Art direction is such a critical part of movies nowadays. With studios are spending more and more than ever on their epic films, you have to have some talented people ready to design the look of it all. Same goes to those on a tighter budget who need the right, cost effective person to make it look more expensive than it really is.
On a side note, this day will be remembered for being the day we lost Whitney Houston. Although best known for her singing career, she did star in a few movies, most notably the mega-hit “The Bodyguard” which pulled in a $410 million in 1992, which is huge even by todays standards. The film also brought her two Oscar Nominations for Original Song, losing to “A Whole New World” from [amazon_link id="B0001I561E" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Aladdin[/amazon_link] (really?). [amazon_link id="B001AKF3H4" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]The soundtrack [/amazon_link]sold a staggering 17 million copies, and remains the largest selling soundtrack of all-time.
Disclaimer: I have not seen every single one of this year’s nominated movies, and I probably won’t for reasons that I don’t want to waste my time watching shit that was manufactured just to get Oscar consideration (I’m looking at a specific movie involving two former Oscar winners). It’s not like I watched every bowl eligible college football team before making my picks. If you don’t like it you can file a complaint here.
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“The Artist” Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
Wow, I just read somewhere that “The Artist” was shot in 35 days, imagine being Laurence Bennett, the man in charge of the ambitious production design. Some of the sets are pretty major, and the logistics of being able to make sure everything is ready to shoot must have been daunting.
Set decorator Robert Gould had to make sure everything would be visible for a black and white movie, so he made sure there was a lot of contrast when picking “colors” so visuals would pop out on the screen.
“[amazon_link id="B005OCFHHK" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2[/amazon_link]″ Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
Stuart Craig has been busy with the Harry Potter franchise for over ten years now, and he’s not even done yet, as he’s helping in the creation of the Harry Potter Theme Park at Universal Studios in Florida. He already has three Oscars to his name for ‘The English Patient’, ‘Dangerous Liasons’, and ‘Gandhi’, a fourth would be icing on the cake for what he considers to be a “body of work” for all the Potter Films.
“[amazon_link id="B003Y5H5HE" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Hugo[/amazon_link]” Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
Dante Ferretti and his wife, Francesca Lo Schiavo, have been longtime collaborators. They are no strangers to winning Oscars either, taking home two, one for “[amazon_link id="B000VZGK3K" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]The Aviator[/amazon_link]” and the other for “[amazon_link id="B001BN1ZHW" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Sweeney Todd[/amazon_link]“. Ferretti has said this was the largest production he’s ever worked on, which, among others, includes Gangs of New York.
“[amazon_link id="B005MYEPXC" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Midnight in Paris[/amazon_link]” Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNot gonna win.
“War Horse” Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandale
I don’t know if you’ve seen the movie, but this picture above is right after the horse has slaughtered the Nazis by himself by running through the trenches and smashing the heads of ever German in sight. I’m lying, but if you believe me, it does sound a little more exciting than what actually happens.
Rick Carter won an Oscar as the set designer for some movie James Cameron did called [amazon_link id="B0044XV3QY" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]AVATAR[/amazon_link], so it was quite a departure to go from that to War Horse, which used 100% real sets that were built from the ground up. I don’t know what it is about this film, but every time I hear about it I want to go to zzzzzzzzzz………