It’s been a busy January but here is the best of what I’ve found for you the last couple weeks in the social media universe. This is the best time of year to find great information on art direction so please take a look and I think you’ll absolutely be inspired. Feel free to peruse our Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or our Google + Fan Page for more art department and film related goodies! Circle us on Google + and we’ll be sure to circle you back.
I think my parents made this.
- Rare Color Photos from the Depression Era -> Wowzers these are awesome. An amazing reference for any Depression era period piece. I’ve bookmarked these for my own art dept use.
- Production Designer, Stuart Craig and Set Decorator, Stephanie McMillan on a decade of designing ‘Harry Potter’ -> I have the utmost respect for this team. I can’t imagine working on what essentially is one story broken into eight parts over ten years. It’s quite an endurance challenge but well worth the journey.
- Eiko Ishioka, Tarsem Singh’s Costume Designer, Dies at 73 -> The costumes she designed for Dracula and The Cell haunted my dreams. She was a legend in her own right.
- Observations on Film Art- TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY: A guide for the perplexed -> I’ll admit it. I didn’t quite get the film upon first viewing but I still liked it. I should have brought this trusty guide to the theatre.
- Those of you who’ve seen Girl With The Dragon Tattoo may have noticed the stunning minimalist Villa -> While I watched Girl With The Dragon Tattoo I did wonder to myself if it was an art dept design/build as it was so completely gorgeous but it pre-existed. I want to live there.
- Production Designer Anne Seibel Talks ‘Midnight in Paris’ and Woody Allen -> Honestly, what a dream project that must have been.
- ‘Confessions Of A Designer’, What Goes On In A Designer’s Mind
- A Typographer’s Letter to Brad Bird -> Hilarious. I can almost hear the writer seething. Verdana!?!? How dare you Mr. Bird. How dare you!
- The Future of Motion Capture Explained by Jon Favreau and Michael Bay. Very funny. I too think inanimate objects are next for motion capture. If only because now they’ve planted the seed in Michael Bay’s tiny brain.
- Frustrating. How will we know which works in the public domain are re-copyrighted thus not available for Film & TV?
- The Lush Costumes and Art-Deco Set Design of The Artist -> It’s fascinating to see how one designs for Black and White with tones rather than colour.
- A look at how they made the cover of Icon Magazine -> Seriously. I need to try this.
- From Concept to Completion: 50 Examples Of Logo Design Process -> Fantastic reference and inspiration for logo design.
- Production Designer or Art Director: Hollywood’s design credit dilemma -> Damn you TinTin. You have exposed our dirty secret. Now I suppose we may actually have to deal with this longstanding problem. Imagine that.
- The 30 Harshest Filmmaker-on-Filmmaker Insults in History -> As I always assumed: Vincent Gallo is not only a shitty filmmaker, he is also a shitty person.
- 41 Most spectacular dream bedrooms ever -> I want them all. I need to buy a 41 bedroom mansion.
- Quentin Tarantino reveals his favourite films of 2011 -> I think he purposely tries to frustrate me. He’s all over the map. Our Idiot Brother? Really?!
- The Time-Traveling Art Direction of Midnight in Paris -> Some of the best production designer reference photos. I love the way she laid out her concepts. Old school for the win.
- Set Design Magazine -> I love this brand new blog that started this month. You should take a look if you have any interest in the technicalities of set design.
That’s all folks. Did you find any great links or inspiration this week?