Today we celebrate the beauty and power of film through the live global telecast of The Academy Awards. The Oscars may not be perfect but they remain a celebration of storytelling and craft, so for that I am thankful. I want to take the time right now to congratulate all the nominees up for Best Production Design at The 87th Academy Awards tonight and wish them all the best. They are all talented beyond measure and inspire me to learn more and to work harder and smarter.
Category Archives: Production Design
“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
Last night, I was sorting through some old emails I had filed away when I stumbled upon this one my former boss, production designer, and mentor had sent a while back. He sent it to all the creative departments involved with one of the biggest sets we had just finished in our studio parking lot of all places and I was quite moved. See email below, published with permission:
The complete list of winners:
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
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.
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.
“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
After some long and hard deliberations I have pared down what are, in my opinion, the top 10 best production designed/art directed films of 2011. In the end, given the subjectivity of film in general, all this means is these were my favourite designs. Going through the many films I had on my list I was awestruck at the diversity, styles and overall quality of so many of the films. 2011 was really a banner year for production design the way I see it. Last year, I found it easy to just do a top 5 but this year I found it impossible not to do a top 10 and I easily could have made it a top 20.