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PRODUCTION DESIGN PORN V

Welcome to our 5th miscellaneous production design porn post. I hope these screencaps will inspire you to watch these films (and in turn be even more inspired)!

Interiors (1978)

Production Designer: Mel Bourne  | Set Decorator: Mario Mazola, Daniel Robert


Marie Antoinette (2006) 

Production Designer: K.K. Barrett | Art Directors: Pierre Duboisberranger, Anne Siebel | Set Decorator: Véronique Melery

Amadeus (1984)

Production Designer: Patrizia von Brandenstein | Art Director: Karel Cerný

Knerten (2009)

Production Designer: Harald Egede-Nissen

Star Trek (2009)

Production Designer: Scott Chambliss | Art Directors: Curt Beech, Dennis Bradford, Keith P. Cunningham, Luke Freeborn, Beat Frutiger, Gary Kosko | Set Decorator: Karen Manthey

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Production Designer: Dean Tavoularis | Art Director: Angelo P. Graham | Set Decoration: George R. Nelson

Almost Famous (2000)

Art Directors: Clay A. Griffith, Clayton Hartley, Virginia L. Randolph | Set Decorator:Robert Greenfield

Synechdoche, New York (2008)

Production Designer: Mark Friedberg | Art Director: Adam Stockhausen | Set Decorator: Lydia Marks

The MachinistThe Machinist (2004)

Production Designer: Alain Bainée | Art Director: Iñigo Navarro | Set Decorator: Héctor Gil

Help! (1965)

Art Director: Ray Simm

Hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Production Design Porn!

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Alison

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PRODUCTION DESIGN PORN: Terry Gilliam

Actor, writer, director, animator, producer… former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam has done it all, even production design for the Python film Life of Brian! He started out as a cartoonist and animator in the States but soon moved to England where he worked on Do Not Adjust Your Set and the legendary Monty Python’s Flying Circus. After Monty Python dissolved, he focused on writing and directing his own films. Gilliam plays with themes of imagination and rising against the establishment. His films lend themselves to fantastical production design very well – take a look for yourself.

Storytime (1968)

Directed and animated by Terry Gilliam


Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Production Designer: Roy Forge Smith

Life of Brian

Director: Terry Jones | Production Designer: Terry Gilliam | Art Director: Roger Christian

 

Brazil (1985)

Production Designer: Norman Garwood | Art Directors: John Beard, Keith Pain

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

Production Designer: Dante Ferretti | Art Directors: Maria-Teresa Barbasso, Giorgio Giovanni, Nazzareno Piana, Massimo Razzi | Set Decorator: Francesca Lo Shiavo

 

The Fisher King (1991)

Production Designer: Mel Bourne | Art Director: P. Michael Johnston | Set Decorator: Cindy Carr

 

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

Production Designer: Jeffrey Beecroft | Art Director: William Ladd Skinner | Set Decorator: Crispian Sallis

 

Fear and Loathing in las Vegas (1998)

Production Designer: Alex McDowell | Art Director: Chris Gorak | Set Decorator: Nancy Haigh

 

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Production Designer: Guy Hendrix Dyas | Art Directors: Keith Pain, Jirí Sternwald, Andy Thomson, Frank Walsh | Set Decorator: Judy Farr, Guy Hendrix Dyas

 

Tideland (2005)

Production Designer: Jasna Stefanovic | Art Director: Anastasia Masaro | Set Decorator: Sara McCudden

 

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

Production Designer: Anastasia Masaro | Set Decorator: Caroline Smith

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Gilliam’s animations have always been one of my favourite things about Monty Python. I especially love the “Killer Cars” sketch. What’s your favourite Gilliam film or animation?

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Alison.

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TV SETS: Mad Men, Season 4

Taking place from 1964-1965, the most recent season of Mad Men, now on dvd and bluray, was a turning point for the look of the show: new Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce offices and a new downtown apartment for Don. Dan Bishop won the Art Director’s Guild award for Best Single Camera TV Series for the fourth time in a row for the premiere season 4 episode, Public Relations. Let’s take a look at the two largest new sets that were unveiled in season 4.

Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce


The use of primary colours within the new SCDP buildings signals the youthful turn the design in ’64 was taking. Compare these colours to the colour scheme at Sterling Cooper – SCDP is brighter and more vibrant, mirroring the revitalization of lifeblood of the company – they might have more trouble getting the large clients than they used to, but employees like Peggy and Joey are keeping the company more in tune with what’s hip.

In Roger’s office, designed by his younger wife Jane, we see fantastic mod prints in the style of Bridget Riley. You can read more about those as well as the David Weidman prints in Peggy’s office in this LA Times article.

Speaking of Peggy’s office, it’s much pinker than the old office of Freddy Rumsen’s that she was using at Sterling Cooper.

I always love getting a peek at the ads posted on the walls at SCDP – what an art department dream! It’s the details like this that show how fantastic the Mad Men team really is.

Here’s a fan-made floor plan of the new SCDP offices – note the lack of a large “bullpen” full of secretaries like in the old Sterling Cooper offices. The photo below shows the new, downsized secretarial pool.


Don’s Apartment


More neutral colours are used, in contrast with the lighter pastels used in the Draper home, like the blue in their foyer or the yellow in Don and Betty’s bedroom. Dark greens make the apartment feel more masculine.


Even scenes with Don outside of the apartment use the same colour palette, giving Don’s single life an overall feeling of drabness.


Don’s windows looking out onto the city constantly remind the viewer that we aren’t in idyllic suburbia anymore.

One more set from this season that I love: the child psychologist’s office. Get a load of those curtains!


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What do you think of the new Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce offices? Don’s apartment? What other sets from season 4 deserve a shout out?

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Alison.

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PRODUCTION DESIGN PORN: Sir Ken Adam

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BAFTA’s tribute to Ken Adam took place this past Monday night on the occasion of Ken Adam’s 90th birthday. As one of the most creative and imaginative production designers to ever live, not many people are more deserving of a gala celebrating their work than Sir Ken Adam. Born in Germany in 1921, he relocated with his family to England in 1934, where he studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture. He started his prolific film career in 1948 as a draftsman and eventually went on to production design a whopping 44 movies, some of his most memorable being the seven James Bond films he designed. Every film Ken Adam has designed has not only been gorgeous but also incredibly expansive, giving the directors and cinematographers more to play with in terms of shots, light and composition which is no small feat. For his efforts and contributions to the cinematic landscape the Art Director’s Guild awarded him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 and he’s been awarded with 2 BAFTAs (Dr. Strangelove and The Ipcress File) and 2 Academy Awards (Barry Lyndon and The Madness of King George). In 2003, he was knighted by the Queen, the only Production Designer to ever receive this high honour. Take a look at some of Sir Ken Adam’s breathtaking creations.

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Around the World in Eighty Days (1956)

Director: Michael Anderson | Art Director: James W. Sullivan | Set Decorator: Ross Dowd

Dr. No (1962)

Director: Terence Young | Art Director: Syd Cain

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Art Director: Peter Murton

Goldfinger (1964)

Director: Guy Hamilton | Art Director: Peter Murton

The Ipcress File (1965)

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Art Director: Peter Murton

Thunderball (1965)

Director: Terence Young | Art Director: Peter Murton | Set Decorator: Peter Lamont

You Only Live Twice (1967)

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Art Director: Harry Pottle

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

Director: Ken Hughes | Art Director: Harry Pottle

Diamonds are Forever (1971)

Director: Guy Hamilton | Art Directors: Bill Kenney, Jack Maxsted | Set Decorator: John P. Austin, Peter Lamont

Sleuth (1972)

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Art Director: Peter Lamont | Set Decorator: John Jarvis

Barry Lyndon (1975)

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Art Director: Roy Walker

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Art Director: Peter Lamont | Set Decorator: Hugh Scaife

Moonraker (1979)

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Art Directors: Charles Bishop, Max Douy | Set Decorator: Peter Howitt

Addams Family Values (1994)

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld | Art Director: William J.Durrell Jr. | Set Decorator: Marvin March

The Madness of King George (1994)

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Art Directors: Martin Childs, John Fenner | Set Decorator: Carolyn Scott

Taking Sides (2001)

Director: István Szabó | Art Director: Anja Müller | Set Decorator: Bernhard Henrich

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My favourite Ken Adam set is the War Room from Dr. Strangelove. What’s your favourite set Ken Adam has designed?

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Alison.

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PRODUCTION DESIGN PORN: Quentin Tarantino

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What makes a Quentin Tarantino movie so great? The soundtracks full of 70s tunes, the stylized gore, and of course the David Wasco production design. Sets like the warehouse in Reservoir Dogs and the the Cinema Le Gamaar in Inglourious Basterds make the films just that much more memorable. Take a look.

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Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Production Designer: David Wasco |  Set Decorator: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Production Designer: David Wasco | Art Director: Charles Collum | Set Decorator: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

Jackie Brown (1997)

Production Designer: David Wasco |  Art Director: Daniel Bradford | Set Decorator: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Production Designer: Yohei Taneda, David Wasco | Art Directors: Daniel Bradford, Hidefumi Hanatani, Minoru Nishida | Set Decorators: Yoshihito Akatsuka, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

Production Designer: David Wasco |  Art Director: Daniel Bradford | Set Decorator: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

Death Proof (2007)

Production Designer: Steve Joyner | Art Director: Caylah Eddleblute | Set Decorator: Jeanette Scott

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Production Designer: David Wasco | Art Director: Marco Bittner Rosser, Stephan O. Gessler, Sebastian T. Krawinkel, David Scheunemann | Set Decorator: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco

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Are you a Tarantino lover? Which of his films do you think have the best production design?

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Alison.

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PRODUCTION DESIGN PORN: The Gold Standard, Stanley Kubrick


Stanley Kubrick in his younger years

Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) is one of the most beloved filmmakers of all time, with a whopping 6 titles on IMDb’s Top 250  Movies list despite only winning one Oscar for Best Visual Effects for 2001: A Space Odyssey. This quote from a 1968 Playboy interview with Kubrick accurately captures his World view but also the themes that made his films so interesting:

The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death — however mutable man may be able to make them — our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.”

In addition to phenomenal themes and stories, the cinematography and production design always complimented each other beautifully in every one of his films and truly encapsulate the spirit of “Production Design Porn”. Sets and mise-en-scène that create a world inside the film that is so beautiful you just want to hit the rewind button and analyze the moving pictures again and again.

The Killing (1956)

Art Director: Ruth Sobotka | Set Decorator: Herry Reif

Paths of Glory (1957)

Art Director: Ludwig Reiber

Spartacus (1960)

Production Designer: Alexander Golitzen | Art Director: Eric Orbom | Set Decorators: Russell A. Gausman, Julia Heron

Lolita (1962)

Art Director: William C. Andrews

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Production Designer: Ken Adam | Art Director: Peter Murton

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Production Designers: Ernest Archer, Harry Lange, Anthony Masters | Art Director: John Hoesli | Set Decorator: Robert Cartwright

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Production Designer: John Barry | Art Director: Russell Hagg, Peter Sheilds

Barry Lyndon (1975)

Production Designer:  Ken Adam | Art Director: Roy Walker

The Shining (1980)

Production Designer: Roy Walker | Art Director: Leslie Tomkins

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Production Designer: Anton Furst | Art Director: Keith Pain, Rod Stratfold, Leslie Tomkins | Set Decorator: Barbara Drake

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Production Designer: Leslie Tomkins, Roy Walker | Art Director: John Fenner, Kevin Phipps | Set Decorator:  Lisa Leone, Terry Wells

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Are you a big Stanley Kubrick fan? What movie of his do you think has the best production design?

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Alison.

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PRODUCTION DESIGN PORN IV

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Here’s this week’s Production Design Porn post. Hopefully you’ll take some inspiration from it!

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Forbidden Planet (1956)

Production Designers: Irving Block, Mentor Huebner | Art Directors: Cedric Gibbons, Arthur Lonergan | Set Decorators: Hugh Hunt, Edwin B. Willis

The Hours (2002)

Production Designer: Maria Djurkovic | Art Directors: Nick Palmer, Mark Raggett, Judy Rhee | Set Decorator: Philippa Hart

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Production Designer: Alex McDowell | Art Director: Chris Gorak | Set Decorator: Nancy Haigh

Secretary (2002)

Production Designer: Amy Danger | Art Director: Nick Ralbovsky | Set Decorator: Michael Baker, Michael Murray

Zabriskie Point (1970)

Production Designer: Dean Tavoularis | Set Decorator: George R. Nelson

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Production Designer: Judy Becker | Art Directors: Laura Ballinger, Tracey Baryski | Set Decorators: Patricia Cuccia, Catherine Davis

An American In Paris (1951)

Art Directors: E. Preston Ames, Cedric Gibbons | Set Decorator Edwin B. Willis

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What’s your favourite screencap from this week? Any suggestions for future Production Design Porn posts?

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Alison.

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PRODUCTION DESIGN PORN: The Best of 2010

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For this week’s ‘Production Design Porn’, I decided to choose my top 5 personal favourite production designs of 2010 since people only seem to be talking about the films which were nominated for Best Art Direction at the Oscars. Mine are certainly not what the Academy chose (for the most part) but I’m not one for the bandwagon. I stand by my choices. Enjoy!

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Black Swan

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Production Designer: Thérèse DePrez | Art Director: David Stein | Set Decorator: Tora Peterson

Shutter Island

Director: Martin Scorsese | Production Designer: Dante Ferretti | Art Director: Max Biscoe, Robert Guerra, Christina Ann Wilson
| Set Decorator: Francesca Lo Schiavo

Biutiful

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu | Production Designer: Brigitte Broch | Art Director: Marina Pozanco | Set Decorator: Laura Musso

Inception

Director: Christopher Nolan | Production Designer: Guy Hendrix Dyas | Art Director: Luke Freeborn, Brad Ricker, Dean Wolcott | Set Decorator: Larry Dias, Doug Mowat


Micmacs

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet | Production Designer: Aline Bonetto

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If you were to pick your top 5 favourite production design of 2010, which would you choose and why?

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PRODUCTION DESIGN PORN III

Here is this week’s Production Design Porn, chock full of striking visuals as usual.

Trip to the Moon Le voyage dans la lune (1902)

Georges Méliès

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins (1964)

Art Directors: Carroll Clark, William H. Tuntke | Set Decorators:  Hal Gausman, Emile Kuri

American Beauty

American Beauty (1999)

Production Designer:  Naomi Shohan | Art Director: David Lazan | Set Decorator: Jan K. Bergstrom

Back to the Future

Back to the Future (1985)

Production Designer: Lawrence G. Paull | Art Director: Todd Hallowell | Set Decorator:  Hal Gausman

A Single Man

A Single Man (2009)

Production Designer: Dan Bishop | Art Director: Ian Phillips | Set Decorator: Amy Wells

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

Production Designer: Marcus Rowland | Art Director: Nigel Churcher | Set Decorator: Odetta Stoddard

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Production Designer: Dan Leigh | Art Director: David Stein | Set Decorator: Ron von Blomberg

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What is your favourite screencap from this week? What other movies are particularily Production Design Porn-worthy?

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Alison.

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PRODUCTION DESIGN PORN: Christopher Nolan

 

Christopher Nolan is one of the most critically acclaimed directors of the past decade. His  latest movie, Inception, is nominated for eight Oscars and won the Art Director’s Guild award in the Fantasy Film category last Saturday. I find it very inspiring to see the visual metamorphosis from his early work to his more recent films that dominate the box office.

Doodlebug (1997)

Set Designers: Alberto Mattiussi, Christopher Nolan

Following (1998)

Production Designer & Art Director: Tristan Martin

Memento (2000)

Production Designer: Patti Podesta | Set Decorator: Danielle Berman

Insomnia (2002)

Production Designer: Nathan Crowley | Art Director: Michael Diner | Set Decorator: Peter Lando

Batman Begins (2005)

Production Designer: Nathan Crowley| Art Directors: Peter Francis, Paul Kirby, Simon Lamont, Dominic Masters, Alan Tompkins, Su Whitaker, Eggert Ketilsson, David Lee, Shane Valentino | Set Decorator: Paki Smith, Simon Wakefield

The Prestige (2006)

Production Designer: Nathan Crowley | Art Director: Kevin Kavanaugh | Set Decorator: Julie Ochipinti

The Dark Knight (2008)

Production Designer: Nathan Crowley | Art Directors: Mark Bartholomew, James Hambridge, Craig Jackson, Kevin Kavanaugh, Simon Lamont, Steven Lawrence, Naaman Marshall | Set Decorator: Peter Lando

Inception (2010)

Production Designer: Guy Hendrix Dyas | Art Directors: Luke Freeborn, Brad Ricker, Dean Wolcott | Set Decorator: Larry Dias, Douglas A. Mowat

Do you agree with Inception winning the Fantasy Film category at the ADG Awards this week? What is your favourite Nolan movie?

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Alison.

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