture. It required 225 plastic bottle trays to complete the two walls. Little did he know the trays were recycled by the grocery stores, even though they were stacked by dumpsters. Realizing he had unintentionally stole the trays, after production was finished he returned all the trays to the stores where he found them.