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Floor plans for Gull Cottage

Posted in Movie Houses with tags , , , on September 8, 2017 by Christine Haskell, PhD

So folks have had a LONG conversation over the years about the details of Gull Cottage. The last submission came from Mary Casey of Colorado. John D’Angelo was kind enough to supply the floor plans of the house so folks could build models.

Here is his note sharing how it all came about:

I think it all started when we were discussing the Ghost & Mrs. Muir movie. We also discussed the 1947 version of Gull Cottage and folks making a doll house model of it. I decided to try and make a simple floor plan with measurements so that folks could create a model. The two jpg files are copies of the floor plans.

In addition, I wrote an article “The Search for Gull Cottage” that discusses the book version, movie versions, and a possible original concept for Gull Cottage.  I have attached a PDF copy of that article for you to enjoy. The article was published on years ago, and was free to the public.

I happen to love Gull Cottage and the 1947 movie, there is a certain eternal quality about it.

If the system “chokes” our to the size of the article, I am going to  resend just the jpg files without the PDF file as a backup.

Best wishes,

I think that’s pretty cool.

There’s also a paper where John has done a lot of research on the various shooting locations. Take a peek! & thanks John! Enjoy!

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Builder Rekindles Inner Child

Posted in Movie Houses with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2012 by Christine Haskell, PhD

Thanks Mary for this wonderful addition to the Ghost and Mrs. Muir posts!!! I tried to look around for interior shots – what a wonderful project she undertook. I wish I could have seen it in person.

Your response to the posts on floor plans, here.

Bangor Woman has built three dollhouses, the latest: The Ghost And Mrs. Muir

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Gull Cottage Dollhouse

Posted in Movie Houses, set design with tags , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2012 by Christine Haskell, PhD

A while ago I provided the floor plans for Gull Cottage. Here is an article on a doll house version.

“As seen in the October, 2005 issue of Doll House and Miniature Scene.
Gull Cottage from “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” is revisited, and Dan’s portrait of Captain Gregg appears throughout the article and on the cover.”

"He took me unaware!" "My dear, since Eve picked the apple, no woman 's ever been taken entirely unawares."

“He took me unaware!”
“My dear, since Eve picked the apple, no woman ‘s ever been taken entirely unawares.”


Posted in Movie Houses with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 24, 2011 by Christine Haskell, PhD

HERRIMAN, Utah — Cute is the Walt Disney Company’s stock in trade, but there is nothing soft and cuddly about how it protects its intellectual property.

The sherbet-colored structure sits at the intersection of Meadowside Drive and Herriman Rose Boulevard here, but you don’t need directions to find it. Just look for the swarm of helium-filled balloons that the developer tied to the chimney of a house that has a gabled roof, scalloped siding and a garden hose neatly coiled next to the porch — all details taken from “Up,” the 2009 hit about an old man and his flying abode.

The house is a product of the strange obsession of one man — in this case, the son of a former governor — his connections, the film’s powerful director and a company that is trying to evaluate with more care the hundreds of requests it receives a month from people wanting to use its characters and imagery.


Movie Real Estate: Color Therapy

Posted in Movie Houses with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2010 by Christine Haskell, PhD

Great post from comparing two films

that utilize the same color scheme in their production design: monochrome grey (or grisaille). The first is Woody Allen’s lugubrious Interiors, a personal favorite; and Hitchcock’s Rear Window, everybody’s favorite.

Interiors made a strong impression on me at an early age, and its production design is indelibly etched in my memory. Geraldine Page plays Eve, a sophisticated matriarch who can only give to others through her work, the decoration of interiors. The rooms she designs are elegant, spare, precise and refined. They are also emotionally withholding and full of refusal.

Interior Grey

Eve’s own dining room in the Park Avenue apartment she moves into after her husband has left her. The room is painted grey, including the follies on the back wall, and there’s no space for other colors, clutter, passion or unwanted emotions.

More on this post, click here.

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Movie Real Estate: Grey Gardens

Posted in Movie Houses with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2010 by Christine Haskell, PhD

I know I’m a bit late posting on this one, but it’s worth noting the set. I would recommend seeing the documentary and movie back to back, as they were both spectacular on their own, but inform one another.I collected some photos from Grey Garden News and Old Hollywood Glamour.

Grey Gardens starred Drew Barrymore as “Little” Edith Bouvier Beale and Jessica Lange as “Big” Edith Bouvier Beale and each gave a very moving and sensitive performance. It’s just had it’s first high school performance, that would have been interesting along side playbills for Hello Dolly!

I was left with strong feelings of what mental illness really means (clearly there was an alternate reality present when cats are peeing behind large artwork) however I also felt these women had really found an independance for themselves and truly cared for one another.

Costume designer Cat Thomas covered the 1920’s through the 1970’s fashion brilliantly. Dressing characters that were based on true eccentrics-come-fashion-icons without turning them in to caricatures is no easy task.

An interview from sums it up best:

STF: Little Edie is one of those characters that has been so deeply mined for inspiration over the years–fashion just seems to love her. What do you think is her enduring appeal? And how did you manage to bring your own new twist to something that we’ve already seen so many iterations of?
CT: I think the thing that’s interesting about her, and one of the reasons people are so drawn to her, is this evolution of a young woman 17, 18 years old, you get to see both of them [Big Edie and Little Edie] at the prime of their lives with all of this glamour and ease and in the context of the Hamptons. It was sort of a careless, carefree, youthful and also very innocent moment. And then you get to see that departure point, which is important. She was beautiful, she was modeling, it was the pinnacle of her life, and then you get the deterioration which she still manages to make fashionable.

Edie Beale, Style icon, in her "costume for the day"

Visit Grey Gardens News for all things Grey Gardens!

Resting Decay

Eery to see pianos in such run down condition and seeing the singing in the movie makes this photo even more silent.

The main artery in any home...the stairwell.

Beautiful glass details

Set Design Print of living room

Set Design Print: Living Room

Grey Gardens, in the manner it is accustomed.


Living Room

Living room, this portrait later kept Big Edie company by her beside, and was a frequent area for the cats to relieve themselves.

Staged aging...

The start of seclusion...I love the asian inspired wall paper and classic 1950s bedding, everything in that time period had a "frosted paint" job. A pity, because it was generally over very valuable hard wood.

Independant to the end...

To learn how you can get your own Edie Doll, complete with Wonderbread bag for the attic raccoons, click here.

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Movie Real Estate: Fine Linen Film in Bright Star

Posted in Movie Houses with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2010 by Christine Haskell, PhD

It’s been some time since a Fine Linen Film (FLF) has come across the screen. It’s a phrase I coined when watching Merchant Ivory films with my mom.

It doesn’t stand for any old piece in period costume, I mean a film with layers. Layers of good script, good acting, and last but not least, costume you can really sink your teeth into. For a while, Merchant Ivory was the only crew that really got it. Then Vanity Fair and a host of Jane Campion films came on to the scene. The lastest one I’ve seen: Bright Star.

Bright Star

In 1819, the 23 year old English Romantic poet John Keats wrote the love poem Bright Star for his 18 year-old next door neighbor Fanny Brawne. At the age of 25, Keats died, and was buried in Rome in February 1821. He never saw Fanny again. Keats final poem was titled To Fanny.
This film was about connection, being alive, being seen, creating a sense of oneself, connecting with others, finding out who you are – much like kids do today. Though I wouldn’t say that today’s Facebook was the Keats of yesterday…

Jane Campion has succeeded in making a hyper-physical movie about a Romantic poet whose body is failing him and a woman whose art consists in sewing elaborate garments to cover nearly every inch of the human form. That she has done so is testament to her intelligent filmmaking and to the consistency of her vision for Bright Star, the story of John Keats’ relationship with Fanny Brawne. Every aspect of the film—from its opening hyper-close-up of a needle piercing fabric, to the astounding performance of Abbie Cornish—works to convey the idea, or rather the feeling, of poetry. Campion has made a movie about poetry that unwinds Wordsworth’s famous definition. If poetry is emotion recollected in tranquility, Campion takes us back through the poetry to the raw emotions that produced it. (read an interview with Campion here)

Those emotions find their superb voice in Cornish. There is nothing histrionic about her performance. In fact, she carries herself with a stillness that somehow manages to focus the viewer’s attention all the more on her physical presence. She has the ability of the best actors to register subtle shifts of feeling with tiny changes in expression. But more than that, she presents love, sadness, grief as physical sensations so palpable that we can’t help but share them. Since it’s common knowledge that Keats died at twenty-five, it isn’t spoiling the plot to refer to the scene in which Cornish’s Fanny learns of his death. This scene alone, which includes some lovely acting by Kerry Fox, would be enough to make Bright Star worth seeing.
For more of this review, see Henriette Power’s blog.

I enjoyed this set immensely. The film was shot on location in Bedfordshire, England and one day in Rome for the funeral scene. The main location was an estate in Luton called Hyde House. The natural gardens helped create the look of the heaths of Hampstead. The two houses on the property were stand-ins for the house Brown shared with the Brawnes, and the cottage, where the Brawnes originally lived. Hyde House was the first location that was scouted for the film’s setting. The woods, fields, daffodil fields, blue bell walks all inspired scenes and fabric choices.

One of the opening scenes featuring one of Fanny's original creations, compliments the pallette of the room beautifully.

Use of the color read again, symbolizing her bold character and being in love. Use of gauzy linen and frequent breezes emphasizes a beating heart and the fluttering of emotions.

An early dance scene. Her beautiful satin gown sparkles along with the mirror and lamps.

Again, the red chosen as her color. Liked this for the typical Campion outdoor pallette. Reminded me of The Piano a bit.

Interior shot of Fanny's house. I'm fond of the painted wood paneling throughout the house.

Having man-time on a leather couch seems cliche, but it works.

Campion’s firmly physical invocation of time and place, realised by Greg Fraser’s interesting cinematography, emphasises a Georgian England of flapping laundry, singing birds, insect trills, mud, colour-bleached woods, and freeze-dried winter forests. Scenery is absorbed with simple yet intimate vividness, as the natural setting that defines the characters’ lives and that both helps feed Keats’ imagination and wastes away his body. Campion’s feel for physical context is one of the strongest in modern cinema, and the setting, a Hampstead village still not yet annexed by the city of London, seems nearly as exotic as the stormy shores of New Zealand in The Piano.  For more review from Ferdy on Films, as well as the photo credits for this page, click here.  

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