Category Archives: Film

Days of Heaven

Bisecting the horizon amidst expansive vistas of wheat resides a lone Victorian style mansion. It reminds me of Andrew Wyeth’s painting, Christina’s World, though its inspiration is culled from Edward Hopper’s House by the Railroad. It’s one of many stunning … Continue reading

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Casting a Shadow

Commencing January 18th, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be hosting the free exhibition, Casting a Shadow: Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Film. Appended are several production design illustrations and storyboards that will be on display and are … Continue reading

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Jubilee Church Visualized

It’s among the finest examples of modernist and post-modernist churches in the world, joining such landmarks as Ando’s Church of the Light, Moneo’s Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and Johnson’s Crystal Cathedral. The Jubilee Church is one of … Continue reading

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Art Directors Guild Design Presentations

The Art Directors Guild, the Hollywood guild whose members handle the production and set design for television series, films and commercials, has publicly made available select design presentations provided for their eleventh annual awards. These PDF presentations are occasionally accompanied … Continue reading

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The Art of Ralph McQuarrie

Dreams and Visions Press has published an unrivaled voluminous tome on the Art of Ralph McQuarrie. A concept designer, matte painter and cover artist that got his start at Boeing as a production illustrator, McQuarrie was key in realizing the … Continue reading

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Blade Runner Design

Of the design philosophies behind Blade Runner’s indelible visuals, retrofitting was the one that remained in my mind’s eye. Blade Runner’s visual futurist, Syd Mead explains, “Things are “retrofitted” after the fact of the original manufacture because the old, consumer-based … Continue reading

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The Limelight on Architect Lautner Never Dies

The architectural work of John Lautner became immortalized in popular culture with the 1971 James Bond film, Diamonds are Forever. Sean Connery’s final official turn as Bond, also put on display the Lautner designed Elrod House. With all the extravagances … Continue reading

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Julie Taymor: Playing with Fire

The third edition portfolio monograph of Director Julie Taymor is now available. Also acclaimed for her scenic and costume design, she is best known as the TONY award winning director and costume designer of the popular musical, The Lion King. … Continue reading

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Towards a Cineplastic Architecture

MARK Magazine #9 dedicates a section to new perspectives on the relationship between architecture and film, spurred by advances in digital technologies. Tino Schaedler, Art Director for Digital Sets (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), and his Studio … Continue reading

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Transformations

The last five years have seen a steady increase in well designed animated transformations, culminating of late in the blockbuster movie Transformers and even ranging to individual efforts, notably Ssasumind’s Maxwell rendered cell phone to mech transformation.

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