Monday, July 17, 2006

Need a Lift

Need a Lift?

Where would we be without a lift that transports the people of the Space station from the lounge room to the engineering deck, or to the accommodation area?

You have guessed it right, the SPACEPORT game needs a 'lift'. Eeeeuuuh, three lifts actually.

Whilst conducting my research I came across the following 'famous' lift-related resources.


THE LIFT, a film by the Dutch Director Dick Maas (1983)

The Lift

Four visitors become stuck in the lift of a big office building [Willem: of my previous employer - LogicaCMG, Amstelveen NL] where they are almost
sufficated because of the failing airconditioning.

Liftmechanic Felix Adelaar, however, cannot find a malfunction.
Shortly thereafter a blind man has a fatal fall down the liftshaft te pletter and a porter is decaptivated by the doors of the lift. The police perceive both events as accidents. Other victims are soon to follow...


LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR, a song by rock band Aerosmith

Love in the elevator

Workin' like a dog for the boss man
Workin' for the company
I'm bettin' on the dice I'm tossin'
I'm gonna have a fantasy
But where am I gonna look
They tell me that love is blind
I really need a girl like an open book
To read between the lines

Love In An Elevator
Livin' it up when I'm goin' down
Love In An Elevator
Lovin' it up till I hit the ground

Jackie's in the elevator
Lingerie second floor
She said 'can I see you later
And love you just a little more'
I kinda hope we get stuck
Nobody gets out alive
She said 'I'll show you how to fax
In the mailroom, honey
And have you home by five'

In the air, in the air, honey one more time
Now it ain't fair
Love in an elevator
Lovin' it up when I'm goin' down
Love in an elevator
Goin' down

Gonna be a penthouse pauper
Gonna be a millionare
I'm gonna be a real fast talker
And have me a love affair
Gotta get my timin' right
It's a test that I gotta pass
I'll chase you all the way to stairway, honey
Kiss your sassafrass


LIFT, a film by Hugues Dalton

Otis (Dominique Pinon - Delicatessen - Amelie - City of Lost Children) is a live-in lift operator who has never set foot outside his elevator. He is secretly in love with K, a junior typist who is afraid of elevators and has never set foot in one.

Each morning, as K climbs the 20 flights of stairs to her typing pool, Otis does his best to parallel her ascent. He subtly influences the demands of his many passengers to catch glimpses of his beloved. K’s only pleasure is typing her dreams on her lunch breaks. Everyday they each go about their routines with quiet dedication. But this routine is about to change.


So, now the SPACEPORT edition of a lift (USA) / elevator (UK), after resolving the distinction between both:

There was an American who, at least for this joke, 
was staying at a posh hotel in London. He was a self-made man,
wealthy and proud of his heritage. Having checked in,
he decided to sample the cuisine but was somewhat disoriented
by the different method used for counting floors.
After asking, the concierge directed him to the "elevator".

Possibly because of the earlier confusion, the somewhat
disgruntled guest decided to correct the hotel employee:
"You mean lift, don't you?".

"No", responded the concierge, who was not prepared to
be corrected by a mere American, regardless of wealth,
"I meant elevator!".

The guest frowned and growled in reply: "We invented
the darn things and we can call them whatever we like!"

"Certainly sir!", came the quick reply, "but don't forget
WE invented the language"....

Here is a quick sketch of what the elevator for SPACEPORT is meant to look like.

Click to enlarge: SPACEPORT Elevator - sketch

The roof will have a bright light shining downwards, whereas on the wall of the elevator there is room for advertisements. You as a SPACEPORT manager have the power to earn money through advertising goods and services. This way you can invest in expanding the space station, to accommodate more visitors.

Next, I will model this 'box' in our 3D computer program.

Click to enlarge: Elevator model x-rayed

And after texturizing the ceiling, this is a sneak preview within the Game engine (called OGRE).

Elevator with our Customer Service Manager

Going up... ?

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