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Winning Designs

Winners were announced at the Art Directors Guild Awards today

and here they are

Period Film

THE KING’S SPEECH

Production Designer: Eve Stewart

Fantasy Film

INCEPTION
Production Designer: Guy Hendrix Dyas

Contemporary Film

BLACK SWAN
Production Designer:Therese DePrez

Single Camera Television Series

MAD MEN
Episode: Public Relations
Production Designer: Dan Bishop

Television Movie or Mini-Series

SECRETS IN THE WALL
Production Designer: Robb Wilson King

Episode of a Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series

MODERN FAMILY
Episode: Halloween
Production Designer: Richard Berg

Bholu cushions feature on the set of Modern Family!

Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety, or Unscripted Series

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Episode: Betty White/Jay Z
Production Designer:
Keith Raywood
Eugene Lee
Akira Yoshimura
N. Joseph DeTullio

Awards, Music, or Game Shows

82nd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS
Production Designer: David Rockwell

In the same category for the Oscars only “King’s Speech” & “Inception” have received nominations, my vote and prediction goes to “Inception”.

Congratulations  to all the fine and talented art department people involved in the winning productions.

 

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the lazy side of the award season……

The Dec/Jan/Feb film season in Australia always has me abuzz. It is award season in the U.S. and we in Oz usually have the contenders on our screens before the crucial Academy Award date.

This year has me excited at the contenders yet to see, and the ones I have seen.

My only complaint is the so-called “gravy train” or “band-wagon”. The same highly acclaimed and awarded films turn up everywhere. While I understand that the film critics band together, it really annoys me that the individual guilds also turn up with the same bunch of nominees.

In all honesty, surely in a year of so many films released, can u believe that the top best films also have the same top designers, and composers, and cinematographers?

A film can have a fabulous script and great performances but an average design or score, also a film with a bad script and direction and so-so cast can have extraordinary design or visuals. Yet they all seem to turn up in the same awards.

I remember years ago, with the Academy Award nominations there was always a few outsiders in the design or cinematography categories that would be recognized but no chance in the film, or direction or screenplay catergories, that way you might seek out the visually talented nominees. I could cite examples but then this post will go on, and i don’t have the time to detail (sorry bout that).

This year it seems in all the individual guild awards the same group of nominees appear. laziness perhaps?  or not even have seen the films upfront ?(hope not).

I wish there were a few left of field nominees out there. Guess there will be at least one or two when the Oscars are announced.

eg.

No chance at a best picture nomination, or for direction, acting, but it sure had superbly detailed production design…

MORNING GLORY

Production Designer: Mark Friedberg

The set comprised of a TV studio and the production offices, set in a basement, it felt underground. The apartment of the TV anchor/legend portrayed by Harrison Ford, not seen in great detail, darkly lit, but it screamed of wealth, success, travel etc….totally believable for the character……

the Art Directors guild failed to recognise 😦 beats me

for those who like really good production design, I think you should check it out…in my own opinion!

 

 

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Designer dream hopefuls.

The nominations for the Art Directors Guild awards for excellence in production design were announced today. There are a few surprises and a couple I was shocked to see included.

Period Film

TRUE GRIT Production Designer: Jess Gonchor

THE KING’S SPEECH Production Designer:  Eve Stewart

SHUTTER ISLAND Production Designer: Dante Ferretti

ROBIN HOOD Production Designer: Arthur Max

GET LOW Production Designer: Geoffrey Kirkland

Fantasy Film

ALICE IN WONDERLAND Production Designer: Robert Stromberg

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1 Production Designer: Stuart Craig

INCEPTION Production Designer: Guy Hendrix Dyas

TRON: LEGACY Production Designer:  Darren Gilford

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER Production Designer: Barry Robison

Contemporary Film

BLACK SWAN Production Designer: Therese DePrez

THE SOCIAL NETWORK Production Designer: Donald Graham Burt

THE FIGHTER Production Designer: Judy Becker

THE TOWN Production Designer:  Sharon Seymour

127 HOURS Production Designer: Suttirat Larlarb

The surprise for me has to be the inclusion of “Inception” in the fantasy category, surely it is contemporary design?

Very happy to see the inclusion of Dante Ferretti for “Shutter Island”.

Shocked to see the inclusion of “Tron: Legacy”, I thought the design on that film was so camp and ridiculous. The choice of furnishings in Jeff Bridge’s guru character’s digs was a joke in my opinion. Who cooked the damn suckling pig?

I haven’t seen “127 Hours” yet but isn’t most of the film about a guy trapped amongst rocks? Guess those fake rocks match up well to the real ones, technically it must be impressive.

Favorite designers of mine are amongst nominees – Jess Goncher for “True Grit”, David Graham Burt for “The Social Network”, Judy Becker “The Fighter” and Arthur Max “Robin Hood”. Sadly Mark Friedberg didn’t make the cut he never seems to be recognised enough for his brilliant designs.

My predictions for the winners –

SHUTTER ISLAND.

HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PT 1.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK.

For some reason “The Pacific” was off the list of TV nominees, but happily “True Blood” and “Glee” are there. Also those Bholu cushions helped to earn “Modern Family” a nomination 🙂

Single Camera Television Series

MAD MEN

Episode:  Public Relations  Production Designer: Dan Bishop

TRUE BLOOD

Episode:  Trouble   Production Designer: Suzuki Ingerslev

THE TUDORS

Episode: 407     Production Designer: Tom Conroy

24

Episode: 4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.  Production Designer: Carlos Barbosa

GLEE

Episode: Britney/Brittany   Production Designer: Mark Hutman

Television Movie or Mini-Series

SECRETS IN THE WALL Production Designer: Robb Wilson King

REVENGE OF THE BRIDESMAIDS Production Designer: Marcia Hinds

Episode of a Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series

MODERN FAMILY

Episode: Halloween    Production Designer: Richard Berg

30 ROCK

Episode: Live Show    Production Designer: Keith Raywood Teresa Mastropierro Peter Baran

OUTSOURCED

Episode: Home For the Diwalidays Production Designer: Joseph P. Lucky

UNITED STATES OF TARA

Episode: Trouble Junction   Production Designer: Cabot McMullen

COMMUNITY

Episode: Basic Rocket Science  Production Designer: Derek R. Hill

Episode of a Multi-Camera, Variety, or Unscripted Series

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

Episode: Betty White/Jay.Z  Production Designer: Keith Raywood Eugene Lee Akira Yoshimura N. Joseph DeTullio

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

Episode: Natural History   Production Designer: Stephan G. Olson

HELL’S KITCHEN

Episode: #810    Production Designer: John Janavs

CONAN

Episode: #1.1    Production Designer: John Shaffner Joe Stewart

TWO AND A HALF MEN

Episode: Hookers, Hookers, Hookers Production Designer: John Shaffner

Awards, Music, or Game Shows

82nd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS Production Designer: David Rockwell

2010 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS Production Designer: Florian Wieder

62ND PRIME TIME EMMY AWARDS Production Designer: Steve Bass

67TH GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS Production Designer: Brian J. Stonestreet

SUPER BOWL XLIV Production Designer: Bruce Rodgers

Winners will be announced on February 5.







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Designing dreams

I am very excited today, why you ask?

Tomorrow morning I should wake up to the announcement of the nominations for the Art Directors Guild Of America’s annual awards for excellence in production design.

Unlike the Oscars where all designs are bunched in together, the ADG have 3 separate categories for film.

Contemporary, Period & Fantasy.

Last years winners were –

Contemporary – THE HURT LOCKER

Period – SHERLOCK HOLMES

Fantasy – AVATAR

Will be interesting to see what films are nominated this year. I expect “Alice In Wonderland” and “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows” to appear in the fantasy category. Contemporary – “Black Swan” & “Social Network” maybe?  Period – “King’s Speech”. I would like to see my fave designer of the moment Mark Friedberg get a nomination for Julie Taymor’s film of “The Tempest” and I hope that Dante Ferretti is recognised for his superb designs on “Shutter Island”.

They also nominate TV design, hopefully “True Blood” will get a nomination, I expect “Mad Men” will too, and “The Pacific” of course, good luck to the Aussie’s involved who have already won an Emmy.

Will let you know my honest opinion when the nominations are announced.

Martin Scorcese directs Ben Kingsley, Leonardo DiCaprio & Mark Ruffalo on the set of “Shutter Island” – production designer Dante Ferretti.

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