All posts tagged: Art Direction

Moments of Symmetry – “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

If “auteur” were defined on Urban, it would include a picture of Wes Anderson and stills from some of his uniquely well-crafted films. However, it has not been defined, so no such definition exists. Maybe when I’m bored I’ll add it.  Anyhoo, back to Wes Anderson//auteur theory… In recent years (with films such as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, and Fantastic Mr. Fox) Wes Anderson’s visual aesthetic has seem to become even more meticulous and well defined. In a short video entitled Mise En Scène & The Visual Themes of Wes Anderson, Anderson discusses his visual style in various interviews (including one with Terry Gross), mentioning his interest in theater as a recurring influence (video credit: Way Too Indie).   After watching The Grand Budapest Hotel (which for the record, I absolutely loved) one aesthetic tendency became very clear to me – even more so than in any Wes Anderson film I had seen before: s y m m e t r y. Nearly ever shot is painstakingly symmetrical, which lends itself to creating the sort of whimsical world within reality that Wes Anderson is known for. The …

Shabazz Palaces – ‘Black Up’

Shabazz Palaces – “Black Up,” is the third ‘video of the day’ post featuring Kahlil Joseph’s work. Joseph is a spectacularly talented director whose visual style I’d describe as truly mesmerizing. His ability to capture the essence of people and spaces is nothing short of brilliant, and I greatly admire his work. “‘Black Up’ is a short film that portrays a fever dream induced by the music of Shabazz Palaces. The film features songs from Shabazz Palaces’ album Black Up on Sub Pop Records, as well as various pieces of unreleased material.”

Women in Film: Costume Designer Colleen Atwood

Colleen Atwood has had a long and exciting career as a costume designer for some of Hollywood’s most beloved films (including, the actual film Beloved). With three Oscar wins and ten nominations, Atwood has established herself as one of the most acclaimed designers in the history of the craft. “Costumes are the first impression that you have of the character before they open their mouth-it really does establish who they are.” “As a designer, you have to solve a lot of problems. Even though people are wearing clothes that are supposed to look beautiful, they’ll have to do all kinds of things.” Fun Facts: Colleen Atwood was born in Yakima, Washington in 1948. She studied art at Cornish College of Arts and New York University. Her first movie gig was as a production assistant on the film Ragtime. Her career breakthrough occurred when she met  Tim Burton. She has been involved with over 50 films to date. She was the lead costume designer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey between 2005 & 2006. She has designed …

Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes

In a new series (VIDEO OF THE DAY) I will be posting short films and music videos multiple times per week. From this year’s Sundance Shorts, Until the Quiet Comes, directed by Kahlil Joseph, features three songs by underground musician and producer, Flying Lotus. A magical combination of both mood and rhythm, Joseph’s film is one of the most captivating shorts I have ever seen. The hauntingly beautiful cinematography was done by Matthew J. Lloyd. Truly, one of my favorites.