Thursday, May 15, 2008
Boredom and ennui: officially over
After several days of moping, grousing, complaining, and general nail-biting, tonight we stepped out in style -- Trix got an invite recently to an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gala event from the very sweet set decorator for the TV series Trix works on. It was an amazing dual exhibition: "Ink & Paint: The Art Of Hand Drawn Animation" and "Pulling Back The Drapes: Set Decoration Revealed."
The former was, for animation geeks like me and Trix, pure catnip: designs by Disney genius Mary Blair ("Alice in Wonderland" and "Cinderella" as well as the design for the amazing Small World ride at Disneyland), original sketches from Warner Brothers' cartoons like "What's Opera, Doc" and "The Rabbit Of Seville," backdrop paintings from "Snow White" and production designs from "Nightmare Before Christmas." One of the coolest collection of stills, paintings and odds-and-ends I've ever seen.
The latter was, if anything, more incredible. If you don't know what set decorators do -- they basically put in all the details on the set, from furniture to light fixtures to little bits and bobs sitting around, that make the things look lived in and human and real. There were sets from "Iron Man," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" (that was Trix' friend's work, the beautiful Hawaiian villas in the film), "Get Smart" and, best of all, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." Coolest detail? A little picture on Indy's desk of Willie (aka Mrs. Steven Spielberg) from "Temple of Doom." Righteous.
The crowd was a veritable who's who of behind-the-scenes folks -- first-string animators and producers and set decorators and Academy members old and young, and, oddly, Larry Storch from TV's "F-Troop." Dunno what he was doing there, but it was pretty damn cool that he was.
Malaise: officially over!
edit: my hair looked far more awesome than it did in that picture.