Production Design Blog-A-Thon

May 4, 2008 at 8:14 pm 4 comments

Production Design Blog-A-Thon

My filmclub partner is hosting a production design blog-a-thon! He writes:

production design blog-a-thon: call for participation

At this stage in the development of the discipline, I think we’re all prepared to recognize the benefits that auteur theory has bestowed upon film studies. However, critics of auteur theory are quick to point out that any theory that champions the director as “author” also has the unfortunate tendency of eclipsing the deeply collaborative nature of film production, and will inevitably underplay the contributions of other people such as the screenwriter, the editor, and the cinematographer.

Perhaps even more maligned in this hierarchy is the production designer: the individual responsible for the overall “look” of the film, coordinating set designers, property masters, and costume designers to create an overall visual “feel.” With a little effort, it isn’t difficult to think of films where we have been delighted by the product of production designers’ labor and aesthetic, but they have nevertheless received a saddening lack of sustained appreciation, even from the most attentive of critics.

Film bloggers may not be able to change this state of affairs permanently, but I’d like to call for us to take just one week to focus our collective attention on the role of these under-recognized creators. So for the week of May 19-25, I am inviting your participation in the Production Design Blog-A-Thon. During this week, I will use the Film Club blog to collate posts in which you write on any aspect of production design or art direction. Use this week to celebrate your favorite production designer (or lambast one you can’t stand). Inspect your DVD collection for the most striking costumes and sets. Look for recurring interests in a production designer’s overall body of work. Have fun with it.

If you’re thinking about participating, send me an e-mail at projects [at] imaginaryyear.com so I know to check your blog during the week; if you could also ping me once you’ve got something up that would be helpful.

I hope you’ll consider participating!! I’m going to post on Bo Welch of Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Batman Returns, fame.

Production Design Blog-A-Thon

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. anaj  |  May 5, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Hi, I am going to participate in it! Could you write another post about it on the 17th? I receive all your new posts in my reader, so will definitely be alerted to it then.

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  • 2. skunkcabbage  |  May 7, 2008 at 2:19 am

    That’s fantastic! I’m really glad that you’re going to join us. 🙂 More posts will be forthcoming, including a reminder on the 17th.

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  • 3. Jeremy B  |  May 7, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks for helping me to promote it. This is my nod to May Day this year– since I announced on the 1st, there’s a little stuff about unrecognized labor in there. (I’m sure production designers are not exactly the most exploited people on the globe, but… it is what it is.)

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  • 4. skunkcabbage  |  May 9, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    My pleasure! I appreciate the May Day nod and pushing against the commodity fetishism accompanying “great man” theory in film studies.

    Reply

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