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HUMP DAY QUOTE DAY: Master DOP, Robert Richardson on Production Design

DOP, Bob Richardson on the work of the production designer

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“Good work that people think is the cinematographer’s is often that of the production designer. We light their work, and when their work is beautifully Continue reading

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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, Continue reading

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

H.R. Giger on Quality Control

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HUMP DAY QUOTE DAY: William Cameron Menzies on the Role of the Production Designer


William Cameron Menzies- Production Designer

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“He must have knowledge of architecture of all periods and nationalities. He must be able to visualize and make interesting a tenement or a prison. He must be a cartoonist, a Continue reading

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HUMP DAY QUOTE DAY: Alex McDowell on Technology

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Alex McDowell at 5D Berlinale Presentation

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“We’re in 100 percent digital film space now. I think the industry has to accept that this is like the transition to talkies — it’s massive and it’s game-changing and it’s happening.  Continue reading

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HUMP DAY QUOTE DAY: Tim Burton & Horror

.Tim Burton, in the early 80's, spent a lot of time developing Trick or Treat, a still-unproduced film about a little boy who spends Halloween with monsters trying to look human for the holiday.

Tim Burton, in the early 80’s, spent a lot of time developing Trick or Treat, a still-unproduced film about a little boy who spends Halloween with monsters trying to look human for the holiday.

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“I never really got nightmares from movies. In fact, Continue reading

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HUMP DAY QUOTE DAY: Do the Best You Can

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Haskell Wexler- Cinematographer

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HUMP DAY QUOTE DAY: Film

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Today’s Hump Day Quote Day theme is Film. You can check out last week’s theme, Ambition, here. The next quote theme will be Ability.

Source: Erica Iris Simmons

Film. Now here’s a subject I know a little something about. Sometimes I feel like all I do is eat, breathe, and sleep film. Particularly during awards season when I am busy working on a film or television show, then spending all my free time trying to consume all the films in contention, add to that researching and writing about film and production design for this blog- I end up feeling all filmed out. Yesterday I asked myself during a moment of exasperation, “How did this happen? How did this artistic medium swallow me whole?” There are many answers to those questions which I won’t go into here but I will say that when I think about it, I don’t regret any of it. I’d be aloof without it. The thing about cinema is that it is the one form of expression that encompasses all other forms of expression. How could we not fall madly in love with it? So today I am celebrating the passion for film and embracing its hold over me. Below are the quotes I find best describe the power of film.

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What is saved in the cinema when it achieves art is a spontaneous continuity with all mankind. It is not an art of the princes or the bourgeoisie. It is popular and vagrant. In the sky of the cinema people learn what they might have been and discover what belongs to them apart from their single lives.

- John Berger

Film as dream, film as music. No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul. A little twitch in our optic nerve, a shock effect: twenty-four illuminated frames a second, darkness in between, the optic nerve incapable of registering darkness.

- Ingmar Bergman

Film is more than the twentieth-century art. It’s another part of the twentieth-century mind. It’s the world seen from inside. We’ve come to a certain point in the history of film. If a thing can be filmed, the film is implied in the thing itself. This is where we are. The twentieth century is on film. You have to ask yourself if there’s anything about us more important than the fact that we’re constantly on film, constantly watching ourselves.

- Don Delillo

A film is — or should be — more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings.

- Stanley Kubrick

If I’d have gone to art school, or stayed in anthropology, I probably would have ended up back in film … Mostly I just followed my inner feelings and passions … and kept going to where it got warmer and warmer, until it finally got hot … Everybody has talent. It’s just a matter of moving around until you’ve discovered what it is.

- George Lucas

The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn’t.

- Jean-Luc Godard

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If you work in the film or television industry: What made you want to make films or television? If you don’t work in the industry: Why do you love film? To all: What makes a film great?
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Rose Lagace | @artdepartmental

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HUMP DAY QUOTE DAY: Ambition

 

Today’s Hump Day Quote Day theme is Ambition. You can check out last week’s theme, Ego, here. The next quote theme will be Film.

What is Ambition?

1. an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment

2. the object, state, or result desired or sought after

3. desire for work or activity; energy

Source: dictionary.reference.com

Let the Quotes Commence:


Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.

- Les Brown

We are told never to cross a bridge until we come to it, but this world is owned by men who have ‘crossed bridges’ in their imagination far ahead of the crowd.

-Anon.

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

- C. Archie Danielson

Big results require big ambitions.

- James Champy

The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves.

- Herbert N. Casson

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

- Thomas Jefferson

Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.

- Thomas Oway

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Rose & Alison

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HUMP DAY QUOTE DAY: Ego

 

Today’s Hump Day Quote Day theme is an exploration of the Ego. You can check out the last hump day theme, Design, here. The next quote theme will be Ambition.

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What is the ego?


1. The self, especially as distinct from the world and other selves.
2. In psychoanalysis, the division of the psyche that is conscious, most immediately controls thought and behavior, and is most in touch with external reality.
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  • An exaggerated sense of self-importance; conceit.
  • Appropriate pride in oneself; self-esteem.
Source: The Free Dictionary
 

The Ego According to Freud:


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Sigmund Freud proposed that the human psyche could be divided into three parts: Id, ego, and super-ego. Freud discussed this model in the 1920 essay Beyond the Pleasure Principle, and fully elaborated upon it in The Ego and the Id (1923), in which he developed it as an alternative to his previous topographic schema (i.e., conscious, unconscious, and preconscious). The id is the impulsive, child-like portion of the psyche that operates on the “pleasure principle” and only takes into account what it wants and di sregards all consequences. The term ego entered the English language in the late 18th century; Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) described the game of chess as a way to “…keep the mind fit and the ego in check”. Freud acknowledged that his use of the term Id (das Es, “the It”) derives from the writings of Georg Groddeck. The term Id appears in the earliest writing of Boris Sidis, in which it is attributed to William James, as early as 1898.

The super-ego is the moral component of the psyche, which takes into account no special circumstances in which the morally right thing may not be right for a given situation. The rational ego attempts to exact a balance between the impractical hedonism of the id and the equally impractical moralism of the super-ego; it is the part of the psyche that is usually reflected most directly in a person’s actions. When overburdened or threatened by its tasks, it may employ defense mechanisms including denial, repression, and displacement. The theory of ego defense mechanisms has received empirical validation,[43] and the nature of repression, in particular, became one of the more fiercely debated areas of psychology in the 1990s.
Source: Wikipedia
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Let the Quotes Commence:

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Our own self-love draws a thick veil between us and our faults.

- Lord Chesterfield

Thinking is often regarded as an extension of the ego. Clever children in school base their egos on being clever and on being right all the time. They dislike group work because they cannot then show the rest of the class where the good idea originated. When the ego and thinking are treated as the same thing there is a reluctance to be wrong and a need to defend a point of view rather than to explore the situation. A person should be able to treat his thinking much as a tennis player treats his strokes: he should be able to walk off the court complaining that his backhand was not working very well on that occasion or that it required more practice. The new meta-system is very much in favour of the self, but a self that is based on a proper sense of dignity, not an inflated ego.  A person who dare not admit he is wrong inflates his ego but weakens his self.

- Edward De Bono

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.

- Colin Powell

An inflated consciousness is always egocentric and conscious of nothing but its own existence. It is capable of learning from the past, incapable of understanding contemporary events, and incapable of drawing right conclusions about the future. It is hypnotized by itself and therefore cannot be argued with. It inevitably dooms itself to calamities that must strike it dead.

- Carl Gustav Jung

Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.

- Frank Leahy

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How does this relate to the Art Department?


In the Art Department, no matter what the position, we are constantly working with creative and differing personalities. The film and television industry is a high stress and highly skilled field of work. Put those together and you have the perfect storm for ego eruptions on a daily basis. The ego often manifests itself in power struggles, intense defense mechanisms and the ever seductive blame game. When it comes right down to it people just don’t want to be embarrassed or admit wrong-doing, especially in an industry where there is always someone stepping on your heels ready and willing to take your job. I am no stranger to this myself but I’m not the only one and I take great solace in that (and that’s probably my ego talking).

It is incredibly hard to keep your ego in check when you have many people asking for your time, opinions, and skills all at once but awareness is the first step. I find what has helped me overcome battles recently is to take a well-timed bathroom break and take a step back. Even if just for 5 minutes. Look at the situation from 5 different people’s point of view in hopes to unbias yourself from what is going on. If you find you have done wrong or even something as simple as, for example, not considering someone else’s ideas or suggestions because they aren’t your own, go back, admit wrong, and apologize as professionally as possible. In the end you’ll manifest things differently the next time and you’ll earn more respect from your colleagues after apologizing or admitting you were wrong than being the egotistical jerk through and through. Examine your process and you’ll find a better way to deal with your ego. I guarantee it. After all the Art Department is a team like any other and as the saying goes, “There is no ‘I’ in Team”.

 

Rose XO.

 

“The super-ego retains the character of the father, while the more powerful the Oedipus complex was and the more rapidly it succumbed to repression (under the influence of authority, religious teaching, schooling and reading), the stricter will be the domination of the super-ego over the ego later on—in the form of conscience or perhaps of an unconscious sense of guilt.”
—Freud, The Ego and the Id (1923)

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