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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hollywood Costume Exhibit

Hi everyone! If you ever wanted to see some movie costumes up close please visit Hollywood Costume. The exhibit is on from October 2nd to March 2nd, 2015. The ticket prices are $10 with student ID. And as usual, keep your stub for extra credit :)

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Friday, September 19, 2014

First Field Trip!

Field Trip 8AM-1PM *SHARP*

Hi guys!
Such a great class! Hope you are as inspired and excited about the term as I am...
Some of you may know about Idea Lab, a new elective I designed with Ann that pairs field trips with literary prompts as inspiration. We have four field trips planned for this term. I will be letting my rosters from Backgrounds and Visual Development know about each of the four field trips and you are ALWAYS welcome to join. It is a rather small class and we have a whole SHUTTLE reserved! Traveling in luxury!

This Sat. we will be visiting L.A.'s Grand Central market- a truly cosmopolitan, eclectic experience that defies all of L.A.'s stereotypes. It is full of sights and sounds and smells and textures- sensory overload! ( Google it! ) From there we will be walking to L.A. Flower Mart. equally stimulating!

I will of course offer extra credit to anyone who wishes to join us. And bring a sketchbook for location drawings and a camera to shoot reference! WHo knows when you may need it!

Friday, September 12, 2014

18th Annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards!!

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Remember, save your ticket stubs and bring them to class for extra credit!

Sunday, September 28th, 2014
5:00 pm
Directors Guild of America
7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046

ICG Local 600 is hosting the 18th Annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards at the Directors Guild Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 28 at 5 pm. Join us for a screening of short films and an awards presentation for our winners by some of ICG's most distinguished Directors of Photography. A cocktail reception will follow. Film content may not be appropriate for children. Free parking on Hayworth.
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Center Stage Gallery: Maleficent Book Signing!

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Maleficent Book Signing Event | September 23rd | 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Written by Charles Solomon, and Introduction by Don Hahn
Appearances byDirector Robert Stromberg
Production Designer Dylan Cole
Executive Producer Don Hahn
Author Charles Solomon
With its themes of a beautiful princess, a dashing prince, and love triumphing over powerful magic, “Sleeping Beauty” remains one of the most beloved of all fairy tales. The story was first published by Charles Perrault in 1697. Perrault’s vision of the ageless, enchanted princess slumbering in her vine-encrusted tower has fascinated readers and artists for more 300 years three times as long as the heroine slept. This heavily-illustrated book will trace the history of that fascination, which has manifested itself in literature, fine art, poetry, music, and film.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Idea Lab Reminder

Just a heads-up: You will need a CAMERA for the scheduled field trips. NOT a cell-phone camera or an Ipad camera or anything attached to a device and nothing that functions as anything other than a camera! That means a camera that allows you to control ASA settings, aperture and shutter speed. Beg, borrow or steal one and learn how to use it if necessary before our first field trip, scheduled for Week 3, Sept. 20. You will be glad you did!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Film Post: Lauren Bacall! September 10th

Extra credit will be given to anyone who attends the Film and Video events posted on this blog. Just bring your ticket stubs to class. And to whomever attends, let's look for one another in the lobby and try to sit together! 

Classics Double Feature featuring Lauren Bacall at the Landmark Theater .


To Have and Have Not:

Help the Free French? Not world-weary gun-runner Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart). But he changes his mind when a sultry siren-in-distress named Marie asks, "Anybody got a match?" That red-hot match is Bogart and 19-year-old first-time actress Lauren Bacall. Full of intrigue and racy banter (including Bacall's legendary whistling instructions), this thriller excites further interest for what it has and has not. Directed by Howard Hawks and written by William Faulkner and Jules Furthman, it doesn't have much similarity to the Ernest Hemingway novel that inspired it, but it strongly resembles Casablanca: French resistance fighters, a piano-playing bluesman (Hoagy Carmichael) and a Martinique bar much like Rick's Cafe Americaine.

Murder on the Orient Express:

Murder on the Orient Express is elegant, escapist entertainment at its stylishly European best. This Agatha Christie mystery boasts an incredible international cast of some of the most wonderfully eccentric characters ever created. Ingrid Bergman won an Oscar for her role as the slightly dim-witted, Bible-thumping Swedish missionary. Albert Finney is the dapper detective, Hercule Poirot, for whom murder-solving is a precise, intellectual exercise. Poirot agrees to interview all aboard the famous train's Calais coach, hoping to find the killer of an American millionaire before the local police arrive. Packed with sparkling dialogue and visually rich in texture, this incomparable thriller received six Academy Award nominations. All-star cast also includes Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave, Rachel Roberts, Richard Widmark and Michael York.

Idea Lab Course Description

Visual Development Course Description

Backgrounds Course Description

Choice of I.Ps

Visual Development Grading Policy

Visual Development Class Guidelines

Visual Development and Idea Lab Supply List

Background Painting Supply List

Background Painting Grading Policy

Backgrounds Class Guidelines

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Idea Lab Syllabus

Week  1: Introductions, Workshop—The Creative Process with guest speaker Rene’
Urbanovich. (

*Homework  (due week 2): Research terms  ‘Narrative Illustration’ and ‘Conceptual Illustration.’ Define in your own words (1 paragraph each.) Composite minimum one 11 x
17 sheet of references for the following: figural images, narrative illustration, conceptual
*Homework (due week 2): Report on one accepted model of the Creative Process. Break
down, describing each stage. Separately, journal your relationship with each stage (e.g. I find the brainstorming process cathartic and energizing; execution seems technical by comparison and therefore as if I’ve lost my inspiration. e.g. # 2: I hit a creative block when…

Week 2: Discuss homework from week 1.
Lecture: Narrative vs. Conceptual Image-making.
In-class exercise: Conceptual image-making.
Dramatic Reading of I.P. # 1 (correlates with Field Trip/Project # 1): The Nameless  Prince- Odyssey of Riddles
Actor: TBA

Week 3:  Field Trip: Grand Central Market, L.A. Flower Market

Week 4: Project # 1: The Nameless Prince: concept pitch, sketches, composite of onsite
research (photos, sketches, notes.) (one narrative solution, one conceptual solution.)
Group critique.

Week 5: Project  #1: The Nameless Prince: finishes due(conceptual and narrative both.)
Class watches I.P #2: Brazil reboot. Format: DVD.

Week 6: Field trip: Olvera St., Union Station, Bradbury Building.

Week 7: Project  #2: Brazil Reboot: concept pitch, sketches, composite of onsite research. Critique.

Week 8: Project #2: Brazil Reboot: finishes due (conceptual and narrative both) Critique.
Dramatic reading of I.P. #3: Stone Lives (Cyberpunk).

Week 9: Field Trip: Disney Concert Hall, Angel’s Flight

Week 10: Project #3: Stone Lives: concept pitch, sketches, composite of onsite research. Critique.

Week 11: Project #3: Stone Lives: finishes due (conceptual and narrative both) Critique.
Class watches I.P. #4: Day of the Locusts.

Week 12: Field Trip:  Old Hollywood (The Pantry, Bullock’s Wilshire, The Wiltern,   May
Company Miracle Mile,L.A. Farmer’s Market,Canter’s Deli,  Musso and Franks)

Week 13: Project  #4: Day of the Locusts: concept pitch, sketches, composite of onsite
research. Critique.

Week 14: Project #4: Day of the Locusts: finishes due (conceptual and narrative both.) Critique
All revisions due. Final Presentation (all work from class) due. Munchies!!