Film Design

The Philadelphia Story and High Society – Two Movies, One Story

By Craig Leask Many may not know this, but the play The Philadelphia Story (and it’s subsequent film adapation in 1940 and musical remake entitled High Society in 1956) was inspired by the true-life Helen Hope Montgomery Scott (1904–1995), a Philadelphia socialite known for her mischievousness shenanigans and high-spirited flirtations. She was the daughter of…

Famous Television Cars

By Craig Leask In movies and in television, few techniques have been used to easily define the character of an individual better than the car the lead actor drives. Beginning predominantly in the 1960’s, cars were incorporated into various television series as an identifier of the character(s) uniqueness, social class or conventionality, rather than as…

The Evil Lairs of the James Bond Franchise

By Craig Leask There are certain things that every James Bond film needs to be a hit: iconic theme songs; outlandish gadgets used to escape tight situations; sexy, scantily clad women to entice the hero; shockingly silly one liners; and of course, beautiful cars. Back in the 1960’s, when the world was much smaller, James…

Iconic Mid-Century Architecture in Films – Part 2

By Craig Leask As mentioned in Mid-Century Modern – Part 1, Mid-Century Modern (MCM) is an architectural design and decorating style based upon clean lines, clear expanses of glass, open sight lines, a blurring of interior and exterior spaces and a complete lack of clutter. MCM was in its prime, from the mid-1940’s to the mid -1970’s…