art & design, filmmaking, set design

set design porn

found this posted so im reblogging because it’s friggin awesome! this is set design porn at its best!

A selection of some of the most awesome Behind-the-scenes shots I’ve seen from some famous movies. Back when set designs were huge and hand made, when special effects where mechanical and photographic and film stars were risking their lives on the set.

SEE THIS GALLERY HERE: BEST OF BTS  –reposting the photos below

source: Ain’t It Cool News specifically here and here

A self portrait of Stanley Kubrick with his daughter, Jack Nicholson and the crew @ the set of The Shining. Production Design by Roy Walker. Art Direction by Leslie Tomkins, Costume Design by Milena Canonero. Source

On the set of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis — the actress inside the Maria robot taking a breather.

The Empire Strikes Back – filming the Crawl.

darth vader and director Irvin Kershner. i love empire strikes back more than star wars and return of the jedi. it was a much fuller story and direction was so much better. Production Design by Norman Reynolds. Art Direction by Leslie Dilley, Harry Lange, Alan Tomkins. Set Decoration by Michael Ford. Costume Design by John Mollo. Source

the swamp where luke first meets yoda.

Rebel Without A Cause — James Dean, Natalie Wood and director Nicholas Ray.

Sesame Street

Requiem for a Dream — Jennifer Connelly strapped into a SnorriCam. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, Cinematography by pinoy Matthew Libatique. Production Design by James Chinlund, Art Direction by Judy Rhee, Set Decoration by Ondine Karady

The Gate (1987) — Giant special effect set. © Craig Reardon

The Birds (1961) — Tippi Hedren with Hitchcock.

set of Alien. nominated at the oscars for art direction. Directed by Ridley Scott. the alien itself was designed by H.R. Giger. Production Design by Michael Seymour, Roger Christian (uncredited), Art Direction by Roger Christian, Leslie Dilley. Set Decoration by Ian Whittaker, Costume Design by John Mollo. source

h.r. giger on set. winnneeeeerrrrrrrr *drool*

stan winston working on the queen in Aliens. Directed by James Cameron. Production Design by Peter Lamont. Art Direction by Terry Ackland-Snow (supervising art director), Ken Court, Bert Davey, Fred Hole, Michael Lamont. Set Decoration by Crispian Sallis. Source

Private Vasquez (Jenette Goldstein) on the set of Aliens. idol ko sha!  she also worked with cameron on Terminator 2 as furlong’s foster mom and Titanic as that mother with the 2 kids.  source

marshmallow man in 1984’s Ghostbusters

Superman seems flying on the set.

on the set of Mothra (1961) – special effects director Tsuburaya Eiji

Dr. Strangelove — Sellers & Kubrick. Production Design by Ken Adam, Art Direction by Peter Murton.

Tron (1982) — David Warner and Bruce Boxleitner fuck around in costume. Production Design by Dean Edward Mitzner, Art Direction by John B. Mansbridge, Al Roelofs. Set Decoration by Roger M. Shook, Costume Design by Eloise Jensson, Rosanna Norton. source

Nosferatu (1922) — only Max Schreck “lounged” like that.

on the set of Faust.

Godfather — fish-line bullet holes.

Sean Connery sleeping on the set. awaaaard source

King Kong (1933)

on the spaceship set of 2001: A Space Odyssey. *drool* love this movie. won the academy award for best art direction. Production Design by Ernest Archer, Harry Lange, Anthony (Tony) Masters. Art Direction by John Hoesli, Set Decoration by Robert Cartwright (uncredited) source imdb

laundry therapy, musings

some events dont have to have pictures

i have a camera. i can take photos. i could have used my phone’s camera or the nikon dslr i bring around. but for some greater, unknown, subconscious reason i didnt really take photos during my trip to mindanao this year. there were some photos, yes, but very few and far between.

i have been in mindanao since june 14. id be away from work for a month by the time i get back to manila next week. i have planned to do some paperwork and work out obligations but more importantly i came here to nestle with my parents and allow myself more family time.  i realized i needed to invest more time with mundane but real live moments with my mother and father especially in their winter years.  ordinary lunches, taking out the trash for my mom, accompanying my dad for a daytrip to iligan, merienda at chowking and desserts at candy’s with my sisters, watching documentaries with my dad and carlo on my flat screen tv that i only get to use when im in mindanao.  all those sorts. they are important to me.

work is important as well. i am aware enough of the need to earn but for whom?  what is life but a series of events you choose to live through. at the end of this life, you check what youve done.  and at the end of my life, i would want to say that more than work, designing and earning money, the more important aspect is the people i love and to enjoy life with them, literally.

the past few weeks ive spent time with my sister and brother-in-law at the beach, buying at the wet market and at save more with my mother, taking a stroll with my dad along velez st and eating bananacue, staying home with my sister watching movies or taking a walking tour with carlo around the city and making pit stops along the way.  ive gained 5 lbs from all the food, celebrated my birthday playing wii with cousins and ive taken no photos to document all this small events. nothing to post on facebook or twitter. well, maybe except for one.

i wish my parents good health, my sisters fulfilled lives, my brother-in-law security and more music, my nieces self-sufficiency, my nephew a focused life and carlo a flourishing career as a painter.  i wish me a productive life so i can celebrate more life moments with my family. so help me God.  cheers and may the good Lord bless y’all!

art & design, costume design

uyayi ng ulan

in february of 2011, the university of the east drama company staged a student production of nick pichay’s “uyayi ng ulan,” a coming of age story of this lazy boy who ventures and meets different characters, opening his eyes to realities in the world.  this musical version was directed by erick castro and they had carlo tabije do the costumes and makeup. carlo has worked with the uedc years ago and this was a welcome break from doing tv commercials all the time.  of course the budget for this production is rather low and i am impressed how carlo worked around this without compromising vision.

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the challenge was to dress up actors as animals without covering their faces with masks. the animals need not be literal so carlo resorted to face paints as well as appropriating costumes to the intention. for example, the mother hen was dressed in a fully printed dress and shawl to push a more nanay look and the layered skirts copied the chicken’s heavily feathered bottom.

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the sensual lady musang sported a fully painted body reminiscent to the tattooed women of benguet in the mountain province.

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art & design, costume design, interior design, musings, set design

bongga villa

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this was my first time to work with pokwang and she was very nice, even ordered lechon all the way from cebu (sabrosa) for the staff and crew. the costumes were care of ien beltran, a stylist friend who worked with us in brillante mendoza’s up coming movie, prey.  in saying this, im glad i only had to do props and set here because we only had about 2 days to prepare.  doing the costumes with everything else would have been crazy so im glad they got ien to handle all of costuming.  jeorge agcaoili was directing and so i had the privilege to work with him and the fun people at provil again.

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originally the director’s board featured a dark banquet hall and we decided to push the style a bit. i pulled inspiration from black swan’s production design.  i liked the woods backdrop in the dance hall and the modern design in the ballet director’s house (not pictured here– i dont normally put everything out in the pegs presentation because sometimes it doesnt work, and when it does it becomes a pleasant surprise)


wanted black, white and glass in the design with elements of twigs and small flowers.


however, we were later on informed that client wanted french or victorian so we had to drop black swan and went for something traditional.  although i loved my original design, i had to go with the higher echelons so i compromised and gave them this new set of pegs.

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art & design, costume design, interior design, set design

gawin mong light

shot the new emperador light tv ad with erik matti as director and featuring celebrity endorser ryan agoncillo and singer johnoy danao.  gawin mong light, goes this lovely ditty penned by johnoy. previously, my less than 6 degrees of separation from him is due to jerrold tarog’s high school fare, senior year, where johnoy’s music is featured.  thrilled to have worked with him, albeit now up close.

the set design was relatively easy to accomplish as i had my showroom favorites i wanted to feature in this tvc.  my pegs and design werent far off from what i eventually got for the shoot  🙂  here’s the location (below) in tagaytay.  apparently, manny pacquiao shot scenes for his wapakman movie here previously.

presented these pegs (below) to agency.  we were trying to make an eclectic mix of modern and pinoy furniture, like a butaka, but i later thought it didnt gel with the rest. what we retained though was the round synthetic abaca daybed, which i decided to put in another area of the room.


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