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.
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.
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.
Production designed by Rick Carter, the final part that ‘sells’ Jurassic Park as a working, functioning resort is the construction of the infrastructure. An abundance of raw concrete is employed, which works on levels both inside and outside of the film’s narrative. The rough and raw material suggests a kind of primal, carved sort of look, but the fact that it’s merely concrete rather than stone or granite works perfectly with the artificial façade found on the tourist side everywhere else.
Aside from the exterior Corporate Identity (see Part 1) of Jurassic Park, production designed by Rick Carter, there was a distinct and different internal bit of design behind the flash exterior of the park. Of particular note – but often over looked because of the much-mocked UNIX system used at the denouement – is the park control system.
The true brilliance of Jurassic Park’s look is neither the CGI dinosaurs nor the animatronic ones – it’s the cohesive whole of the theme park island that frames them and makes them more believable. Production Designer, Rick Carter’s look for Jurassic Park – both the theme park and the film – eschews Michael Crichton’s “Voyage to the Land Before Time that Time Lost” tinplate aesthetic for a cutting edge clean that is wonderfully 90’s, lurid and tacky. At the time it was incredibly fresh and while it’s easy to date it now, it doesn’t look particularly dated.
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