Category Archives: Film

Making a MARK

Over the past few years I’ve become a regular contributor to MARK, the avant-garde architecture magazine from the publishers of FRAME. These contributions – commentaries on architecture in film and games, several written in collaboration with Tino Schaedler  – are … Continue reading

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Immersive Cocoon “2011”

Please maximize and play LOUD! Keir Dullea encounters a mysterious object, in a scenario reminiscent of the penultimate scene from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey that he appeared in over forty years ago. This speculative faux commercial, directed with … Continue reading

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Book Watch | Orientalists

During the nineteenth century, European and American artists flocked to Eastern cultures, from Morocco to India. Their works fueled the exotic and mythical perception of the Orient with cinematic depictions of islamic culture that continue to influence the arts today. … Continue reading

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A Cross Section with Mark Magazine

Through issue sixteen of the superlative MARK Magazine, Tino Schaedler and Alice Charlotte have offered a commentary on the production design of Hollywood’s latest releases. In an online exclusive, three of the articles originally featured in the Cross Section … Continue reading

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Zion Control

Infinite white spaces have proliferated as a basis for virtual realities, exemplified by the Matrix film trilogy. In the most iconic example, an armory session begins with gun racks rushing toward the screen. A visual demonstrated in the trailers that … Continue reading

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The Color of Speed Racer

Once upon a time the kaleidoscopic menagerie of colors in Speed Racer were more grounded. The Wachowski Brothers latest directorial effort following The Matrix is an overload on the senses, with live action colors “further ramped up digitally in post … Continue reading

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Perspective, the Journal of the Art Directors Guild & Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists has been made available for free download. The magazine offers a fascinating look at the set design and art direction behind film & television productions. Considering … Continue reading

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Realizing Epic Film Environments: Miniatures

At the dawn of film in 1898, miniatures proved a vital special effects tool in recreating the sinking of the Battleship Maine during the Spanish-American War. The following article offers a look at film miniature history from Metropolis to Titanic … Continue reading

Posted in Aircraft, Architecture, Film, Nautical

Antonio Gaudí Immortalized on Criterion DVD

One wonders what influence the work of architect Antonio Gaudí (1852 – 1926) may have had if Adolf Loos had not jump started the modernist movement with Ornament and Crime. An essay that arguably marked the downfall of the Art … Continue reading

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Transforming the Bradbury Building

Pushing Dasies | Episode: Corpsicle Blade Runner “But when Ridley decided to use the Bradbury, I was against it,” Fancher continues. “He’d come back from seeing the place with the location manager (Michael Neale) and was all excited. I told … Continue reading

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