This year at the Toronto International Film Festival I fell in love with a film that absolutely broke my heart. I found myself weeping during and after the screening which I haven’t done in a very long time.
That film was Room.
Room follows a mother and her five year old son, Jack, who was born into captivity after Ma was kidnapped and sexually assaulted for years by her captor, leaving the two of them to live their lives in one small room- a shed in his backyard. While all of this is very grim, the film takes the refreshing point of view of the curious and imaginative child who is still amazed by his small but wondrous world. Upon Jack’s 5th birthday he is told about the outside world and they make a plan to escape. Jack is Ma’s only hope. However, once free will anything ever be the same again?
Recently I interviewed Room’s production designer, Ethan Tobman, who had the unique task of designing a room, with director Lenny Abrahamson, so important to the telling of the story yet so small it would be nearly impossible to shoot. Rarely is production design this integral to the plot and characters of a story that I am so enthralled by its process. Here’s what he had to say…
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.
George Clooney presented a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ADG Awards to his friend and long time collaborator, production designer Jim Bissell.
EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM
Grand Budapest Hotel
“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
Check out this below the line interview for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master with Production Designers, Jack Fisk & David Crank; Costume Designer, Mark Bridges and Editor, Leslie Jones.
Source: The Hot Button DP30 Series