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About Rose Lagace

Art department professional for film & television by day and aspiring filmmaker by night.

INTERVIEW: Production Designer K.K. Barrett Discusses Directing Kid Koala’s ‘Nufonia Must Fall’ at Luminato 2014

K.K. Barrett Interview- Nufonia Must Fall

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Directed by Oscar-nominated production designer, K.K. Barrett and created by Eric San aka DJ Kid KoalaNufonia Must Fall, looks like the most fun you can have in a cinema. This live adaptation of Kid Koala’s graphic novel will unfold via real-time filming of more than a dozen miniature sets and a cast of puppets- not to mention live accompaniment by Kid Koala himself and the Afiara String QuartetNufonia Must Fall will premiere at the Luminato Festival this weekend and then continue on to London among many other cities.

I was lucky enough to speak to K.K. Barrett through email earlier this week, during their rehearsals in Banff and our discussion left me really excited to see the project tomorrow at the World Premiere. See for yourself…

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HUMP DAY QUOTE DAY: Stuart Craig on Holding Your Ground

Stuart Craig- Production Designer

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“You have to be pretty stubborn in this job. You’re forced into compromising situations all the time. You have to be really tough and resilient, hold your position against the real world, against circumstantial things, locations you can’t get, things you can’t afford, conflicting ideas and the doubts of others, whatever it might be. You have to hold on to your idea and hold your ground.”

-Stuart Craig, Oscar-winning Production Designer of Harry Potter film series, The English Patient, Dangerous Liaisons and Gandhi

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INTERVIEW: DJ Kid Koala on His Live Film Project ‘Nufonia Must Fall’ at Luminato 2014

Nufonia Must Fall

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Directed by Oscar-nominated production designer, K.K. Barrett and created by Eric San aka DJ Kid Koala, Nufonia Must Fall, a multi-disciplinary live cinema event, stands to give audiences something they’ve never seen before. This live adaptation of Kid Koala’s graphic novel will unfold via real-time filming of more than a dozen miniature sets and a cast of puppets- not to mention live accompaniment by Kid Koala himself and the Afiara String Quartet. Nufonia Must Fall will premiere at the Luminato Festival this weekend and then continue on to London among many other cities.

I had the great fortune of speaking to Eric (Kid Koala) during rehearsals and was blown away by what he had to tell me about the project. See for yourself…

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LINKS & STUFF: French Vintage, Wes Anderson & Robocop Redux

It’s time to start up our Links & Stuff posts again. I sincerely thank you for your patience; it’s been far too long. If you want to stay in the loop before these posts roll around, follow Art DepartMENTAL on Twitter (@artdepartmental) and on Facebook where I post all the latest and greatest film, art, architecture and production design news and views.

Vintage French Photo

The Chairs | Paris, 1934 | By Emeric Feher

Chamade Vintage French Photos is my favourite new discovery online featuring gorgeous vintage photos in arguably the most beautiful country in the world | Source: mimbeau.tumblr.com

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HUMP DAY QUOTE DAY: H.R. Giger on Quality Control

H.R. Giger on Quality Control

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TICKET GIVEAWAY: Two Pairs of Tickets to Hot Docs ’14

Hot Docs 2014

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The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary film festival, conference and market, held annually in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

I’ve been attending the festival obsessively since 2008 and every single year it reinvigorates my love for the format, true stories and humanity, really. For me, I also consider it my muse. I tend to come up with my greatest ideas for projects when I’m at Hot Docs. If you ever have a creative block I recommend doing a documentary binge- it helps me every time. I honestly can’t recommend Hot Docs highly enough.

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TICKET GIVEAWAY: The Greater Hamilton Home & Garden Show

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The Greater Hamilton Home & Garden Show showcases the latest products for home and garden under one roof at Players Paradise Sports Complex in Stoney Creek, Ontario this weekend. Taking place March 7th-March 9th you can check out hundreds of top local businesses specializing in home improvements, renovation, design, outdoor living and gardening.

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The 2014 Art Directors Guild Award Winners

The complete list of winners:

CONTEMPORARY FILM

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HER (WINNER) – Production Designer: K.K. Barrett
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY – Production Designer: David Gropman
BLUE JASMINE – Production Designer: Santo Loquasto
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS – Production Designer: Paul Kirby
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET – Production Designer: Bob Shaw

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[UPDATED WITH WINNERS] OSCARS 2014 COMPLETE LIST: The 86th Academy Award Nominations are…

THE 2014 OSCAR NOMINATIONS

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At 8:30am EST on January 16th, the Academy Award nominees were announced. This year’s ceremony will take place on March 2nd in Hollywood, hosted by the lovely and talented Ellen DeGeneres.

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The Ten Commandments of Production Design

Ten Commandments Of Production Design

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1)    All the camera sees is the last coat of paint.

2)    Don’t cheat (unless you have to).

3)    Signs of protest are best done by amateurs.

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