Ninety percent of the train scenes were shot on a movable set that consisted of a 10-car Indian North Western Railway train crafted by production designer Mark Friedberg and his team.
It wasn't history but Frank Miller's stylized graphic novel that served as the primary reference for the Spartans' striking red capes and leather loincloths in "300."
America's indigenous film genre is the Western, and its visual conventions are known the world over: The villain wears black, vast open landscapes serve as backdrop, trains and horses dominate, and…
On the seaside promenade at Redcar, a depressed beach town on England's northeast coast, 1,500 period-costumed local extras helped re-create the WWII evacuation at Dunkirk, France.
Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth" sequel was awash with blues -- and not by accident. "We used color to tell the story," explains costume designer Alexandra Byrne, an Oscar nominee for her work on the…
The London of "The Golden Compass" owes a debt to the unrealized vision of 17th-century architect Christopher Wren.
Fans know John Travolta by his baby blue eyes, a strong, cleft chin, dark hair and thick eyebrows. For makeup effects designer Tony Gardner, that meant preserving those traits when transforming the…
Production designer Pan Lai relied on extensive research and memory for his re-creation of Shanghai and Hong Kong during WWII.
In his novel "No Country for Old Men," Cormac McCarthy makes little mention of his cold-blooded hitman's physical appearance. The Coen brothers, however, have captured a chilling vision of Anton…
"Oh, you know ... black-and-white horror movies?" That was Tim Burton's brief to repeat collaborator (and Oscar-winning hair and makeup artist) Peter Owen on "Sweeney Todd."