April 30, 2017
“We shape our buildings; therefore they shape us.” -Winston Churchill
Unless you’re an architecture aficionado, or at the very least an admirer of pretty buildings, you may not pay a whole lot of attention to the actual design of the structures you’re planning to include in your film. Not that I blame you; it’s easy to “go with what’s there” and train your focus more on cinematic elements you might think are more important, like performances, cinematography, and story. But the architecture of cinema’s most famous constructions, whether real, CGI, or miniature, tell stories that lines of dialog and framing simply cannot. Check out this great supercut by Jorge Luengo Ruiz and you’ll see what I mean.
Big budget Hollywood blockbusters have all the fun when it comes to location scouting. Need to shoot a scene at the beautiful Bellagio? No problem. Want to capture your protagonist bobbing and weaving through the crowded Santa Monica Pier? You got it.