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Ten Great Shots from The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Adam Stockhausen’s brilliant Production Design for Wes Anderson’s film. The Grand Budapest Hotel comes wrapped like a Fabergé egg inside a jewelry box inside a puzzle box inside an elaborate gift box. Wes Anderson folds the widescreen format down to a symmetrical pocket square, keeping the flashbacks neatly packed in classic Academy ratio. To complete the effect, Production Designer Adam Stockhausen remodeled an abandoned German department store, transforming the store’s…

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Life of Pi, Anna Karenina, Skyfall win Art Directors Guild Awards

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Best Art Direction for a Fantasy Film: David Gropman for Life of Pi Best Art Direction for a Period Film: Sarah Greenwood, Anna Karenina Best Art Direction for a Contemporary Film: Dennis Gassner, Skyfall

Art Directors Guild: Predictions & No Guts, No Glory

Art Directors Guild: Predictions & No Guts, No Glory

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Art Directors Guild is holding their awards ceremony tonight. My best guesses: Period Film Prediction: ANNA KARENINA NGNG: LINCOLN Fantasy Film Prediction: LIFE OF PI NGNG: CLOUD ATLAS Contemporary Film Prediction: SKYFALL NGNG: ZERO DARK THIRTY Review all the Art Directors Guild nominees for movies and TV, or find the ADG feature film nominees after the cut.

Design featurettes for Les Miserables

Design featurettes for Les Miserables

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2012 Art Directors Guild nominees

2012 Art Directors Guild nominees

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NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2011: Period Film THE ARTIST Production Designer: Laurence Bennett HUGO, Production Designer: Dante Ferretti THE HELP, Production Designer: Mark Ricker ANONYMOUS, Production Designer: Sebastian Krawinkel TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, Production Designer: Maria Djurkovic Contemporary Film THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Production Designer: Donald Graham Burt THE DESCENDANTS, Production Designer: Jane Anne Stewart EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE, Production…

Dante Ferretti talks to the New York Times

Dante Ferretti talks to the New York Times

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  It’s hard for me to imagine any film beating Hugo for Art Direction.  With the glass studio, the magical sets, the inside of the clock tower, the train station – top to bottom, a masterpiece of design. It should do battle with The Artist, Harry Potter, War Horse, J. Edgar, etc. But Hugo’s is off the hook. It should be said, along with everything else about the film, from…

Art Directors Guild Awards

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Contemporary feature film: Therese DePrez, BLACK SWAN Fantasy feature film: Guy Hendrix Dyas, INCEPTION Period feature film: Eve Stewart, THE KING’S SPEECH One-hour single camera TV series: Dan Bishop of MAD MEN Half-hour single camera TV series: Richard Berg of MODERN FAMILY Awards, music or game show: David Rockwell, 82nd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS TV movie or miniseries: Robb Wilson King, SECRETS IN THE WALL Multi-cam, variety or unscripted series: SATURDAY…

The Company Men, trailer

The Company Men, trailer

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How to Build the Lovely Bones Afterlife

How to Build the Lovely Bones Afterlife

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The LA Times’ Rachel Abramowitz talks to the screenwriters about how to bring the fantasy elements of The Lovely Bones to the screen. Hands down, this would be the hardest line to walk adapting the novel to the screen. However, it’s worth noting that if there is one director who can do it it’s Peter Jackson. After young Susie Salmon is murdered by the local pedophile in “The Lovely Bones,”…

Alice in Wonderland Trailer!

Alice in Wonderland Trailer!

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[UPDATE: well, that youtube sure got nuked by Disney in record time. For now, you can find another copy here, you're out of luck. We'll have a better embeddable vid up again as soon. See comment #35 for details.]