I wish I had kept track of every piece of beautiful design work I've ever seen in Film or TV or PBS (isn't that it's own category?) but I suppose my Heart has kept track ... So that's Safe, :) ... Film design work goes under this Inspiration page just for the pure inspiration of it, but also to acknowledge that as part of being a designer, sometimes the pain-curve that is built into it, and you have to learn how to stay with it to flip it. When maybe your instinct is to give up. For good original design work, there are times for me when I know I haven't reached 'the point' yet ... I love that I know how to just trust the process, that it always comes for me ... But I'm SO curious to hear the stories from other designers ... !
I'm also just kind of sad (?) that we don't know who these designers are, the same way that we know about an author or musician ... I think Graphic Designers get ONE credit line after a film, way towards the bottom. I don't know, but I wish I did.
One of my all time favorites is the art in the 1990 'The Thomas Crown Affair', the remake of the 1960 version, which had design art too, but it pales compared to this ... Here are the stills of that, they look like vector art, but animated ... Is it time for me to play with After Affects to see if I can recreate this? It really just affects me to my CORE, inspiration wise. Love love love love it.
Last night I convinced G to watch 'Auntie Mame' with Rosalind Russell, with me. (That experience is a whole other post about scripts and progressive social change). The evening kicked off with my needing to go back to the beginning Credits because the several times I've seen this, I have never noticed the opening art sequence ... OMG. (G again claimed that he is never letting me go near pot).
The concept of her arm holding up a kaleidoscope fits the script beautifully, the liberal and extremely playful and openminded Aunt vs. conservative 1950's 'establishment' ... The designs are outrageously beautiful and the metaphor is how you can't predict what shape comes next, which is how Auntie Mame lives and how she is trying to bring up her nephew, to be that opened up, full of color and JOY.
The untold stories of the designer or designers ... How many concepts did you go through? Was there a period of frustration first? Did you get it the first time?
I know how fun it is once you arrive at the concept and there is an agreed upon idea - like floating on air - and then you can just fly with it ... So getting to this point where you know all you have to do is create 75 (?) different stills that create THIS animated scene of a kaleidoscope ... Just heaven.
I would just LOVE to know what the process-stories are ...