Sets & Mock-ups

Colonial One Set. Galactiguise.com

The following is a brief overview of the sets located in the various sound stages at Vancouver Film Studios in BC Canada.

Sound stages and Offices

A sound stage is where the elaborate Battlestar Galactica sets are constructed. The sound stages allow the production crew greater control over factors such as sound, lighting, temperature, spectators, and security.

The First Unit principal photography crew occupied several of the soundstages and offices at Vancouver Film Studios.

Aerial view of Vancouver Film Studios, Galactiguise.com

Building C was predominately occupied by the production staff of local Vancouver production company GEP Productions Inc for NBC/UNI. This building housed the offices of David Eick and Ron Moore when they were in town along with offices for the Props and Wardrobe departments. The helipad on top of C was used as the backdrop for the iconic wounded soldier photo first introduced in Season 1 Episode “33.”

Building D was the home of the Set-Dec department and where the Wardrobe department stored costumes. The majority of the building is where props, mock-ups and set-dec pieces were fabricated.

Building F was the home of the Paint Department and Props Department. Props used some of the smaller rooms in F as storage for all of the props used in different scenes after they were filmed.

Building J housed the bulk of the sets for the series such as the CIC, hangar bay, Galactica hallways, and Colonial One.

Set

An environment used for filming on a sound stage. When used in contrast to location, it refers to one artificially constructed. A set typically is not a complete or accurate replica of the Battlestar Galactica environment as defined by the script, but is carefully constructed to make filming easier but still appear natural when viewed from the camera angle.

Mock-up

A scale or full-size model of a vehicle used for filming on a sound stage or on location. The mock-ups constructed for Battlestar Galactica were typically not complete or accurate replicas of the space vehicles as defined by the script, but are carefully constructed to make filming easier but still appear natural when viewed from the camera angle.