Tag Archives: Production Design

Charles Tunnicliffe 1901 – 1979 2

The fourth in a seasonal series of short entries featuring snow. Today’s subject is Charles Tunnicliffe; Etcher, engraver and painter, whose principal subject was bird life and the natural countryside. “Company of Whitethroats” ( Please click these images to enlarge them ). Charles Tunnicliffe RA OBE 1901 – 1979 Charles Tunnicliffe was born in Macclesfield, […]

Stills From Sylvain Chomet’s “The Illusionist” 1

(Please click these images to enlarge them.) This is a random assortment of images in no particular order, so please don’t read it as if it were a storyboard! ‘The Illusionist’ premiered some time ago, at the Berlinale Film Festival (February 16th, 2010) I love the art direction of these images. They are centred on […]

Art & Design in The British Film #29 – Alex Vetchinsky 0

Continuing a series about Art Directors in the British film industry up to 1948, when the book containing these articles was published. This chapter deals with Alex Vetchinsky ( 1904- 1980 ) He is an artist of the cinema and does not pretend to be a painter of pictures. His work is never self-conscious and […]

Art & Design in The British Film #28 – Duncan Sutherland 0

Continuing a series about Art Directors in the British film industry up to 1948, when the book containing these articles was published. This chapter deals with Duncan Sutherland. (Born 1905 – ) Sutherland is another of those robust and jovial artists; like Vetchinsky, he bothers little about his drawings as such and depends for so […]

Two Colour Keys From “Snowballs” 6

A little explanation: “Snowballs” was the original working title for “Balto“. These two keys show the interior of a gold dredging machine in Nome, Alaska. The quality isn’t great because they are from colour copies, but the vision is spot on. Click ‘em to enlarge ‘em folks! Workshop interior. Gold dredger interior. Production designer Hans […]

Art & Design in The British Film #27 – Wilfrid Shingleton 0

Continuing a series about Art Directors in the British film industry up to 1948, when the book containing these articles was published. This chapter deals with Wilfrid Shingleton (1914 – 1983) He is essentially a practical artist and there are few problems in art direction that he would not overcome. Bonnie Prince Charlie, 1948. Conté, […]

Art & Design in The British Film #26 – Paul Sherriff 0

Continuing a series about Art Directors in the British film industry up to 1948, when the book containing these articles was published. This chapter deals with Paul Sherriff (1903 – 1960). It was in 1943 that Sheriff made his most memorable contribution to film decor when as Art Director for Laurence Olivier’s `Henry V’ he […]

Art & Design in The British Film #25 – Michael Relph 0

Continuing a series about Art Directors in the British film industry up to 1948, when the book containing these articles was published. This chapter deals with Michael Relph. (1915 – 2004) His designs are made in crayon and wash, and as designs show a distinct theatrical influence but when built in the studio become essentially […]

Art & Design in The British Film #22 George Provis 0

Continuing a series about Art Directors in the British film industry up to 1948, when the book containing these articles was published. This chapter deals with George Provis. After starting work in a solicitor’s office George Provis found that his heart wasn’t in it and so set out to learn architecture and the building trade. […]

Art & Design in The British Film #20 C.P.Norman 2

Continuing a series about Art Directors in the British film industry up to 1948, when the book containing these articles was published. This chapter deals with C.P.Norman, also known as Norman Delany. CP. NORMAN approaches film decor as a scenic artist with the knowledge of the photographer – he is lucky in knowing how far […]