I'm not in business of upsetting people or celebrity gossip so I will not be recounting any details- most of which are too hazy to be anything but false at this point- but I will say how sad about Heath Ledger's death! And with a sweet little girl....
Okay, this is a post that had actually been saved for awhile, so I'm not trying to be grotesque by plastering this quirky pic of him here. I have actually been looking forward to this movie for quite awhile- and it had everything to do with Heath in this Makeup. I think this is such a fantastic look (Make up Head: Peter Robb-King who I think will deserve a gold statue for this one.) The posters, the aesthetic- everything is perfect about this character, of course all brought to life by the brilliant Heath. It's such a far cry from the suave, clean-lined Jack Nicholson version (which was fantastically hilarious at the time.) There's something about this wicked mess of a face... everyone- EVERYONE can't keep from commenting how perfect it is. THAT'S when you know you've hit it- when it provokes such a strong reaction- and the movie isn't even out yet!
The costume designer for this movie is a Ms. Lindy Hemming, who is a 60 year old brit who has already won an Oscar for Topsy-Turvey. She has also designed Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Batman Begins, Four Weddings and a Funeral, the Lara Croft movies, and a handful of the Bond films. Guess she's great at action.
Of course it will be awhile before the movie comes out- next summer supposedly, but it's already had so much buzz I'm sure it'll be fantastic. Some peeps from my generation are comparing it to The Crow (for obvious reasons that have nothing to do with Batman.)
Below is a shoot from September British Vogue shot in India. The best part is the Art Direction and the 'extras' in the background.
Most of the turbans I've seen in real life are flat wraped against the head, but these ones below have a twist in them, which makes me wonder how many different techniques there are to wrap a turban and if they have names. Anybody know? How great is the guy's facial hair on the left?
I'm in love with this pink cart with the flowers on it...:
The designer of this movie, coming out next month, is Marit Allen. She has a varied work history including Mermaids, The Witches, Brokeback Mountain, and Scarlett (tv movie). The scenes here translate beautifully. This time period set in South America is one rarely seen in film, and the texture it affords us is incredibly rich.
I'm belated with this post but here finally I am posting shots of the new Sweeney Todd trailer. The Designer is the Wonderful Amazing Incredible and Most Talented Colleen Atwood. My absolute favoritest of favorites.
Here is the trailer. I think I've watched it 25 times so far.
Ack! I've been so busy and there's so much I want to talk about...(including my face to face meeting with Colleen Atwood! More about that later.) First the upcoming second installment of the Narnia Chronicles: Prince Caspian. The costumes are designed by Isis Mussenden, whom, I just found out, costume designed the Shrek movies... funny, huh? I had a conversation with an Animation teacher at CalArts several months ago and she was talking to me about the possibility of hiring actual costume designers to collaborate in the character development but I hadn't realized this was something that was already happening.
It's very easy to care about women's fashion and dress more than men's. I'm trying to make a very conscience decision to study the boys as well as the girls. This movie offers a very good chance to do that. And the more I researched it, the more I was interested. The palette is subtle but strong: deep browns, olives and greys. Everyone looks a bit too clean than I would expect them to look for the time period, but there's some texturizing done to the suits with regards to fraying the edges, roughing up the hats and some of the fabrics to add some layers to the characters. At this time people would typically only have one outfit until it completely fell off from too much use, and to that end most of the pieces, especially on Jesse James, just look too new, but damn if they dont look good.
Patricia Norris did double duty on this movie as Costume and Production Designer. She fulfilled both these roles on many films like Twin Peaks:Fire Walk with Me and Return to Lonesome Dove and Costume Designed most notably films such as Scarface, The Elephant Man, And Victor Victoria.
I found some actual portraits of the real characters and it's great to see how their personalities come through in the actors chosen to portray them.