WWII, Blood Production Design, and Star Wars – Mid-Week Coffee Break

Joey Daoud

Joey Daoud is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His past films have appeared on Netflix, The New York Times, and National Geographic. He is also a YouTube creator across multiple channels with videos garnering millions of views. In his free time, he likes to climb mountains, scuba dive, and brew unique coffees.

Richard Hammond Presents Bloody Omaha [Indy Mogul] – Really awesome video featuring the power of compositing. 3 actors + After Effects = Saving Private Ryan. It features Richard Hammond, one of the hosts of Top Gear, which is a show you should check out if you haven’t. I’m not a big car fan and I still love it.

If You Need a Past, He’s the Guy to Build It – NY Times article on Jack Fisk, production designer for There Will Be Blood. After reading this I was rooting for him for the Oscar. Sadly he didn’t.

Besides building and dressing sets — to help the actors stay in character, every room of every building was fully outfitted — it also fell to the film’s art department to devise a credible stand-in for oil. Mr. Fisk combined food coloring with methylcellulose, a thickener
sometimes used as a food additive. It is an ingredient in a McDonald’s McFlurry dessert, he said. “You can buy it by the trainload.”

On “There Will Be Blood,” in an intriguing corollary to Mr. Day-Lewis’s method acting, Mr. Fisk and his team often practiced a kind of method building. These modest structures were built as they might have been in a small frontier town, starting with the use of salvage lumber. To build the ranch house, “I got together about five carpenters,” he said. “I didn’t have any plans, and I told them not to bring levels. We just marked the space and started laying the foundation. I figured that’s the way they would have done it then.”

Lost Star Wars Scene [The Editblog]

5 Retro Commercials Companies Would Like You to Forget – Number 3 should look familiar. Here’s Number 1:

Directors Edition Digital Alarm Clock [FreshDV] – Get your directing on in your sleep.

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