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My Life in the Art Department in Los Angeles

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As a new contributor to Art DepartMENTAL, I will be covering the Art department scene in Los Angeles in greater detail as the months go on. Rose and I thought it would be a good idea to start off with a little bit about myself and my work in the art department through a Q&A. So without further delay, Rose asked and I answered…

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LINKS & STUFF: ADG Nominees, Arts = Happiness and Title Design

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Here are a few of our favourite links from this week. Feel free to peruse Art DepartMENTAL’s TwitterFacebook, Tumblr or our brand new Google + Fan Page for more art department and film related goodies! Circle us on Google + and we’ll be sure to circle you back.

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  • A new study shows that 4 of 6 of the happiest activities are arts-related.
  • Check out this video featuring the best in title design:
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How was your week? Did you find any great links or posts?

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Alison

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LINKS & STUFF: ADG Awards, Google Art Project, & The Social Network


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It’s that time again. Time for our bi-weekly Links & Stuff post. If you want to stay in the loop before the weekend rolls around follow ADM on Twitter (@artdepartmental) and on our brand new Facebook page where I post all the latest and greatest Film, Art, and Production Design news. You can find the last Links & Stuff post here.

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Presenter, Yvette Brown with Contemporary Film winner,

Therese DePrez at the ADG Awards (via @adg800)

  • The Art Director’s Guild Awards were held on Saturday. Unfortunately they are not broadcast on television nor live streamed online. Live streaming is something they should really look into doing next year. You can find out the winners here. Right now on the ADG website you can also watch clips from the different winners.
  • Last week I was amazed by the Google Art Project. My jaw literally dropped when I saw this. It is such a good idea, why hadn’t anyone done this yet? Then again after you watch how they did it you will see what a pricey endeavor it must have been. To find out more about the project watch the video below.
  • My favourite video find in a long time is below. How can you not just fall madly in love with Scorsese. I just want to squeeze his cheeks.

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Thoughts? Have you came across any fascinating links, stories or articles this week that you would recommend?

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Rose XO.

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The 15th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards: The Winners Are…

The Art Director’s Guild Awards honoured excellence in the field of production design, handing out 9 awards, just moments ago at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

In the order they were announced, the winners are:

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EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR 2010

EPISODE OF A MULTI-CAMERA VARIETY OR UNSCRIPTED SERIES


  • Saturday Night Live, Episode: Host- Betty White/ Jay-Z Production Designer: Keith Raywood, Eugene Lee, Akira Yoshimura, N. Joseph DeTullio

  • How I Met Your Mother, Episode: Natural History Production Designer: Stephan G. Olson
  • Hell’s Kitchen, Episode: 810 Production Designer: John Janavs
  • Conan, Episode: #1.1 Production Designer: John Shaffner & Joe Stewart
  • Two and a Half Men, Episode: Hookers, Hookers, Hookers Production Designer: John Shaffner

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SINGLE CAMERA TELEVISION SERIES


  • Mad Men, Episode: Public Relations Production Designer: Dan Bishop

  • True Blood, Episode: Trouble Production Designer: Suzuki Ingerslev
  • Tudors, Episode: #407 Production Designer: Tom Conroy
  • 24, Episode: 4:00 P.M.- 5:00 P.M. Production Designer: Carlos Barbosa
  • Glee, Episode: Britney/Brittany Production Designer: Mark Hutman

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EPISODE OF A HALF HOUR SINGLE CAMERA TELEVISION SERIES


  • Modern Family, Episode: Halloween Production Designer: Richard Berg

  • 30 Rock, Episode: Live Show Production Designer: Keith Raywood, Teresa Mastropierro, Peter Baran
  • Outsourced, Episode: Home for the Diwalidays Production Designer: Joseph P. Lucky
  • United States of Tara, Episode: Trouble Junction Production Designer: Cabot  McMullen
  • Community, Episode: Basic Rocket Science Production Designer: Derek R. Hill

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AWARDS MUSIC OR GAME SHOWS


  • 82nd Annual Academy Awards Production Designer: David Rockwell

  • 2010 MTV Video Music Awards Production Designer: Florian Wieder
  • 62nd Prime Time Emmy Awards Production Designer: Steve Bass
  • 67th Golden Globe Awards Production Designer: Brian J. Stonestreet
  • Super Bowl XLIV Production Designer: Bruce Rodgers

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COMMERCIALS AND MUSIC VIDEOS


  • Milk, Commercial: The Dentist Production Designer: Jeffrey Beecroft
  • Farmers Insurance, Commercial: Frozen Pipes Production Designer: Ken Averill
  • Capital One, Commercial: Rapunzel Production Designer: Jeremy Reed
  • Ford Fiesta, Commercial: Launch Production Designer: Floyd Albee
  • Dos Equis, Commercial: Ice Fishing Production Designer: Jesse Benson

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TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINI-SERIES


  • Secrets in the Wall Production Designer: Robb Wilson King

  • Revenge of the Bridesmaids Production Designer: Marcia Hinds

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CONTEMPORARY FILM


  • Black Swan Production Designer: Therese DePrez

  • The Social Network Production Designer: Donald Graham Burt
  • The Fighter Production Designer: Judy Becker
  • The Town Production Designer: Sharon Seymour
  • 127 Hours Production Designer: Suttirat Larlarb

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FANTASY FILM


  • Alice in Wonderland Production Designer: Robert Stromberg
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One Production Designer: Stuart Craig
  • Inception Production Designer: Guy Hendrix Dyas

  • Tron: Legacy Production Designer: Darren Gilford
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Production Designer: Barry Robison

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PERIOD FILM


  • True Grit Production Designer: Jess Gonchor
  • The King’s Speech Production Designer: Eve Stewart

  • Shutter Island Production Designer: Dante Ferretti
  • Robin Hood Production Designer: Arthur Max
  • Get Low Production Designer: Geoffrey Kirkland

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What are your thoughts on the winners?

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Rose XO.
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ART DIRECTORS GUILD AWARDS: Which Commercial Would You Choose?

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The Art Director’s Guild Awards taking place tomorrow have nominated the best in production design/art direction. Every year I always forget that they include a category for commercials and music videos. I found it interesting this year no music videos received a nomination; all five nominations are commercials. I myself stopped doing commercials because I generally found them uncreative and soul-sucking but I found these commercials (while I’m sure soul-sucking) at the very least extremely creative and thoughtful. While commercials can afford to spend thousands on the perfect commercial to hawk their products, music video budgets are dwindling on par with record sales. Music videos used to be the place you could let your art direction freak flag fly but it’s great to see, as there becomes less opportunity in music videos, commercials are letting loose and becoming more creative than ever. Check out these nominations and watch the videos. It’s just about the only category you can watch all the nominations and make a decision in less than ten minutes!

Full list of Art Director’s Guild nominations: click here.

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The Commercials:

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Got Milk? Commercial | The Dentist | Production Designer: Jeffrey Beecroft

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Farmers Insurance Commercial | Frozen Pipes | Production Designer: Ken Averill

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Capital One Commercial | Rapunzel | Production Designer: Jeremy Reed

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Ford Fiesta Commercial | Launch | Production Designer: Floyd Albee

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Dos Equis Commercial | Ice Fishing | Production Designer: Jesse Benson

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Based solely on the production design, which commercial would you vote for, and why, if you had a say at the Art Director’s Guild Awards?

My answer is below. Just want to make clear I have zero affiliation with any of these companies. Thanks for reading!

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Rose XO.

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The Case of the Bad Production Designer

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This 10 minute comedic short film played at the ADG (Art Directors Guild) Awards in February of this year and surfaced online in a shorter format that was widely circulated. I hadn’t seen the full length version until now so I decided to share it with you all. I am in love with this video.

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“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. And it sounds trite and silly but it’s all about keeping the big picture in the picture.”

- Jeannine Oppewall (Production Designer, ‘L.A Confidential’ & ‘Catch Me If You Can’)

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Rose XO.

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How to Judge Best Art Direction

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Production Designer, Jim Bissell, explains with great insight what makes great production design and highlights the movies that were nominated this year. Those movies being: The winner- Avatar (PD- Robert Stromberg, PD- Rick Carter, and SD- Kim Sinclair), Sherlock Holmes (PD- Sarah Greenwood and SD- Katie Spencer), Nine (PD- John Myhre, and SD- Gordon Sim), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (PD- Anastasia Masaro, SD- Caroline Smith, and SD- Shane Vieau), and lastly The Young Victoria (PD- Patrice Vermette, and SD- Maggie Gray). I also just wanted to congratulate all the nominees and say how proud the Canadian film industry has been that three of the nominees are Canadian. I hope to work with Anastasia Masaro, Gordon Sim, and Patrice Vermette in the future. Kudos to the winner, Avatar, which absolutely raised the bar this year for production design.

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Hope you enjoyed the video and you can make an informed decision next year on your favourite art direction. Did this video help you realize what makes great art direction? Do you feel that Avatar deserved to win the Oscar this year for Best Art Direction?

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Rose XO.

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Source: ADG

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