As I grew up, my Dad’s studio was in our home. I got to have a Mom and a Dad that worked from home. Pretty cool. One thing I learned from my Dad, though I didn’t know I was learning it, was to have a cool movie on while you work. (just one of the advantages of working for yourself).
But make the movie count! It can’t be too distracting. It needs to be motivating. The colors and the sounds play into it too. This is something I started doing when in design school. While my crush was studied physics I got to watch a movie and do my “homework”. Now he’s my husband grading high school science papers and I’m writing this blog! Ha.
Here are my TOP 5 Go – To Movies! And the reasons I am obsessed with them!
#5 Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Edith Head, OHHH I love her. not to mention Audrey. but Audrey would be nothing without Edith! (am I right or am i right)? Head’s costume design, coloring, and taste in all the movies she styles are touched with class and lines that are carried throughout time.
Maybe I’m inspired by my own memories. So much of this takes me back to some of my favorite memories in college. If anything go here, and you’ll realize you and YOUR KIDS know Edith all too well! Also, the music! Henry Mancini had it goin on.
#4 One Hundred & One Dalmatians –
“..even my nose is froze”!
Again, a movie that inspires me musically and artistically. Cruella de Vil might be one of the scariest women I’ve ever seen.This is my favorite song from this movie. While you’re at it look up Mel Leven… Also, if I didn’t care what people think I might name my first born Pongo. But I think I’d need to be a celebrity to have the footing for that kind of a name for my child. Also, color schemes, line drawings, and composition is throughout this entire film. I could stare at one scene for quite some time depicting the details.
“I’ve seen suffering in the darkness. Yet I have seen beauty thrive in the most fragile of places. I have seen the book. The book that turned darkness into light.” This movie is inspiring for more than aesthetic reasons. The textures in this movie bring a movement to each scene. You could scan stills of this film for days and it would not cease to inspire me. I have watched this over and over and I never tire of it.
Sadly, I haven’t seen Song of the Sea yet, but I know that it will floor me as well. This Irish Animated film was nominated for an Oscar this year and I am sure it will not disappoint.
The music. The scenery. The storyboards… An idol of mine, the legendary Mary Blair – she’s somethin’ else. Her work only inspires me. do you know why you love rifle paper co. so much? it’s be cause THEY LOVE Mary Blair! And so do you! You just don’t know it yet! Go Check her out.
Wes Anderson & the Soundtrack This movie changed my life. Not sure what I mean by that. But I guess I mean that just by watching it I gleaned in small portion how to set a scene, take sketch to 3d with sound experiences. His choice of music was GENIUS. But the true genius is Alexandre Desplat. If you have yet to discover this man’s gifts, go here. I beg you! Also, My flower girls walked down to Kristofferson’s Theme. So my heart has a soft spot for this in more than one way. 🙂 Do you see the resemblance of Holly Golightly and Felicity Fox?
Click here to learn a little bit about Wes Anderson’s extensive and impressive process.
Hope you all enjoyed this! But most of all I hope this helps you a bit! Remember to look into the details of a film. Movies are created by HUNDREDS of amazingly talented and gifted people. One Pinterest post has been created, re-created, and then re-created again. Watch a movie and pick it apart. It’s a fun exercise, especially with popcorn.