The Look of My Film, GIRLFRIEND 19

5 Aug

The base color scheme for Girlfriend 19.

The color scheme for the character Rob.

Dorothy’s ruby slippers in The Wizard of Oz. The Bates Motel in Psycho. The warm colors of The Godfather.  These are all famous examples of a movie’s production design.

More than just props and furniture, production design encompasses nearly everything you physically see in a movie.  A film’s overall color scheme, its locations and costumes – they are all production design.  Even hair and make-up, its production design.

Most low-budget films suffer from poor production design.  It’s not only difficult to find a talented designer to help, it is also very expensive to do what is necessary to achieve an effective overall look.

Furnishing and prop reference for Girlfriend 19.

Fortunately, I have been blessed with Macha Suzuki on my team as production designer.  He is an incredibly gifted artist and has been working hard to create a look for my film that will best support my vision and the nature of our story.

In addition to Macha, his wife, Melissa, also a gifted artist, has been contributing tremendously with set-design in particular.  She has an acute sensibility for textures, fabrics, shapes and patterns.  And, together, they have come up with an amazing overall design.

Our next step is to execute the design by securing various elements such as props and furnishings and then installing them at our locations.  In the meantime, please take a look at these images Macha and Melissa are using to guide them.

Fabric and print reference for Girlfriend 19.



9 Responses to “The Look of My Film, GIRLFRIEND 19”

  1. Miguel N. August 10, 2010 at 10:48 pm #

    It’s looking great. The excitement towards shooting is increasing.
    Congrats for joining this fine art/production designers!

    • Christopher August 11, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

      Thanks, Miguel. Yes, I really am lucky to be with such great designers!!!

  2. Chuck Norton August 6, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    Oooh… very interesting post! Loving the graphics.

    • Christopher August 6, 2010 at 11:58 am #

      Thanks! I thought design savvy folks like you would appreciate it!

  3. Nuno Barreto August 5, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    Will the movie be shot in the Autumn?
    (This is me trying to look mildly intelligent!)

    • Christopher August 5, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

      I think you’re referring to the warm colors, right??? There definitely is an Autumn feel – you’re right.

      The choice was purely instinctive, though. For some reason, warm colors felt right for the film. It has to do with the state the lead character is in, i.e., her life is on hold for a man… But I like the connection with Autumn. In fact, she discusses the seasons at one point in the script!

      • Nuno Barreto August 6, 2010 at 6:53 am #

        Yes, that was what i was referring to. Glad i wasn’t completely wrong :)

  4. Rae August 5, 2010 at 1:33 am #

    That’s Rad!

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