covINSPIRATION | Prod. Designers' Choice
This week we have a strong pack of female artists. You can’t put a label on these ladies and you sure as hell can’t limit their creativity. Personal to them and fascinating to us, they share some of their covINSPIRATIONS during home isolation.
Let’s see what they have prepared for us.
ANDREA POPOVA’S CHOICE
1. Jojo Rabbit (2019) | Dir. Taika Waititi
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) | Wes Anderson
3. Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood (2019) | Quentin Tarantino
4. A Pigeon Sat On a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014) | Roy Andersson
5. Almost Famous (2000) | Cameron Crowe
“А Pigeon sat on a Branch reflecting on existence” is basically a film that illustrates the absurdity of human existence. What I like about it is that the camera observes the characters from a distance, and it almost feels like we are at the theater. For me here the production design plays a huge role in pointing out the melancholy, the meaningless existence. The colors used in the film are pale; yellows, greens, browns, the sets are looking sterile. The compositions are full of details, it’s like you are looking at a painting, everything is there for a reason.
(Andrea on "A Pigeon Sat On a Branch Reflecting on Existence")
VANIA IVANOVA'S CHOICE
1. Spirited away (2001) | Dir. Hayao Miyazaki
2. Princess Mononoke (1997) | Dir. Hayao Miyazaki
3. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) | Dir. Hayao Miyazaki
4. My neighbor Totoro (1988) | Dir. Hayao Miyazaki
5. Arrietty (2010) | Dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Movies that are cult to me are also well known to all colleagues and people involved in the arts. That’s why I decided to share with you what were the movies that recently inspired me.
This month I came across Netflix's old manga animation from Studio Ghibli's 80s to 2000s and I can say that it really inspired me!
I like the aesthetics of Japanese animation, the colors and shapes in each drawing, the way the medium is presented and arranged - simple but storytelling.
EVA VENTOVA'S CHOICE
1. Delicatessen (1991) | Dir. Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
2. Blue Velvet (1986 ) | Dir. David Lynch
3. The Cell (2000) | Dir. Tarsem Singh
4. Be Kind Rewind (2008) | Dir. Michel Gondry
5. 12 Monkeys (1995) | Dir. Terry Gilliam
+1 bonus: A Clockwork Orange (1975) | Stanley Kubrick
Deceiving the eye with the illusion of perspective is always seductive and the king in this discipline is undoubtedly Michel Gondry.
(Eva on “Be Kind Rewind”)
KETTY MARINOVA’S CHOICE
1. Kin-dza-dza (1986) | Dir. Georgiy Daneliya
2. Ida (2013) | Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski
3. Metropolis (1927) | Dir. Fritz Lang
4. Moonrise Kingdom (2012) | Dir. Wes Anderson
5. Chernobyl (2019) | Dir. Craig Mazin
Kin-dza-dza is everything that one would not imagine of a science-fiction film. The production design concept is sublime – instead of blinky, chromed, wide visuals you get rusty spaceships, not larger than a car, assembled out of garbage and old pieces of metal. The people of the future don’t live in super advanced high-tech cities, but in holes in the ground among the desert, instead. The film has its unique visual universe and it is perfectly incorporated in the dramaturgy of the film. On a conceptual level the production design basically reflects the spirit of the Soviet reality back then – the future looks desperate and without perspective. This film taught me to search for the unexpected, to dive in the most ridiculous ideas looking for some hidden treasure there. Of course, sometimes you end up just wasting your time, but as the Bulgarian football player Hristo Stoichkov once said - “Sometimes win, sometimes lun.”
(Ketty on "Kin-dza-dza")
SEVERINA STOYANOVA'S CHOICE
1. Dolls (2002) | Dir. Takeshi Kitano
2. Dogville (2004) | Dir. Lars von Trier
3. Dogtooth (2009) | Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos
4. Her (2013) | Dir. Spike Jonze
5. Blade Runner 2049 (2017) | Dir. Denis Villeneuve
Best ever concept on production design for film;it reached a whole new level in the film-watching experience for me. It made me realize you could do anything! As long as it is complete (with all the interlinks and rules of a whole world) and blends, nicely or weirdly, with the rest.
(Severina on "Dogville")