Tag: Craig

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…

Malevolent Architecture: The Real Locations of Horror Movies

By Craig Leask In movies, haunted houses and castles are traditionally isolated locations: perched on stormy hilltops, swampy bayous, or located on vast, overgrown estates, separated from society (or anyone who can offer help to those in peril). A mountainous resort, closed for the winter, requiring a caretaker, lonely empty mansions being investigated or hosting…

Remembrance Day/Veterans Day RETROSPECTIVE

November 11th is Remembrance Day here in Canada. For our American neighbours, it is Veterans Day and is also known as Armistice Day. We here at Foote & Friends On Film decided to offer a few recommendations for films that shine a spotlight on war times and those to whom we owe our freedom. Please…

Iconic Mid-Century Architecture in Films

Above: “The Vandamm Residence North by North West: (1959)” By Craig Leask 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.  The style was developed and made popular by architects of the time,…

Cleopatra (1963): The Sets Behind the Epic

By Craig Leask It had all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster: adulterous love affairs, broken marriages, millions of dollars in squandered funds and even attempted murder … and that was all behind the camera!   Most people know the story behind the making of Cleopatra (1963), which was initially conceived as a “low budget”…

Spooky House Movies. What Can I Say? I Love ‘em!

By Craig Leask Scary movies have been a standard of the movie industry since the early years of film production. The bar was set with the original classics: Nosferatu (1922), Dracula (1931), and Frankenstein (1931), all of which were set in gloomy, shadow filled castles and filmed in glorious black and white. The success of these…