September 8, 2016
The Other F Word

The Other F Word. Stream It Now!

If you weren’t lucky enough to attend one of last week’s screenings, or it you haven’t streamed The Other F Word yet, stream it now. If you […]
August 10, 2016

NYMF Award Design

For the 2016 season, NYMF (The New York Musical Festival) Board Member Hugh Hayes commissioned us to work with him, Executive Director & Producer Dan Markley, and Director of […]
August 8, 2016

Habitat ’67 revisited

Just last week we wrote about Expo ’67 and one of the featured works there: Habitat ’67. Canada is on the minds of many this summer, […]
August 4, 2016

Why are there no proper Tiki Bars on the Jersey Shore?

Sure there are lots of so called Tiki Bars, but they all seem to be Tiki in name only. The original Don The Beachcomber places were the real […]
August 1, 2016

Olympic Architecture and Design

Well, it is that time again/ Time for Olympic Architecture and Design. This could provide subject matter for the whole month. So much bad. Here’s a dose […]
July 27, 2016

The Watergate is back and it’s all good

Although now mainly known for its name in biggest political scandal in US history (as well as any that have followed), The Watergate Hotel is looking to remake […]
July 25, 2016

Last Call for Rendering Techniques to Empower your Entertainment Design Workflow

My webinar Rendering Techniques to Empower your Entertainment Design Workflow will be broadcast tomorrow, Tuesday 26 July at 2PM, Eastern Daylight Time. Register now whether you can attend then […]
July 22, 2016

Oh, Canada!

We’re sure many Americans are thinking of Canada. We are, and do often, and especially often of Expo ’67 the modernist World’s Fair held, well, in […]
July 20, 2016

Visual Storytelling

Visual Storytelling, it’s what we do, and we do so many things, but in the end all those things are Visual Storytelling. This particular post is about […]
July 18, 2016

NYMF Rides Again!

It’s the official opening day/night of NYMF! Loyal readers know that we have been active supporters of NYMF for a long time. The annual festival of […]
July 15, 2016

Why can’t we have nice things?

Because we tear the nice things down. We are building huggers. We discuss here and in real life, the importance of Historic Preservation and adaptive reuse […]
July 13, 2016

Have you ever wondered what a Foley Artist does?

The fine folks at F-Stoppers posted this video by Feast Films about Foley Artists. So, yo begin, a Foley Artist is someone who works in film […]
January 30, 2014

Soylent Green is Balsa Wood

From the fine folks at Boing Boing   Yeah Prop Department! This can of Soylent Green and cracker sold for $2,250 at auction in November. The […]
November 4, 2013

Virtual Vision: Audi Designs Science Fiction Car

Audi goes to the movies – This Audi fleet shuttle quattro was designed for the film “Ender’s Game” The car is driven in the film by […]
October 24, 2012

Dream Home : Dihedral House by Arch 11
August 18, 2012

The view backstage

Aaaaaaaaah, cheap camera, some contrast, and art backstage.
April 25, 2012

Backstage with the Set Designers

Lights! Camera! Action! Commercial production is not for the faint of heart. We ride roller coasters on a sea of constant change, sometimes remixing, reinventing and re-imagining […]
March 30, 2012

Times Square at Night 1957

As usual, Kirsten Hively, of Project Neon fame, posts a link to feed my signage fetish. This silent 16mm home movie footage of Times Square at Night […]
November 16, 2011

1964 Aston Martin DB5

Ahhh, the choice of the car, if it is the set designer’s choice, what a wonderful world. Of course, in film, the production designer may not […]
October 26, 2011

Now, THIS is good design….

It’s not set design, but a perfect personal prop for film or television. Certainly a perfect personal prop for us and some character, in some script […]
October 4, 2011

The Dune Buggy Up! is back… maybe.

It’s a set designer’s dream. At least if we were remaking some beach party movies. If not, we can always use one for personal transport; at […]
April 12, 2011

KLAD Quick Start Guide To Being On TV Part II

UPDATE – Chris Babbie of Location Sound added smart sound considerations in a comment on Facebook. He’s graciously allowed me to add his insights to this […]
November 2, 2010

Ken Adam Production Designer Par Excellence

Sir Ken Adam will be 90 in a few months. As best I can tell, he has been working, writing and ACTING well into his 80’s, […]
August 18, 2010

Dream Design -Glitz, Glamour, Gangsters

The Golden Age of Hollywood gave us a fantasy world that was carefully created by the big studios.  Set Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design and cinematography […]