This is a blog about appreciating the “other” character in the movie…the house.
I usually like to have some sort of a mission statement or a sentence or two about my philosophy on a topic to orient me in my writing. It helps keep me focused. So here it is: I love houses. I suspect is has something to do with my mom dragging me to every historic house she could find whenever we were on vacation. Our vacations were always part history class. Everywhere you go, something happened to someone to make that place significant and worth visiting. In some small way, this might be a tribute to her efforts.
She often pointed out details for me to appreciate: moldings on a ceiling, multi-toned paint choices, flooring, fabrics, arrangement of furniture. I’m sure I notice those things in large part because of her. I also have a penchant for black/white movies because of her. We used to go back and forth pretty glibly on who-played-what-role-in-this-or-that-movie-where-we both-loved-that-fabulous-house game.
I like films where I’m sidetracked by beautiful fabrics and gorgeous set design–particularly sets I find believable due to their meticulous detail. I’m often frustrated with the speed of camera pans between the actors and long for wider pans of the space they are in. I’m frustrated with sets that appear to be right off the pages of Pottery Barn rather than truly lived in environments. For me, the character is accentuated by the authenticity of the set. I check out the extras on DVDs for behind the scenes info, and am often disappointed with the lack of information. I am here to appreciate the folks behind the scenes, those that create the environments that enable others to really shine.
Since all good things are better if you share them – I’ll post about the things I love, and probably share some quirk or two about myself in the process.
Saving a seat for you,