Film Design

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…

Hello, Dolly! – The Sets Behind the Massive Musical

By Craig Leask Much like the Cleopatra (1963) filming fiasco and its nearly devastating effect on the financial stability of 20th Century Fox Studios, Hello, Dolly! (1969) nearly accomplished the same thing by practically bankrupting the same studio, not through a lack of planning and over paying its actors as with Cleopatra, but by vastly…